2009 News Stories
Below are links to news stories in which USP appeared. Please note, you may be directed to an outside web page.
- Eat Smart: Follow these Rules for Safe Supplement Use
USA Weekend (12/6/2009)—Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, chair of USP's Dietary Supplement–Information Expert Committee, offers tips on safely consuming supplements.
- Warning - Counterfeit Medicines
Voice of America (11/18/2009)—USAID-USP's new Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) Program to combat substandard and counterfeit drugs in developing countries is spotlighted.
- Fact or Fiction: Are Generic Drugs Bad for You
Scientific American (11/12/2009)—USP's work to strengthen identification tests for many drugs considered "at risk" for adulteration is cited in this story about the safety of generic drugs.
- USP and USAID Launch New Program to Improve Drug Quality
PharmTech Talk (11/6/2009)—USP's Patrick Lukulay discusses the goals of the new Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) Program and future projects on the horizon, including the development of new technologies to detect substandard and counterfeit drugs.
- FDA Seeks to Reduce Drug Dosage Errors
Los Angeles Times (11/5/2009)—USP's Shawn Becker discusses the problem of medication errors in light of FDA's new effort to reduce the number of these preventable episodes.
- Fake Viagra, and more, in Bangkok
GlobalPost (10/23/2009)—USP's Christopher Raymond discusses the problem of counterfeit drugs in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia, as well as USAID-USP's efforts to reduce the prevalence of these fake medicines.
- USP Targets Counterfeits in Cambodia
In Pharma Technologist (10/12/2009)—Article reports on public service announcement (PSA) campaign by USAID/USP to warn citizens in Cambodia of the presence and dangers of substandard and counterfeit medicines.
- Read Labels, Talk to Doctors to Learn about Drugs and Side Effects
Indianapolis Star (10/1/2009)—In this article about medication side effects and adverse reactions, USP's Shawn Becker talks about the importance of being an informed patient-knowing every medication you're taking and why you're taking it.
- Anti counterfeiting the Focus of USP Science Meeting
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (9/28/2009)—Article highlights discussions about anti counterfeiting and assuring drug quality at the USP Annual Scientific Meeting, including use of new technologies.
- An Update on Metals Testing in Drugs
Chemical & Engineering News (9/24/2009)—USP's Anthony DeStefano is interviewed about the progress of USP's efforts to update its elemental impurities standards for medicines.
- Ask it Early with Dr. Ashton
The Early Show, CBS News (9/23/2009)—Dr. Jennifer Ashton recommends USP Verified dietary supplements to consumers.
- Read This Before You Pick Up Your Next Prescription
O, The Oprah Magazine (09/2009)—USP's Shawn Becker discusses how patients can avoid medication mix-ups in this article about different types of prescription mistakes.
- Secrets about Stress, Juices and Supplements
Washington Examiner (8/10/2009)—The You Docs, Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, note that many bottles of Coenzyme Q10 don't contain the real thing—and advise patients to look for bottles with the USP Verified Mark.
- Counterfeit Drugs Continue to Threaten Lives in Developing Countries
Scientific American (7/23/2009)—In "60-Second Science," the problem of counterfeit pharmaceuticals in the developing world is addressed—with the piece citing the USP Drug Quality and Information Program's recent work detecting a counterfeit antimalarial drug in Ghana.
- Cooling Down Drug Prices
Inside E Street—AARP TV (7/14/2009)—USP Chief Executive Officer Roger Williams discusses biologic drugs, their costs, and the potential benefits they offer to patients.
- 4 Ways to Choose the Right Multivitamin
Parenting.com/Baby Talk—Article advises that consumers look for the USP Verified Mark when choosing a multivitamin.
- USP Collaborates with Asian Authorities
Pharmaceutical Technology (7/2/2009)—USP's partnerships with Viet Nam, the ASEAN nations, and China to advance the quality of medicines and foods are highlighted in this story.
- Prescription Fish Oil
Consumer Reports (6/16/2009)—USP Verified fish oil supplements are recommended in this Consumer Reports Health video comparing prescription fish oil to less-expensive, over-the-counter supplements.
- Vitamins, Herbal Remedies Can be Risky
CBS' The Early Show (6/15/2009)—In a segment with The Early Show's Maggie Rodriguez on vitamins and dietary supplements, Dr. Jennifer Ashton notes the importance of looking for a mark of quality such as the "USP Verified" Mark when purchasing these products.
- Better Safeguards for the Food Supply
Chemical & Engineering News (5/25/2009)—USP scientists discuss the organization's efforts to develop new solutions to detect melamine—and measure protein content—in foods to help safeguard the food supply from future episodes of adulteration.
- Developing Solutions to Fight Food Fraud
Food Navigator-USA (5/22/2009)—In this podcast, USP Vice President of Food, Dietary Supplement and Excipient Standards Jim Griffiths talks about the threat to the food industry and consumers posed by episodes of adulteration—and what USP is doing to help advance solutions to prevent future occurrences.
- Pharma 40 2009
World Pharmaceutical Frontiers (4/2009)—USP Chief Executive Officer Roger L. Williams is named to the publication's annual list of the 40 most influential people in the pharmaceutical industry for the second year in a row.
- Buyer Beware
Popular Science (4/14/2009)—In this article examining undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients found in over-the-counter weight loss supplements, USP Chief Science Officer Darrell Abernethy discusses the global supply chain for active pharmaceutical ingredients.
- Study: Some Prenatal Vitamins Lack Enough Iodine
Associated Press/ABC News (2/25/2009)—In this story about many prenatal vitamins not containing iodine in levels they claim to on their labels, it is noted that USP's verification program tests dietary supplements to verify their contents and consumers can purchase vitamins with the USP mark on them.
- New Standards Set for Heparin and Glycerin
HealthDay/U.S. News & World Report (2/4/2009)—USP's updated standards for heparin and glycerin in response to recent episodes of adulteration are highlighted.
- Heparin Testing Standards Revised After Deaths
Bloomberg News/Daily Herald (2/4/2009)—Article reports on USP's revised standards for the blood thinner heparin.
- Be Wary of Risky Product Names
Post and Courier (2/2/2009)—"The You Docs" Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz note that the "USP Verified" mark on supplements is the best evidence that a product actually contains the ingredients listed on the label, in the quantities claimed, and that it doesn't contain contaminants.
- Evaluating the Pieces of the Pharma Supply Chain
Pharmaceutical Technology (01/2009)—In this article examining globalization's effects on the pharmaceutical supply chain, USP Chief Executive Officer Roger L. Williams discusses the organization's efforts to help advance pharmaceutical product quality through revision of its heparin and glycerin standards, as well as its activities in China and India.
- Global QC: On the Front Lines with DQI's Patrick Lukulay
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Magazine (01/2009)—USP Drug Quality and Information Program Director Patrick Lukulay discusses the program's activities to improve drug quality in Madagascar.
- Quality Standards Proposed for Stevia-Derived Sweetener
Food Navigator USA (1/16/2009)—Article reports on USP's proposed standard for stevia-based sweetener Rebaudioside A-an ingredient that U.S. food and beverage manufacturers are beginning to incorporate into their products as an alternative to sugar and other non-caloric sugar substitutes.