When is an airline a critical part of the healthcare system?

When is an airline a critical part of the healthcare system? When countries—such as Ethiopia—must import life-saving medicines.

If you ask people about what it takes to ensure medicines quality, most answers focus on how a medicine is manufactured. But there’s more to the story. The conditions under which medicines are transported and stored also have a critical role in medicines quality. This role is all the more urgent when the lives of mothers and children are at stake.

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Working Toward Quality Compounded Drugs: A Critical Partnership

This week Congress will hold an important and timely hearing on compounded drugs. The hearing brings stakeholders together to reflect on a law enacted nearly five years ago in response to serious public health incidents. In 2012, a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak originating from contaminated injectable compounded sterile drugs sickened over 750 individuals and resulted in the deaths of more than 70.

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Opioid Crisis: USP’s Comments to the FDA

As government agencies consider solutions to the growing opioid crisis, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently sought public comment about ways to best address this national emergency. USP was pleased to provide our perspective about how public standards might help support the agency’s efforts, and to report on our recent discussions with stakeholders and the standards being considered by USP’s Healthcare Quality Expert Committee.  

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Protecting Medicines Quality in Africa: USP presents at 3rd Biennial Scientific Conference on Medical Products Regulation

Protecting Medicines Quality in Africa

Countries throughout Africa are working to harmonize standards to make processes more efficient and help bring needed pharmaceuticals to market, while protecting medicines quality. Learn more

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Ensuring Food Safety and Authenticity

The threat of food fraud is a growing concern because increasingly complex global food supply chains create numerous opportunities for fraudsters. This article discusses the challenges faced by stakeholders, and how to prevent these issues before they arise. 

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Looking ahead in China: Celebrating 10 years, promise for the future

There’s something about an anniversary that inspires me to look to the future as well as appreciate the past, especially at the start of a new year.  As we mark the anniversary of the 10th year of USP-China, the future and the past offer a great deal to appreciate.

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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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Can changes to prescription labels and other public standards help tame the opioid crisis?

The opioid crisis in the U.S. seems to be part of nearly every news broadcast and news site today. And based on the number of people affected by this crisis, serious conversations about how to help are more important than ever. The CDC estimates that more than 100 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. And nearly 12 million people – close to 4% of the U.S.

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Generic drugs: New approaches to maximize competition, lower prices and increase access

Generic drugs

Building the marketplace for generic medicines is a key strategy to containing drug costs in the US, one that USP actively supports through our standards-setting work.

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