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USP and India's Ministry of AYUSH partner to strengthen quality of traditional medicines.

USP signed a MoU with India's AYUSH Ministry to strengthen the quality of traditional medicines and botanical dietary supplements. "This collaboration will amplify the global public health impact of both organizations by leveraging mutual scientific resources to advance international standards," said K V Surendranath, SVP, Global Sites at USP. Learn more http://bit.ly/2bQHfM9

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USP Summer Internship: A Tale of Two Interns

Two students from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Pharmacy, report on their summer internship at USP sharing their experiences, lessons learned and hopes for a bright future career impacting public health - http://qualitymatters.usp.org/usp-summer-internship-tale-two-interns

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Two students from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Pharmacy, report on their summer internship at USP sharing their experiences, lessons learned and hopes for a bright future career impacting public health.
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Food Fraud: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Globalization of the food supply chain has introduced a diverse and affordable variety of delicious foods, but it has also increased the complexity of our food system, opening up new opportunities for ‪‎food fraud‬. Learn more at http://qualitymatters.usp.org/food-fraud-what-you-don-t-know-can-hurt-you

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How Does Food Fraud Put Public Health at Risk?

Food fraud tends to go largely unnoticed because fraudulent production methods are designed specifically to go undetected, and usually the adulterants aren’t harmful. The key word is “usually,” because ‪food fraud can lead (and has) to public health crises.

In an effort to prevent food fraud, USP has created new tools to help companies reduce food fraud vulnerabilities in their supply chains. Karen Everstine, Ph.D., MPH, Scientific Liaison, Food Standards at USP explains. Learn more.

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Food fraud tends to go largely unnoticed because fraudulent production methods are designed specifically to go undetected, and usually the adulterants aren’t harmful. The key word is “usually,” because food fraud can lead (and has) to public health crises. Learn more.
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How Generics Increased Access to Treatment and Lowered Drug Costs

Over the past three decades, generic medicines have significantly increased patient access to quality treatment, while lowering healthcare costs in the United States.

A new class of prescription drugs knows as biosimilars, offers the same hope of increased access and reduced costs. Learn more: http://qualitymatters.usp.org/how-generics-increased-access-treatment-and-lowered-drug-costs

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Material Biocompatibility and Standard for Plastic Manufacturing Systems/Components

Are you an R&D scientist, packaging engineer, toxicologist or quality assurance/quality control professional? Do you work in a contract research or contract manufacturing organization? If so, don’t miss our Biocompatibility and Material Characterization Workshop, on June 20-21, 2016.

The workshop will discuss the upcoming revision to <87> Biological Reactivity, In Vitro and <88> Biological Reactivity, In Vivo, along with ideas of including risk-based and chemical characterization testing.

During Day 2, hear the rationale behind the proposed new chapter, <661.3> Plastic Components and Systems Used to Manufacture Pharmaceuticals Drug Products, which outline tests and specifications for plastic component and systems used in the manufacturing of a drug product. To learn more and register visit - http://www.usp.org/meetings-courses/workshops/material-biocompatibility-and-standard-plastic-manufacturing-systemscomponents

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How to Read a Supplement Label

Dietary supplements, used regularly by about half of U.S. adults, can add significant amounts of nutrients and other ingredients to your diet. While supplements come in many different forms including tablets, capsules, powders and liquids, any product labeled as a dietary supplement must carry a Supplement Facts label that lists its contents and other added ingredients (such as fillers, binders and flavorings) as well as directions for use, health-related claims and any cautions.

USP has created the following infographic as a quick guide to help you find and understand the most important features of a supplement label: http://qualitymatters.usp.org/how-read-supplement-label
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A dietary supplement label contains important information about the product that is in the bottle and how to use it. This infographic illustrates the key elements of a supplement label that consumers should be familiar with. Learn more.
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Boosting Confidence in Biosimilars

A recently published paper suggests that biosimilars are as safe and effective as their originator counterparts. Biosimilars are more affordable versions of biologics—medicines made from living organisms—that are the preferred therapies for many chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and cancer. Learn more: http://qualitymatters.usp.org/boosting-confidence-biosimilars

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Dietary Supplement Quality: How the Top Manufacturers Do It

Concerns about the quality of dietary supplements have made consumers wary. That's why it's more important than ever for supplement manufacturers to verify the quality of their products. Watch video to learn more. #USPVerified  
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Fake Food on the‪ Menu

‎Food fraud‬ is a sophisticated $50 billion industry, according to a Michigan State University's Food Fraud Initiative. While many of the nation's scams occur in grocery store aisles and retail shops, some occur further up the supply chain as well. This article (published by Eater), explains how to avoid the most common fake foods on restaurant menus. If you’re a food ingredient manufacturer, supplier or other stakeholder, visit https://www.foodfraud.org/ to learn about our latest food safety and integrity solutions.

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Panel Discussion on Changing USP Packaging Chapters

Since the modernization of USP General Chapter <661> Plastic Packaging Systems and Their Materials of Construction, manufacturers and industry stakeholders have been wondering how the revised standard will impact their testing programs. Dr. Desmond Hunt, USP’s Senior Scientific Liaison explains the history, intent and impact of the revisions. Learn more:
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Trust in Public Health Crumbles Without Quality

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 - http://qualitymatters.usp.org/trust-public-health-crumbles-without-quality

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US Pharmacopeia (USP) is an independent, scientific, nonprofit organization improving public health by setting standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are developed and relied upon in more than 140 countries. More information about USP may be found at http://www.usp.org/

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