Research & Development

Topical drug delivery

The pharmaceutical industry somewhat reluctantly acknowledges that topical medicines have been formulated principally for drug delivery and stability (and quite rightly so) and that features such as texture, sensorial properties and patient experience have been largely ignored. However, patient experience, be it positive or negative, strongly influences compliance and this, the industry overtly acknowledges, is critical in ensuring that clinical efficacy is achieved.

Focus on testing

MoisturiserEfficacyTestsThe internationally recognised Photobiology Laboratory located at the Department of Pharmacy within the University of Limpopo’s Medunsa campus offers cosmetics product testing to determine safety and efficacy using a wide variety of methods, including SABS-approved sunscreen testing. It is ideally positioned being located on a university campus, providing easy access to interdisciplinary experience as well as multi-racial volunteer groups.

Do microwaves alter lab results?

EndressHauser undertakes_research_on_microwave_level_measurement_devicesFor pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical processes, it’s important that unintentional negative impacts on cell and bacteria structures be avoided. It is for this reason that the question is raised on whether or not microwave radar level sensors kill or alter live cells in pharmaceutical processes. The debate is usually between level sensor manufacturers and drug and biodrug manufacturers, especially their cell line specialists and process developers.

Government outlines strategy to develop bio-economy


The minister_of_Science_and_Technology_Derek_Hanekom_launched_South_Africas_Bio-economy_Strategy_on_14_JanuaryThe minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, launched South Africa's Bio-economy Strategy on 14 January, which positions bio-innovation as essential to the achievement of government's industrial and social development goals.

Major company commits to chemical-free products

Owing to public pressure and growing concerns about the safety of chemicals found in common cosmetics, household cleaners and fragranced products, Procter & Gamble (P&G) will achieve total elimination of the toxic chemicals triclosan and diethyl phthalate (DEP) from all its products by 2014, according to an announcement by the company's spokesperson.

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