With the debate about the safety of food additives recently revived in the media, proper identification of the additives themselves is an aspect of food safety often forgotten. It is assumed food ingredients are well known before safety assessments are performed, but that might not be always true.
To help illustrate the true threat of counterfeit and substandard medicines, and demonstrate why USP and so many other organizations are working to improve drug quality, we offer this first-hand story about two near-fatal encounters with bad drugs.
Before the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) defined dietary supplements as a sub-set of foods, questions about how they would be regulated created heated discussion in the US market.
Since its beginnings, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has been concerned with setting quality standards for botanicals and minerals. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), Dr. Srini Srinivasan, Executive Vice President, Special Assignments and Chief Science Officer at USP, reflects on the dramatic growth of the dietary supplement industry, USP’s changing role as a standards setting body and the impact of DSHEA.
Most people in developed countries, whether they work in the food industry or not, take for granted that the food they consume is nutritious and free of substances that may be harmful to their health. What they may not realize is that it takes enormous effort from multiple stakeholders to keep their food "safe" on a daily basis. This article reveals the major players involved in maintaining a safe food supply in the United States.
Today, peptides represent one of the fastest growing segments in the pharmaceutical market. Hence, being able to manufacture peptides that are consistent in makeup and quality is an important priority for manufacturers of this drug class. This article discusses how the global pharmaceutical landscape continues to transform and how quality standards will play a growing role in the manufacture of these drugs.
Food integrity means different things to different people. For consumers, their only question might be: "Is this food safe for me to eat?" For manufacturers, their concerns have to do with building and sustaining consumer trust. In the first of a series on food issues, USP Director of Food Ingredients, Markus Lipp, shares his insights about food integrity and USP’s role in maintaining it.
PharmaChk, a user-friendly medicine quality detection device, is generating positive outcomes in field testing. Dr. Kennedy Chibwe, senior manager of the Promoting the Quality of Medicines program, explains how this technology may revolutionize the fight against counterfeit and substandard medicines in developing nations.