USP Announces the Creation of Three New Monographs For Lycopene

Rockville, Md., July 8, 2003—Due to the numerous dietary supplement products that contain Lycopene, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has created three new monographs; Lycopene, Lycopene Preparation, and Lycopene Tomato Extract. These monographs are available for review in USP’s May–June 2003 Pharmacopeial Forum (PF).

Lycopene is an antioxidant. It is a carotenoid, similar to beta-carotene, which occurs in tomatoes, but also is found in rosehips, watermelon and pink grapefruit. Lycopene gives these fruits their red color.

These monographs appear in the Pharmacopeial Previews section of the PF, and are scheduled to be official in the 2004 edition of the United States Pharmacopeia 27 and National Formulary 22 (USP 27–NF 22), Supplement 2. Publication of this announcement in the PF is an opportunity to provide comments before the monographs are finalized.

The PF is USP’s journal of standards development and the primary vehicle for the public to provide input or comments on USP standards.

Comments on the new Lycopene monographs should be addressed and mailed by Feb. 17, 2004 to Dr. Gabriel Giancaspro at USP, 12601 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20852. Additional questions concerning dietary supplement monographs can be sent to [email protected].

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