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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Global Health Security: Why Women Matter

Maternal child health

Given the intersection between global health security and women's health, as well as women's unique role in strengthening health systems, it is critical to invest in women as change agents  Dr. Katherine Bond, USP's of VP International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs explains.

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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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My Work as a USP Volunteer: How the Heparin “Dream Team” Brought Hope to A Friend

Dr. Wesley (Wes) Workman, USP Volunteer

Dr. Wesley (Wes) Workman, USP Volunteer and Chair, General Chapters–Biological Analysis Expert Committee reflects on his volunteer role at USP and his work with what he refers to as the "dream team" of the heparin world.

 
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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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Appreciating Science, Scientists, and the Questions They Ask

An appreciation of science, scientists, and the questions they ask. Read more.

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