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Integrative Medicine - The Future of Healthcare
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HPA HEADLINES #38
             December 2016

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

Integrative Medicine (IM) is an emerging paradigm in healthcare evolution. A growing trend amongst practitioners, IM is the combination of allopathic Western medicine and complementary and alternative medicine (CAMS). It moves away from the ‘either/or’ mentality and embraces a holistic approach that incorporates various therapies.

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LEGISLATION


WORKING TOGETHER TO OVERCOME HURDLES

The HPA is committed to workable and appropriate regulations designed to benefit and protect the industry and consumers. To achieve this, the association is working closely with the Medicines Control Council (MCC) which has reinstated the Industry Task Group (ITG) to engage specifically on CAMS regulatory matters. The HPA’s Director of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Wayne Robinson, represents the association on the CAMS ITG Forum and is industry representative on the MCC ITG Forum.  This has fostered an amicable working relationship with government.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


YOUNGER ADULTS CONTRIBUTE TO BOOST IN SUPPLEMENT-USAGE

Seventy-one percent of adults in the USA — more than 170 million—take dietary supplements, according to the most recent annual survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).  The 2016 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements found that the five most popular supplements are the multivitamin, vitamin D, vitamin C, calcium and vitamin B/B complex. Contributing to the boost in overall usage is general population growth, as well as the increase in usage among adults between the ages 18–34.
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WHAT’S ON


INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE CONGRESS

The first Pan African Congress of Integrative Medicine is to be hosted by the South African Society of Integrative Medicine (SASIM) at Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, on Thursday, 4 May to Saturday, 6 May, 2017. The conference will feature presentations from local and international medical specialists, as well as experts in other healthcare fields.
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INTERNATIONAL


IADSA TO ADDRESS CONGRESS OF NUTRITION

The 21st International Union of Nutritional Sciences-International Congress of Nutrition (IUNS-ICN) has accepted a proposal by IADSA to hold a session on the role of supplements in nutrition and health at the Congress that will take place in Buenos Aires on 15th – 20th October 2017.
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INDIGENOUS CORNER


SOUTH AFRICA SET TO LEGALISE CANNABIS

Medical marijuana may soon be available in South Africa as a prescription drug. On 23 November 2016 at the Portfolio Committee on Health, the Department of Health (DoH)) outlined plans for cannabis legislation. The DoH briefing was based on the Medical Innovation Bill proposed by former IFP MP, Mario Ambrosini, who died of cancer in 2014. Guidelines for the cultivation and use of cannabis are scheduled to be published in early 2017.The DA and the IFP have publicly supported this progressive initiative.
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HELPFUL HINTS


CTD SUBMISSIONS

The Common Technical Document (CTD) is a legal requirement for product registration in South Africa. It is, however, designed for single-ingredient pharmaceutical products as opposed to multi-ingredient CAMS products. Completing the CTD proficiently has been a source of much frustration for CAMS manufacturers and distributors.  HPA Technical Advisor, Janet Welham, has prepared a comprehensive presentation on CTD Compliance. She states: “CTD is only a FORMAT, it is not a PROCESS. It is a TEMPLATE for presenting data in a dossier – NOT a single DOSSIER for one person, but multiple parts for many.”
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