Mar. 8, 2002 Rockville, Md. — The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) is pleased to announce that it has agreed in principle to test a children’s chewable multi-vitamin that will be used in The Healthy Foundation’s Congressionally-funded research program. The Healthy Foundation research program, which will begin in late 2002, will measure the improvement in academic performance and behavior in several thousand at-risk schoolchildren who will be given a low-dose vitamin-mineral supplement.
USP has agreed to test the product to ensure that the vitamin-mineral supplement:
- *contains the declared ingredients on the product label,
- *contains the amount or strength of ingredients declared on the product label,
- *meets federal requirements for limits on known contaminants, and compliance with applicable USP monograph requirements.
“Working with The Healthy Foundation fits perfectly with USP’s public health mission”, said John Fowler, chief operating officer at USP. “Testing the product will help assure that The Healthy Foundation is distributing quality vitamins which will ensure accurate research data.”
USP is uniquely suited to the task of testing dietary supplement products. Since USP’s inception in 1820, it has established standards for natural products such as chamomile, ginger and valerian. USP also has developed monograph standards for more than 900 nutritional and dietary supplement products. These standards are published in the United States Pharmacopeia and the National Formulary (USP-NF).
The Healthy Foundation
The Healthy Foundation is a nonprofit organization that distributes children’s vitamins to children at-risk for malnutrition and nutrient deficiency through a public-private initiative titled the “Vitamin Relief USA-Children First™. Currently, The Healthy Foundation provides daily vitamins to over 6,000 children from low-income families at 101 sites in 34 states. For more information, visit www.healthfound.org.
USP—The Standard of Quality
USP is a non-government organization that promotes the public health by establishing state-of-the-art standards to ensure the quality of medicines and other health care technologies. These standards are developed by a unique process of public involvement and are recognized worldwide. USP has six additional public health programs focusing on promoting optimal health care, including the Dietary Supplement Verification Program, Pharmacopeial Education, Health Care Information, Patient Safety, Veterinary Care, and the Public Policy Center. USP is a not-for-profit organization that achieves its goals through the contributions of volunteers representing pharmacy, medicine, and other health care professions, as well as science, academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry, and consumer organizations. For more information, visit www.usp.org/e-newsroom.