USP Announces the Creation of Two New Monographs for Fish Oil

Rockville, Md., Aug. 13, 2003—As part of its ongoing efforts to advance public health, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has created two new monographs:
Fish Oil Rich in Omega-3 Acids and Fish Oil Rich in Omega-3 Acids Capsules. These monographs are available for review in USP’s July–August 2003 Pharmacopeial Forum (PF).

Research suggests that the omega-3 fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids [EPA AND DHA]) can be beneficial for the hearts of healthy people and those at high risk of or those who have cardiovascular disease. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in certain species of fish, such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon.

These monographs appear in the In-Process Revision section of the PF and are scheduled to become official in Supplement 1 of the United States Pharmacopeia 27 and National Formulary 22 (USP–NF). 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 Fish Oil Rich in Omega-3 Acids monographs should be addressed to Dr. Gabriel Giancaspro at USP, 12601 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20852 by Oct. 15, 2003. Additional questions concerning dietary supplement monographs can be sent to [email protected].

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