Did you know that supplement quality is completely unregulated by the FDA? This is why some supplements, when tested by third parties, have nothing close to the amount of active ingredients listed.
Or worse, some supplements even have dangerous ingredients added. Our favorite example? Several years ago, a male enhancement supplement was found to be laced with Viagra. No wonder it worked so well! Our least favorite examples? Supplements laced with heavy metals or ingredients in toxic amounts that actually kill or maim people. Yuck.
Over the years, the supplement industry has found ways to regulate itself. This has been through various regulatory agencies and practices that have often been borrowed by the pharmaceutical industry.
One of the most important sets of regulations for consumables is Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). These regulations ensure that the companies that produce products such as food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, supplements, and more do so at a consistently high quality from batch to batch.
Read on to find out why GMP is one of the most important sets of regulations when it comes to consumable products!
The History of GMP
In the early 1900s, there were no federal regulations that protected consumers and workers from dangerous products and working conditions. Chemical preservatives were uncontrolled, milk was unpasteurized, and drugs were largely unregulated.
In 1906, Upton Sinclair published The Jungle, a novel that exposed the horrid conditions of the meatpacking industry. As a result of these revelations, the government was pushed by the public into passing the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. While this law was a step forward, there were many gaps that left consumers unprotected.
In 1937, a tragedy occurred when the S.E. Massengill Company used diethylene glycol, also known as Antifreeze, in a drug mixture to treat streptococcal infections. This resulted in many deaths from kidney failure. In response, the government passed the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938. This allowed the government to inspect drugs and working conditions before marketing.
In 1962, the Drug Amendments were passed. These amendments further tightened control and regulation of prescription drugs, new drugs, and investigational drugs. These amendments formalized GMPs. Since 1962, many more sets of laws and regulations have been passed to protect consumers from bad manufacturing practices.
What are the (G)ood (M)anufacturing (P)ractices?
GMP has been adopted by many countries around the world. They are each regulated by their respective regulatory agency. However, guidelines usually follows these basic principles:
- Requiring step-by-step written procedures
- Following step-by-step procedures
- Document work (Record keeping)
- Validate work (Make sure there is adherence to procedures and consistent performance)
- Integrate productivity, quality, and safety into facilities and equipment
- Maintain facilities and equipment
- Define, develop, and demonstrate job competency
- Make cleanliness a daily habit
- Build quality into the product
- Conduct compliance and performance audits
The FDA is authorized to perform unannounced inspections to ensure that companies are in compliance with GMP standards. If a company/product is deemed to be in violation of GMP standards, the FDA can warn the company to recall the product. If there is no recall of the product, then the FDA can warn the public and seize the product.
GMP and Troscriptions
Here at Troscriptions, we believe in the 3 P’s: Precision Dosed, Pharmaceutical Grade, and Physician Formulated. All of our troches are produced in an FDA registered GMP facility under the supervision of a compounding pharmacist of over 30 years experience. In addition, all of our troche ingredients come with a certification of analysis of purity and potency, and the final troche products are also tested before they are packaged up… so you can #buccalup!