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Pharmaceutical Compliance: A Conversation with Chuck Bates

Will Whitaker Submitted by Will Whitaker on Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:00
Pharmaceutical Compliance Manager

There’s a chance you may work in pharma and not know about USP, but rest assured your compliance manager does. What, exactly, does your compliance manager do?  How does he or she interact with USP?  To find out, we asked award-winning source Charles “Chuck” Bates from Sandoz—recent recipient of the Novartis Group Advanced Sciences & Technologies-Quality Control Award for Individual Commitment to Excellence.

Strengthening Health Systems: How PQM Combats Tuberculosis (TB)

Latifa Boyce Submitted by Latifa Boyce on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00
World TB Day

This World TB Day, Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) program celebrates its achievement and commitment to taking an active role in reaching the millions of people with TB who are “missed” by health systems each year and do not get the care they need.

Food Fraud Webinar Series Features USP, Runs March - April

USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:00
Food Fraud Webinar

Intentional deception using food for economic gain, or food fraud, has been an ongoing challenge since the beginning of the food and drink industry. However, as the global supply chain continues to grow, and becomes more and more complex, so too do the stakes for everyone linked to this chain from manufacturers, retailers, and raw ingredient suppliers to regulators and ultimately the consumer.

What It Means To Be in Compliance with USP’s Standards for Herbal Supplements

Gabriel Giancaspro Submitted by Gabriel Giancaspro on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:54

The quality of herbal supplements has been the subject of an ongoing investigation initiated earlier this month by the New York Attorney General’s office. However, the supplement industry has strongly questioned the DNA barcoding technology used by the AG's office and some even point to their compliance with USP monographs. This raises an important question - what does it mean to be in compliance with USP standards for dietary supplements?

DNA Testing of Herbal Supplements - Does it Work or Doesn't It?

Nandakumara Sarma Submitted by Nandakumara Sarma on Thu, 02/12/2015 - 13:15

Last week’s unprecedented move by the New York State Attorney General’s Office to crack down on purportedly fraudulent herbal supplements sold by major retailers has ignited a heated debate about the quality of the products tested. At the heart of that debate is whether or not the DNA barcoding technique used by the Attorney General’s Office is an adequate enough test for the identification of botanical ingredients in these herbal products.