The Different Classes of Medicines in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Medicine has become a crucial part of contemporary life, and it comes in varying forms. Without advancements in science in this field life would be far shorter, and its quality far lower than we know it to be today. Vaccinations, treatments, supplements and cosmetic products have been enriching our quality of life exponentially for centuries; and the field has grown to such a degree that there are even various classes of medicines.

Because of the importance that they play in our lives, each of them is carefully regulated in terms of their use, production, ingredients and packaging, this way, consumers are kept protected from sub-par products that can do more damage than good; and their degrees of regulation differ depending on what type of medicine it is. So, to give you a broader understanding, here is a little more info on how these products are classified.

Pharmaceutical and Biological Medicines

Pharmaceutical medicines are those that are used to treat and relieve illnesses. They are generally considered a crucial part of treatments for diagnosed medical ailments. Pharmaceuticals generally need to be sourced with a prescription from a medical practitioner, however some products can be bought over the counter. Because of the importance and nature of these types of medicines, they undergo stringent regulatory processes before they are considered fit for consumption.

Complimentary or Alternative Medicines and Treatments

Complimentary medicines are those that are used alongside pharmaceutical treatments, though are not considered a primary means of treatment. They may include supplements, painkillers and alternative procedures such as homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicines. These treatments are often not enough on their own, but are best approached alongside others.


Cosmetics dominate a large portion of the medical sphere, though have no immediate treatment or relief advantages associated with them. Instead, these products are designed to maintain bodily aesthetics; and as such, are not a crucial form of medicine. However, the width of their use and the possible outcomes and side-effects associated with them means that they, like pharmaceuticals, also need to be strictly and uniformly regulated.

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