It may be difficult to know whether that powder really is what it says in the label. When seeds, flowers and leaves are processed into botanicals, DNA methods might be the way to properly identify these products.
Today is World Pharmacist Day - designated by the FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) in Istanbul, Turkey in 2009. To help celebrate this occassion, Jeanne Sun, an Associate Scientific Liaison at USP recalls her journey to becoming a pharmacist, and shares specific life encounters that led to her calling. If you're a student considering a career in pharmacy or a STEM-related field, you'll find Jeanne's story to be intruiging and inspiring.
With the debate about the safety of food additives recently revived in the media, proper identification of the additives themselves is an aspect of food safety often forgotten. It is assumed food ingredients are well known before safety assessments are performed, but that might not be always true.