Quality of Medicines and Food Ingredients the Focus at USP 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting


    International Experts Assess Current and Emerging Challenges in
Protecting Public Health

    ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Important issues
surrounding the quality of food and drugs -- including global supply chain
management, the challenges of creating follow-on biologics (in Canada,
subsequent entry biologics) and nanotechnology for drug delivery -- will be
the focus of the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention's 2009 Annual Scientific
Meeting (ASM). The ASM will be held in Toronto, Canada, from September 22 to

    "We have a strong international roster of top scientific and regulatory
experts in pharmaceuticals, food, biotechnology and measurement," said Roger
L. Williams, M.D., chief executive officer of USP. "Navigating the
complexities of global supply chain management, quality of food ingredients
and understanding how measurement science can be utilized are key to ensuring
the quality and safety of the world's medicines and food ingredients. I'm
looking forward to a rigorous and forward-moving discussion."

    Given urgent challenges in protecting the quality of drugs and foods --
including melamine in food products, adulterated heparin, and diethylene
glycol in cough syrups and toothpaste -- this year's ASM is especially timely
and critical. This scientific dialogue will engage more than 200 experts from
all over the world who will focus on such topics as the special challenges
posed by biologic products, bioterrorism and advanced techniques for detecting
protein, among many others.

    A special pre-ASM Tuesday session on Adulteration and Contamination:
Technologies of the Future will address the role of emerging technologies in
protecting the global supply of food and drugs. Speakers include Steve
Choquette from the National Institute of Standards and Technology on spectral
identification, which allow more precise identification of substandard
materials; David Hale from the National Institutes of Health/National Library
of Medicine on advanced imaging/high resolution photography; and Anthony Zook
from Merck & Company on advanced detection of suspected counterfeit drugs.

    Highlights of this year's program include sessions on:
    --  Canadian Food and Drug Regulation (Wednesday, September 23, 2009)
    --  Biomeasurement, featuring scientists from Brazil, Canada, China, the
        United Kingdom and the United States (Thursday, September 24, 2009)

    --  Nanotherapeutics and Measurement (Friday, September 25, 2009)

    Registration can be completed online at: http://www.usp.org/goto/asm. The
registration rate is $1,350 per person. On-site registration will be
available. A special rate of $650 is offered to associations, academia and
government. Please email conferences@usp.org for the group rate. The
registration fee covers the program, meeting materials, breakfast and lunch
daily, and all meeting social activities.

    For more information, please contact mediarelations@usp.org. Follow USP
on twitter for ASM updates at www.twitter.com/uspharmacopeia.

    USP -- Advancing Public Health Since 1820

    The United States Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention 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 recognized and used
worldwide.  For more information about USP visit http://www.usp.org. FY1007


For further information:

For further information: Sandra Kim of U.S. Pharmacopeia,
+1-301-816-8241, sek@usp.org Web Site: http://www.usp.org

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