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Quality Matters – USP’s New Online Voice

Nils Hagen-Frederiksen Submitted by Nils Hagen-Fre… on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 00:00
A mission to improve the quality of food and medicines

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.


What is a Pharmacopeial Monograph? Key Steps from Cradle to Catalog.

USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:46
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One common question that we hear is, what is a Pharmacopeial Monograph? It's a great question. Monograph development is a complex activity requiring participation from academia, the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, and USP’s expert committees. In this article, learn the key steps in developing a monograph and where all these disciplines fit in the process.

4 Ways to Protect Your Medicines and Your Family During Summer

Desmond Hunt Submitted by Desmond Hunt on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 03:46
Summer Protection of Medicines

In the hustle and bustle of summer activities, there are some simple things about daily life that can be easily overlooked. One of them is proper handling and storing of medicines when your family’s regular routine changes. This article offers four tips for protecting your medicines during the hectic summer months.

What You Should Know About Color Additives

USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:16
What You Should Know About Color Additives

Without color additives, margarine wouldn’t be yellow and colas wouldn’t be brown. But like most Americans who consume processed foods, you may worry about the safety of these ingredients. This article sheds light on color additives, why they’re important, and how the FDA and quality standards in the Food Chemical Codex help to rule out harmful substances.