As it expands its work in the area of global public health with a focus on substandard, falsified and counterfeit medicines, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) recently was invited to create a Commitment to Action as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
Among the critical and complex problems facing the international community and developing countries in particular is the proliferation of poor-quality medicines. Such medicines can have devastating consequences. These may include exacerbating the course of a patient’s disease and even leading to death; contributing to the growth of drug-resistant disease parasites, undermining the efficacy of these medicines for all patients; and hampering the economic growth of nations, whose foundation rests on a population of healthy citizens.
“USP envisions a world in which all people have access to high quality, safe and beneficial medicines,” said Brian Hendrix, executive vice president and chief operating officer of USP. “This should not be a privilege limited to those who live in developed countries, but a fundamental right that we all enjoy. USP is in a unique position to leverage our nearly two centuries of work in improving the quality of medicines to help achieve such a reality. Joining the CGI community is a critical step in furthering our efforts, particularly as we seek partners to help us maximize the benefit our experience can provide to underserved nations and populations. We were pleased to meet and engage in global health discussions with many of these parties at CGI’s winter meeting in March as an initial activity.”
CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. Each CGI member creates a Commitment to Action—a concrete plan to address a major global challenge. Examples of these commitments, which can be found at http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org, include Fighting HIV through the Workforce, Helping Haiti Build Back and Empowering Girls and Women.
USP is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. Since 1820, USP has helped to ensure public health through the development of these standards. USP’s standards for finished medicines and their ingredients are written into U.S. law in the adulteration and misbranding provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and are enforceable by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 145 countries worldwide.
Through its Global Health Impact Programs (GHIP), USP strives to transform the global health landscape by addressing the systemic problems that hamper access to good-quality medicines for patients in need. USP has engaged in such work for decades through its flagship initiative—the Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) program—and its predecessor programs. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, PQM is a $35 million program that increases the availability of quality-assured medicines in developing countries by building and strengthening local capacity of quality systems, assisting medicines regulators in fighting the scourge of counterfeit and substandard medicines, and promoting Good Manufacturing Practices.
For more information on GHIP and partnering on this work, please contact the USP Development Office at development(at)usp(dot)org.
USP – Advancing Public Health Since 1820
The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific, nonprofit, standards-setting organization that advances public health through public standards and related programs that help ensure the quality, safety, and benefit of medicines and foods. USP’s standards are relied upon and used worldwide. For more information about USP visit http://www.usp.org. FY1236
About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.
CGI’s Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.