Heavy Metals In Your Drugs? USP’s Zaidi Explains

Published: Jul 24, 2012

Are you are concerned about the level of arsenic, cadmium, lead or mercury that may slip through manufacturing processes and find their way into pharmaceuticals? Well, the US Pharmacopeia is working to ease any worries. The non-profit, which sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, is working on two new ‘chapters’ that would help drugmakers upgrade their testing for so-called heavy metals. The new guidance becomes official on December 1, although implementation will not be required until May 1, 2014. Why? We spoke with Kahkashan Zaidi, a senior scientific liaison at USP, about these new chapters and the implications…

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