Access to quality care and medicines is an integral part of public health. For USP, an organization that creates and promotes public standards for medicines and foods, quality and access are two sides of the same coin and in fact the absence of either one actually threatens effectiveness of medical care around the world.
Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) marked a major milestone in the fight against substandard and poor quality drugs by acheiving internationally recognized ISO 17025 accreditation.
The work of improving global health is a collaborative effort. It takes many partners working together to bring their global perspectives and valuable insights from diverse health-related constituencies to the table. USP has many such partners, most of whom are also USP Convention Member Organizations.
USP Visiting Scientist Santiago Gallardo Dávila talks with USP about his work as a pharmaceutical chemist at the Mexican Pharmacopeia, and the intersection between chemistry and global health.
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.