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Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

Facility design key to ensure good manufacturing practices

By: Schalk Burger     20th May 2011 Pharmaceutical manufacturers should design new facilities or upgrade existing facilities to reduce the chances of cross contamination or mix-ups, says consulting engineering firm SSI pharmacist and pharmaceutical processes validation expert Pat Smallwood. 

Companies to resolve their requirement conflicts

By: Schalk Burger     20th May 2011 Pharmaceuticals manufacturers must comply with every inspection body and must find a solution to conflicts between the different requirements of the various auditing bodies, says SSI environmental engineer Toby van Reenen. 

WHO members agree to share flu samples during pandemic

20th May 2011 World Health Organisation (WHO) member states, in April, agreed to a framework that ensures that, during a pandemic, influenza virus samples will be shared with partners who need the information to take steps to protect public health. 

Noncommunicable diseases drive lucrative West Africa pharmaceuticals market

20th May 2011 With the adoption of a more western lifestyle, characterised by less healthy diets and more sedentary activities, across West African countries like Nigeria and Ghana, the incidence of non-communicable diseases, particularly hypertension and diabetes, have increased, reports market research and... 

New pathogen level-3 TB laboratory for Johannesburg

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2010 The new pathogen level-3 tuberculosis (TB) laboratory, in Johannesburg, uses new equipment that rapidly processes samples, which reduces the numerical burden of patients on the laboratory. 

Incinerators control the rate of combustion 

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2010 The MacroBurn medical waste incinerator can control the rate of combustion of medical waste to match the combustibility of the waste materials, reports incineration specialist Saubatech. 

Radioisotope producer increases speed of scarce radioactive isotope

21st May 2010 The worldwide scarcity of the radioactive isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), used in over 100 000 nuclear medical procedures, has prompted radioisotope producer NTP Radioisotopes to increase the speed of its production of the radioisotope to maintain its supply to medical centres globally, says NTP... 

Density meter eliminates need for laboratory tests

21st May 2010 The Liquiphant M density meter measures density and concentration in processes, eliminating the need for off-line procedures and laboratory tests, says automation specialists Endress & Hauser marketing manager Kathleen Spindler. 

Patents could play a critical role in advancing R&D in local industries

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2010 South Africa should use the international intellectual property patenting system to benefit from research and development in the local medical and pharmaceutical industries, says intellectual property legal specialists Spoor and Fisher partner David Cochrane. 

Precision engineering for orthopaedic and dental implants

21st May 2010 The orthopaedic and dental sectors require implants and instruments manufactured with high precision that are durable, quality tested and proven for use in operations and practice, reports biomedical specific alloys and superalloys engineering company Deloro Stellite. 

Efficient processes will result in competitive industries

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2010 Efficient production processes and good support industries are needed to ensure that the medical and pharmaceuticals industries in South Africa are competitive and produce good quality medicines at affordable prices, says pump designer and manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA) marketing... 

Regional innovation centre invests in drug delivery platform

By: Jacqueline Holman     22nd May 2009 Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centre, BioPAD, a Department of Science and Technology initiative, is investing R11,6-million over a period of three years in the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) department of pharmacy and pharmacology’s drug delivery platform. 

Imaging systems to be installed at SA hospitals

By: Jacqueline Holman     22nd May 2009 Imaging technology company Lodox will install two of its flexible format digital radiography (DR) system Statscan machines in South Africa in the next few months. 

Biotechnology centre 
focuses on industrial 
enzyme projects

By: Jacqueline Holman     22nd May 2009 Local biotechnology regional innovation centre for the South African east coast region, LIFElab, reports that its bioprocessing portfolio is currently growing a skills base in industrial enzymes.


Local biotechnology project receives R1m grant

By: Jacqueline Holman     22nd May 2009 Biotechnology regional innovation centre LIFElab reports that it has received R1-million grant from global nonprofit organisation the International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) for its Elevation Biotech project aimed at Aids vaccine development and production. 

New pharmaceuticals company to tackle disease in Africa

By: Jacqueline Holman     22nd May 2009 It is necessary for southern Africa to have its own commercial, world-class research and development facility that will be the vehicle for tackling diseases of Africa, said iThemba Pharmaceuticals chief scientific officer Dr Rebanta Bandyopadhyay. 

New bandage range controls high-volume bleeding

By: Chanel de Bruyn     23rd May 2008 Trauma product supplier, Mkhuseli Trauma Products, offers a solution to high-volume arterial bleeding with its range of HemCon haemostatic bandages.  

Local manufacturer launches generic HIV/Aids treatments

By: Chanel de Bruyn     23rd May 2008 Local pharmaceuticals manufacturer, Sonke Pharmaceuticals, which is a joint venture between pharmaceutical manufacturer Ranbaxy South Africa and black economic-empowerment investment firm Community Investment Holdings, has announced that it is introducing Sonke Pharmaceuticals' basket of... 

Manufacturer offers natural treatment for deep vein thrombosis

By: Chanel de Bruyn     23rd May 2008 Manufacturer of natural or complementary medicines, Diversal, has released a dedicated treatment to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT). 

KwaZulu-Natal receives dedicated cardiology centre

By: Chanel de Bruyn     23rd May 2008 The construction of a R340-million hospital with a dedicated cardiology centre, the Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre (EHHC), near Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal is on schedule to open on July 1 this year.  

South Africa debates healthcare affordability Bill

By: Chanel de Bruyn     23rd May 2008 The Department of Health (DoH) announced in April the approval of the publication of two draft legislation bills, which it sees as crucial in ensuring access to affordable and quality healthcare by all South Africans. 

Name change for healthcare solution provider

23rd May 2008 Local healthcare information technology (IT) solutions provider, Digital Healthcare Solutions (DHS), a wholly owned Bytes Technology Group subsidiary, has changed its name to Bytes Healthcare Solutions. 

Sensors for stringent hygiene requirements launched

23rd May 2008 Supplied locally by specialist sensor supplier, Countapulse Controls, electronic component manufacturer Leuze has launched a new series of sensors, which feature a wash-down or a hygienic design allowing these sensors to withstand the increased frequency and intensity of specified cleaning and... 

Climate change will erode foundations of health - WHO

23rd May 2008 United Nations public health arm, the World Health Organisation (WHO), states that increases in global average air and sea temperature, ice melting and rising global sea levels, assist us to understand and prepare for the coming challenges we will face as a result of climate change, but that in... 

New specialised burns unit opens at Joburg hospital

23rd May 2008 Private hospital and specialised medical unit, Netcare's, Milpark Hospital, has announced that it will now also host South Africa's only dedicated private burns unit.  

Locally developed product manages TB medication compliance

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th May 2007 A South African-developed product that uses a global system for mobile (GSM) technology to ensure patients with chronic diseases take their medication regularly, has had a positive effect on medication compliance management that is set to assist in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) and multi... 

Hostile trading environment challenges local pharmaceuticals industry

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th May 2007 South Africa’s pharmaceutical industry is facing a number of obstacles, foremost of which is a hostile trading environment, Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa media liaison officer Lorraine Osman tells Engineering News. 

DST grant grows plant biotechnology research

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th May 2007 The plant biotechnology research group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has secured a multimillion rand research grant from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to extend research into transgenic plants as a platform for the production of pharmaceuticals. 

Electronic health system to personalise healthcare industry

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th May 2007 Medicine and healthcare is to become more personalised as well as save costs in the future with the implementation of a national electronic health record (EHR) system. 

Respiratory sector supplier signs R21-million BEE deal

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th May 2007 A supplier to the critical care respiratory sector, Respiratory Care Africa, has finalised a R21-million black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction and has big plans for the future. 

Engineering company supplies standard compliant solutions

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th May 2007 Pharmaceutical manufacturers are continuously challenged by changing and increasingly stringent good manufacturing practice (GMP) standards, pressure on margins and a higher demand on drugs in various dosage forms. 

CSIR patented hydrogel polymer used to manufacture local cosmetic eye product

By: Jade Davenport     1st December 2006 The South African advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing industry has received a significant boost with the introduction of a new Proudly South African cosmetic eye product, which is anticipated to undergo final testing and accreditation by Sasol’s Chem City at the end of this month. 

Siemens turbomachinery factory quadruples turnover in three years

By: Jade Davenport     20th October 2006 Turbo-machinery and spare part manufacturer Siemens Power Generation Mechanical Services (PGMS) has experienced significant growth in the last three years, with the company’s turnover increasing from R80-million to R320-million since 2003. 

New drug advances cholesterol treatment 

By: Amy Heydenrych     26th May 2006 Managing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol has been enhanced with the recent launch of Ezetrol in South Africa. This drug is the first direct cholesterol absorption inhibitor on the market and has been launched by MSD and Schering-Plough. 

Doors open for local firm after acquisition

By: Amy Heydenrych     26th May 2006 Following its acquisition by South Africa-based consulting engineering and project management group Stewart Scott International, environmental control-systems and clean-rooms specialist Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers (DSCE) is finding the market more open to the company’s services than... 

Pharmaceutical companies jostle to secure the shortest route to market

By: Amy Heydenrych     26th May 2006 Across an array of consumer industries in South Africa, the drive to secure the shortest route from the supplier to the market has become increasinglyurgent. The pharmaceutical industry is no different. However, given the precious nature of the cargo, theintegrity and quality of the distributor... 

Long-term, complex development process

By: Amy Heydenrych     26th May 2006 The development of high-quality pharmaceuticals is a very long and complex pro-cess,” asserts MSD medical directorDr Beverly Cowper. 

Using global technology to tackle South African problems

By: Amy Heydenrych     26th May 2006 Never underestimate local knowledge,” asserts Becton Dickenson South Africa GM Peter Mehlape. 

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