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PHARMA DYNAMICS is committed to keep Southern Africans informed by sharing current and topical information about relevant medical conditions and the industry with the general public. Follow our stories as they appear in the media on the online Article Journal below.

NEW ONLINE PORTAL LAUNCHED TO SUPPORT MENTALLY ILL

A new online platform, called ‘Let’s Talk’, has been launched by Pharma Dynamics this Mental Health Awareness Month to break the stigma around mental illness and to make treatment more accessible to the mentally ill. Shouqat Mugjenker, Mental Health Portfolio…

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ANTI-COMPETITIVE PRACTICE OF PSEUDO-GENERICS CONTINUE TO DRIVE UP SA MEDICINE PRICES

South African consumers continue to pay more for medication long past the expiry of a patent, as a result of the increasing occurrence of pseudo-generics in the South African pharma market. These drugs are ‘clones’ of the branded products, but…

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EXTREME DROUGHT IN WESTERN CAPE COULD WORSEN HAYFEVER SYMPTOMS

The ongoing drought in the Western Cape could have dire implications for nasal allergy sufferers as we head into the sneezing and streaming season. Nicole Jennings, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics – one of SA’s leading providers of antihistamine medication –…

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NEW PORTAL LAUNCHED TO ASSIST PHARMACISTS WITH CPD ACCREDITATION

Leading generics pharmaceutical company, Pharma Dynamics, has launched a digital platform to make earning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certification easy for time-constrained pharmacists. This follows the announcement by the South African Pharmaceutical Council that pharmacists will be required to engage…

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NEW INTERVENTION LAUNCHED TO CURB STUNTING IN SA

An innovative initiative utilising a Facebook chatbot is set to curb the growing incidence of stunting – a phenomenon that affects 27% of South African children. This initiative is the brainchild of one of the country’s top pharmaceutical firms, and…

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NHI WON’T OFFER QUICK FIX TO SA’s MENTAL HEALTHCARE CRISIS

While the Minister of Health’s recent address at the launch of the National Health Insurance (NHI) White Paper again confirmed government’s commitment to better healthcare services to patients, and in particular mental health users, industry experts say much more than…

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NEW, MORE HOLISTIC ERA OF PRACTICING MEDICINE ON THE CARDS FOR SA

An innovative approach to patient care aimed at stemming chronic diseases of lifestyle such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, diabetes and hypertension in South Africa has received the thumbs up, and will usher in a new era for practicing medicine…

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SA’s HEALTH SUPPLEMENT MARKET BOOMING

South Africa’s health supplement market has tapped into a vein of vitality that has seen unprecedented growth in recent years – largely driven by consumers’ increased interest in healthy living and a desire to reduce their risk of illness. A…

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SPOTLIGHT ON URTICARIA THIS WORLD ALLERGY WEEK (2 – 8 APRIL)

This World Allergy Week (2 – 8 April) health organisations around the globe focused on the agony of urticaria or hives as it is more commonly known, and how this condition can be better managed to improve sufferers’ quality of…

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DOCTORS COULD SAVE SA ECONOMY IN EXCESS OF R4-BILLION PER ANNUM

Despite the fact that the use of generic medicine has increased over time, many healthcare practitioners in South Africa continue to prescribe expensive brand-name medication when cheaper generic alternatives are available. This is costing the SA economy around R4-billion a…

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PHARMA FORECAST: 2017 A BIG YEAR FOR GENERICS

Amid the past year’s unprecedented economic challenges of a weakening rand, fluctuating oil prices and threats of a downgrade by numerous rating agencies, the SA pharmaceutical industry continues to weather the storm, with generics expected to make its mark in…

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‘SUPER ALLERGIES’ TO HIT SA THIS SUMMER

Last year was the hottest year on earth since record-taking began, but 2016 is expected to blow this record out of the water, which according to experts could trigger so-called ‘super allergies’. Mariska van Aswegen, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics –…

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WHAT TRUMP VICTORY MEANS FOR SA PHARMA INDUSTRY

Pharmaceutical stocks in Europe and the USA performed well following newly elected Donald Trump’s presidential victory and now Trump’s most recent healthcare plan states that the Food and Drug Administration must be reformed to “put greater focus on the need of…

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PARLIAMENT TAKING THE HEALTH OF MPs SERIOUSLY

Parliament’s Wellness Division has made the health of those running our country a top priority by overhauling the legislature’s menu. In the wake of World Diabetes Month, this November, only diabetic-friendly meals will be served to parliament staff based on…

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VACCINATE TO PROTECT AGAINST RISE OF ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT SUPERBUGS

In the wake of National Antibiotics Awareness Week (14 to 20 November), the spotlight will fall on the critical role that vaccines are likely to play in curbing anti-microbial resistance (AMR) – at least in the foreseeable future until a…

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SA’s MOST STRESSFUL JOBS REVEALED

Stress is a big part of our everyday lives, but it’s what we do for a living that could just tip us over the edge. A just-released survey conducted by mental wellness advocate, Pharma Dynamics, reveals which careers rank amongst…

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POLLEN MIGHT NOT BE THE BIGGEST CULPRIT BEHIND SA’s HAYFEVER WOES

It’s the height of the hayfever season – a condition which affects approximately 30% of South Africans, but pollen might not be the main culprit behind your nasal allergy. Dr Mike Levin, Allergy Advisor to Pharma Dynamics – a leading…

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CALL ON SA CONSUMERS TO ABSTAIN FROM USING RHINO HORN APHRODISIACS

South African consumers’ penchant for buying black market aphrodisiacs has once again come under the spotlight in the wake of this week’s 17th meeting of the parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which is…

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STUDY REVEALS WHERE IN SA THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE IS HIGHEST

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) or heart disease and its related conditions is the leading cause of death in SA, after HIV/Aids. Over 78 000 South Africans die each year from heart disease, and there are no signs of a decrease in…

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SOON-TO-BE-RELEASED FILM DOCUMENTS JUNIOR DOCTORS’ PLIGHT

A new film which documents the crazy hours junior doctors have to work in South Africa – set to be released this September – will give the public a glimpse into the grueling pressures our more than 5 000 junior…

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SA WARNED TO LOWER SALT INTAKE

We’re a salt-loving nation, but our excessive salt intake could see us kick the proverbial bucket a lot sooner than we bargained for, warns health experts ahead of National Salt Awareness week (16 to 22 March). Excessive salt intake is…

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NEW COOKING FROM THE HEART DIABETES RECIPE BOOK LAUNCHED

A new diabetes recipe book by well-known foodie, Heleen Meyer, in partnership with Pharma Dynamics, the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA (HSFSA) will be launched in time for National Diabetes Awareness Month…

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ALLERGIES COSTING SA ECONOMY OVER HALF A BILLION PER YEAR

The cost of allergies to the South African economy is in excess of R606-million a year with healthcare expenditure and lost productivity being the biggest contributing factors. Experts warn that should the unmet needs and strategies to prevent the burgeoning…

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SURVEY REVEALS WHAT MAKES SOUTH AFRICANS SEE RED

Traffic jams, queue jumpers and people who think rules don’t apply to them have emerged among the list of 30 things that gets South Africans’ blood boiling and thereby increase blood pressure, according to a just-released health survey. More than…

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WAY TOO MANY SA DOCTORS STILL PRESCRIBING ANTIBIOTICS

According to colds and flu pharmaceutical firm, Pharma Dynamics, South African doctors are still prescribing 50% more antibiotics to patients than they should, especially when it comes to common ailments like sore throats, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections, which dangerously…

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SA TO BRACE ITSELF FOR HARSH COLD AND FLU SEASON

Recent studies from around the world indicate that climate change could bring on more severe cold and flu outbreaks, warn experts. Mariska van Aswegen, spokesperson of cold and flu pharmaceutical firm, Pharma Dynamics, says it was once thought that global…

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SA FUELLING BLACK MARKET FOR MALE SEXUAL ENHANCEMENT PILLS

Male sexual enhancement pills are considered to be one of the most counterfeited drugs in the world and according to the latest statistics, South Africans are among the biggest consumers of black market aphrodisiacs.  Over the past 12 months, SARS…

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GROWING BURDEN OF DISEASE TAKES ITS TOLL ON SA’s MENTAL HEALTH

The number of South Africans facing mental health challenges as a result of the country’s growing incidence of chronic disease is rising at a worrisome rate, warns experts. Mariska van Aswegen, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics – a generics pharmaceutical firm…

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