Dietary Supplements

USP and Dietary Supplements ... A Return to Our Roots

The history and dramatic growth of the dietary supplement industry

Since its beginnings, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has been concerned with setting quality standards for botanicals and minerals. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), Dr. Srini Srinivasan, Executive Vice President, Special Assignments and Chief Science Officer at USP, reflects on the dramatic growth of the dietary supplement industry, USP’s changing role as a standards setting body and the impact of DSHEA.


Military Fitness: Do Dietary Supplements Enhance Athletic Performance?

Scientific review offers pros and cons of dietary supplements for athletic performance

Despite the growing popularity of many dietary supplements for performance enhancement among members of the US Military, there’s little evidence to prove their benefits. To help military personnel make more informed decisions about these products, a group of experts from USP conducted a systematic evidence review to determine the benefits and safety of dietary supplements for sports fitness and endurance. 


5 Tips to Avoid Adulterated Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements

Avoid Adulterated Pharnaceutical Products

The growing trend in dietary supplements intentionally adulterated with pharmaceuticals represents an alarming risk to public health. These products can be bought in stores and overwhelmingly via the Internet. Here are 5 tips to avoid such products.