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Court order: Doctors can prescribe ivermectin for Covid-19
Court order: Doctors can prescribe ivermectin for Covid-19Article

Doctors can now prescribe ivermectin to Covid-19 patients, thanks to an order handed down by the Pretoria High Court...

3 days ago

Sahpra approves J&J vaccine with conditions
Sahpra approves J&J vaccine with conditionsArticle

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has registered the Covid-19 Johnson & Johnson vaccine in terms of Section 15(6a) of the Medicines and Related Substance Act 101 of 1965, with conditions...

6 Apr 2021

The implications of administrating ivermectin to Covid-19 patients
The implications of administrating ivermectin to Covid-19 patientsArticle

Being a new virus, Covid-19 has evoked a great deal of uncertainty around which treatments will be beneficial to patients...

31 Mar 2021

Sahpra approves Section 21 use of Pfizer vaccine
Sahpra approves Section 21 use of Pfizer vaccineArticle

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has approved the Section 21 application for Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine...

17 Mar 2021

Police seize unregistered medicines at OR Tambo International Airport
Police seize unregistered medicines at OR Tambo International AirportArticle

The South African Police Service (SAPS) this week seized unregistered medicines worth a market value of R126 million at the OR Tambo International Airport...

19 Feb 2021

Clinical trials with human volunteers done in South Africa must get approval from the health products regulator. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Explainer: how South Africa regulates medicines and vaccinesArticle

National medicines regulatory authorities are gatekeepers that protect the public from unnecessary harm from health products. They do so in the best tradition of the injunction to "do no harm"...

Andy Gray 11 Feb 2021

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Healthcare workers to receive J&J jabArticle

Phase one of vaccine rollout could commence as soon as next week with healthcare workers receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine instead of an AstraZeneca jab...

10 Feb 2021

Many countries around the world, like Bangladesh, have started Covid-19 vaccination. Kazi Salahuddin Razu/NurPhoto via Getty Images
South Africa didn't take advantage of its role in Covid-19 vaccine trials: why it should haveArticle

Covid-19 vaccine supplies are available in various parts of the world. But it's clear that distribution is not symmetrical...

Keymanthri Moodley & Theresa Rossouw 10 Feb 2021

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Safeguard procurement, distribution and administration of vaccines against corruptionArticle

The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa is viewed with more than a little scepticism...

2 Feb 2021

Access and affordability: South African launch of critical medications drives equitable access
Access and affordability: South African launch of critical medications drives equitable accessArticle

In putting healthcare in South Africa under the microscope, Covid-19 has exposed many weaknesses inherent in the country's fractured socio-economic environment...

Paul Miller, Issued by Cipla 1 Feb 2021

Professor Vinny Naidoo, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria.
Veterinary expert weighs in on Ivermectin debateArticle

Since Ivermectin took centre stage as a potential treatment for Covid-19, several questions have been raised around whether a cattle drug should be used on people...

Vinny Naidoo 29 Jan 2021

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Sahpra allows controlled use of Ivermectin for Covid-19Article

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has given the green light for the controlled use of Ivermectin, a veterinary parasitic drug, for Covid-19 infection management in humans...

28 Jan 2021

Are SA employers allowed to implement a compulsory Covid-19 vaccine policy? (Part 2)
Are SA employers allowed to implement a compulsory Covid-19 vaccine policy? (Part 2)Article

In Part 1 of this article, we looked at the legalities of mandatory Covid-19 vaccine policies. Here, we consider whether compulsory testing of employees for the coronavirus is allowed...

Jason Whyte 19 Jan 2021

Compound which protects seaweed shields humans from disease too -- studies
Compound which protects seaweed shields humans from disease too -- studiesArticle

An extract of seaweed which protects marine plants from disease has been shown in clinical studies to also help block viruses, prevent infections and inhibit the flu...

Issued by Leap Communications 19 Jan 2021

Medicines are only approved for use by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority when there is sufficient evidence that their benefits outweigh their risks.
Ivermectin and Covid-19: Why it's promising but why we need to be cautiousArticle

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...

Rufaro Samanga 15 Jan 2021

OxERA oxygen supply device
Innovation bridges oxygen supply gap for Covid-19 patientsArticle

A portable and cost-effective device that delivers consistently high levels of oxygen to Covid-19 patients and helps keep their lungs from collapsing has been approved by the Sahpra...

12 Jan 2021

First 1-million Covid-19 vaccine doses will arrive this month
First 1-million Covid-19 vaccine doses will arrive this monthArticle

South Africa will take delivery of its first million doses of Covid-19 vaccine this month and an additional 500,000 in February from the Serum Institute of India (SII) through its Covax affiliation...

8 Jan 2021

Health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize
Mkhize's wishlist: Covid-19 vaccine rollout in FebruaryArticle

The South African government is hoping to rollout its Covid-19 vaccine programme as early as next month...

4 Jan 2021

Surveys to find out how many people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 are underway. Free image via Pixabay
New surveys may shed light on SA's Covid epidemicArticle

SARS-CoV-2 antibody surveys can be used to more accurately estimate how many people in the country have been infected with the virus that causes Covid-19. A few such surveys are underway in South Africa...

James Stent 4 Dec 2020

Landmark oncology drug registration
Landmark oncology drug registrationArticle

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 4 Dec 2020

Path to regulatory approval of the Covid-19 vaccine in SA
Path to regulatory approval of the Covid-19 vaccine in SAArticle

The ongoing, global Covid-19 pandemic has led to an obvious need for clarity regarding the regulatory approvals that must be satisfied before a vaccine can be rolled out...

Zareenah Rasool, Rui Lopes and Darryl Bernstein 11 Nov 2020

CannAfrica begins store rollout with first opening in Cape Town
CannAfrica begins store rollout with first opening in Cape TownArticle

CannAfrica is the lifestyle brand of Labat Healthcare, which is the retail division of the first JSE-listed cannabis company, Labat Africa...

21 Oct 2020

Covid-19 Level 1 update on SA travel regulations
Covid-19 Level 1 update on SA travel regulationsArticle

The Minister of Home Affairs in South Africa has issued amendments to the previous travel concessions under Level 1 lockdown, and published the list of high risk countries from which travellers are prohibited, under most circumstances, from entering South Africa...

Ahlisha Yesmariam 6 Oct 2020

Investigations expose deep-rooted problems in SA healthcare
Investigations expose deep-rooted problems in SA healthcareArticle

The resignation of Professor Mkhululi Lukheli as the head of the Gauteng Department of Health, and revelations by Daily Maverick's investigations team, Scorpio, of billions of rands of unlicensed PPE procurement, have revealed several deep and serious problems in healthcare in the country....

6 Oct 2020

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Experts dissect SA's Covid-19 responseArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic caught the country unaware, but several lessons can be drawn from the crisis as we look ahead into implementing the National Health Insurance (NHI)...

14 Sep 2020

Pausing enrolment into a clinical trial is not unique to the Covid-19 vaccine. Luca Sola/AFP via Getty Images
Why halting the Covid-19 vaccine trial is part of the processArticle

This week the University of Oxford and Astra Zeneca temporarily postponed further vaccination in clinical trials of the Covid-19 candidate vaccine, AZD1222, after one of the participants fell ill...

Ina Skosana 11 Sep 2020

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SAHPRA extends Keytruda approval to lung and bladder cancer treatmentArticle

A drug used to treat metastatic melanoma and second-line metastatic non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) has been approved for the treatment of bladder cancer and first-line NSCLC by the SAHPRA.

2 Sep 2020

Covid-19 drug, Remdesivir, arrives in SA
Covid-19 drug, Remdesivir, arrives in SAArticle

Remdesivir, a medicine which could make a difference in the management of severe Covid-19 disease, is available in South Africa now...

Issued by Cipla 3 Aug 2020

Ebrahim Patel, trade, industry and competition minister. Image: Wikipedia
Locally made ventilators go into productionArticle

In what is a first for the African continent, South African made ventilators have gone into production and will be ready in a few weeks time...

17 Jul 2020

#BizUnity: Pro bono behind the scenes on the National Ventilator Project
#BizUnity: Pro bono behind the scenes on the National Ventilator ProjectArticle

As doctors, nurses and other hospital staff work tirelessly on the frontlines of the war against Covid-19, R&D teams and legal experts band together to aid the fight in their own way as they offer their skills on the National Ventilator Project...

Shan Radcliffe 14 Jul 2020

Many companies are exploiting ignorance and fear and selling Covid-19 cleaning solutions that are unnecessary and expensive. Regular cleaning with household products is sufficient. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks
Covid-19: Companies sell unnecessary "deep cleans" with exaggerated claimsArticle

Regular cleaning with standard household products is sufficient.

Natasha Bolognesi 7 Jul 2020

Cipla gets ready to bring Covid-19 treatment to SA
Cipla gets ready to bring Covid-19 treatment to SAArticle

Cipla through a landmark agreement with Gilead Sciences Inc., was granted a license to manufacture and distribute the antiviral medicine, remdesivir, in 127 countries, including South Africa...

Issued by Cipla 6 Jul 2020

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SA's first Covid-19 vaccine trial startsArticle

The first Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial on the continent was announced during a virtual press conference hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits)...

23 Jun 2020

A researcher performs a CRISPR/Cas9 process at the Max-Delbrueck-Centre for Molecular Medicine in Germany . Gregor Fischer/picture alliance via Getty Images
Covid-19 and gene editing: ethical and legal considerationsArticle

Researchers are racing against time to find ways to treat and prevent Covid-19. There is currently no treatment for the disease, and the World Health Organisation has created Solidarity, a global clinical trial which is testing four drugs as possible treatment...

Sheetal Soni 25 May 2020

Navigating through the cloud of cannabis legislation in South Africa
Navigating through the cloud of cannabis legislation in South AfricaArticle

Currently, South Africa is one of only three African countries that permit the cultivation of medical cannabis. A licence for cannabis production can be obtained, but the processes for its provision are stringent...

Rui Lopes and Darryl Bernstein 21 Apr 2020

Another SA First - Cipla's combination TB-Preventative therapy in one tablet
Another SA First - Cipla's combination TB-Preventative therapy in one tabletArticle

With South Africa having one of the highest rates of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide, coupled with equally high statistics of people living with HIV (PLHIV), two of the biggest issues in reducing both these numbers are access and adherence to medication...

Issued by Cipla 6 Apr 2020

#Covid-19 - A message from Cipla
#Covid-19 - A message from CiplaArticle

The world has changed significantly with the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19), and the pandemic is having significant repercussions globally...

Issued by Cipla 26 Mar 2020

Cipla's Mirren facility approved by Sahpra to produce vital medicine
Cipla's Mirren facility approved by Sahpra to produce vital medicineArticle

At a time when South Africa desperately needs some good news, Cipla's upgraded Mirren facility will not only be able to meet the high demand of critical medical needs but also help grow the beleaguered economy...

Issued by Cipla 23 Mar 2020

South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) commended for new processes
South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) commended for new processesArticle

Thanks to the efforts of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) with their Backlog clearance project which launched in August 2019, considerable progress has been made in terms of the number of applications to register new medication...

Issued by Cipla 11 Mar 2020

Cipla working to end neglect of paediatric HIV
Cipla working to end neglect of paediatric HIVArticle

Almost all parents can attest to the struggle experienced at mealtimes - think aeroplane noises and bribery - to get an infant or toddler to just eat their veggies...

Issued by Cipla 6 Mar 2020

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Many countries regulate e-cigarettes. South Africa should tooArticle

Opinions differ on how to regulate electronic cigarettes. But dozens of countries are taking action. In Africa, Kenya already taxes these products, and South Africa is preparing to follow...

Laura Rossouw 6 Feb 2020

New title provides pharmacists and students with an in-depth understanding of pharmacy law
New title provides pharmacists and students with an in-depth understanding of pharmacy lawArticle

In addition to studying and understanding the nature and effect of drugs, their action, contraindication and performance, it is also necessary for pharmacists and pharmacy students to have a comprehensive understanding of the law as it applies to the dispensing of medicines...

Issued by LexisNexis 20 Dec 2019

Dr Nathaniel Mofolo, Dr Rita Nathan and Dr Mojalefa Maseloa. Photo: Leonie Bolleurs
Costly, lengthy, and safe process before drugs hit the shelvesArticle

Whether it's a remedy for the common cold or sophisticated drugs to treat cancer, all medicines go through a very costly and lengthy research process before being approved for prescription to patients...

13 Nov 2019

Cannabis trading still illegal
Cannabis trading still illegalArticle

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has warned that the establishment of illegal dispensaries/outlets, online sites and social media platforms for marketing and selling cannabis and related products to the public remains illegal...

6 Nov 2019

Legalisation is killing our market, say small-scale dagga growers
Legalisation is killing our market, say small-scale dagga growersArticle

On a frigid September morning in Mkumbi, a remote village in the Pondoland region of the Eastern Cape, 63-year-old Sizane Nompethu rose at dawn and walked at a brisk pace down a rocky path to work her family's small plot of land, just as she had every day since she was 15...

Christopher Clark 7 Oct 2019

Finding South Africa's place in the emerging cannabis industry
Finding South Africa's place in the emerging cannabis industryArticle

The African Cannabis Report (March 2019) by Prohibition Partners has estimated that in 2023 the total market value of South African cannabis industry will be around $1.8 billion (assuming there is wholesale legislation and regulation of the cannabis industry)...

Romeo Tsusi 26 Jun 2019

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U-turn in cannabis regulations opens up marketArticle

Until a week ago, CBD, the active non-psychoactive ingredient within cannabis which cannot make users high, was considered a scheduled substance in terms of the schedules to the Medicines Act...

Megan Adderley, Rodney Africa, Adriano Esterhuizen & Deerah Pillay-Lungoomiah 3 Jun 2019

Kelly du Plessis, CEO: Rare Diseases SA
NHI is an opportunity to access orphan drugsArticle

Government's National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme represents a substantial policy shift to restructure healthcare and secure universal health coverage for all South Africans...

28 Feb 2019

World Aids day - Cipla launches new triple-combination antiretroviral drug, Reydin
World Aids day - Cipla launches new triple-combination antiretroviral drug, ReydinArticle

Cipla has launched its new triple-combination ARV treatment for HIV in South Africa...

Issued by Cipla 30 Nov 2018

False positive results have raised questions about home pregnancy tests. flickr/Rebecca
DIY medical tests: why some are safer than othersArticle

Recent media reports revealed that digital home pregnancy tests being sold at leading pharmacies in South Africa and the UK were consistently giving false positive results...

Glenda Mary Davison 30 Oct 2018

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