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Koda-Kimble Reelected to USP Board of Trustees

Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, dean of the School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco has been reelected to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Board of Trustees. Her second term begins March 2005 and ends March 2010.

USP is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that sets manufacturing standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and other health care products. It also creates and shares information about these products to help ensure their appropriate use by people worldwide.

As a trustee, Koda-Kimble is one of a 12-member body that guides USP finances and strategic plans. Of the 8 elected members, Koda-Kimble is one of two trustees who represent the pharmaceutical sciences.

"This newly elected Board of Trustees will be crucial for USP's growth in the next five years," said Roger L. Williams, MD, executive vice president and chief executive officer for USP. "Each member is well respected within our industry, and USP will greatly benefit from their individual and collective expertise."

"As a nonprofit, nongovernmental body that does its work through volunteer experts, USP has become recognized as a credible, non-partisan resource. As one of its legions of volunteers, I have been privileged to participate in USP's growth and influence over these past five years," said Koda-Kimble.

"I have witnessed an unprecedented transition in USP's scope of work and its impact on public health. USP's highly regarded expertise in setting quality standards for US drugs is having increasing influence globally, where issues of counterfeit or sub-quality medicines are more common. This work has been particularly important in underdeveloped countries. In my view, USP's work is becoming ever more relevant to the delivery of the best pharmaceutical care in the promotion of global health, but we are not yet finished with the transition. This is why I am so enthusiastic about continuing my service on the USP Board of Trustees."

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About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.