WHAT IS

A number of government strategies and policies to support further growth of the health industry have been developed and adopted. The key to the future growth of this industry is the Bio-economy Strategy of the Department of Science & Technology. This strategy puts health Biotechnology as one of the key pillars. The Bio-Economy Strategy identifies several strengths of the local Health Biotech sector that will drive the bio-economy. These include:

  • A well-developed generics industry.

  • Opportunities for local manufacturing due to improving public- and private-sector focus on generics supply chain management.

  • The largest market in the world (by volume) for HIV drugs.

  • Modern science, local biodiversity, and indigenous knowledge systems could be combined to accelerate product development.

  • World-class clinical sciences researchers and a regulatory framework provide opportunities for globally competitive clinical development.

  • World-class researchers in basic sciences, drug, and diagnostics discovery, and therapeutic delivery systems.

  • Significant investments in vaccine production.

  • Strategic international partnerships with countries and organizations.

 

PROGRAMMES IN SOUTH AFRICA

BIOSIMILARS


Biosimilars are biopharmaceutical medicines that are highly similar, but not necessarily identical, to their corresponding originators. Like their originator counterparts, they are derived from recombinant DNA technology. A guideline which outlines the quality, non-clinical and clinical requirements for the registration of a biosimilar medicine was first published in March 2012. This guideline was amended in August 2014 to include requirements for registering monoclonal antibody biosimilars. The Medicines Control Council is now in the process of approving the registration guideline and is based on international best practices. No biosimilars have been registered in South Africa, yet. Biosimilars, in this context, excludes vaccines, even if these are derived from recombinant DNA technology.




BIOLOGICS


Biological medicines, as the name implies, are complex proteins derived from living organisms – human, animal or microorganisms. They are manufactured using biotechnology processes under controlled conditions, unlike regular medicines which are generally small molecules produced by mixing various chemicals together. In South Africa, like all medicines, biologics are registered and regulated in terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act (Act 101 of 1965), as amended, and the regulations to this Act.




VACCINES and VACCINATION PROGRAMMES


HPV vaccination programme One of the most important recent advances in cervical cancer prevention is the prevention of high risk Human Papilloma Virus (hrHPV) infection through vaccination. In early 2014, the National Department of Health implemented a school-based HPV vaccination program for all girls 9 years and older in grade 4 in public schools, targeting almost half a million girls for the prevention of hrHPV. This followed the approval of two HPV vaccines by US FDA in 2006 and 2007, respectively, and by the MCC in 2008. These vaccines are only effective when used as prophylaxis when administered before exposure. The rationale for this programme is that vaccination should occur before the sexual debut since HPV is mainly sexually transmitted. Both vaccines are then administered to girls from 9 years of age and mainly targeting public schools now. There is, however, still a big gap in the private schools where the HPV vaccine uptake through private health care is very low.




EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES


Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine is one of the emerging areas that is gaining traction in the research and development space in South Africa and the African continent. The recent launch of the Africa Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society has further accelerated this field of health innovation.





PROJECTS

 

Will it fit my shower pipe or hose?


The shower head connector is a standard international size and connects to all regular sized pipes and hoses. If you're unsure, we offer free compatability consultation. You can fill out our free fitting consultation form and our experts will get back to you within a few hours. If it's easier for you are more than welcome to take a picture of your shower and send it to our experts at info@stone-stream.com and they'll get back to you with their advice.




How often do you have to replace the stones?


To ensure the best filtration of chlorine, bacteria, limescale, dust, and dirt it's recommended to replace the mineral filtration stones in your StoneStream showerhead every 8,000 gallons of water filtered, which is roughly 4-6 months for the average household. You can get your replacement stones here.




What's the difference between Single-Function and Multi-Function?


The Single-Function has only a single spray setting.
The Multi-Function has 3 Spray Settings; Massage, Jetting, and Rainfall all controlled with a knob placed on the top of the shower head.




How much do you charge for shipping and how long does your delivery take?


We offer fully trackable FREE shipping worldwide. We worked hard to reduce shipping times inspite of the global pandemic. Our handling time is normally 1 business day. You'll receive an email update once your order has been shipped. Then another email with your tracking number. Once you've received your tracking information you can track your order here. Shipping duration may vary based on your shipping address, but you can normally expect shipping to take: US (continental only) Free Shipping: 7-10 Business Days Express Shipping: 2-6 Business Days UK Free Shipping: 7-12 Business Days Express Shipping: 2-6 Business Days Europe
Free Shipping: 8-15 Business Days
Express Shipping: 4-7 Business Days
Worldwide
Free Shipping: 10-21 Business Days
Express Shipping: 8-12 Business Days




What if I have a fixed wall-mounted shower?


Lucky for you we're offering an affordable kit to easily convert your wall shower into a handheld shower without having to call a professional. Installing our Wall Adapter Kit is a breeze. Check out our installation guides for more information.




How to order and what type of kit should I order?


Can't figure out how or what to order? No worries, we got you - visit our How To Order step-by-step guide that covers pretty much everything you need to know about our website and products.




Can the StoneStream products reduce hard water and prevent limescale?


Yes, they can! Actually, it's exactly what they're designed for. Both, our showerheads, and our hard water filters, are built to reduce the different unwanted substances from your shower water and purify them. Learn more about how our products soften hard water here - https://www.stone-stream.com/how-to-test-hard-water-in-your-show




Can I use your shower head in my RV/Camper/Trailer?


Most of our shower heads can be used in motorhome showers (RVs, trailers or campers), however, some models that features the Stop button are incompatible with some types of showers. If you wish to use StoneStream in your motorhome please make sure to purchase a model that doesn't feature the Stop button. Feel free to place your order and ask our team to send you a motorhome compatibale showerhead that works with RVs, trailers, campers and other types of motorhomes.
For further questions regarding shower compatibality please contact our team via our contact us form.




What is the difference between this shower head and other similar shower heads sold online?


We know many of you are seeing different imitations of our shower products out there, especially on Amazon, which may even use our trademarked brand name. Beware of falling for buying from these other sellers as we guarantee their products are not the same. We have perfected the quality of our products for years before we were able to deliver the quality of products we offer you today. These cheap knockoffs are simply not as good and may even be potentially dangerous because of the low-quality materials they’re built off and the Quality Assurance processes these cheap products are going through. In fact, we do not offer our products elsewhere other than our official online stores so buying your shower head here on our website is really the safest way to improve your shower and avoid any pitfalls.




Does StoneStream® come with any warranty?


Yes! We offer a full year warranty on all of our shower head models. We're so confident in our products that we offer a hassle-free warranty; if you'll find a flaw in any of our shower heads, not only that we'll send you a new one right on the spot, you won't have to return the faulty shower head back to us.




Can I buy StoneStream showerheads on Amazon or eBay?


We have recently launched an international store on eBay, as well as a new store on Amazon.com to serve our US customers, for the time being.
To learn more about where you can find our products check out this page here.




What if my shower head arrived faulty?


No worries, we got you covered. We offer a hassle-free exchange policy - in case your shower head arrived faulty in any way or you experience any issues with your shower head during the first year of use - you simply need to contact our team via our contact us form and let them know. We'll instantly send a new shower head your way, no questions asked, and no need to return the faulty shower head. This is why you won't see return shipping label in our packages. You simply don't need it. It's as simple as that.





 

Will it fit my shower pipe or hose?


The shower head connector is a standard international size and connects to all regular sized pipes and hoses. If you're unsure, we offer free compatability consultation. You can fill out our free fitting consultation form and our experts will get back to you within a few hours. If it's easier for you are more than welcome to take a picture of your shower and send it to our experts at info@stone-stream.com and they'll get back to you with their advice.




How often do you have to replace the stones?


To ensure the best filtration of chlorine, bacteria, limescale, dust, and dirt it's recommended to replace the mineral filtration stones in your StoneStream showerhead every 8,000 gallons of water filtered, which is roughly 4-6 months for the average household. You can get your replacement stones here.




What's the difference between Single-Function and Multi-Function?


The Single-Function has only a single spray setting.
The Multi-Function has 3 Spray Settings; Massage, Jetting, and Rainfall all controlled with a knob placed on the top of the shower head.




How much do you charge for shipping and how long does your delivery take?


We offer fully trackable FREE shipping worldwide. We worked hard to reduce shipping times inspite of the global pandemic. Our handling time is normally 1 business day. You'll receive an email update once your order has been shipped. Then another email with your tracking number. Once you've received your tracking information you can track your order here. Shipping duration may vary based on your shipping address, but you can normally expect shipping to take: US (continental only) Free Shipping: 7-10 Business Days Express Shipping: 2-6 Business Days UK Free Shipping: 7-12 Business Days Express Shipping: 2-6 Business Days Europe
Free Shipping: 8-15 Business Days
Express Shipping: 4-7 Business Days
Worldwide
Free Shipping: 10-21 Business Days
Express Shipping: 8-12 Business Days




What if I have a fixed wall-mounted shower?


Lucky for you we're offering an affordable kit to easily convert your wall shower into a handheld shower without having to call a professional. Installing our Wall Adapter Kit is a breeze. Check out our installation guides for more information.




How to order and what type of kit should I order?


Can't figure out how or what to order? No worries, we got you - visit our How To Order step-by-step guide that covers pretty much everything you need to know about our website and products.




Can the StoneStream products reduce hard water and prevent limescale?


Yes, they can! Actually, it's exactly what they're designed for. Both, our showerheads, and our hard water filters, are built to reduce the different unwanted substances from your shower water and purify them. Learn more about how our products soften hard water here - https://www.stone-stream.com/how-to-test-hard-water-in-your-show




Can I use your shower head in my RV/Camper/Trailer?


Most of our shower heads can be used in motorhome showers (RVs, trailers or campers), however, some models that features the Stop button are incompatible with some types of showers. If you wish to use StoneStream in your motorhome please make sure to purchase a model that doesn't feature the Stop button. Feel free to place your order and ask our team to send you a motorhome compatibale showerhead that works with RVs, trailers, campers and other types of motorhomes.
For further questions regarding shower compatibality please contact our team via our contact us form.




What is the difference between this shower head and other similar shower heads sold online?


We know many of you are seeing different imitations of our shower products out there, especially on Amazon, which may even use our trademarked brand name. Beware of falling for buying from these other sellers as we guarantee their products are not the same. We have perfected the quality of our products for years before we were able to deliver the quality of products we offer you today. These cheap knockoffs are simply not as good and may even be potentially dangerous because of the low-quality materials they’re built off and the Quality Assurance processes these cheap products are going through. In fact, we do not offer our products elsewhere other than our official online stores so buying your shower head here on our website is really the safest way to improve your shower and avoid any pitfalls.




Does StoneStream® come with any warranty?


Yes! We offer a full year warranty on all of our shower head models. We're so confident in our products that we offer a hassle-free warranty; if you'll find a flaw in any of our shower heads, not only that we'll send you a new one right on the spot, you won't have to return the faulty shower head back to us.




Can I buy StoneStream showerheads on Amazon or eBay?


We have recently launched an international store on eBay, as well as a new store on Amazon.com to serve our US customers, for the time being.
To learn more about where you can find our products check out this page here.




What if my shower head arrived faulty?


No worries, we got you covered. We offer a hassle-free exchange policy - in case your shower head arrived faulty in any way or you experience any issues with your shower head during the first year of use - you simply need to contact our team via our contact us form and let them know. We'll instantly send a new shower head your way, no questions asked, and no need to return the faulty shower head. This is why you won't see return shipping label in our packages. You simply don't need it. It's as simple as that.





REGULATORY MATTERS

The biotech sector is one of the most carefully regulated industries in the world. Biotech products have to meet an exhaustive series of regulatory requirements to ensure environmental and human safety before they are released into the market.

The regulation of health innovations derived from genetically modified organisms also follows the route of approval by the Executive Council on GMO Act, as it is with agricultural biotech innovation. This is in addition to the approval and registration that is regulated by the Medicines Control Council.

 

The MCC, in considering whether a medicine is suitable for use for its intended purpose, assesses its relative risk against the benefits. The Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 (Act 101 of 1965), defines a medicine as any substance or mixtures of substances used or purporting to be suitable for use or manufacture or sold for use in -:

  1. the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation, modification, or prevention of a disease, abnormal physical or mental state, or the symptoms thereof in humans, or

  2. restoring, correcting, or modifying any somatic or psychic or organic function in humans, and includes any veterinary medicine.

 

All medicines for human use are subject to this law, including complementary and complementary biological medicines. Further, all veterinary medicines must be registered in terms of the Act, excluding stock remedies registered in terms of Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act No. 36 of 1947.

 

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