DA wants Aspen anti-competitive actions probed

2017-04-20 18:58

The SA has asked the Competition Commission and the Medicines Control Council to investigate claims of anti-competitive behaviour by pharmaceutical firm Aspen.

Gene therapy relieves sickle cell in world first

2017-03-02 20:00

Scientists say they have used gene therapy to relieve the symptoms of a teenager suffering from sickle cell disease in a world-first breakthrough.

Generic medicine market to continue growth trend in 2017

2017-01-11 18:31

Generic medicine is expected to continue its growth trajectory in 2017, says the CEO of a pharmaceutical company.

How older people can prevent harmful drug interactions

2016-09-26 14:50

The American FDA warns that one drug can affect the effectiveness of other drugs and how your body uses them, and offers the following safety tips.

Merging medicine and business to empower women

2016-09-04 15:58

An MBA and medical doctor, Boitumelo Phetla takes a holistic approach to well-being and runs a business that empowers women.

Cancer drugs in US are headed for price cuts - VIDEO

2016-07-04 13:54

This could be the most exciting time in cancer-research history as previously deadly diseases may be survivable for some patients. But there’s a cost.

South Africa's first skin bank opens

2016-04-15 11:46

South Africa has entered a new era of skin and bone regeneration with the launch of the country's first skin banking programme.

‘We’ll study more’

2016-01-22 12:00

Medical students from KwaZulu-Natal studying in Cuba have pledged to pray less and study more.

People hoping for sex change offer organs for penis transplants

2015-06-01 06:30

A number of people hoping for sex reassignment surgeries are among those eager to donate their organs towards penis transplants.

Malaria vaccine a letdown, but could reduce cases - study

2015-04-24 06:29

The world's leading malaria vaccine candidate appears to be a disappointment, but developers are moving ahead to get it approved because it could yet protect some children, a study says.


Aspen shares drop over report of secret plan to destroy cancer drugs

2017-04-18 08:42

Aspen has responded to UK reports, which claim that it secretly planned to destroy cancer medicines as a threat to force countries in Europe to allow price hikes.

'PillDrop' to revolutionise rural access to meds

2017-02-13 13:27

A South African pharmacist’s idea of improving access to chronic medicines in rural areas has been recognised by the global Sandoz Hack competition.

Daughter of Stellenbosch farmworkers beats the odds to become doctor

2016-12-09 08:03

After leaving the Eastern Cape more than 20 years ago to live with her farmworker parents at a Stellenbosch wine farm, Yvonne Dyum is going back home – proudly carrying a medical degree.

'Infant eyes are like gold,' mom hears after organ donation

2016-09-25 17:52

Critical medical research depends on scientists' ability to work with human cells and organs, but families who donate a loved one's tissue for science seldom learn much about what happens next.

Poor prescription practices across Africa put patients at risk

2016-08-30 10:10

Irrational prescriptions are a major global health problem. The World Health Organisation estimates that more than half of all medicines are inappropriately prescribed, dispensed or sold.

Your family’s medicine cabinet checklist

2016-05-23 15:03

Having a sick child is not pleasant. Here's what you should keep stocked at home.

12 children die from gastro in Cape this summer

2016-03-02 12:57

Twelve children have died and thousands have been treated for gastroenteritis this summer in the Western Cape, a report says.

Schools close as MERS virus spreads in South Korea

2015-06-03 08:45

More than 200 primary schools have shut down as South Korea struggled to contain an outbreak of the MERS virus that has infected 30, killed two and triggered widespread fear.

Mom hopes doctor can help son born without penis

2015-05-20 08:32

The mother of a 5-year-old boy is hoping that the Cape Town ‘penis doctor’ can help her child who was born without sexual organs.

US considers regulating homeopathy

2015-04-22 16:02

A lack of regulation, allowing the public to self-treat conditions with scientifically unproven homeopathic products, has raised the ire of the medical community.

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