The 69th World Health Assembly, took place in Geneva on May 23 – 28, 2016, and USP was honored to co-host a high level discussion on global public health and the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). This article captures parts of the conversation that took place not only in Geneva but via social media as well.
In LMICs, the availability of medicines manufactured locally that do not meet quality standards is a leading cause of treatment failure and adverse events in patients and is undermining public health interventions. But where do things go wrong during pharmaceutical manufacturing in LMICs that give rise to this problem? Learn more.
Desmond Hunt, Ph.D., USP’s Senior Scientific Liaison, provides insight into metal packaging systems for drugs and how USP standards can support quality in this field. Dr. Hunt works closely with USP’s Expert Committee on Packaging and Distribution—the volunteer experts who serve as key decision-makers in the USP standards-setting process. Learn more.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, drugs available to consumers/patients without a prescription, play an important role in our modern healthcare system. An upcoming Consumer Healthcare Products Association workshop highlights how USP collaborates with key stakeholders to help address specific needs in OTC manufacturing and testing related to drug quality. Learn more.
The American drug supply is among the safest in the world, with many protections for consumers and patients. However, a pending proposal in Congress would remove key protections for all biologic drugs—crucial and lifesaving medicines we take like insulin, human growth hormones, and blood thinners. Learn more.
Legislation being considered by Congress will remove the requirement that all biologic medicines – drugs such as insulin, vaccines, cancer treatments and other therapies made using living matter – comply with public quality standards of the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP). This same legislation would also apply to biosimilars. As a result, public confidence in biologics and biosimilars as well as patient safety would be at risk. Learn more.
On this World Malaria Day, the world is calling for an end to malaria. We must increase efforts to ensure that antimalarials used to treat malaria are safe, effective and of good-quality. Here are some ways we can close the treatment gap and provide the millions of people newly infected with malaria each year with reliable, quality-assured medicines.
For a hundred years, federal law has required that all drugs adhere to public quality standards—part of ensuring safety and protecting the public’s health. Language that would exempt biologics, including biosimilars, from adhering to the same public quality standards as other prescription medicines was recently added to the FDA and NIH Workforce Authorities Modernization Act. Learn about the potential impact this biologics quality exemption may have on competition, product development, and the public's confidence in biologics and biosimilars.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, USP is proud to recognize and honor the more than 640 volunteers who serve on USP’s standards-setting and advisory bodies—the USP Council of Expert, Expert Committees and Expert Panels. These dedicated individuals help USP fulfill its mission to improve global health by readily sharing their knowledge in the continuous revision of USP’s public standards that help ensure the quality of medicines, dietary supplements and foods.