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The Food and Drug Branch administers the statewide Food and Drug
program, a regulatory program that is mandated by law and with a large
and diverse area of responsibility.
It safeguards public health by ensuring that food, drugs, cosmetics,
medical devices and related consumer products are safe, effective and
It also ensures that household substances and prescription drugs are
packaged in child-resistant containers when required.
The program allows for the inspection of establishments where these
products are manufactured, distributed, or sold. It also investigates
complaints, and collects samples to determine compliance with product
The drugs that are regulated by the branch include over-the counter,
prescription, and generic drugs. Medical devices include a wide array
of medical products. These range from simple devices such as hearing
aids and condoms, to sophisticated devices such as heart replacement
valves, and to controversial devices such as breast implants.