June 2017

Of Health and Men - Celebrating Men's Health Month

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Men are more likely than women to smoke and drink alcohol, put off regular medical checkups, and make less than healthy choice. Some men use dietary supplements to help them achieve their health goals, with many good results. However, some scientists are becoming increasingly cautious about these supplements because of the way they can impact the liver. One way to avoid adulterated supplements is to seek out the USP Verified Mark on the labels. 

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Pharmaceuticals, printers and paintballs: when variability in excipient quality is and isn’t acceptable

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Regardless of whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter, the ingredients on a drug product label typically include one, maybe two, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). The rest of the list is comprised of “inactive” ingredients (excipients) which in reality are far from inactive. Variability may be acceptable for products such as printer ink and paintballs, but not pharmaceuticals, making quality standards for excipients critical to ensuring consistent drug quality.

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Food Quality: Do You Really Get What You Pay For?

Food quality: do you really get what you pay for?

When purchasing food products, consumers may take for granted that the information on the label accurately reflects the contents of the package. As they become more health conscious and aware of food quality, many are willing to pay more for what they perceive to be healthier, higher quality foods. Unfortunately, there are instances when consumers’ trust in the integrity and quality of the foods they buy is misplaced. Many common foods are among the most susceptible to adulteration.

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World Health Assembly: Quality Assured Medicines Key to Global Health

The 70th World Health Assembly (WHA70) convened in May 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland, where  hundreds of public health experts converged to discuss crucial global health topics including, antimicrobial resistance, global health security, health systems strengthening and more. 

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