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Zika and reproductive rights in Africa

The late termination of pregnancies displaying severe foetal anomalies is both an ethically and morally challenging dilemma. The outbreak of the mosquito born Zika virus in South America last year is a good example of this dilemma faced by under resourced countries. What started out as a question about containment and the causal relationship between […]

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Biosimilars: what’s the big deal?

Biosimilars are a hot topic for biopharmas with differing regulations, ever changing approval mechanisms, and looming patent expiries ensuring they are set to be a continuing subject of debate and discussion. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines biologics as: A “biological product” means a virus, therapeutic serum, toxin, antitoxin, vaccine, blood, blood component or […]

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Understanding osteoarthritis

No medication or intervention has been shown to stop or reverse the disease process in OA. “Osteoarthritis is an important topic to discuss,” says Steve Biko Academic Hospital rheumatologist, Dr Raksha Kalpee. “Unfortunately there haven’t been a lot of new developments in terms of the pathogenesis or reversing the disease process, but there are some […]

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Africa Health Congress and collaborative innovation

Solving Africa’s biggest healthcare challenges requires a collaborative approach between governments, healthcare professionals and specialists, as well as with industry leaders launching new techniques and technologies to the market. From 8-10 June 2016, regional and international healthcare professionals and medical experts will gather at the 6th annual Africa Health Exhibition & Congress taking place at […]

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PMBs – Are all medical schemes liable?

Landmark Supreme Court of Appeal ruling forces medical scheme to pay PMB benefits in full. The Supreme Court of Appeal caused ripples across the medical insurance industry when it dismissed, without a hearing, the application for leave to appeal by Genesis Medical Scheme against a judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal, essentially forcing the […]

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Front Shop and Pharmacist Assistant of the Year competition

The search is on for 2016’s best front shop assistant and pharmacist assistant in pharmacy. Each month a winner will be chosen in the two categories (front shop assistant and pharmacist assistant). The monthly winners will then compete against each other for the overall title of 2016 Front Shop Assistant of the Year and 2016 […]

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Know your products – Probiotics

Normal gut bacterial flora plays an important role in overall health. Here is a probiotic to treat infants and children, another one to treat IBS and a third for use during antibiotic therapy. PRODUCT: Reuterina™ drops COMPOSITION: Each 0.2ml (5 drops) contains a minimum of 100 million CFU of Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis® (Strain DSM 17938) […]

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SA’s problematic healthcare system

We have to learn to be accommodating, discriminant, listen to views, and integrate them into a particular environment if we really want to achieve anything useful. That’s what private freelance healthcare consultant Dr Nicholas Crisp believes. HOW HEALTHY IS OUR NATION? Not how healthy am I or my family. How healthy is our nation. “So […]

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New marketing manager for Tibb

Tibb Health Sciences is pleased to welcome Lana Kotze to the management team. Kotze took over the reins this February, and fills the position of marketing manager Having studied Homoeopathy at Technicon Witwatersrand, Kotze’s keen interest in non-allopathic medicine stands her in good stead in a company known for its commitment to providing well-researched complementary […]

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Shrugging off shoulder pain

Shoulder pain may originate in the joint itself, or from any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Shoulder pain usually worsens with activities or movement of the arm or shoulder WHAT CAUSES MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN? The causes of musculoskeletal pain are varied. Muscle tissue can be damaged with the wear and tear of daily […]

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Mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers can occur in any age group or population. WHAT ARE MOUTH ULCERS? Mouth ulcers are painful round or oval sores in the mouth, most often on the inside of the cheeks or lips. They are very common, particularly in women and young adults. Mouth ulcers are usually harmless and most will clear up […]

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Annual Frontshop Pharmacy Magazine competition

It’s that time of year again. Next month marks the start of our annual search for the Front Shop and Pharmacist Assistant of the Year. In the run up to the competition we’re excited to introduce you to this year’s sponsors without whom the competition would not be possible. Throughout the competition you’ll have the […]

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World Hand Hygiene Day initiatives

Spotlight on hand hygiene to prevent the spread of disease-causing viruses and bacteria Netcare facilities around the country have put their full weight behind the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2016 international hand hygiene campaign. Netcare hospitals, Medicross family medical and dental centres, Prime Cure clinics, Netcare 911 bases and National Renal Care (NRC) dialysis units […]

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Salt therapy for coughs

Salt mine therapy has been used for centuries to treat respiratory systems Coughs are one of the most common reasons for people to see their GP. A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of mucus and irritants, foreign particles and microbes. Whether they’re dry or chesty, most coughs clear up within two […]

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Health and Wellness: Combat winter dryness

For many people, cold winter days bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortably dry skin. Wind, dry air, and chilly temperatures can do a number on soft skin and hair. Cold air outside and central heat indoors can strip moisture from strands and pores, making hair rough and […]

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Burn myths exposed

Rather than helping, many common myths for treating burns can actually increase the risk of an infection by exposing a wound to harmful bacteria MYTH: APPLY COLD BUTTER TO THE BURN The cold butter will give you a cooling sensation in the affected part. However, when the butter melts, it becomes painful rather than soothing […]

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OPINION – The customer is becoming bored

When you look at the initial research on shopping centres and shopping you may believe customer boredom is not the case. In Turkey in 2001 there were 53 shopping centres, now there are over 250 centres with more on the way. In India there is a new shopping centre being opened every two weeks and […]

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World day for safety and health at work

Employers urged to ensure workers’ health and safety All businesses with workers in their employ, whether in professional occupations or not, have a responsibility to ensure that the workplace is as safe as possible for all employees and external stakeholders who may visit the working environment. During World Day for Safety and Health at Work, […]

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Sanofi

Sanofi is a global integrated healthcare leader, focused on patients’ needs OUR COMMITMENT We act with our partners to protect health, enhance life and respond to the potential healthcare needs of the 7 billion people around the world. Sanofi’s primary object at all time is to deliver quality medicine at affordable prices and to ensure […]

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Meda Pharma

Meda is an international specialty pharma company with its own sales organisations in close to 60 countries and operations expanding in growth markets. The 48th largest pharmaceutical company in the world, at the end of 2013, Meda had 3 062 employees, 1 914 of whom work in sales and marketing. Sales and marketing activities are […]

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