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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. 

Ask Your Pharmacist if an Over The Counter Medicine or Supplement is Right for You

Nandakumara Sarma Submitted by Nandakumara Sarma on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:33
Ask the Pharmacist

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. 

Debate on Proposed Guidelines for Handling Hazardous Drugs to Re-Open

USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:57
hazardous drugs, health and safety

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

Pharmacists: Standing on the Bridge for One Health Medicine

USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:17
Animal jobs

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.

Consumers Choose Quality Supplements with the Help of the USP Verified Mark

John Atwater Submitted by John Atwater on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:05
Consumers can identify high quality dietary supplements

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.