Motsoaledi’s single exit price for medicines ‘devastating

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has gazetted an increase in the single exit price for medicines and scheduled substances, which the pharmaceutical industry says is “pitifully low” and will have a devastating impact on small manufacturers, in particular. Business Day reports that the Pharmaceutical Task Group, which represents all the formalised trade associations and covers about 95% of the market, … Continue reading Motsoaledi’s single exit price for medicines ‘devastating

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BHF research paints worrying picture of exiting doctors

Older public sector doctors are leaving to practice privately but are not staying too long, instead opting out of medicine entirely before the age of 50, according to research by the  Board of Healthcare Funders of SA. The latest research is based on the distribution of ealthcare professional providers (HPPs) registered on the practice code numbering system … Continue reading BHF research paints worrying picture of exiting doctors

Single dose of new drug can shorten flu duration by a day

A single dose of a new influenza drug can significantly shorten the duration of the illness in teens and adults, according to a study. The article reports the results of two multi-centre, double-blind, randomised clinical trials. Both found that the drug, baloxavir marboxil, shortened the duration of flu symptoms by about one day and more … Continue reading Single dose of new drug can shorten flu duration by a day

Studies look at the benefits of aspirin for patients with CVD

A meta-analysis from 11 trials found that aspirin reduced the risk of non-fatal myocardial infarction by 22% and death by 6%, at the cost of a 59% increase in gastrointestinal bleeding and a 33% increase in haemorrhagic stroke.  The authors conclude that in patients at low cardiovascular disease risk, the relative benefit of aspirin translates into … Continue reading Studies look at the benefits of aspirin for patients with CVD

New personality test is faster — and tougher to trick

Psychology researchers have developed a new personality test that is both faster to take and much harder to manipulate by those attempting to control the outcome. "The test draws on the 'Big Five' approach to personality assessment, so it's a new method for personality testing, rather than a new paradigm," says Adam Meade, a professor … Continue reading New personality test is faster — and tougher to trick