Blog Posts by USP Staff

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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Pharmaceutical Packaging: Modernizing Standards for Glass & Elastomeric Components

Pharmaceutical Packaging

Establishing the suitability of packaging systems for pharmaceutical products is critical. With many new materials and applications entering the marketplace, testing procedures for these systems need to be revised regularly to make sure quality attributes are considered. To that end, USP has started an effort to modernize its packaging standards. Learn more.

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Research Fellows Contribute New Methods and Valuable Research at USP

Participants in USP’s Global Fellowship Program are making important scientific contributions in a number of critical areas thanks to the organization’s ongoing commitment to scientific mentorship. Read about USP’s 2016 global fellows and their important contributions that have great potential to improve public health.

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Music, Pets and Trolleys: USP Employees Celebrate Volunteer Week

Hermes van der Lee, Volunteer Trolley Docent

Knowing first-hand the impact and value of volunteers, it is no surprise that USP staff extend this same “spirt of voluntarism” beyond USP’s walls to the larger community. In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we asked staff to share the many different ways they “pay it forward.”

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Is There an End to Malaria Without Quality Medicines?

World Malaria Day

Today, we join the global health community in marking World Malaria Day. As we reflect on the major strides being made against this deadly disease, we also recognize that critical obstacles remain. 

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