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International Self-Care Day: 24 July 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 10:01

Roche, Novartis distance selves from SwissCham statement
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 13:57

Regulation of supplements needed following deaths, doping charge
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 16:44

Guide to purchasing safe pharmaceuticals
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 14:22

Drug makers battle over Pill
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 12:59

Increased use of generic medicines could save millions
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 15:20

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 11:47

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 17:47

In the Zone with MWEB Entrepreneur: Bio-Oil - a well-oiled business machine
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 15:36

Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Awards 2013/14
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 10:33

SA's pharmaceutical industry needs to catch up with international trends

The local cost of healthcare in South Africa continues to spiral, as its lax patent regime lags behind international developments, hampering access to affordable treatment. Brazil has moved to crack down on anti-competitive behaviour in the pharmaceutical industry, but there is little promise that local patients will soon benefit from similar interventions.

By Paul Anley 30 Jul 2013 11:20

Ascendis Health adds two acquisitions bringing investment to R1bn
Ascendis Health adds two acquisitions bringing investment to R1bn

Bringing its investment over the last 18 months to R1bn, Ascendis Health has acquired Solal Technologies and a majority stake in Marltons for approximately R300m. It has made two appointments in these companies.

15 Jul 2013 10:09

High governance risk at JSE-listed telecommunications, technology, health industries

Recent research by risk solutions firm Inoxico into the external directorships of JSE-listed companies showed that the directors of South Africa's 20 largest companies held on average 14 external directorships.

12 Jul 2013 10:15

SA private medical aids not really all that different in customer satisfaction
SA private medical aids not really all that different in customer satisfaction

Despite health insurance often being considered a grudge purchase, private medical aid policyholders in South Africa gave the health insurance industry a satisfaction score of 73 out of 100.

10 Jul 2013 08:37

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