American Industry Overview: Pharmaceutical Preparations
This industry includes establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing, fabricating, or processing drugs in pharmaceutical preparations for human or veterinary use. The greater part of the products of these establishments are finished in the form intended for final consumption, such as ampoules, tablets, capsules, vials, ointments, medicinal powders, solutions, and suspensions. Products of this industry consist of two important lines: pharmaceutical preparations promoted primarily to the dental, medical, or veterinary profession, and pharmaceutical preparations promoted primarily to the public.
Since World War II, when the U.S. drug industry was established on a permanent footing,...