In the U.S. and around the world, quality standards developed by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) support the availability of safe, quality medicines, regulatory efficiencies, and a strong global medicine supply chain.
It is not uncommon for people to sometimes take important things for granted, such as the quality of the medicines they rely on for their health. While not usually top-of-mind, standards and other quality-focused solutions developed by the U.S.
World standards day (WSD) is celebrated in October each year to recognize the thousands of scientists and other experts around the world who develop standards that impact every aspect of our daily lives.
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.
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.
Today, we join the global health community in marking World Malaria Day. As we reflect on the major strides being made against this deadly disease, we also recognize that critical obstacles remain.