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SA cold and flu industry: In sickness and in health...

The 2017 cold and flu season is almost upon us again... Insight Survey's latest SA Cold and Flu Industry Landscape Report 2017 carefully unfolds the local cold and flu remedy markets...

Issued by Insight Survey 13 Mar 2017

Wanted: affordable medicines for all

Pneumonia, an acute infection of the lungs, is the biggest killer of children worldwide even though it is treatable and easily preventable with vaccines...

By Franck Kuwonu 13 Feb 2017

Generic competition drives down price of drugs

Manufacturers of brand name drugs will not be able to take advantage of the Department of Health's recently announced 7.5% drug price increase for this year, due to cutthroat generic competition that is driving South African drug costs down...

17 Feb 2015

Rising healthcare care costs set to drop with release of new IV generic drugs

The introduction of several new generic intravenous (IV) therapies in South Africa could keep spiralling healthcare costs in check...

17 Nov 2014

International Self-Care Day: 24 July 2014

Ask your pharmacist for advice on self-medication to help you make smart health choices.

22 Jul 2014

Roche, Novartis distance selves from SwissCham statement

At an adjudication by the Marketing Code Authority (MCA), which regulates the local pharmaceutical industry, both Roche and Novartis distanced themselves from the recent statement on intellectual property rights by the Swiss Chamber of Commerce, SwissCham Southern Africa.

18 Mar 2014

Regulation of supplements needed following deaths, doping charge

This week it was confirmed that Kaizer Chiefs player, Josta Dladla, tested positive for the banned stimulant, methylhexanamine, commonly known as 1.3-dimethyl or DMAA, the use of which is banned in professional sport.

17 Jan 2014

Guide to purchasing safe pharmaceuticals

It is important for South African consumers to make sure that the pharmaceutical products they purchase are manufactured safely and comply with the necessary standards, as taking unsafe, illegal medicines can have dangerous consequences.

By Manfred Boensch 11 Oct 2013

Drug makers battle over Pill

One of South Africa's most popular contraceptives, Yasmin, is the subject of a bitter court battle that pits a generic drugs company against a multinational.

10 Oct 2013

Increased use of generic medicines could save millions

The National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NAPM) believes that a switch of 5% of the volume of branded medicines to a generic equivalent could save the healthcare industry and patients in excess of R400-million per year.

26 Sep 2013

SA's use of generic medicine on the rise

The South African public is starting to embrace the use of generic medicines, a trend that the Department of Health is hoping will continue. The generic medicines industry in South Africa provides cost-effective treatment for a wide range of health conditions, hence the theme for National Pharmacy Week, running from 1 - 8 September 2013, is 'Understanding generic medicines'.

3 Sep 2013

Sandoz launches generic treatment for digestive disorders

Sandoz, the generic pharmaceuticals division of Novartis, has launched the first-to-market generic medicine for the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

28 Aug 2013

In the Zone with MWEB Entrepreneur: Bio-Oil - a well-oiled business machine

SA skin-care brand Bio-Oil is a worldwide success story, and the core product of Union Swiss, a multi-million dollar company that sells Bio-Oil in over 50 countries worldwide.

26 Aug 2013

Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Awards 2013/14

Pfizer together with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) are offering South African media the 'Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards for 2013/14.

15 Aug 2013

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International

New UN-backed citizen-led alliance formed against mosquito-borne diseases

In an effort to escalate the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, a new alliance between citizen science organisations and UN Environment will be launched under the name ‘Global Mosquito Alert'. Mosquito-borne diseases are responsible for killing close to 2.7m people annually and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates overall mosquito-borne cases at 500m every year.

10 May 2017

Health brands use Instagram to become part of new cultural conversations

The rise of visual social sharing via platforms such as Instagram has provided brands with a new way to examine their complex relationships with people. Here's why social watching is so important and a handful of health and wellness brands using Instagram to become part of the new cultural conversations...

By Marilyn Dutlow Munga 28 Apr 2017

Creatives: enter Cannes Lions 2017 Young Lions Health Award this week

Entries to the Cannes Lions 2017 Young Lions Health Award, in association with Unicef and ‘la Caixa' Foundation, close on 24 April 2017.

20 Apr 2017

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