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United States Pharmacopeia
The United States Pharmacopeia is a compendium of quality control tests for drugs and excipients to be introduced into a medicinal formulation. It is published every year  by the United States Pharmacopoeial Convention, and includes methods for, amongst others, identification, assay, and purity determination of a drug substance or excipient. It forms the basis of enforcement actions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and is the official pharmacopoeia of the United States and many other nations. Therefore, in case of a dispute, those methods which are stated in the USP will be the legally binding ones.
Additional recommended knowledge
Within the field the compendium is referred to simply as the USP. The initials USP are affixed to materials' names to indicate that they conform to the specifications in the USP and may be used medicinally.
See pill splitting for a discussion of USP standards concerning uniformity of dosage.
Notes and references
|This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "United_States_Pharmacopeia". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.|