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CMS to explain ‘puzzling move’

23 Jan 2020
The CMS invited health insurers, medical schemes and administrators to an “engagement session” to “unpack and deliberate on” the measures set out in circular 80 and a subsequent research note setting out its rationale in circular 82, reported Business Day (23 January 2020). 
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Growthpoint bets on healthcare surge

23 Jan 2020
Growthpoint Properties, SA’s largest real estate group, says it is on track to grow its healthcare fund nearly fourfold to R10-bn in the next five to seven years, through acquisitions and management contracts, reported Business Day (23 January 2020).
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Life CEO hugs Mkhize, enthuses over NHI, then packs bags for Australia

23 Jan 2020
The out-of-the-blue resignation of Life Healthcare CEO Dr Shrey Viranna from has raised eyebrows, as well as sparked some pointed observations on social media, reported MedicalBrief. (22 January 2020)

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Emergency meeting to discuss new SARS-like virus

22 Jan 2020

A Key emergency committee of the WHO will gather in Geneva today (22 January 2020) to discuss a new SARS-like virus spreading across China after it reached three other Asian countries.
In its January 22 issue News 24 published a list of “What we know about the virus”


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Codeine may be restricted to prescription-only

21 Jan 2020
The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) is considering ruling that popular painkillers and cough suppressants are sold on prescription-only, unless the industry can come up with a viable alternative, reported Business Day (21 January 2020). 
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Aspen’s shares out perform the company’s peers

21 Jan 2020

Aspen Pharmacare share price has leapt by more than 83% in the past five months, reported The Star (21 January 2020).

The recent recovery by Aspen’s share price comes after it tumbled by more than 50% in 2018 following the company’s move away from its generic pharmaceutical business
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Ten babies have died from Klebsiella

21 Jan 2020

The Department of Health confirmed that out of the 17 cases of antibiotic-resistant CRE (Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) reported at Tembisa Hospital at the end of 2019, 10 babies have died. It is suspected that the babies contracted Klebsiella pneumoniae. The high mortality rates are attributed to a high burden of disease in pregnant patients, overcrowding of the neonatal ward, as well as a high number of referrals of high-risk patients from surrounding clinics and district hospitals.

 


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KZN Health given 30 days to consider remedial actions

20 Jan 2020

The KZB Health Department has been accused of irregularities of R61-m regarding the awarding of a tender to Mzansi LifeCare and Mobile Satellite Technologies (MST). The Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane the Department 30 days to consider remedial action contained in a report released on 15 January.


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North West health department head fired

20 Jan 2020

The North West government’s head of health, Thabo Lekalakala - who was accused of entering into fraudulent contracts with Gupta-linked company Mediosa - has been fired. He is being charged with fraud, corruption and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. He allegedly authorised payment of R30-m to Mediosa before it had provided any services to the North West health department.


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HIV experts sound alarm about patients who stop meds

20 Jan 2020
 “Efforts to implement same-day treatment for HIV patients have shown success, but experts are worried about the number of patients who quickly stop antiretroviral therapy (ART),” reported Times Select (16January2020). 
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Life Healthcare CEO Shrey Viranna resigns

20 Jan 2019

The CEO of Life Healthcare, Dr Shrey Viranna, announced his resignation from the company “with immediate effect” and is emigrating to Australia with his family. CFO Pieter van der Westhuizen has been appointed acting CEO but willalso retain his current position.


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