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US, Russian organizations team to improve the quality of medicines
Date:4/7/2009

Rockville, Md., April 7, 2009 Aiming to improve the quality of medicines in the Russian Federation and the United States, two leading drug quality organizations in those countries today announced plans to work together on standards-related activities for drugs and their ingredients. These include efforts to reduce the availability of counterfeit and substandard medicines.

The agreement was captured in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in Moscow by the Federal Service on Surveillance in Healthcare and Social Development of the Russian Federation (Roszdravnadzor) and the United States Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention. Roszdravnadzor is the surveillance agency for medicines and medical supplies within Russia's Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development. USP is an independent, non-profit organization that sets federally recognized quality standards in the United States for prescription and over-the-counter medications. It also sets widely recognized standards for food ingredients and dietary supplements.

"Access to good quality medicines is of critical importance to the public health, given the role that medicines play in saving lives, restoring health, and treating and preventing diseases," said Roger L. Williams, M.D., chief executive officer of USP. "Through a number of potential activities detailed in this agreement, Roszdravnadzor and USP will work to improve the quality of medicines that patients receive in Russia and the United States. This includes reducing the availability of counterfeit and substandard medicines, which pose a substantial threat to citizens of both countries and globally."

"With medicines and their ingredients coming from all over the world, international collaboration is a key part of protecting and enhancing the health of patients," said N.V. Yurgel, head of Roszdravnadzor. "We look forward to a productive relationship with USP that ultimately results in a safer drug supply."

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