oa De Rebus - What is a medicine? Act 101 of 1965 as amended
As a result of the thalidomide tragedy of the early 1960s, all major countries introduced laws which required pharmaceutical companies to submit animal testing and clinical testing of new pharmaceutically active compounds to an independent body and required approval to be obtained before marketing could take place. South Africa's contribution to this requirement was the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act 101 of 1965.
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