Pharmacopeia – Definition


Pharmacopeia – A professional and regulatory compendium of information about drugs, including their formulations, dosages, and therapeutic uses, that establishes manufacturing, safety, efficacy, and prescribing standards. The US Pharmacopeia (USP) is a formal and official document as well as a process for maintaining quality standards across the spectrum of pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacies, and health-care organizations (such as practices, clinics, care facilities, and hospitals) after a drug receives approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Drugs and products such as dietary supplements that bear the indication “USP-verified” or include “USP” with the product name meet USP standards. Other countries have similar pharmacopeia (commonly spelled “pharmacopoeia” outside the United States) structures.


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