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Discussing a Lifecycle Approach to Validation and Verification of Analytical Procedures

Horacio Pappa Submitted by Horacio Pappa on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:00

Validation and verification of analytical procedures are quality assurance activities with broad impact in laboratory operations. Learn USP's role in the development of guidelines in these areas and how to contribute to the discussion. 

Quality Medicines Protect Vulnerable Populations

Ron Piervincenzi Submitted by Ron Piervincenzi on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:00
Quality medicines and vulnerable populations

Access to quality care and medicines is an integral part of public health. For USP, an organization that creates and promotes public standards for medicines and foods, quality and access are two sides of the same coin and in fact the absence of either one actually threatens effectiveness of medical care around the world.  

Thanksgiving is Serious Fun at USP

Anne Bell Submitted by Anne Bell on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:00
Thanksgiving at USP

At USP, we are thankful for the many chemists, pharmacists, food scientists, biologists, food lawyers, regulation lawyers, and countless other professionals who work hard to make sure that the United States literally sets “high standards” for quality medicines, supplements and foods. 

Women Scientists Help Africa Face Pharmaceutical Challenges

Patricia Redsicker Submitted by Patricia Redsicker on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:00
Women scientists help Africa's pharmaceutical industry

Like most African countries, the challenges facing the Zambian pharmaceutical industry are vast. But under the leadership of Ms. Esnart Mwape, Director General of the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority, challenges such as counterfeit drugs are being addressed, as the Authority respositions itself to take charge of the market. Read more.

How Fear of Ebola Is Paving the Way for Poor-Quality Medicines

Latifa El-Hadri Submitted by Latifa El-Hadri on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:44
Fear of Ebola

In Liberia, sellers of poor-quality medicines are capitalizing on public fears about Ebola. Learn what the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority is doing about it and how the Promoting the Quality of Medicines Program--a collaborative effort between USAID and USP--is playing a role.

Quality at USP

USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 14:00
Quality as USP

While USP is most well-known for its quality standards for medicines and their ingredients, USP also has initiatives focused on food ingredients, dietary supplements and other areas associated with the global supply of medicines. In celebration of World Quality Month, read more about USP's efforts related to product quality and standards.

Think Twice Before Consuming Herbal Products

Gabriel Giancaspro Submitted by Gabriel Giancaspro on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:00
Herbal health products

Herbal products are often seen by consumers as safe because they derive from plants. However, lack of understanding of the plants and their interactions with prescription and over-the-counter medicines may contribute to some herbal products' inefficacy and some might even cause serious reactions, as Gabriel Goancaspro, Ph.D. explains.