Last updated on: 5/8/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

US Pharmacopoeia Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Marijuana is officially removed from the US Pharmacopoeia.”

1941

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is the official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and other healthcare products manufactured and sold in the United States. USP sets standards for the quality of these products and works with healthcare providers to help them reach the standards. USP’s standards are also recognized and used in more than 130 countries. These standards have been helping to ensure good pharmaceutical care for people throughout the world for more than 185 years.

USP is an independent, science-based public health organization. As a self-sustaining nonprofit organization, USP is funded through revenues from the sale of products and services that help to ensure good pharmaceutical care. USP’s contributions to public health are enriched by the participation and oversight of volunteers representing pharmacy, medicine, and other healthcare professions as well as academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry, health plans, and consumer organizations.

“About USP-An Overview,” USP website (accessed Aug. 30, 2007)

Mission:

“USP promotes the public health by developing and disseminating quality standards and information for medicines, healthcare delivery, and related products and practices. Our standards and information help patients and practitioners maintain and improve health.”

“About USP-An Overview,” USP website (accessed Aug. 30, 2007)

Other:
Nonprofit, nongovernmental organization (NGO)