Pharmaceuticals

Afriplex acquires Edelweiss Pharmaceuticals

Tablet manufacturing at Afriplex’s facility in Cape TownAfriplex recently acquired the business of Edelweiss Pharmaceuticals and is in the process of taking over the manufacturing of all solid dosage forms, namely tablets and capsules.

Novartis ranks third in 2016 Access to Medicine Index

The logo of NovartisNovartis has moved up one spot on the Access to Medicine Index, ranking third in the 2016 Index. This is in recognition of its efforts to improve worldwide access to healthcare.

More expansion on the cards for Wrapsa

A capsule manufacturing machine at WrapsaWrapsa, one of South Africa’s biggest pharmaceutical contract manufacturing and packaging companies, has spent millions on continually upgrading its facilities. This is in line with the company’s policy to invest in infrastructure, ensuring accreditation and to retain its position in the local market.

Emirates SkyCargo launches purpose-built pharma distribution facility

An exterior view of the Emirates SkyPharma facility at Dubai International AirportEmirates SkyPharma, the new purpose-built facility of Emirates SkyCargo, is dedicated exclusively to the timely and secure transport of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments. The facility is located at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and was recently officially inaugurated by His Highness, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of the Emirates Airline and Group.

Astrazeneca responds to COPD crisis with new study

Dr Jasvanti Bhana, AstraZeneca South Africa’s VP for medical and regulatory affairsAccording to World Health Organization (WHO) reports, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of deaths worldwide. It is also the sixth leading cause of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in middle-income countries. This statistic is expected to change to the fifth leading cause worldwide by 2030, making the significance of the disease quite evident.

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