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A Multi-Sectorial Approach to Ensuring Medical Product Quality & Supply Chain Integrity

USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 08:25
USP Contributes to APEC Initiative to Ensure Medical Product Quality & Supply Chain Integrity

Learn about USP's involvement in the APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum and how this group is improving access to quality medical products by helping Asian-Pacific economies prevent, detect and respond to spurious, substandard, falsified, falsely-labelled and counterfeit products in their supply chains.

USP Reference Standards: 5 Tools You Should Know About

USP Staff Submitted by USP Staff on Fri, 03/25/2016 - 08:28
Resources for USP Reference Standards Users

Discover convenient tools and helpful tips related to using USP Reference Standards in your work. USP Reference Standards are intended for quality control use in conducting assays and tests in USP’s documentary standards for drugs, dietary supplements, and foods. 

Medication Safety 101: Join in Twitter Chat on Safe Usage, Storage and Disposal of OTCs

USP Guest Submitted by USP Guest on Thu, 03/17/2016 - 10:05
Twitter Chat for Patients on Medication Safety

Find out answers to important questions about your medications during a special live Twitter Chat “Medication Safety 101: Usage, Storage, and Disposal” on March 23. Hosted by the Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with NCPIE, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, and the CHPA Educational Foundation, this online discussion aims to answer common patient questions on how to safely choose, take, store, and dispose of OTC medications.  

Celebrating the Global Impact of Quality: USP–India’s 10th Anniversary and Beyond

Anthony Lakavage, J.D. Submitted by Anthony Lakava… on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 08:46
A Peony in bloom.

Anthony Lakavage, Senior Vice President, USP Global External Affairs, shares insights on USP–India's 10th Anniversary and how USP is working globally to increase its impact on improving the quality of medicines, dietary supplements and foods worldwide.

Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs Protects Healthcare Workers and Patients

USP Guest Submitted by USP Guest on Tue, 02/09/2016 - 09:37
New Standards for Handling Hazardous Drugs Help Protect Personnel & Patients

New USP General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings provides consistent standards for the handling of hazardous drugs in healthcare settings to help minimize exposure to healthcare workers, avoid unintended and repeated exposures, and reduce the potential for adverse consequences. 

USP Q&A: Standards for Plastic Packaging Systems for Drug Products

Desmond Hunt Submitted by Desmond Hunt on Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:36
USP standards for plastic packaging systems for drugs

Plastic packaging systems play an important role in protecting the drugs we use. However, a drug’s packaging must be compatible with the product and not compromise its stability, efficacy or safety. USP’s Desmond Hunt, Ph.D., provides insight into plastic packaging systems for drugs and how USP standards can support quality in this field.

USP Quality Standards for Probiotics: Benefiting Consumers, Academia and Industry

Anne Bell Submitted by Anne Bell on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:16
USP Probiotic Standards

Quality plays an integral role in connecting medical research and manufacturing to healthcare practice and consumers. The growing study of the microbiome and the potential health benefits of probiotics offers a particularly timely and illustrative example. Learn about the quality standards USP has developed for probiotics and how they could be the unifying thread connecting clinical research to academia, industry and patients/consumers.

New USP Standards for Characterization of Therapeutic Proteins

Theresa Laranang Mutlu Submitted by Theresa Larana… on Fri, 01/08/2016 - 08:07
New USP Standards for Proteins

Learn about and view the new suite of physical and written standards that USP is developing to help biologics manufacturers develop and analyze therapeutic proteins. New general chapters address analytical procedures for monoclonal antibodies, oligosaccharides, and protein determination.