keyboard_arrow_upAfriplex exports first locally produced cannabis extract
keyboard_arrow_downAfriplex exports first locally produced cannabis extract

Established in 2001, with a strong focus on African indigenous plant extracts, Afriplex is currently one of the leading contract manufacturers of complementary medicines (CAMs) and health supplement products in South Africa. The company’s move into the cannabis market in 2018 is another successful extension of the botanical offering that the business has developed since […]

keyboard_arrow_upCBD down-scheduled to a SO product in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downCBD down-scheduled to a SO product in South Africa

According to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), in Government Notice No. 586, Government Gazette No. 43347, issued on 22 May 2020, the Minister of Health has amended the scheduling of cannabidiol (CBD). Previous entries for cannabis, dronabinol, and tetrahydrocannabinol in Schedule 7 have been deleted. CBD is listed in Schedule 4, except […]

keyboard_arrow_upAfriplex invests in new multi-million rand laboratory for cannabis research
keyboard_arrow_downAfriplex invests in new multi-million rand laboratory for cannabis research

Afriplex is investing in a new multi-million rand laboratory, equipped with sophisticated analytical instrumentation, following current Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines. This will include the installation of a state-of-the-art liquid chromatography system with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Afriplex announced the launch of its dedicated Cannabis Laboratory in March 2019, establishing the company as a leader in […]

keyboard_arrow_upWHO supports all scientifically-proven COVID-19 treatments including traditional medicine
keyboard_arrow_downWHO supports all scientifically-proven COVID-19 treatments including traditional medicine

The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes innovations from around the world for the potential treatment of COVID-19. This includes repurposing drugs, developing new therapies and utilising traditional medicines. WHO recognises that traditional, complementary and alternative medicine has many benefits and Africa has a long history of traditional medicine and practitioners that play an important role […]

keyboard_arrow_upHealth Shops are allowed to trade in essential items during the lockdown
keyboard_arrow_downHealth Shops are allowed to trade in essential items during the lockdown

Cape Government MEC, David Maynier, has confirmed that Health Shops may operate in the Western Cape during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa, subject to lockdown regulations. Following high level engagement with the Ministry of Health, Western Cape, and with the Western Cape Government, the HPA reports that in collaboration with the SAPS WC, Minister […]

keyboard_arrow_upHPA warns consumers that health supplements may not claim to cure COVID-19
keyboard_arrow_downHPA warns consumers that health supplements may not claim to cure COVID-19

The Health Products Association of Southern Africa (HPA) is distancing itself from any company and/or marketer which may make irresponsible and/or unproven claims (those claims which have no scientific basis) that certain health and wellness products could cure the coronavirus (COVID-19). The HPA represents the majority of the Health, Wellness, Functional Medicine and Complementary Medicine […]

keyboard_arrow_upRe-launched Gelusil Plus brings relief for heartburn during pregnancy
keyboard_arrow_downRe-launched Gelusil Plus brings relief for heartburn during pregnancy

Gelusil Plus, an antacid indicated for the relief of heartburn during pregnancy1, has been re-launched in South Africa. With heartburn affecting up to 85 percent pregnant women2, Gelusil Plus now provides a treatment to relieve this uncomfortable condition1. iNova Pharmaceuticals has added Gelusil Plus to their prenatal portfolio, which includes South Africa’s number one prenatal […]

keyboard_arrow_upDietary supplement usage reaches all time high in the US
keyboard_arrow_downDietary supplement usage reaches all time high in the US

77 percent of Americans consume dietary supplements daily – the highest overall dietary supplement usage to date, this according to the 20th CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements. The survey reports the majority of both males and females, aged 18+, take dietary supplements, which is in line with previous surveys’ findings. Among all the age […]

keyboard_arrow_upAfriplex aligned with prized Cannabis cultivation license
keyboard_arrow_downAfriplex aligned with prized Cannabis cultivation license

A strategic partner of Afriplex, House of Hemp, has received its Cannabis cultivation license from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). This is a historical milestone for South Africa to become an active and innovative player in the budding cannabis market. It also marks a positive move forward by SAHPRA to encourage the […]

keyboard_arrow_upThree reminders for consumers when purchasing health supplements and complementary medicines
keyboard_arrow_downThree reminders for consumers when purchasing health supplements and complementary medicines

An article entitled “Unapproved Pharmaceutical Ingredients Included in Dietary Supplements Associated with US Food and Drug Administration Warnings” was published 12 October 2018 in JAMA. It stated ‘potentially harmful active pharmaceuticals continue to be identified in over-the-counter and dietary supplements’ – listing specifically sibutramine for weight loss supplements, and synthetic steroids or steroid-like ingredients for […]