With technology entrenched in practically every aspect of our daily lives, it makes sense that the health industry is embracing the use of technology to improve patient safety and minimise human error.
I've just spent the last three and a half weeks holding exhausted vigil at my mother's bedside in a depressingly busy trauma ward at a Johannesburg hospital. Surrounded by the intrusive hiss of oxygen, the incessant bleeping of life-saving medical equipment, and the pervasive smell so typical of health care, my world closed in on itself.
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.
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.
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.
Myriad Genetics is known as a leader in the market for diagnostic testing of BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations that have been linked to breast and ovarian cancer. These same diagnostic tests were recently in the celebrity press, as Angelina Jolie announced she had been tested positive for the mutations, resulting in her electing to have a preventive double mastectomy.
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.
"Content" is currently on everybody's lips, with everyone from the existing media to brand owners and individuals being encouraged to become content providers. Bizcommunity has been ahead of the content curve for over a decade.
As part of its Ethics Alive Week, the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand and its Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics will hold a Wits Ethics Alive Symposium at 5.30pm on Thursday 14 March 2013 at the Johannesburg Hospital Auditorium. It is open to members of faculty, students, the public, civil society and policy makers.
Advertisements for health products must not fall foul of the Code of Practice for the marketing of health products or the Code of Advertising Practice, says Delene Bertasso, senior associate at law firm Adams & Adams.
The Centre for Drug Evaluation and Research of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted Adcock Ingram's Research and Development (R&D) facility, which is located in Aeroton, south of Johannesburg. Adcock Ingram's R&D facility is registered with the Medicines Control Council (MCC) as a current Good Manufacturing Practice facility.
More than 200 South African medical practitioners were found guilty in 306 cases of negligence and mistreating patients over the past four years, the Health Professions Council of SA said yesterday, 18 October 2012.
Litha Healthcare Group has purchased the South African subsidiary of Dutch health and wellness company, OTC Pharma International, OTC Pharma South Africa, which will see the healthcare group increase its portfolio in the natural health market.
The Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development has noted a statement issued earlier this week by SAMED stating that it owes huge amounts of money to suppliers and has in turn acknowledged that it does carry these debts.
Pharmaceutical group Adcock Ingram has had no response yet to its request to the Department of Health to expedite its appeal committee process of the Medicines Control Council into the review of products containing the analgesic Dextropropoxyphene (DPP), the group's CEO Dr Jonathan Louw, confirmed on Tuesday.
A recent report by the American Federal Trade Commission ("FTC", the equivalent to South Africa's competition authorities) on the short and long-term effects of authorised generics sparked an article in the Business Report on Friday, 14 October- "Delay in generics robbing SA's sick". An authorised generic is an approved brand name drug marketed as a generic.