Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, drugs available to consumers/patients without a prescription, play an important role in our modern healthcare system. An upcoming Consumer Healthcare Products Association workshop highlights how USP collaborates with key stakeholders to help address specific needs in OTC manufacturing and testing related to drug quality. Learn more.
In conversations about the role of quality standards in public health, you might come across the words “compendia” and “compendial.” At USP, terms like “compendial approaches,” “compendial standards,” and “compendial tools” are part of our everyday vocabulary.
Find out answers to important questions about your medications during a special live Twitter Chat “Medication Safety 101: Usage, Storage, and Disposal” on March 23. Hosted by the Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with NCPIE, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, and the CHPA Educational Foundation, this online discussion aims to answer common patient questions on how to safely choose, take, store, and dispose of OTC medications.
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.
Mandela Washington Fellow, Dr. Ashiru Abubakar, talks with USP about the drug supply chain, the intersection of public health and political will, and the hope for a future free of counterfeit medicines in his native Nigeria.
Given the wide public exposure and access to over-the-counter medicines, a major focus for USP is a sustainable strategy which helps ensure that quality standards for OTC products remain current at all times.
USP recruits expert volunteers during a call for candidates for its 2015-2020 cycle.
Each year, over a million Americans experience a health problem because they find their prescription labels difficult to read or understand. This article explores some of the common mistakes patients make when taking their medicines, and offers patient centered guidelines to help standardize and simplify prescription label information.