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USP Selects Global Fellow for Work on Fake Medicine Detection

U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) |

Fight the Fakes partner United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has awarded a Global Fellowship to a chemistry graduate student from the University of Notre Dame, in Indiana, for his work related to fake medicine detection.

The fellow, Nicholas Myers, supports Professor Marya Lieberman in the development of the Paper Analytical Device (PAD) project. This paper-based technology to test for the presence of various substances in medicines is being adapted to detect pharmaceuticals that do not contain the correct amount of active pharmaceutic ingredient.

A technology that can be used in situations where access to high-tech lab equipment is not possible, Myers said the direct impact of the research motivated him as a student. “I wanted to do research where I could see real-world results.”

The USP Global Fellowship Awards Program promotes research in areas relating to standards for medicines, foods, and dietary supplements and their use. Awards of  $30,000 were presented to three Global Fellows in the 2014-2015 academic year, conducting research in areas which directly address USP priority areas.

For more information about the PAD project, click here.

To find out more about USP’s Global Fellowship program, click here.

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