Global Health

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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Convening Experts to Examine the Critical Underpinnings of Antimicrobial Resistance Strategies

Scenarios of a post-antibiotic society are dire and include massive, highly preventable loss of life, widening socio-economic disparities, and significant economic shortfalls. Estimates of the potential economic impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could be as large as a global annual GDP shortfall of nearly $3.4 trillion by 2030 and $7 trillion by 2050.[i] Currently, 700,000 people die every year due to drug-resistant infections globally.[ii]

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