Therapeutic Research

January 16, 2007 11:30 ET

New Collaboration Helps Medical Professionals and Consumers Identify High-Quality Dietary Supplements

The Collaboration Includes: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), Consumer Reports

STOCKTON, CA--(CCNMatthews - January 16, 2007) - Therapeutic Research, the publisher of Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Prescriber's Letter, and Pharmacist's Letter, announced today that "USP Verified" information on dietary supplements will now be available in Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. It will appear in both the PROFESSIONAL and the CONSUMER versions of the Database.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database provides unbiased, evidence-based, clinical information on natural medicines. Medical professionals rely on this resource for ratings on safety, effectiveness, interactions, and other clinical information about natural medicines. A separate CONSUMER Version of Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database provides similar information, in easy-to-understand language, for consumer use.

Through the new collaboration with USP, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database will feature information on finished brand name products whose ingredient purity and overall quality have been "verified" by USP. USP verification involves rigorous testing and auditing to identify if a dietary supplement product, voluntarily submitted to USP by the manufacturer, consistently meets USP's high standards. Dietary supplement products that meet USP's criteria are awarded use of the USP Verified Mark. The Mark assures that the product:



-- Contains the ingredients listed on the product label, in the declared
strengths and amounts
-- Does not contain harmful levels of contaminants
-- Will break down and release ingredients in the body within a specified
amount of time
-- Has been made under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)




With this new joint effort, dietary supplement products that have been awarded the USP Verified Mark are now identified with this mark next to their listing in Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

Now, for the first time, medical professionals are able to get comprehensive information on thousands of natural medicines including Therapeutic Research's trusted ratings on safety, effectiveness, interactions, as well as confirmation of purity and quality for USP Verified products, all together in one source. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database puts all this data easily accessible, either online or on PDA.

Jeff Jellin, PharmD, Editor-in-Chief of Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Prescriber's Letter, and Pharmacist's Letter, stated, "We are excited about this relationship because USP is the world's most trusted authority on the purity of ingredients in pharmaceutical and supplement products, and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database provides the most trusted clinical data on safety, effectiveness, and interactions. Putting the expertise of both organizations together in one resource will help thousands of professionals make better decisions regarding dietary supplements, and will help thousands of consumers to get reliable information about natural products."

Through a separate collaboration with Consumer Reports, the natural medicine ratings from Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database CONSUMER Version are provided to consumers who use ConsumerReportsMedicalGuide.org.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is the most used resource of its kind. It provides the world's largest collection of brand name dietary supplements along with scientific data on each ingredient. The Database is continuously updated with new data added daily. The resource also provides users with multiple tools such as the highly acclaimed Natural Products Effectiveness Checker and Interaction Checker, as well as educational programs on using natural medicines. The programs provide fully accredited continuing education for pharmacists, physicians, dietitians, and other professionals. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is available in book form, on the web, and in PDA formats. Hundreds of thousands of pharmacists, physicians, regulatory agencies, educators, and researchers worldwide rely on Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database regularly.

Roger Williams, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Office of USP, says, "USP's mission is to provide quality standards to help ensure quality medicines and dietary supplements for consumers. This collaborative effort with Therapeutic Research Center will provide the important information for consumers to make informed choices on their dietary supplements."

Therapeutic Research Center is an independent research and publishing organization that provides evidence-based information for physicians, pharmacists, and other medical professionals. Therapeutic Research publishes Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Pharmacist's Letter, Prescriber's Letter, Ident-A-Drug Reference, and a variety of continuing medical education courses including live courses. Therapeutic Research accepts no advertising and provides objective information for subscribers.

USP-Advancing Public Health Since 1820. The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, standards-setting organization that advances public health and improves patient safety by ensuring good pharmaceutical care. USP standards, which are recognized worldwide, are developed through a unique process of public involvement by volunteers representing pharmacy, medicine and other healthcare professions, as well as science, academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry and consumer organizations. For more information about USP and its standards-setting activities, visit http://www.usp.org/aboutUSP/media.

Consumer Reports Medical Guide is a subscription-based online service with rich, continuously updated content for non-subscribers as well as subscribers, provides information and treatments ratings on over 200 common and chronic health conditions, over 11,000 drug monographs and safety information. Consumer Reports Medical Guide offers consumers independent, trustworthy, and thorough information on the best treatments and prescription drugs with no advertising influence and includes information from several organizations that are highly regarded by medical professionals, including the BMJ Publishing Group, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Therapeutic Research Center. Consumers Union has a long history of providing independent information on a variety of health and medical issues through Consumer Reports magazine and the Consumer Reports On Health newsletter.

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