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In health care, the drug industry (or pharmaceutical industry) is "that segment of commercial enterprise devoted to the design, development, and manufacture of chemical products for use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, disability, or other dysfunction, or to improve function."[1] The chemical products may be medications.


Marketing by drug industry can influence prescribing by health care providers.[2] This may lead to conflict of interest for health care providers if they are compensated during marketing.


In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration provides regulation:


  1. Anonymous (2018), Drug industry (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  2. Spurling GK, Mansfield PR, Montgomery BD, Lexchin J, Doust J, et al. 2010 Information from Pharmaceutical Companies and the Quality, Quantity, and Cost of Physicians' Prescribing: A Systematic Review. PLoS Med 7(10): e1000352. DOI:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000352