Nicholas Myers wins fellowship to help identify substandard antibiotics

Author: Marya Lieberman

 The United States Pharmacopeia has selected Nick Myers as one of three USP Global Fellows in 2014-2015.  Nick will develop a new type of paper-based test that can detect pharmaceuticals  that don't contain the right amount of active ingredients.  When a person buys an antibiotic, that product ought to contain the right quantity of medicine.  But more than one in five of the samples from our field study site in western Kenya are substandard--mostly underdosed. 

USP sets analytical standards for pharmaceutical purity that are used as the basis for governmental regulations in over 140 countries, and is actively involved in training and capacity development in low resource settings around the world, so this project could have a very high impact.   Congratulations to Nick, who developed the idea into a sucessful proposal.