Poor quality medicines are the source of an alarming, but often overlooked global health crisis. A report from the International Policy Network estimates that 700,000 people die every year from fake anti-malarial and tuberculosis drugs alone.
Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) marked a major milestone in the fight against substandard and poor quality drugs by acheiving internationally recognized ISO 17025 accreditation.
One of the most transformative trends in pharma in recent years has been the explosive growth in biologic drug development. While these medicines have opened doors for treating many different cancers, autoimmune disorders, and chronic diseases such as diabetes, biologics have presented some new challenges related to packaging systems.
The work of improving global health is a collaborative effort. It takes many partners working together to bring their global perspectives and valuable insights from diverse health-related constituencies to the table. USP has many such partners, most of whom are also USP Convention Member Organizations.
When it comes to making and administering medicines – precision is paramount. To ensure consistency – the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacists and healthcare professionals benefit from a universal reference. That reference is a pharmacopeia – a reference book (and today an online resource) of very specific formulations and quality tests for drug ingredients and medicines.
Each January, countless Americans begin the year by making promises to improve their lives or the lives of their family. Many New Year’s resolutions involve ways to improve health. A list of the most popular resolutions according to U.S. government sources includes: lose weight, eat healthy, get fit, stop smoking, and manage stress.
There are many explanations for the gifts of the magi – gold, frankincense and myrrh. At first glance, these items seem like very strange gifts for an infant. Biblical scholars and the popular carol “We Three Kings” point to their symbolic significance: gold for Jesus’ status as king, frankincense a symbol of his priesthood and myrrh a foreshadowing of his death.
There is a balance between ensuring we have access to prescription medications that help us stay healthy and protecting our communities against prescription drug abuse. The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) has new resources available about prescription drug abuse prevention, treatment and recovery.
USP, through the International Training Program (ITP), provides an open forum of discussion in which our processes and approaches to developing public quality standards can be shared with regulatory agencies and reference laboratories around the world. As part of this year’s program we hosted – among others – scientific experts from the Russian Federation.