Here in the United States, we enjoy one of the safest drug and food supplies in the world. It is a huge accomplishment, and the result of a vast safety net created by the coordinated efforts of multiple government agencies, health organizations, industry and non-profits. This article explains the role they play in ensuring that drug, drug ingredients, dietary supplements and food ingredients sold in the U.S. can be safely consumed.
Each year, over a million Americans experience a health problem because they find their prescription labels difficult to read or understand. This article explores some of the common mistakes patients make when taking their medicines, and offers patient centered guidelines to help standardize and simplify prescription label information.
Few people understand the meaning or function of a pharmacopeia, but it plays an important role in safeguarding public health. The idea of documenting medicines dates back centuries, and continues today, helping to promote the safety, quality and benefit of thousands of pharmaceutical products around the world.