Posted 13 June 2016
Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance found in plants in the Apocynaceae family such as Tabernanthe iboga, Voacanga africana and Tabernaemontana undulata. It is a psychedelic with dissociative properties. [Wikipedia]
Ibogaine has been offered as treatment for those suffering from drug or alcohol addiction by at least 3 South African centres:
A recent updates to the Schedules (Government Notice No. 620 in Government Gazette No. 40041, 3 June 2016; http://www.gov.za/sites/www.gov.za/files/40041_gon620.pdf) added ibogaine in Schedule 6. The MCC has also issued a specific call-up notice for this substance (Government Notice No. 502, Government Gazette No. 39970, 4 May 2016).
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
GOVERNMENT NOTICE NO. 502
04 MAY 2016
MEDICINES AND RELATED SUBSTANCES ACT, 1965 (ACT NO. 101 OF 1965)
The Medicines Control Council, by virtue of powers vested in it by Section 14(2) of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 (Act No. 101 of 1965) (“the Act”), has by resolution approved by the Minister of Health, determined that, with effect from the date of publication of this notice, all preparations which contain ibogaine, either as such or in combination with any other pharmacologically active ingredient(s) shall be subject to registration as medicines falling under Category A referred to in regulation 25( 1) of the General Regulations made in terms of the Act, and more particularly, as medicines falling under Pharmacological Classification 32.16 of Category A of regulation 25(2).
It is hereby further notified that, under section 14(2)(b) of the Act, the above-mentioned resolution shall relate to preparations that are available for sale in the Republic on or before the date on which this notice comes into operation and shall relate also to preparations that become available after the said date.
DRJ C GOUWS
REGISTRAR OF MEDICINES