The 2003 Edition of the United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary (USP-NF) Is Available for Advance Purchase

USP 26-NF 21 Is the Second Annual Edition


September 24, 2002 Rockville, Maryland -- The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is pleased to announce that the new edition of the United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary (USP-NF) is now available for advance purchase. The new edition, USP 26-NF 21, will be published in November, and becomes official on Jan. 1, 2003. It will be followed by two Supplements in February and June--becoming official in April and August 2003, respectively. The 2003 edition of the USP-NF contains more than 4,000 monographs--about 130 new and 360 revised. In addition, five new General Chapters were added and nearly 20 were revised. The current edition, USP 25-NF 20, has been official since January 2002.

"This is the second edition since the USP-NF became an annual publication," said Roger L. Williams, M.D., executive vice president and chief executive officer at USP, "and, similar to previous years, this year's edition is the same trusted source upon which users depend. By printing the USP-NF annually, we are providing users with an improved tool that can more effectively meet their informational needs."

As before, the book contains two separate official compendia--the USP and the NF. The United States Pharmacopeia (USP), established in 1820, contains legally recognized standards of identity, strength, quality, purity, packaging, and labeling for drug substances, dosage forms, and other therapeutic products, including nutritionals and dietary supplements. The National Formulary (NF), established in 1888 by the American Pharmaceutical Association, includes standards for excipients, botanicals, and other similar products. USP purchased the NF in 1975, combining the two publications under one cover, creating the USP-NF.

USP-NF monographs contain specifications (tests, procedures, and acceptance criteria) that helps ensure the strength, quality, and purity of named items. The USP-NF also contains monographs and general approaches to ensure the quality of compounded preparations. USP-NF monographs, which are recognized worldwide, may be enforceable by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and also by state agencies in the United States.

The new USP 26-NF 21 is available in print, CD, Intranet, and online. USP will begin shipping the new edition to customers in November 2002.

For more information about the new edition, visit the USP Web site at or e-mail your questions to [email protected] To order the USP 26-NF 21, please call 1-800-227-8772 or 301-881-0666, or order online at A photograph of the 2003 edition of the USP-NF is attached to this news release.

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