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The WEATHER on THURSDAY (22 Aug 2002): Partly cloudy and slightly hazy.    WEATHER OUTLOOK:  FRIDAY: Partly cloudy and slightly hazy. SATURDAY: Slightly hazy with late morning and early afternoon showers expected.    WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   12.01am  2.4m   11.00pm  2.8m      SUN Sunrise  7.03am    Sunset 7.13pm   MOON  Moonrise  6.56pm   Moonset   6.27am    PSI: 41 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 26-32 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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Enhancing regulatory control of Chinese Proprietary Medicines (CPM)

 

The Ministry of Health (MOH) will be enhancing the regulatory control of Chinese proprietary medicines (CPMs). From 1 Jan 2003, all CPMs will be required to carry an additional label on their packaging. In addition, with effect from 1 Jan 2004, only test reports issued by accredited laboratories will be recognised and accepted by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

HSA also intends to stipulate that all local and overseas CPM manufacturers will be subject to periodic Good Manufacturing Practice audits in accordance with the international standard.

Difference in Assessment of CPMs and Western Medicines

The regulation of CPMs for safety and quality according to a risk assessment approach differs from the regulation of Western medicines for which safety, quality and efficacy can be scientifically assessed.

Compared to western drugs, CPMs are generally considered to be relatively less toxic because they usually contain naturally occurring constituents such as herbs in low individual concentrations, and in the case of traditional medicines because of long historical usage.

CPMs cannot be assessed in the same way as synthetic Western medicines because CPMs generally contain natural ingredients with complex chemical constituents which are difficult to identify, characterise and standardise.

This is unlike synthetic Western medicines containing known chemical based substances that can be readily identified and assessed for purity or the presence of contaminants. In addition, effectiveness of CPMs cannot be evaluated to the same extent as synthetic Western medicines because scientific data to validate the effectiveness of CPMs is generally lacking.

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e2ctransnet.zaobao.com  A new Web site which will translate into Chinese the names of Singapore attractions, like the Padang and Night Safari, as well as computer terms, like gigabyte. It has been set up with a S$50,000 grant from the Singapore Press Holding's Chinese Language Journalism Fund. Maintained by zaobao.com, the online edition of Lianhe Zaobao.

Zuji.com.sg  Zuji, meaning footprint in Chinese, is the name of a new online travel portal that has opened in Asia Pacific - in Singapore and Australia.

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Public Holidays DEEPAVALI is the next public holiday. It falls on 4 Nov 2002.

 

 

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