Global Health

The Human Impact of Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines

Human impact of substandard medicines

To help illustrate the true threat of counterfeit and substandard medicines, and demonstrate why USP and so many other organizations are working to improve drug quality, we offer this first-hand story about two near-fatal encounters with bad drugs.

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PharmaChk: An Easy-to-Use Tool for Detecting Poor-Quality Medicine

A tool used for detecting the quality of medicine

PharmaChk, a user-friendly medicine quality detection device, is generating positive outcomes in field testing.  Dr. Kennedy Chibwe, senior manager of the Promoting the Quality of Medicines program, explains how this technology may revolutionize the fight against counterfeit and substandard medicines in developing nations.

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What is a Pharmacopeia?

A book describing drug formulas

Few people understand the meaning or function of a pharmacopeia, but it plays an important role in safeguarding public health. The idea of documenting medicines dates back centuries, and continues today, helping to promote the safety, quality and benefit of thousands of pharmaceutical products around the world.

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