Cipla's new triple-combination antiretroviral drug approved
Cipla's new triple-combination antiretroviral drug approved

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has approved Cipla's latest first-line triple-combination antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for HIV...

Issued by Cipla 12 Sep 2018

Retail sales decline in June, but clothing and pharmaceuticals perform positively
Retail sales decline in June, but clothing and pharmaceuticals perform positively

The clothing, pharmaceutical, medical goods, cosmetics and toiletry sectors outperformed the South African retail market for July 2018, showing year-on-year growth of 3.9% and 4.6% respectively...

12 Sep 2018

Africa commits to WHO access to medicine goals
Africa commits to WHO access to medicine goals

Access to medicines is at the core of universal health coverage (UHC), one of World Health Organisation's main priorities, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

30 Aug 2018

Lerato Mosiah, CEO of the HFA
HFA opposes further SEP increase

The Health Funders Association (HFA) is strongly opposed to any interim increase in medicine costs this year...

28 Aug 2018

Sibonile Dube
#WomensMonth: Confidence and support networks are the keys to empowerment

Women's empowerment, career development and mentorship programmes a compelling narrative for companies...

17 Aug 2018

Sahpra to continue supply of medicine during strike
Sahpra to continue supply of medicine during strike

Sahpra says it has developed contingency plans to ensure that its essential services are not disrupted during the ongoing protest action by the employees of the Department of Health...

16 Aug 2018

SA retail growth slows in June, with clothing outperforming other segments
SA retail growth slows in June, with clothing outperforming other segments

South African retail sales for June 2018 grew by 2.9% year-on-year excluding the effects of inflation, marking the weakest pace of growth since October 2017...

15 Aug 2018

Dr Stanley Hazen
New class of drug could reduce cardiovascular risk

A new class of drugs has the potential of reducing cardiovascular risk by targeting a specific microbial pathway in the gut...

13 Aug 2018

Clicks reflects on 50 years in the retail business
Clicks reflects on 50 years in the retail business

This August, Clicks celebrates fifty years of trading since launching in Cape Town in 1968. The health and beauty retailer has since expanded to more than 650 stores and over 500 in-store pharmacies...

6 Aug 2018

Africa needs to grow its pharmaceutical market
Africa needs to grow its pharmaceutical market

Africa urgently needs to develop its pharmaceutical sector to reduce its dependence on imported drugs and medical products...

2 Aug 2018

How the pharmaceutical industry can propel Africa to the forefront of healthcare
How the pharmaceutical industry can propel Africa to the forefront of healthcare

New technology is assisting with earlier diagnoses, enhanced manufacturing capabilities, and improved treatment plans by using data to better understand patients' needs...

Issued by Cipla 31 Jul 2018

Cardiovascular medication, Valsartan, recalled in SA
Cardiovascular medication, Valsartan, recalled in SA

Certain medicines containing the active pharmaceutical ingredient, valsartan, have been recalled by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority...

26 Jul 2018

Beware of pain-relieving drugs
Beware of pain-relieving drugs

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has warned the public about the risk of harmful effects when using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)...

25 Jul 2018

SA retail sales up by 3% year-on-year
SA retail sales up by 3% year-on-year

Total South African retail sales for May 2018 grew by 3% year-on-year excluding the effects of inflation, compared to the 3.1% year-on-year growth recorded in May 2017...

16 Jul 2018

SA consumers need to be informed to avoid risk of opioid addiction
SA consumers need to be informed to avoid risk of opioid addiction

South Africans need to better understand the potential risks associated with using medication to combat pain, as even the use of certain pain medications, could lead to an individual needing professional help for addiction to opioids...

Issued by Cipla 5 Jul 2018

Generation Z will transform African business
Generation Z will transform African business

The next-generation workforce is set to drive positive change for Africa's enterprises...

3 Jul 2018

New partnership to boost drug discovery for malaria, TB and more in Africa
New partnership to boost drug discovery for malaria, TB and more in Africa

A new international partnership has committed funding for the discovery of new drugs for diseases endemic to Africa over the next two years...

29 Jun 2018

SA heads to India on pharmaceutical investment drive
SA heads to India on pharmaceutical investment drive

Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe is in India this week where he is leading a delegation to attract investment in the pharmaceutical sector...

25 Jun 2018

SA green tea extract voted among best in the world
SA green tea extract voted among best in the world

A highly potent South African green tea extract has been voted among the world's top new products at one of Europe's most prestigious natural health trade shows...

Issued by Leap Communications 14 Jun 2018

Highest SA retail sales growth for April in six years
Highest SA retail sales growth for April in six years

Total South African retail sales for April 2018 grew by 3.7% year-on-year after removing the effects of inflation, showing the highest growth rate seen in April in the past six years...

13 Jun 2018

Clinical trials can bring important benefits to African countries. Good Mood/Shutterstock
Africa hosts very few clinical trials. Why this is bad for innovation

Clinical trials are the foundation of any new medicine. They allow scientists to test the efficacy and safety of a drug or therapy...

By Swapan Kumar Patra 5 Jun 2018

Change in policy opens the way for generics
Change in policy opens the way for generics

Proposed changes to the Intellectual Property Policy will do away with prolonged patents and open up the pharmaceuticals sector for more affordable generics to be manufactured...

31 May 2018

Generic medicines - The cost-effective copycat
Generic medicines - The cost-effective copycat

A hundred-million prescriptions are filled for generic medicines in South Africa per annum. This equates to 78% of the generics market opting for a far more cost-effective drug...

Issued by Bonitas 29 May 2018

Mpact coughs up new solutions for medical packaging
Mpact coughs up new solutions for medical packaging

Mpact Plastics produces a range of high-clarity PET and conventional PVC medical round bottles aimed at the pharmaceutical industry...

Issued by Mpact Plastics 25 May 2018

Pricing competition threatens generics
Pricing competition threatens generics

In the past decade, generic competition allowed millions of patients access to medicines for key therapeutic areas...

3 May 2018

Digital therapeutics will soar in the next five years
Digital therapeutics will soar in the next five years

The number of people using app-based treatments, which are clinically proven to treat medical conditions, will increase from an estimated 4.5-million in 2018 to 130-million by 2023...

30 Apr 2018

20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa
20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa

With the Seedstars World Summit taking place on Thursday, 12 April 2018, the organisers have announced the final 65 finalists that will get the chance to pitch their ideas on the global stage. 20 out of the 65 finalists are from Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

Clicks opens 500th pharmacy
Clicks opens 500th pharmacy

Retail chain Clicks is celebrating the opening its 500th pharmacy at Clicks Park Station in Johannesburg.

6 Apr 2018

Nomfundo Dlamini, Tank Research founder.
Marketing is key in medicines distribution in Africa

The media is a key platform for dissemination of information around medications on the continent in Africa, where virtual spaza shops for drugs proliferate...

By Nomfundo Dlamini 8 Mar 2018

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A capital of knowledge

How does a nation get ahead in the global economy if its landmass and population size is small? Although I hadn't thought much about it previously, an article in the Times of Malta made me think of my newly adopted homeland rather differently. The answer is to position yourself as a player in the knowledge economy...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 2 Mar 2018

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