In simple terms, risk is the possibility of something bad happening. It’s the uncertainty around the consequences of an activity with respect to something that we value.
The recent announcement of a recall of two lots of the hypertension medication Quinapril and Hydrochlorothiazide from the U.S.
Regardless of whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter, the ingredients on a drug product label typically include one, maybe two, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). The rest of the list is comprised of “inactive” ingredients (excipients) which in reality are far from inactive. Variability may be acceptable for products such as printer ink and paintballs, but not pharmaceuticals, making quality standards for excipients critical to ensuring consistent drug quality.