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Medicine quality in Philippines and region strengthened with Philippine FDA's accreditation
Date:7/12/2010

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The Philippine Accrediting Organization (PAO) awarded the FDA ISO/IEC accreditation for a wide scope of chemical and microbiological testing. This accreditation, recognized as the industry's top standard, validates that the FDA can provide valid and trustworthy data to the Department of Health, helping to ensure the quality of medicines to the country's citizens.

The PQM Program has provided technical assistance to the FDA since 2006 and established a medicines quality monitoring program for anti-TB medicines in the Philippines through funding from the USAID/Philippines Mission. According to Dr. Patrick Lukulay, director of the PQM Program, "I'm gratified that the LSD has earned accreditation from an international standards body. Through the PQM Program, USAID and USP are dedicated to helping national laboratories in developing countries improve public health through a science-based focus on medicines quality. To further this, USP headquarters will host visiting scientists from the LSD later this year to provide training on advanced quality lab techniques."

USAID is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. The PQM Program, implemented by USP, is a cooperative agreement with USAID that works to improve medicine quality in developing countries. The program focuses on the availability of high-quality medicines to treat life-threatening diseases including HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Lack of access to quality-assured medicines is a major public health threat throughout much of the world.


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Contact: Francine Pierson
fp@usp.org
301-816-8588
US Pharmacopeia
Source:Eurekalert

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