INTRODUCTION Growth and demand for consumer health information services has been well documented [1-4]. In the past twenty years, medical librarians have transitioned from cautious providers of consumer and patient health information to leaders of outreach programs in which they coordinate with medical professionals and public librarians to serve their communities’ health information needs. So […]
The enormously profitable complementary medicines, dietary supplements and traditional medicines markets are largely unregulated internationally and in South Africa. Attempts to ensure that consumers are not exposed to harmful or ineffective products have met with varying success around the world. International perspective
In Thwarting Consumer Choice, Gary E. Marchant, Guy A. Cardineau, and Thomas P. Redick contend that mandatory GM labeling laws actually harm consumers by pushing genetically modified foods off the market.
Problem: Four consumer health information centers in Richmond, Virginia, provide one-on-one assistance in accessing health information. Because they may not be fully utilized at present, an exploratory marketing study of factors affecting usage of the centers was conducted. Method: Observers counted center passers-by and tracked their paths. Also, brief intercept interviews were conducted with people […]
INTRODUCTION Online social networks, or social networking sites (SNS), have been a feature of the web since 1997, with the founding of SixDegrees.com. SNS are websites that allow users to “(1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and […]
There is no clear distinction between food, supplements and medicines in South Africa. As these are regulated differently, grey areas exist in implementing the legislation, particularly in the supplement industry. The increase in supplement sales in South Africa can be attributed partly to aggressive marketing by manufacturers. Claims made by the companies selling supplements are […]
The Consumer Protection Act 2008 (‘the Act’) comes into operation incrementally. For the most part, the provisions of the Act directly affecting the consumer take effect on 30 October 2010. The effective date of those consumer protection provisions can be deferred for an additional 6 months on notice on the grounds that additional time is […]