Over-the-Counter Medicines

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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Hug a Pharmacist

Hug a Pharmacist

Pharmacy experts explain the contemporary pharmacist's many roles. 

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Working Together to Protect Over-the-counter Medicine Quality: Microbial Testing

Quality of OTC Medicines

Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, drugs available to consumers/patients without a prescription, play an important role in our modern healthcare system. An upcoming Consumer Healthcare Products Association workshop highlights how USP collaborates with key stakeholders to help address specific needs in OTC manufacturing and testing related to drug quality. Learn more.

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