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Inverness Medical Innovations to Join USP's DSVP Program

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is pleased to announce that Waltham, Mass.-based Inverness Medical Innovations Inc. will participate in USP's Dietary Supplement Verification Program (DSVP). Inverness Medical Innovations, a leading provider of women's health and nutritional products and developer of advanced medical device technologies, will become the third company to join USP's DSVP program. It will submit several of its private label brands through the DSVP certification process.

"We are very pleased to have Inverness Medical Innovations participate in the DSVP program," said John T. Fowler, senior vice president and chief operating officer at USP. "As a leading producer of women's health and nutritional products, Inverness Medical Innovations understands the need for USP's verification program. By earning and placing the DSVP certification mark on an Inverness Medical dietary supplement label, the company will provide consumers with guidance when purchasing a dietary supplement."

"We have always been a manufacturer obsessed with quality, and the prospect of partnering with USP to further ensure the quality of our products has us very excited," said John Yonkin, vice president of sales and marketing at Inverness Medical.

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 the USP-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).

Any Inverness Medical Innovations product that is submitted for verification and meets DSVP's criteria will be granted the use of the DSVP certification mark for display on the product's label.

It is anticipated that those Inverness Medical Innovations nutritional products being submitted for certification will start carrying the DSVP certification mark in January 2003. The company's nutritional products are widely distributed to consumers through established distribution networks such as food, drug and mass merchandise retailers.

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. In addition, USP has public health programs that focus on promoting optimal health care, including the Dietary Supplement Verification Program (DSVP), Health Care Information, and Patient Safety. 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

Sherrie Borden

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