Nurse celebrates 50th year in the profession

While the nursing profession around the world is celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, for one nurse 2020 is especially important as it marks her 50th year as a nurse. Sheron Stephenson is Ophthalmology Nursing Manager at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre in Somerset, UK. and she began her nursing career in South Africa in 1970.

Clariant launches Prenylium™ – a sustainably-sourced root-powered active ingredient for premium well-ageing skincare

Clariant Active Ingredients launches Prenylium – the first product unveiled thanks to its new partnership with French biotechnology company, Plant Advanced Technologies (PAT). Rich in rare prenylated flavonoids content, Prenylium is a unique Morus alba tree root extract, highly efficient at protecting the skin matrisome from degradation that occurs with time and UV exposure. It also helps prevent signs of ageing by visibly reducing the appearance of existing wrinkles and smoothing skin.

Positive results in Phase III study for Allegra®/Telfast® in patients with allergic rhinitis

The results of the Phase III, single-centre, sequential and parallel-group, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled FEXPOLSAR study evaluating the efficacy and safety of Allegra®/Telfast® in adults with allergic rhinitis (AR) symptoms aggravated by a common component of air pollution were announced at the World Allergy Congress (WAC) in Lyon, France. The study demonstrated that Allegra®/Telfast® 180 mg significantly decreased pollution-exacerbated AR symptoms by 21%in adult allergic rhinitis patients. 

Obesity in patients – the importance of broaching the topic and the benefits of pharmacotherapy as an adjunct

The World Health Organization has found that more than 28% of adults in South Africa are obese, the highest obesity rate amongst sub-Saharan African countries. Obesity is widely acknowledged to be associated with many health risks and diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, joint pain and certain cancers. Dr Daksha Jivan, an endocrinologist in the Division of Endocrinology at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, says that healthcare practitioners need to introduce the topic of obesity with their patients and make them aware of their BMI, tell them about the potential risks and problems associated with obesity, screen them for complications early and make them aware that there is medication available to assist them. “I can’t stress enough how important it is for HCPs to broach the topic with their patients,” she says.3

Achieving a sustainable Festive Season

Keeping the holidays eco-friendly may seem like a daunting and perhaps, at times, even a somewhat impossible task. However, there are entirely manageable strategies to ensure that you can celebrate the Festive Season fully while also achieving sustainability. The Festive Season is often a time where waste increases. Many products that are not eco-friendly and/or biodegradable are used in large supply. The increased use of plastics, electricity, water and cleaning products lead to a real threat on sustainability – putting your health, your loved ones’ health, and the environment at risk.

Notification of permanent price reduction for Gemzar 200 mg and Gemzar 1 g

Eli Lilly (SA) (PTY) Limited is pleased to announce a 36.6% permanent price reduction for Gemzar 200 mg and for Gemzar 1 g effective 29 November 2019. Gemzar has been in South Africa for 24 years for the management of NSCLC, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer, and transitional cell bladder cancer.

Liquid replacement in a lolly

We’ve all been there – when we have a sick child with a fever, diarrhoea or vomiting and as parents, one of our main concerns is how best to replace all those lost fluids. What makes it worse is that often the last thing a sick child feels like is drinking anything. Fortunately, Créche Guard, South Africa’s number 1 children’s multivitamin and mineral supplement, has launched a new product to assist with fluid and nutrient replenishment in children, in a lolly format.

What makes the Norflex range different

With the myriad of muscle relaxants and gels on the market, it can be difficult to know which treatment is right for your patient. Muscle strains and spasms are common. When a patient presents with everyday muscle strains or spasms caused by injury, sport or work-related accidents, the Norflex® range should be your first choice. Not only is Norflex® South Africa’s most prescribed muscle relaxant brand, it also has proven efficacy, with generally tolerable side effects and can assist in the treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions with associated muscle spasm.

ASAIPA National Medical Awards 2019

On Friday the 8th of November, the Alliance of South African Independent Practitioners Associations (ASAIPA) held its second annual National Medical Awards 2019. In attendance were over 140 guests to recognise the outstanding achievements of South African independent practitioners in private practice.  Sponsored by CIPLA, Healthbridge,  PPS and Medici.

Collagen Lift® Paris wins prestigious French award for Red Carpet

Collagen Lift® Paris Red Carpet recently won the award for best beauty product in France. The award is the Victoire de la Beauté and is judged by 2 000 consumers – which makes it a worthwhile winner.
Collagen Lift® Paris has a range of oral collagen products, available from Dis-Chem, Clicks and independent pharmacies.


NRF CalMag Fizzy with added Vitamin D, is a lime flavoured, effervescent tablet that is easily absorbed by the body. One tablet daily, dissolved in a glass of water, allows for fast and gentle absorption and is suitable for the most sensitive digestive system. NRF CalMag Fizzy is ideal for people on the go or who may have a compromised immune system and it is safe for diabetics and pregnancy.

What is indemnity cover and why do doctors need it?

A surprising number of GPs and specialists are unaware of the myriad ways in which they could fall victim to litigation, often believing this to be confined to the settlement of a negligence finding following an inadvertent patient injury. According to Dr Hlombe Makuluma, Medico-Legal Risk Advisor at EthiQal, a division of Constantia Insurance Company Ltd and the first South African provider of both occurrence-based and claims-made cover to doctors, the risk spreads far wider.

Air Products’ liquid nitrogen and Cryo-Save – storing stem cells, saving lives

Stem cell transplantation is perceived as a major breakthrough in medical history and it has been used in medical procedures for more than 50 years. More than 1 million blood stem cell transplants have been performed across the world and play an important role in the treatment of bone marrow failures, blood disorders, immune deficiencies, blood cancers, metabolic diseases and blood cancers. Cryo-Save South Africa, a family cord blood and cord tissue stem cell bank, has chosen Air Products as a trusted partner to continuously supply them with liquid nitrogen for storing these precious stem cells.

Five golden rules to reduce patient harm or risk

The public and private healthcare sectors are dealing with billions in claims. Risk reduction in medicine or surgery, where mistakes amounting to negligence are an occupational hazard, is the best way of avoiding lengthy legal headaches. Solving the problem on a medico-political level is one thing, but there are five basic measures a practitioner can follow to reduce litigation risks.

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