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Pharmaceutical Sector

The pharmaceutical manufacturing sector consists of establishments primarily engaged in one or more of the following:

  1. Manufacturing biological and medical products;
  2. Processing botanical drugs and herbs;
  3. Isolating active medical principles from botanical drugs and herbs;
  4. Manufacturing pharmaceutical products intended for internal and external consumptio0n in such forms as tablets, capsules, ointments, powders and solutions. The sector is now classified under the 2007 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) as 3254.
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