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PharmaChk: An Easy-to-Use Tool for Detecting Poor-Quality Medicine

Kennedy Chibwe Submitted by Kennedy Chibwe on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:00
A tool used for detecting the quality of medicine

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.

What’s in your energy drink? Even manufacturers may not know!

Carla Mejia Submitted by Carla Mejia on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:00
Consumers don't always know what goes in their foods and beverages

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.  

The Cost of Poor Quality Medicine and Foods

Anne Bell Submitted by Anne Bell on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:47
Organizations that help to keep medicine supply safe

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.

Do You Find Prescription Labels Hard to Read? You Are Not Alone

Anne Bell Submitted by Anne Bell on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 05:59
Many Americans find prescription labels hard to read

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.

Ensuring the Quality of Future Medicines and Foods - The Public Impact of USP

Ron Piervincenzi Submitted by Ron Piervincenzi on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:00
Quality standards for food and medicines help to improve global health

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.

Quality Medicines are Key In the Fight Against Tuberculosis (TB)

Anne Bell Submitted by Anne Bell on Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:00
Quality medicines are the key to fighting TB

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.

Military Fitness: Do Dietary Supplements Enhance Athletic Performance?

Nandakumara Sarma Submitted by Nandakumara Sarma on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 05:59
Scientific review offers pros and cons of dietary supplements for athletic performance

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. 

The Global Fight Against Bad Medicine @FightTheFakes

Nils Hagen-Frederiksen Submitted by Nils Hagen-Fre… on Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:00
Fake medicines exist almost everywhere

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.