When a problem puts millions of lives at risk, costs economies billions of dollars and undermines decades of hard-earned health progress, it deserves prompt and strategic attention. I’m describing the consequences of poor-quality medicines – a worldwide problem that deserves worldwide attention.
USP was founded nearly 200 years ago by eleven doctors who wanted to ensure that the nation had access to quality medicines. They put together the first pharmacopeia, a book of recipes for making tinctures, extracts, and other medicines.
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.
Today, we join the global health community in marking World Malaria Day. As we reflect on the major strides being made against this deadly disease, we also recognize that critical obstacles remain.
An appreciation of science, scientists, and the questions they ask. Read more.
TB kills more people than any other single infectious disease. Learn how PQM – a public health program supported by USAID & implemented by USP - is helping to increase the global supply of quality-assured kanamycin, an essential TB drug.