Plastic packaging systems play an important role in protecting the drugs we use. However, a drug’s packaging must be compatible with the product and not compromise its stability, efficacy or safety. USP’s Desmond Hunt, Ph.D., provides insight into plastic packaging systems for drugs and how USP standards can support quality in this field.
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.
Discover convenient tools and helpful tips related to using USP Reference Standards in your work. USP Reference Standards are intended for quality control use in conducting assays and tests in USP’s documentary standards for drugs, dietary supplements, and foods.
Learn about and view the new suite of physical and written standards that USP is developing to help biologics manufacturers develop and analyze therapeutic proteins. New general chapters address analytical procedures for monoclonal antibodies, oligosaccharides, and protein determination.
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.
Dissolution, disintegration and drug release tests are important tools during the entire lifecycle of a drug product, from early development throughout its shelf life. USP’s Margareth Marques, Ph.D., provides answers to common questions and insight into standards and resources for these tests.
Gigi Davidson, R.Ph., DICVP, Chair of USP's Compounding Expert Committee shares her thoughts and background information on proposed revisions to <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations. Compounding practitioners are encouraged to view and share comments on the changes online.
Nuclear medicine and medical imaging, such as PET scans, have changed how many diseases (e.g., cancer, Alzheimer's) are evaluated and treated. Learn how USP is updating its standards to reflect “state-of-the-industry” practices in this field.
Tainted “lifestyle supplements" may outnumber products free from drugs and their unapproved synthetic analogs. Learn how proposed new screening methods in USP General Chapter <2251> Adulteration of Dietary Supplements with Drugs and Drug Analogs can help detect these adulterants and protect public health.