In Liberia, sellers of poor-quality medicines are capitalizing on public fears about Ebola. Learn what the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority is doing about it and how the Promoting the Quality of Medicines Program--a collaborative effort between USAID and USP--is playing a role.
There are many explanations for the gifts of the magi – gold, frankincense and myrrh. At first glance, these items seem like very strange gifts for an infant. Biblical scholars and the popular carol “We Three Kings” point to their symbolic significance: gold for Jesus’ status as king, frankincense a symbol of his priesthood and myrrh a foreshadowing of his death.
Like most African countries, the challenges facing the Zambian pharmaceutical industry are vast. But under the leadership of Ms. Esnart Mwape, Director General of the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority, challenges such as counterfeit drugs are being addressed, as the Authority respositions itself to take charge of the market. Read more.
USP Visiting Scientist Santiago Gallardo Dávila talks with USP about his work as a pharmaceutical chemist at the Mexican Pharmacopeia, and the intersection between chemistry and global health.
To help illustrate the true threat of counterfeit and substandard medicines, and demonstrate why USP and so many other organizations are working to improve drug quality, we offer this first-hand story about two near-fatal encounters with bad drugs.
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.
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.
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.