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

otential areas of collaboration is utilization of the first Russian translation of USP's internationally recognized book of drug standards, the United States PharmacopeiaNational Formulary (USPNF), which USP is introducing this week at the XVI Russian Man and Drug National Congress. Through these compendia, USP provides scientifically based standards that help ensure the identity, quality, purity and strength of more than 4,000 medicines, drug substances, dosage forms, excipients (inactive substances such as binders, coatings, colorings, flavorings, preservatives and sweeteners), and dietary supplements. The Russian version of the compendia was translated and published by GEOTAR-MEDIA, one of the leading publishing companies in the Russian Federation and well known internationally for its translations of major medical works. USP plans to publish a supplement to the book in 2010. At this time the translation is current through USP 29 and NF 24, with plans on-going to make the translation current.

"As USPNF is the world's most complete collection of quality standards for medicines, I believe that its translation into Russian will promote further enhancement of Russia's regulatory system for medicines, harmonization of Russian pharmacopeial standards with those of the world's leading pharmacopeias and improvement of drug quality in Russia as a whole," said Yurgel.

Other potential areas of collaboration between the two groups as detailed in the MOU include:

  • Working Relationships. Activities such as organizing joint annual scientific meetings, exchanging scientific staff, promoting pharmacopeial harmonization, promoting the use of modern laboratory standards and application of modern metrologic principles, and facilitating exchange of information and taking action in cases of emergency arising from accidental contamination or intentional adulteration of medicines and their ingredients will be considered.
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Contact: Francine Pierson
fp@usp.org
301-816-8588
US Pharmacopeia
Source:Eurekalert

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