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Is Your Arnica Contaminated?

September 1, 2016

The American Botanical Council (ABC) has published their latest Adulteration Bulletin and it addresses our industry’s most widely used herb: Arnica. Adulteration of this source material can be devastating to homeopathic manufacturers who heavily rely on it for topical products. ABC’s Bulletin notes that some raw materials labeled as “Arnica montana” actually contain Mexican arnica,…

Only the Best Products Should Reach the Market

August 30, 2016

By Mark Land, AAHP President Many of today’s homeopathic products originated because of the contributions of our predecessors. These medicines were developed based on the medical expertise of ancestor homeopaths, often motivated by a perceived need in the market or a passionate pursuit of a specific therapeutic area. Today the development of health care products…

Adulterants in Your Botanical Source Materials – How Do You Know?

June 27, 2016

By Eric L. Foxman, R.Ph Many commercially available botanical products have been adulterated prior to their introduction to the market. This is a problem that has only recently come under a glaring spotlight because of the actions of the New York Attorney General’s office. While the A.G.’s testing and conclusion proved to be of flawed…

FDA Guidance for Industry – Request for Quality Metrics

June 2, 2016

By Mark Land, AAHP President FDA published its draft guidance, Request for Quality Metrics; Guidance for Industry1. Advancing the background on the initiative in general, this draft reveals 10 mandatory metrics emanating from manufacturing and laboratory systems. It also requests comments on three optional metrics: 1) senior management engagement, 2) the corrective and preventative actions…

Homeopathic Drug Labels: Rx or OTC?

June 1, 2016

By J.P. Borneman, Ph.D. and Alvin J. Lorman Homeopathic drugs, we proudly tell folks, really are drugs: the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act has recognized them as such since its passage in 1938. Being characterized as a drug has many implications: our products are subject to current Good Manufacturing Practices, they must be produced…

Do Your Dosage Forms Appeal to Consumers?

June 1, 2016

By Eric L. Foxman, R.Ph. Consumers make purchase decisions based on several factors such as packaging and perceived effectiveness. Research shows dosage forms also factor into consumers’ decision to buy your product! AAHP is providing this brief summary of significant research to help you in developing products as well as promoting existing products. In addition…

Labeling homeopathic medicines for self-care

May 2, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) electronic database of drug products contains more than 7,000 listings for over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic products. The AAHP estimates that this number represents about half of the homeopathic drug products marketed in the United States because many labelers still maintain paper listings with FDA. Half of the listings included…

Hatch, Paulsen Introduce Bill to Enhance HSA, FSA

April 28, 2016

In March, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means Committee member, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced the Health Savings Act of 2016. The Health Savings Act is a piece of legislation that contains a number of provisions to simplify and expand Health Saving Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA).…

What’s a Hippus?

March 31, 2016

Like other over-the-counter drug communities, the homeopathic industry spends thousands of hours each year researching and reviewing the effectiveness and safety of ingredients to be used in homeopathic remedies. All of this work goes into the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS), the reference book for the Identification, Quality Standards, and Production Methods for…

Consideration of Homeopathic Medicine as a Vaccine Alternative

December 10, 2015

 Milwaukie, Ore., Autumn 2015—As the public debate on vaccinations rises, more healthcare providers and parents alike seek information. The American Association Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP) reminds manufacturers and marketers that the promotion of any product—homeopathic or otherwise—as an over-the-counter alternative to a vaccine is a violation of federal and state law. Furthermore, in a letter to the Homeopathic…

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