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U.S. Pharmacopeia Aiding FDA in Improved Tests for Heparin Contamination
Date:4/14/2008

accidentally or deliberately. USP will continue to work closely with FDA and other partners to develop the most effective approaches to assure the safety of heparin."

The availability of a good public monograph in the USP with allied reference materials is one of a series of safety nets that work to assure that U.S. patients and practitioners have access to good quality medicines. Other safety nets include dedicated and trusted drug ingredient and product manufacturers who follow good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and sound sampling protocols in support of batch release testing. Oversight from FDA is also key in assuring product quality along complicated and at times lengthy supply and distribution pathways.

USP will provide further information as its work evolves. For updates on the availability of this information, please contact Laura Provan at lnp@usp.org or 301-816-8268.

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The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a private, non-profit, standards-setting organization that advances public health by helping to ensure the quality and consistency of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements, promoting the safe and proper use of medications, and verifying ingredients in drugs and dietary supplements. Its standards, which are recognized worldwide, are developed by a unique process of public involvement through the contributions of volunteers representing pharmacy, medicine, and other health care professions, as well as science, academia, government, the pharmaceutical and food industries, and consumer organizations. For more information about USP and its public health programs, visit http://www.usp.org/newscenter.


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