Healthcare Trends 2018

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New authority replaces 'slow' Medicines Control Council
New authority replaces 'slow' Medicines Control Council

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has appointed members of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) board, which replaces the Medicines Control Council (MCC)...

13 Feb 2018

Picture: IGBA
IGBA launches biosimilar medicines info campaign

Access to well-referenced information is fundamental to improving worldwide understanding and acceptance of biosimilar medicines...

2 Feb 2018

Tony Wood, MD, MyDawa
E-health platform MyDawa disrupting Kenya's healthcare industry

The MyDawa solution is beneficial to consumers as they gain the advantage of having increased transparency, convenience and affordability. In addition, it ensures better pharmacovigilance as it tackles the issue of...

26 Jan 2018

Alexandra Schudel, Head of Financial Lines and Casualty at Chubb Insurance SA
Clinical trial insurance: A vital safety net for trial participants and owners

Although years of research goes into reducing the risk that such trials represent to their human subjects before tests are conducted, there is an inherent risk in every clinical trial that demands bespoke clinical trial insurance...

25 Jan 2018

The One Show Health, Wellness & Pharmaceutical jury announced
The One Show Health, Wellness & Pharmaceutical jury announced

The One Club for Creativity yesterday announced the jury for its new Health, Wellness & Pharmaceutical discipline for The One Show 2018...

12 Jan 2018

Dr Thomas Kowallik
#BizTrends2018: High hopes for SA pharmaceutical progress this year

The world is currently benefitting from a wave of pharmaceutical breakthroughs including targetted personalised treatment and biologics...

By Dr Thomas Kowallik 10 Jan 2018

Low single exit price increase will impact smaller players
Low single exit price increase will impact smaller players

The 1.26% single exit price (SEP) increase for medicines and scheduled substances in December 2017 is the lowest in a decade...

10 Jan 2018

Health Minister's low, single exit-price increase disappoints industry
Health Minister's low, single exit-price increase disappoints industry

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has gazetted an increase in the single exit price for medicines and scheduled substances, which the pharmaceutical industry says is "pitifully low" ...

By Linda Ensor 28 Dec 2017

#WorldPatientSafetyDay: Playing an active role in treatment
#WorldPatientSafetyDay: Playing an active role in treatment

Gone are the days when patients blindly accepted medical professionals' decisions about their care without participating in the process...

8 Dec 2017

East African pharmaceutical market set to boom
East African pharmaceutical market set to boom

As East African governments and healthcare providers battle with the burden of diseases, the role of the pharmaceutical market becomes more important...

4 Dec 2017

Photo: Mims
Pembrolizumab gets regulatory go-ahead

MSD's cancer drug, Pembrolizumab, has received regulatory approval by the Medicines Control Council (now South African Health Products Regulatory Authority) in South Africa.

17 Nov 2017

Transparent medicines pricing improves access to healthcare
Transparent medicines pricing improves access to healthcare

In 2004, the government introduced transparent pricing for medicines, including a single exit price for medicines sold in the private sector, to put a stop to discounts and additional levies on medicines...

3 Nov 2017

Dr Klaus Eckstein, CEO and Country Divisional Head of the Crop Science Division for Bayer Southern Africa at the opening of the Mozambique office
Bayer opens local office in Mozambique, cements presence in Africa

Bayer has announced the opening of a new local office in Maputo, Mozambique, cementing its presence and demonstrating commitment to its growing business interests in Africa...

3 Nov 2017

Generic medicine usage continues to grow in SA
Generic medicine usage continues to grow in SA

A change in patient perception and its cost-saving benefits have seen generic medicine use in South Africa reach 60%...

25 Oct 2017

Is your probiotic gluten-free?
Is your probiotic gluten-free?

As more information about the benefits of probiotic use is becoming increasingly available, Professor Leon Dicks, head of the probiotic and antimicrobial peptide laboratory in the Department of Microbiology at Stellenbosch University, stresses the importance of choosing a probiotic that is gluten-free...

Issued by Cipla 16 Oct 2017

Shyft crowned MTN Business App of the Year
Shyft crowned MTN Business App of the Year

At the 2017 MTN Business App of the Year Awards, which took place on Thursday, 12 October 2017, Shyft was named the overall winner...

13 Oct 2017

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Ascendis to beef up operating efficiencies

Healthcare products conglomerate Ascendis is still on the acquisition trail, but an investment presentation last week stressed a focus on markedly improving profit margins...

By Marc Hasenfuss 19 Sep 2017

Tailored medical distribution software launched
Tailored medical distribution software launched

SAP Business One partner, Bluekey Seidor, has introduced a software solution tailored for the medical distribution industry...

6 Sep 2017

Roche cuts the price of cancer drug
Roche cuts the price of cancer drug

Roche has already lowered the price of its breast cancer drug trastuzumab to state patients...

By Tamar Kahn 29 Aug 2017

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FedEx introduces new cold shipping solution for healthcare industry in SA

FedEx Express has introduced a new temperature-controlled solution, FedEx Cold Shipping, in South Africa. This cold-shipping packaging is easy to use, reliable, cost effective and environmentally friendly...

23 Aug 2017

Tina Eboka
Tina Eboka re-elected as HLG-MR vice-chair

Tina Eboka has been re-elected as vice chair of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency High-Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR)...

4 Aug 2017

WHO prequalifies first hepatitis C generic
WHO prequalifies first hepatitis C generic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has prequalified the first generic version of sofosbuvir, a critical medicine in treating hepatitis C...

28 Jul 2017

Rising cost of health care fuels self-medication
Rising cost of health care fuels self-medication

During the flu and allergy seasons, consumers turn to self-medication to build up their immune systems, preferring anti-flu tablets, cough medicines and antihistamines...

25 Jul 2017

US charges 412 people for health fraud
US charges 412 people for health fraud

US authorities slapped 412 medical professionals with fraud charges, many for overprescribing opioids...

14 Jul 2017

Cipla collaborates with American Cancer Society to increase access to cancer treatment in Africa
Cipla collaborates with American Cancer Society to increase access to cancer treatment in Africa

Cipla has announced a groundbreaking market access agreement with the American Cancer Society, the Clinton Health Access Imitative and the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer...

Issued by Cipla 7 Jul 2017

National cancer drug shortage may last until October
National cancer drug shortage may last until October

A deadly national cancer drug shortage is approaching its third month and patients may have to go without until October - if they can make it...

28 Jun 2017

New player set to enter Aids-drug production
New player set to enter Aids-drug production

State-owned pharmaceutical manufacturer Ketlaphela, which has yet to begin production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), may soon face competition...

By Tamar Kahn 9 Jun 2017

Penicillin shortages as pharma companies eye newer, more lucrative drugs
Penicillin shortages as pharma companies eye newer, more lucrative drugs

Older antibiotic staples are no longer moneymakers. But as modern bugs evolve to outwit them, very few new drugs are ready to take their place...

By KEILA GUIMARÃES 8 Jun 2017

Stavros Nicolaou, head of industry association, Pharmaceuticals Made in SA. Photo:
New regulator will also oversee medical devices

Medical devices will now be regulated, with the newly established South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra), replacing the Medicines Control Council (MCC)...

5 Jun 2017

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