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.
Consumers often purchase over the counter medicines and dietary supplements without consulting a health care professional. A pharmacist can offer important advice and counsel when choosing these products. Dr. Nandakumara Sarma, Director of USP's Dietary Supplement program and an experienced pharmacist explains why in the final part of our series celebrating American Pharmacists Month.
Chemotherapy medicines and drugs that can be considered hazardous, are lifesaving for patients, but repeat exposure poses significant health risks for the nurses and pharmacists who prepare and administer them. This week, USP announced it will publish revisions to a proposed chapter on the handling of hazardous drugs in healthcare settings. It is just the latest example of the inclusive, informed, and transparent debate provided by USP on topics of critical importance to pharmacy and healthcare practice
Do you know what healthcare provider cares for both animal and human patients? A veterinary pharmacist. Gigi Davidson, Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Chair of USP’s Compounding Expert Committee explains the unique role held by veterinary pharmacists in our latest pharmacists profile as part of American Pharmacists Month.
Mandela Washington Fellow, Dr. Ashiru Abubakar, talks with USP about the drug supply chain, the intersection of public health and political will, and the hope for a future free of counterfeit medicines in his native Nigeria.
Particulate matter in injectable drug products have been the reason for many recent drug recalls. In this blog post, Desmond Hunt, Ph.D., discusses sources of particulate matter and how to control them in the manufacturing process.
Recent news stories have pointed to concerns about the quality of dietary supplements. Yet most Americans take vitamins, minerals or other dietary supplements as a part of their daily health regimen. To choose a quality supplement, look for the USP Verified Mark, which indicates the supplement not only meets regulatory requirements, but was made to even higher quality standards and subject to third party testing.