Tanya Vogt, Executive Officer, SAMED

Medical devices: Regulations sorely lacking

Medical devices are regulated in many countries around the world, but not in SA. Presently, only electro-magnetic medical equipment and radiation-emitting devices have to be registered with Radiation Control. Some combination medical devices (devices that incorporate a medicinal component or biologics) have to be registered with the Medicines Control Council (MCC), as medicines. According to […]

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Practice Matters: People-centred approach to healthcare

Prof Morgan Chetty SA, like many countries, is struggling to address increasing costs, poor or inconsistent quality of care and inaccessibility to timely care. Healthcare expenditures are rising twice as fast as overall economic growth. With this trend, unfortunately many will not be able to afford necessary clinical care as medical inflation rises. As we […]

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TB: What SA is doing

One of the main challenges in the fight against TB is the lack of accurate statistics and patient records. As a result, the true extent of the epidemic is not known and the lack of patient records make follow-up extremely difficult. Currently, only about 10% of people with MDR-TB globally are estimated to receive appropriate […]

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CC inquiry goes ahead despite court challenge

The Competition Commission has confirmed that preparatory work for its market inquiry into the private healthcare industry has commenced on 6 January as planned and that this phase of its work will not be delayed by Netcare’s court challenge against the commission’s use of KPMG as its technical service provider for the investigation. Netcare is […]

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By Mike Scott

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Dispensing GPs

A win for dispensing doctors

Dispensing doctors have won the last of their battles to effectively nullify most of the requirements around dispensing licences in the much-contested regulations of the Medicines and Related Substances Act that came into effect in 2003. From this year, doctors with valid dispensing licences will no longer be obliged to renew them once obtained and […]

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Bionic suit allows patients to walk again

Justin Smith’s life was forever altered in 2004 when he survived a hijacking that left him an incomplete quadriplegic at the age of 29, with a bullet lodged in his C6. Together with Biokineticists Justin Jeffery and Charl Kaschula, Smith founded Just Walk Bionics, an advanced rehabilitation centre based in Rivonia (Gauteng), in June last […]

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Opioid misuse and abuse

Dr Luc Evenepoel Over the last decade, the use of opioids to treat chronic non-cancer pain has become more and more widespread. One of the reasons is that the scientific literature points out that our original fear for addiction was exaggerated and maybe even unfounded. However, have we been measuring the right things? Our thinking […]

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HIV drugs and future developments

Dr Prinitha Pillay Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences Since the advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in 1996 for the treatment of HIV, antiretroviral drugs have transformed a death sentence into a chronic manageable disease. Today we are able to offer a single-pill, once-daily, fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) to patients, […]

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A doctor’s duty

The Medical Protection Society’s recent Ethics for All conference examined the tightrope that doctors have to tread in navigating the ethical, legal and moral hazards of everyday practice. Dr Graham Howarth, Head of Medical Services (Africa), now examines the concept of care. Patients have a right to expect that they will be safe in your […]

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