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  • Discontinued Drug Product

    Products listed in Drugs@FDA as "discontinued" are approved products that have never been marketed, have been discontinued from marketing, are for military use, are for export only, or have had their approvals withdrawn for reasons other than safety or efficacy after being discontinued from marketing.

  • Dosage Form

    A dosage form is the physical form in which a drug is produced and dispensed, such as a tablet, a capsule, or an injectable.

  • Drug

    A drug is defined as: 

    • A substance recognized by an official pharmacopoeia or formulary. 
    • A substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. 
    • A substance (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body. 
    • A substance intended for use as a component of a medicine but not a device or a component, part or accessory of a device. 

    Biological products are included within this definition and are generally covered by the same laws and regulations, but differences exist regarding their manufacturing processes (chemical process versus biological process.)

  • Drug Product

    The finished dosage form that contains a drug substance, generally, but not necessarily in association with other active or inactive ingredients.