April 18, 2012
Listening Tour Update – Kissimmee July 15th, Boston September 18th—In addition to the June 14th tour stop in Chicago, two new Council of the Convention (CoC) Listening Tour dates have been confirmed – July 15th at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL, and September 18th at the Boston Renaissance, Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA. Convention Members who attend the Boston event will receive free admission to the USP Science & Standards Symposium focusing on global challenges related to foods and dietary supplements. (Please note that the Listening Tour Travel and Reimbursement Policy will still apply.)
New Orleans Listening Tour Video Interviews—The Listening Tour web page now features videos of the following New Orleans dinner attendees:
- Charles W. Maas, M.D., M.P.H., gives his views on why USP is important to public health and why he commits his personal time to USP and its Members.
- Ms. Diane Dorman discusses the importance of USP standards and talks about how those standards benefit patients.
- Mike Moné, J.D., R.Ph., FAPhA, talks about the current challenges facing pharmacists and the ways that USP standards can help alleviate some of them.
- Svein Oie, Ph.D., discusses his interest in USP and why he wanted to be part of the CoC Listening Tour.
Tom Temple to Receive 2012 Weaver Medal of Honor—On April 25th, Tom Temple, a member of the USP Board of Trustees, will receive the 2012 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal of Honor in an event honoring his dedication and service to Drake University and to the pharmacy profession. The award is the highest honor presented by Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Mr. Temple led the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) as its CEO from 1977 to 2012, formed the Iowa Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Collaborative Education Institute, and has served as IPA’s USP Convention Delegate since 2000. He also served on the Convention’s Membership Committee in the last cycle. We warmly congratulate Mr. Temple on receiving this award.
Board Notes—Notes of recent Board of Trustees meetings are now available.
Research Identifies Foods Most Vulnerable to Fraud, USP Database Aims to Protect Consumers—New research published in the Journal of Food Science identifies olive oil, milk, honey, saffron, orange juice, coffee, and apple juice as the top seven food ingredients reported to be subject to adulteration. The research was based on an analysis of the USP Food Fraud Database, the first known repository of episodes of food ingredient fraud and economically motivated adulteration.
July Workshop on Microbiological Control to Ensure Product Quality—The Microbiological Control of Compendial Articles Workshop will be held July 23–24, 2012 at USP Headquarters in Rockville, MD. This workshop will present information on current USP—NF chapters pertaining to the bioburden control of nonsterile products, sterilization and sterility assurance, and microbiological methods. Breakout sessions will solicit discussion and input from stakeholders. Microbiology, regulatory quality assurance, quality control, compliance personnel, and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend, and group discounts are available.
August Workshop on Characterization of Heparin—The 5th Workshop on the Characterization of Heparin will be held August 14–15, 2012 at USP Headquarters in Rockville, MD. This informal workshop is intended to encourage open discussion and debate on the physico-chemical and functional characterization of therapeutic products derived from heparin, and to explore possible clinical and regulatory implications from different viewpoints. The workshop is being organized by USP, the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (United Kingdom), and the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (Council of Europe).
Reminder on May Supply Chain Integrity and Probiotics Workshops—The following workshops are filling rapidly. If you are interested in attending, please register now.
- USP–IFT Workshop on Identity and Characterization of a Probiotic Microorganism used as a Food Ingredient—May 9–10, 2012
- Supply Chain Integrity Workshop—May 22–23, 2012
USP’s Position on Biologic, Medicine, Food, and Dietary Supplement Standards—USP provides comments on the current policy environment and explains its position on standards for follow-on biologics, medicines, foods, and dietary supplements in new position sheets. We hope these will be helpful resources to our Members, stakeholders, and those involved in public policy formulation.
USP Launches CePAT in Sub-Saharan Africa to Reduce Threat of Counterfeit Medicines—In a video interview, Patrick Lukulay, Ph.D., USP Vice President of Global Health Impact Programs, describes the new USP-Sub-Saharan Africa Center for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training (CePAT). CePAT will provide an integrated platform for training, education, consulting, and laboratory capabilities. The Center will offer a systematic approach to reducing the threat of counterfeit medicines in Sub-Saharan Africa by developing local talent to address domestic problems—building the capacity of African professionals in quality control and quality assurance of medicines. USP is funding a major portion of CePAT construction, but is seeking additional funds from outside donors. To make a contribution to CePAT, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agreement with South Korea Strengthens Mutual Dedication to Quality Medicines—USP and the South Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to identify areas of collaboration and mutual interest, and raise awareness of the importance of medicine quality and safety. In 2011, three scientists from KFDA worked at USP headquarters to gain firsthand knowledge of USP’s organizational structure, quality management systems, and reference standard development process. USP also hosted five representatives of the National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation, a division of KFDA. Potential areas of collaboration identified in the MOU include: annual scientific meetings, workshops, seminars, and forums; collaborative studies; and information exchange.