It may be difficult to know whether that powder really is what it says in the label. When seeds, flowers and leaves are processed into botanicals, DNA methods might be the way to properly identify these products.
Consumers often purchase over the counter medicines and dietary supplements without consulting a health care professional. A pharmacist can offer important advice and counsel when choosing these products. Dr. Nandakumara Sarma, Director of USP's Dietary Supplement program and an experienced pharmacist explains why in the final part of our series celebrating American Pharmacists Month.
Recent news stories have pointed to concerns about the quality of dietary supplements. Yet most Americans take vitamins, minerals or other dietary supplements as a part of their daily health regimen. To choose a quality supplement, look for the USP Verified Mark, which indicates the supplement not only meets regulatory requirements, but was made to even higher quality standards and subject to third party testing.
Before the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) defined dietary supplements as a sub-set of foods, questions about how they would be regulated created heated discussion in the US market.
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.
When is the last time you considered the importance of quality medicines and foods? For nearly 200 years USP has been setting quality standards and we are committed to improving global health through public standards that help ensure the quality, safety and benefits of these essential products.
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.
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.
Almost 200 years ago, 11 physicians recognized an essential need for consistency and quality regarding medicines and came together to create the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Since then, USP's focus on quality has expanded to new areas in medicine, pharmacy, dietary supplements, and foods. From quality-related science and research, to field work and consumer tips, our hope is to address a universe of issues – all linked together by a common theme, that the quality of these items has a profound impact on our lives.