The Homœopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States

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The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States has been in continuous publication since 1897, when it was first published by the Committee on Pharmacy of the American Institute of Homeopathy. Prior to that, pharmacopoeias had been published by Boericke and Tafel (1882) and Jahr (1841). In recent years, homeopathy has seen a great resurgence in the United States, increasing the need for an updated edition of the HPUS since its last publication in 1982.

In reality, the HPUS has consisted of several different books: the HPUS Eighth Edition, Volume I (1979); the Compendium of Homeo-therapeutics (1974); and Supplement "A" of the HPUS Eighth Edition (1982). This system of three texts caused information to be difficult to access.

To eliminate the difficulties presented by this system, the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States (HPCUS) decided to republish these texts into one compilation to be known as the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States Revision Service. Because it is specifically designed to constitute a continuously updated statement of Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia standards and monographs as recognized by the HPCUS, the Revision Service is being printed in a series of loose-leaf binders that has replaced the three previous volumes as the official compendium recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and is being sold on a subscription basis that covers the original cost of the Revision Service and periodic updates.1