October 2014

The Importance of Volunteering

The work of volunteering

Dr. Greg Amidon, member of USP’s Council of Experts Nominating Committee and President-Elect of AAPS, discusses the importance of volunteering.

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Think Twice Before Consuming Herbal Products

Herbal health products

Herbal products are often seen by consumers as safe because they derive from plants. However, lack of understanding of the plants and their interactions with prescription and over-the-counter medicines may contribute to some herbal products' inefficacy and some might even cause serious reactions, as Gabriel Goancaspro, Ph.D. explains. 

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Ask Your Pharmacist if an Over The Counter Medicine or Supplement is Right for You

Ask the Pharmacist

Consumers often purchase over the counter medicines and dietary supplements without consulting a health care professional. A pharmacist can offer important advice and counsel when choosing these products. Dr. Nandakumara Sarma, Director of USP's Dietary Supplement program and an experienced pharmacist explains why in the final part of our series celebrating American Pharmacists Month. 

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Visiting Scientist Talks Chemistry and Global Health

Chemist talks about global health

USP Visiting Scientist Santiago Gallardo Dávila talks with USP about his work as a pharmaceutical chemist at the Mexican Pharmacopeia, and the intersection between chemistry and global health.

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The Dirt on Food Contaminants

Food contamination

Food contaminants may be present in the environment or introduced during processing. Markus Lipp of USP discusses which contaminants pose public health risks and how these are addressed. 

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Debate on Proposed Guidelines for Handling Hazardous Drugs to Re-Open

hazardous drugs, health and safety

Chemotherapy medicines and drugs that can be considered hazardous, are lifesaving for patients, but repeat exposure poses significant health risks for the nurses and pharmacists who prepare and administer them. This week, USP announced it will publish revisions to a proposed chapter on the handling of hazardous drugs in healthcare settings. It is just the latest example of the inclusive, informed, and transparent debate provided by USP on topics of critical importance to pharmacy and healthcare practice

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