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.
Consistent quality. Greater access. They’re what patients deserve and what USP strives to ensure across the globe through the development of public quality standards.
Imagine using software on your phone or tablet to treat health conditions that, until now, could only be treated with medications. Now stop imagining, because for some conditions, such as attention deficit disorder and substance dependency, it is already a reality.
Participants in USP’s Global Fellowship Program are making important scientific contributions in a number of critical areas thanks to the organization’s ongoing commitment to scientific mentorship. Read about USP’s 2016 global fellows and their important contributions that have great potential to improve public health.
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Plastic packaging systems play an important role in protecting the drugs we use. However, a drug’s packaging must be compatible with the product and not compromise its stability, efficacy or safety. USP’s Desmond Hunt, Ph.D., provides insight into plastic packaging systems for drugs and how USP standards can support quality in this field.
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 the evolving and challenging role of glycosylation analysis in biopharmaceutical science and how USP documentary and reference standards can support advances in this field.