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Clinical trials: how to make informed consent more ethical

It has been illegal to treat humans like guinea pigs since the Nuremberg trials, in which Nazi doctors were punished for doing unspeakable things to prisoners...

By Jeremy Howick 19 Feb 2020

What I've learnt about drug testing in Nigeria over the last 20 years

Poor quality medicine is one of the obstacles to improving health in developing countries. One in 10 medicines may not meet acceptable standards, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)...

By Sunday Olakunle Idowu 18 Feb 2020

Cipla SA signs agreement for anti-psychotic drug

Cipla Medpro South Africa recently concluded an exclusive agreement securing originator and authorised generic brands of an atypical antipsychotic drug, Quetiapine...

Issued by Cipla 13 Feb 2020

Medical waste offers insights into South Africa's use of pharmaceuticals

Much of what we know about human history comes from studying things that have been discarded. The archaeology of dumpsites and middens has long informed us about societies and their pasts...

By Rebecca Hodes 12 Feb 2020

The story of the pharma giant and the African yam

It was a drug produced in Nottingham in the United Kingdom that led us on a journey to South Africa to visit muthi markets, archives, herbariums and nature reserves...

By William Beinart 10 Feb 2020

A history of how sedatives took hold in white South Africa

In the early 1960s, pharmacists and government authorities were of the view that South Africa had experienced key aspects of a 'pharmaceutical revolution' over the course of the previous 40 years...

By Julie Parle 7 Feb 2020

Secret histories of drugs - legal and illegal - in southern Africa

If you want to score heroin in some of the historically black suburbs, or townships, of Johannesburg, South Africa, you need to find yourself a 'Snyman'...

By Thembisa Waetjen, Julie Parle & Rebecca Hodes 30 Jan 2020

Antibiotic resistance: scientists are reengineering viruses to cure bacterial infections

The world is in the midst of a crisis. Antibiotic resistance has been found in numerous common bacterial infections, including tuberculosis, gonorrhoea and salmonellosis, making them difficult - if not impossible - to treat...

By Manal Mohammed & Andrew Millard 21 Jan 2020

Preventing TB: a big drug price cut paves the way for global scale-up

Lengthy negotiations ended in good news recently when the price of rifapentine, a lifesaving antibiotic, was marked down by 66% by its manufacturer Sanofi. When combined with another antibiotic (isoniazid), rifapentine can prevent tuberculosis (TB) disease...

By Gavin Churchyard 14 Jan 2020

Antibody technologies take a step closer to precision medicine

The search for better cancer treatments continues, as current options often cause severe side effects. Less than 5% of experimental anticancer drugs are approved for use in humans, but scientists are bringing new technologies to the quest...

By Krupa Naran, Dharanidharan Ramamurthy, Neelakshi Mungra & Stefan Barth 14 Jan 2020

#BestofBiz 2019: Healthcare

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

We are using computer models to fight drug resistance

The infectious disease burden in Africa is very high, particularly for tuberculosis (TB), malaria and HIV/Aids...

By Ozlem Tastan Bishop 13 Dec 2019

Using nanomedicine to fight TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world's deadliest infectious diseases. It's massive, it's tricky, and treatment can be exhausting (and toxic). But there may be new hope for TB treatment on the horizon: nanomedicine.

By Nicklaus Kruger 6 Dec 2019

The Medicines Patent Pool announces new licensee for HIV paediatric treatment

On World AIDS Day, the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) announced a sublicence agreement with Indian manufacturing partner Cipla for the development, manufacture and supply of HIV treatment lopinavir (LPV) and ritonavir (RTV or r) individually or in combination, for paediatric use...

Issued by Cipla 6 Dec 2019

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