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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. 

Nigeria Celebrates a Major Milestone in the Fight Against Substandard Medicines

USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:24
Nigeria Pharmaceutical Achievement

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.

Biologics Present New Challenges for Packaging

Desmond Hunt Submitted by Desmond Hunt on Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:04
Packaging for Biologics

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.

Collaboration Divides the Work and Multiplies the Success

USP Guest Submitted by USP Guest on Tue, 01/20/2015 - 06:00
Global health collaboration

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.


USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 09:28
The role of a pharmacopeia

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.

4 Tips for Making Quality Health Resolutions

USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:44
How do your resolutions measure up?

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. 

The Magi, Myrrh and the Gift of Science - Happy Holidays from USP

USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 06:00
The Gift of Science - Happy Holidays from USP

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.