Warning over hoodia ‘diets’

Posted 29 September 2014

This article published in Times, refers to a recent study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, which reports that  consuming extracts of the succulent plant Hoodia may not just shed fat but muscle tissue too. The research was conducted in rats and one cannot necessarily extrapolate to humans. For example, Hoodia has been shown to result in appetite suppression in rats but not in humans.

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Complementary Medicines regulations amendment

Posted 16 September 2014

An amendment to the Complementary Medicines regulations has been published.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH No. R. 716   15 September 2014

MEDICINES AND RELATED SUBSTANCES ACT, 1965 (ACT NO. 101 OF 1965)

GENERAL REGULATIONS MADE IN TERMS OF THE MEDICINES AND RELATED SUBSTANCES ACT, 1965 (ACT NO. 101 OF 1965): AMENDMENT

The Minister of Health intends, in terms of section 35 of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 (Act No. 101 of 1965), and in consultation with the Medicines Control Council, to make the regulations in the Schedule.

Interested persons are invited to submit any substantiated comments in writing on the proposed amendments to the Director-General: Health, Private Bag X828, Pretoria, 0001 (for attention of the Acting Director: Complimentary Medicines) within three months from date of publication of this notice.

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Hazards of Hindsight — Monitoring the Safety of Nutritional Supplements

Posted 16 September 2014

“Epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently confirmed what an astute liver-transplant surgeon in Honolulu already suspected: OxyElite Pro, a popular over-the-counter supplement, was responsible for a cluster of cases of severe hepatitis and liver failure.1 Although patients began to develop severe hepatitis in May 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), whose job it is to remove dangerous supplements from store shelves, did not learn of the cases until mid-September, 4 months later. By February 2014, the CDC had linked 97 cases, resulting in 47 hospitalizations, three liver transplantations, and one death, to OxyElite Pro. This dietary supplement was recalled, but nothing has been done to prevent another supplement from causing organ failure or death. Nor have any changes been made to improve the FDA’s ability to detect dangerous supplements.”

Pieter A. Cohen, M.D.  Hazards of Hindsight — Monitoring the Safety … Read the rest

Homemark Aragan Secret Nail Treatment – still lying

Posted 08 September 2014

A consumer complaint was laid against Homemark’s packaging of its “Aragan Secret Nail Treatment”.  The complainant submitted, in essence, that the list of ingredients on the label is misleading as the actual product only contains peroxide. The complainant further added that the product in question is not manufactured in Israel contrary to what the packaging claims.

The ASA found that Homemark had not been able to supply proof to counter the complaint.

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