Thank you for helping Quality Matters spread the word in 2015 about USP quality standards and the important role our work plays in industry, public health and lives around the world. These five posts are the ones that you, our readers, found to be the most engaging and useful in 2015.
Quality plays an integral role in connecting medical research and manufacturing to healthcare practice and consumers. The growing study of the microbiome and the potential health benefits of probiotics offers a particularly timely and illustrative example. Learn about the quality standards USP has developed for probiotics and how they could be the unifying thread connecting clinical research to academia, industry and patients/consumers.
Learn about and view the new suite of physical and written standards that USP is developing to help biologics manufacturers develop and analyze therapeutic proteins. New general chapters address analytical procedures for monoclonal antibodies, oligosaccharides, and protein determination.
Learn what the letters “USP” mean on medicine labels, the origin behind them, and how they are related to U.S. laws that aim to protect medicine and dietary supplement quality.
Learn about USP’s comprehensive approaches for updating three high-priority excipient monographs—Guar Gum, Shellac, and Butylated Hydroxytoluene—the challenges encountered, and progress made implementing an initiative to develop up-to-date USP–NF excipient monographs.
The USP Verified Mark and the Good Housekeeping Seal help consumers find quality products in the marketplace. But did you know these two seals enjoy a shared history? Each is the legacy of the work of pioneering consumer activist and “Father of the Pure Food and Drug Act”—Harvey W. Wiley, M.D.
Almost half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. Malaria Day in the Americas celebrates progress made to prevent, detect, treat and defeat malaria in this region. Learn how Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) is helping by increasing the availability of quality-assured antimalarials.
Learn about the evolving and challenging role of glycosylation analysis in biopharmaceutical science and how USP documentary and reference standards can support advances in this field.
With assistance from USP's Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) program, Guatemala’s official medicines control laboratory has retained their ISO 17025 accreditation, a major milestone in its quest to combat the proliferation of poor quality medicines within its borders.