For a hundred years, federal law has required that all drugs adhere to public quality standards—part of ensuring safety and protecting the public’s health. Language that would exempt biologics, including biosimilars, from adhering to the same public quality standards as other prescription medicines was recently added to the FDA and NIH Workforce Authorities Modernization Act. Learn about the potential impact this biologics quality exemption may have on competition, product development, and the public's confidence in biologics and biosimilars.
When is an airline a critical part of the healthcare system? When countries—such as Ethiopia—must import life-saving medicines.
Today, many critical, life-saving medicines go through a complex global supply chain before ever reaching the patient. USP’s public standards play important roles throughout that supply chain. Learn more.
Learn about USP's involvement in the APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum and how this group is improving access to quality medical products by helping Asian-Pacific economies prevent, detect and respond to spurious, substandard, falsified, falsely-labelled and counterfeit products in their supply chains.
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.
India is a prominent player in today’s global pharmaceutical arena and a major contributor to the world’s supply of medicines. A large number of generics and OTC medicines in the U.S. are imported from India, which makes USP's collaborations with Indian pharma critical.
Intentional deception using food for economic gain, or food fraud, has been an ongoing challenge since the beginning of the food and drink industry.
Poor quality medicines are the source of an alarming, but often overlooked global health crisis. A report from the International Policy Network estimates that 700,000 people die every year from fake anti-malarial and tuberculosis drugs alone.
Herbal products are often seen by consumers as safe because they derive from plants. However, lack of understanding of the plants and their interactions with prescription and over-the-counter medicines may contribute to some herbal products' inefficacy and some might even cause serious reactions, as Gabriel Goancaspro, Ph.D. explains.