Rockville, Md., July 9, 2003—The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) today announced that Tishcon Corp. will participate in USP’s Dietary Supplement Verification Program (DSVP
Tishcon, based in Westbury, N.Y., manufactures a full line of vitamin and health supplements and becomes the sixth company to join USP’s DSVP program. Tishcon will initially submit four Q-Gel products—Q-Gel 15mg; Q-Gel Forte 30 mg; Q-Gel Ultra 60 mg; and Q-Gel Mega 100 mg—through the DSVP certification process. Q-Gel is the trade name for Coenzyme Q10, which is an antioxidant.Antioxidants are chemical substances, such as vitamin C or E and beta-carotene that inhibit oxidation and are thought to protect body cells from the damaging effects of oxidation.
“DSVP is a vital program that will allow our customers to have the assurance that they are receiving a superior product,” said Raj K. Chopra, president and chief scientific officer at Tishcon. “And by receiving the DSVP mark, we also will tell consumers that the product was verified by an independent, highly regarded and respected organization, which is USP.”
The DSVP program was launched in November 2001 to help inform and safeguard the growing number of consumers who use dietary supplements. The program responds to the need to assure the public that dietary supplement products contain the ingredients stated on the product label.
If a product submitted to DSVP meets USP’s rigorous standards, it will be awarded USP’s DSVP certification mark. The mark helps assure consumers, health care professionals and supplement retailers that a product:
- Contains the declared ingredients on the product label;
- Contains the amount or strength of ingredients declared on the product label;
- Meets requirements for limits on potential contaminants; and
- Has been manufactured properly by complying with USP and proposed FDA standards for “good manufacturing practices” (GMPs).
When Tishcon’s Q-Gel products meet DSVP’s criteria, they will be granted the use of the DSVP certification mark for display on the product’s label.
“We are very pleased to have Tishcon participate in the DSVP program,” said John T. Fowler, senior vice president and chief operating officer at USP. “Tishcon understands the value of participating in DSVP and why verification is a method of providing guidance to consumers for their dietary supplement purchases.”
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