Compliance

2017 Updates in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia

May 31, 2017

By Eric L. Foxman, R.Ph., senior scientist, HPCUS June 1, 2017 Before proceeding to review the major areas of updates in the HPUS, two specific items are of timely interest: The Guidelines for Manufacturing Homeopathic Medicines became official on March 31, 2017. The older General Pharmacy section and the Classes of Manufacture are no longer…

What is the HPUS and Who Creates It?

May 31, 2017

By Eric L. Foxman, R.Ph., senior scientist, HPCUS June 1, 2017 Various pharmacopoeias containing homeopathic drugs have been published continually since the 1840s. The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) has been in continuous publication for 120 years — since 1897. The HPUS was officially recognized under the U.S. Food Drug and Cosmetic Act…

Disclaimers in Advertising and Labeling: What Do They Do? Who Does What?

April 26, 2017

By Mark Land, AAHP President May 1, 2017 The FTC has long recognized that marketing claims may include additional explanatory information to prevent the claims from being misleading. This is FTC’s way of saying disclaimers may cure potentially misleading claims in general or, in our case, homeopathic therapeutic claims specifically. Communicating information to consumers in…

FDA Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology

April 3, 2017

By Mark Land, AAHP President April 1, 2017 FDA’s Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology (OSE) is positioned within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). OSE evaluates the safety profiles of drugs available to American consumers using a variety of tools and disciplines throughout the life cycle of drugs. OSE maintains a system of…

Analytical Methods

March 28, 2017

By Mark Land, AAHP President April 1, 2017 When Samuel Hahnemann founded homeopathy at the end of the 18th century, he couldn’t possibly have fathomed the extreme capabilities of today’s analytical technologies. Most instruments currently used to assess homeopathic dilutions can resolve to below one microgram—that is to say, to less than one part per…

The State of Technology in Homeopathic Medicine

March 28, 2017

By Jim Duquesnel, VP-R&D, Hyland’s, Inc. April 1, 2017 “Be careful what you ask for!” This phrase surfaces more often than I would like in the pursuit of advancing homeopathic technology. In six-sigma training years ago, I had admired W. Edwards Deming’s emphasis on quality as the reduction in variability and control of consistency. Those…

Consumer Label Comprehension

March 3, 2017

By Mary Borneman, Sr. Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Hyland’s, Inc. March 1, 2017 It’s not news that the Internet and access to information has created what one could argue is the most knowledgeable consumer any business has ever had. From using crowdsourcing and reviews to determine the best electronic or household appliance to…

Disclosing Relationships with Influencers on Social Media

March 3, 2017

By Deborah Kelly, public relations manager, Boiron USA March 1, 2017 The core mission of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is to regulate advertising so businesses won’t mislead consumers or engage in deceptive practices that would affect behavior or decisions about a particular product or service. One area of particular concern and scrutiny is endorsements.…

The FTC and the Web

February 28, 2017

By Alvin J. Lorman, Association Counsel March 1, 2017 The recent claim by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that its policy statement on marketing of homeopathic drugs applies to labels and labeling as well as advertising has caused many to ask about the legal boundaries of the FTC’s jurisdiction. When you think of the FTC,…

The Tale of the Contract Manufacturer: A Story Based on an AAHP Member Question

January 26, 2017

By Eric Foxman, AAHP Secretary Once upon a time, a special creature, the CIAMP (Company Interested in Alternative Medical Products), wanted Phoxman Farmaceuticals (PhoxFarm) to contract manufacture a product for it. Over cheesecake and ice cream, they discussed the project and agreed to do business together. The CIAMP created the formula, designed the labeling and…

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