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UJ research: Increasing autopsies for compensation of occupational lung diseases
UJ research: Increasing autopsies for compensation of occupational lung diseases

Miners in South Africa face an epidemic of occupational lung diseases, but ODMWA autopsies are declining, especially among retired mineworkers, despite the benefits...

11 May 2017

'Un-Islamic' vaping catches fire in Malaysia amid govt backlash
'Un-Islamic' vaping catches fire in Malaysia amid govt backlash

KUALA LUMPUR - At Malaysian e-cigarette outlet Vape Empire, customers kick back and puff out thick, aromatic clouds of vapour in funky flavours like Horny Mango and Creamy Suckerz' Banana Anna...

31 Dec 2015

China-Africa Health Collaboration focused on universal health coverage
China-Africa Health Collaboration focused on universal health coverage

The 5th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Collaboration last week in Beijing explored how Chinese and African resources and experiences can be leveraged for greater health development...

30 Mar 2015

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

NAPM calls for elimination of VAT on life saving medicines
NAPM calls for elimination of VAT on life saving medicines

The National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NAPM) has proposed a zero Value Added Tax (VAT) rating on medicines in its submission to the Davis Tax Committee.

21 Jul 2014

Chronic stress leads to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes
Chronic stress leads to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes

Medical treatment and a healthy balance is crucial to combat the effects.

18 Jul 2014

PIC/S explained: Safety of SA medicines
PIC/S explained: Safety of SA medicines

What is PIC/S, and why is it important for the quality of medicine production?

16 Jul 2014

Medicine advertising and the ASA
Medicine advertising and the ASA

The ASA's claims in respect of its regulation of medicine advertising are misleading.

By Saul Aryeh Shoot 8 Jul 2014

Pfizer, NWU sign MOU for potential collaboration on pre-clinical R&D
Pfizer, NWU sign MOU for potential collaboration on pre-clinical R&D

Pfizer and North-West University have signed a MOU outlining the basis for potential scientific and technical collaborations.

3 Jul 2014

Medical technology vastly improves patient care
Medical technology vastly improves patient care

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.

By Janine McEwan 3 Jun 2014

An ode to my mother and to the tight-lipped language of health care
An ode to my mother and to the tight-lipped language of health care

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.

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 4 Apr 2014

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

December holiday medical tips
December holiday medical tips

In the excitement of packing for summer holidays, people must remember to keep the following important health tips in mind:

By Dr Jacques Snyman 23 Dec 2013

Hello Doctor, there's a problem
Hello Doctor, there's a problem

The Health Professions Council of South Africa has issued a public warning against accessing doctors' expertise telephonically or via a mobile application.

22 Nov 2013

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

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

Ohio State cancer expert separates facts of sun safety from fiction

From new "sunscreen" pills to a wide range of SPF numbers, consumers may be confused this summer when trying to protect themselves from the sun's damaging effects. (Video)

16 Jul 2013

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

The Myriad decision: A mixed bag for the biotech industry

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.

By Joanne van Harmelen 15 Jul 2013

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

If you're content, we're content
If you're content, we're content

"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.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 18 Mar 2013

Wits Ethics Alive symposium this week

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.

12 Mar 2013

Health product advertising and the Marketing Code
Health product advertising and the Marketing Code

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.

27 Feb 2013

FDA green lights Adcock Ingram's R&D facility

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.

2 Nov 2012

248 doctors found guilty of incompetence

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.

By Lindile Sifile 19 Oct 2012

Natural death, doctor-assisted dying or euthanasia?

Death has been on my mind more than usual lately. Not that I have a morbid fascination with it. It's just that as a wannabe Buddhist, I know the Grim Reaper is more friend than foe.

By Marika Sboros 11 Oct 2012

Litha Healthcare Group acquires OTC Pharma South Africa
Litha Healthcare Group acquires OTC Pharma South Africa

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.

19 Dec 2011

Gauteng Health Department commits to paying suppliers

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.

25 Nov 2011

Adcock still awaiting response from DoH on DPP issue
Adcock still awaiting response from DoH on DPP issue

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.

By Ray Faure 25 Nov 2011

Comparing apples with pears - the SA pharmaceutical market is not the same as the US one!
Comparing apples with pears - the SA pharmaceutical market is not the same as the US one!

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.

By Alexis Apostolidis 20 Oct 2011

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