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Vaccine production in South Africa: how an industry in its infancy can be developed

The issue of vaccine production has become a topic of hot debate following the approval of treatments for Covid-19. In South Africa angry exchanges have been spurred by the country's lagging access to Covid-19 vaccines...

By Jeffrey Dorfman & Frank Kirstein 21 Jan 2021

Distell and Invenfin buy 40% stake in cannabis wellness brand Rethink

Distell and Invenfin have entered into a partnership with Releaf Pharmaceuticals to share ownership in South African cannabis wellness brand Rethink...

20 Jan 2021

Some key questions answered on Covid-19 vaccines for African countries

Vaccines for Covid-19 are generating a lot of talk. To shed some light on which vaccines are available for countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and how the process will work...

By Ina Skosana & Ozayr Patel 19 Jan 2021

Ivermectin and Covid-19: Why it's promising but why we need to be cautious

There is a clamour by some people for ivermectin to be approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) to treat Covid-19...

By Rufaro Samanga 15 Jan 2021

Dummy's guide to how trade rules affect access to Covid-19 vaccines

The race is on to secure vaccines that will protect people from Covid-19. But it's already become apparent that there is gross inequality playing out in the procurement and distribution of the new drugs...

By Caroline Southey 11 Jan 2021

Vaccine rollout: Here is where South Africa stands

Only a massive global rollout of an effective vaccine can end the Covid-19 pandemic in the short term. The vaccine is being rolled out in the United Kingdom and United States...

By James Stent 22 Dec 2020

PhD study helps to improve safety and efficacy of radiopharmaceuticals

Many African countries struggle with the provision of safe and effective radiopharmaceuticals to diagnose or treat diseases...

By Dr Alec Basson 18 Dec 2020

#BestofBiz 2020: Healthcare

What a year 2020 has been! So, we've curated the year's most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views on Bizcommunity's Healthcare platform into our #BestofBiz2020 list

14 Dec 2020

Cipla launches affordable tetanus vaccine to prevent tetanus deaths

Cipla - in partnership with the Serum Institute of India - has announced the launch of a new tetanus toxoid vaccine that can be used for the prevention of this infection in infants, children and adults...

Issued by Cipla 8 Dec 2020

Landmark oncology drug registration

Cipla recently received regulatory approval for lenalidomide - a lifesaving immunomodulatory drug that activates and increases the number of immune system cells that identify and attack cancer cells - to bring this medication into the South African market at affordable prices...

Issued by Cipla 7 Dec 2020

East African countries should prioritise their essential medicines for drug registration

The World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced an essential medicine list in 1977. The aim was to help countries prioritise which medicines to make available for public use...

By Allyson M Pollock, Moses Ocan & Petra Sevcikova 19 Nov 2020

Retail sales down 2,7% in September

Stats SA reports that South Africa's retail trade sales decreased by 2,7% year-on-year in September 2020...

18 Nov 2020

The interplay of drug design and patents

The development of novel or blockbuster drug compounds invariably requires an initial search to determine whether target compounds have already been synthesised and are protected by a patent...

By Bernard Dippenaar 13 Nov 2020

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine trial commences in South Africa

The first South African participants in the Johnson & Johnson Phase 3 Ensemble trial for a Covid-19 vaccine were dosed last week...

11 Nov 2020

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