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The British Pharmacopoeia celebrates its sesquicentenary

This Sunday (26 January 2014) is National Potato Day. OK, so this event is unlikely to be on every pharmacist’s radar, but this day also marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the British Pharmacopoeia — “The chemist’s bible”, as some would call it — and this, for sure, is worth celebrating.

To commemorate this milestone, we carry a feature that explains how the publication developed from its humble origins to its current format as an authoritative collection of standards for UK medicinal substances for human and veterinary use.

As the feature reveals, a number of editors throughout the BP’s history have been pharmacists — and that is certainly something of which we can all be proud.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11133221

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