September 2014

What’s That Plant You’re Eating? Using DNA Methods as a Solution to Botanicals Quality

Using DNA methods to figure out botanicals quality

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.

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The Pharmacy – More Than Just Another Service Counter

How to Become a Pharmacist

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. 

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What’s USP’s Role in Helping Ensure Food Ingredients Safety?

How safe are food ingredients listed on the label?

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.  

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The Human Impact of Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines

Human impact of substandard medicines

To help illustrate the true threat of counterfeit and substandard medicines, and demonstrate why USP and so many other organizations are working to improve drug quality, we offer this first-hand story about two near-fatal encounters with bad drugs.

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Dietary Supplements – International Regulators Respond to a New and Growing Industry

Regulators respond to a changing dietary supplement industry

Before the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) defined dietary supplements as a sub-set of foods, questions about how they would be regulated created heated discussion in the US market.

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USP and Dietary Supplements ... A Return to Our Roots

The history and dramatic growth of the dietary supplement industry

Since its beginnings, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has been concerned with setting quality standards for botanicals and minerals. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), Dr. Srini Srinivasan, Executive Vice President, Special Assignments and Chief Science Officer at USP, reflects on the dramatic growth of the dietary supplement industry, USP’s changing role as a standards setting body and the impact of DSHEA.

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