Herbal Products

Compendium, compendia, compendial: Clearing up the mystery of these terms

In conversations about the role of quality standards in public health, you might come across the words “compendia” and “compendial.” At USP, terms like “compendial approaches,” “compendial standards,” and “compendial tools” are part of our everyday vocabulary. But their meaning can be a bit of a mystery to people who work outside of the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory bodies.

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What It Means To Be in Compliance with USP’s Standards for Herbal Supplements

The quality of herbal supplements has been the subject of an ongoing investigation initiated earlier this month by the New York Attorney General’s office. However, the supplement industry has strongly questioned the DNA barcoding technology used by the AG's office and some even point to their compliance with USP monographs. This raises an important question - what does it mean to be in compliance with USP standards for dietary supplements?

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DNA Testing of Herbal Supplements - Does it Work or Doesn't It?

Last week’s unprecedented move by the New York State Attorney General’s Office to crack down on purportedly fraudulent herbal supplements sold by major retailers has ignited a heated debate about the quality of the products tested. At the heart of that debate is whether or not the DNA barcoding technique used by the Attorney General’s Office is an adequate enough test for the identification of botanical ingredients in these herbal products. 

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