In this posting we explore the potentially-adverse health implications of mystery ingredients, and encourage manufacturers and consumers to get serious about ingredient accountability. USP senior scientific liaison Dr. Carla Mejia reveals that sometimes not even the manufacturer knows what’s in the products they sell.
Here in the United States, we enjoy one of the safest drug and food supplies in the world. It is a huge accomplishment, and the result of a vast safety net created by the coordinated efforts of multiple government agencies, health organizations, industry and non-profits. This article explains the role they play in ensuring that drug, drug ingredients, dietary supplements and food ingredients sold in the U.S. can be safely consumed.
Each year, over a million Americans experience a health problem because they find their prescription labels difficult to read or understand. This article explores some of the common mistakes patients make when taking their medicines, and offers patient centered guidelines to help standardize and simplify prescription label information.
Few people understand the meaning or function of a pharmacopeia, but it plays an important role in safeguarding public health. The idea of documenting medicines dates back centuries, and continues today, helping to promote the safety, quality and benefit of thousands of pharmaceutical products around the world.
When is the last time you considered the importance of quality medicines and foods? For nearly 200 years USP has been setting quality standards and we are committed to improving global health through public standards that help ensure the quality, safety and benefits of these essential products.
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s most prevalent diseases – it kills three people every minute. Although progress has been made in expanding access to treatment, the rate of multi-drug resistant TB cases has nearly doubled between 2011 and 2012. One factor driving drug resistance is poor quality drugs. Several global health organizations have partnered together to find a solution to ensure that safe and effective medicines are used in their treatment programs.
Despite the growing popularity of many dietary supplements for performance enhancement among members of the US Military, there’s little evidence to prove their benefits. To help military personnel make more informed decisions about these products, a group of experts from USP conducted a systematic evidence review to determine the benefits and safety of dietary supplements for sports fitness and endurance.
What are your chances of getting a fake medicine? 1 in 100? 1 in 10? Or 1 in 2? You may or may not think much about fake medicines, but the fact is they exist in practically every corner of the globe. The good news is that we can fight fake medicines together, through public awareness and communication sharing.
The growing trend in dietary supplements intentionally adulterated with pharmaceuticals represents an alarming risk to public health. These products can be bought in stores and overwhelmingly via the Internet. Here are 5 tips to avoid such products.
Almost 200 years ago, 11 physicians recognized an essential need for consistency and quality regarding medicines and came together to create the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Since then, USP's focus on quality has expanded to new areas in medicine, pharmacy, dietary supplements, and foods. From quality-related science and research, to field work and consumer tips, our hope is to address a universe of issues – all linked together by a common theme, that the quality of these items has a profound impact on our lives.