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.
When patients are administered biological treatments created from their own bodies - autologous regenerative medicines - every second counts. Quality and purity can’t be compromised.
By the year 2020, biopharmaceuticals are estimated to account for 50% of the most successful pharmaceutical products. (1)(2) Biologics, such as recombinant therapeutic proteins, vaccines, blood components, and regenerative medicines are growing faster than any other segment of medicines.
Highly complex biologics such as proteins, monoclonal antibodies, and cell and gene therapies increasingly fill biopharmaceutical pipelines across a range of therapeutic indications.
Assurances of safety and effectiveness play an important role in instilling confidence among healthcare providers in any new class of medicines. Those assurances include knowing that mandatory public standards for quality and naming have been adhered to in the manufacture of medicines. Find out what this means for top selling biologics in the U.S.
Over the past three decades, generic medicines have significantly increased patient access to quality treatment, while lowering healthcare costs in the United States. Learn how a new class of prescription drugs knows as biosimilars, offers the same hope of increased access and reduced costs.
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.
The American drug supply is among the safest in the world, with many protections for consumers and patients. However, a pending proposal in Congress would remove key protections for all biologic drugs—crucial and lifesaving medicines we take like insulin, human growth hormones, and blood thinners. Learn more.