Research & Development

South African team develops new rabies antidote

South African team develops new rabies antidote called RabiverResearchers from South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed the world’s first injectable medicine from a tobacco plant – an antidote for rabies which could change the way the deadly viral disease is treated worldwide.

Increased opportunities for pharmaceuticals in sub-Saharan Africa


SubSaharanAfricaExpanding middle class and increased disposable income will make healthcare more affordable

The growing middle class, increasing incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the continued burden of infectious diseases will result in double digit growth in the East and West African pharmaceuticals markets. Pharmaceuticals alleviating chronic conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes, represent lucrative growth opportunities according to growth partnership company, Frost&Sullivan.

Rheumatoid arthritis researchers limber up

Rheumatoid arthritisUpcoming therapeutics and an emerging biosimilars industry will improve the lives of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) sufferers around the world, claims a new report by GlobalData.

MabThera SC shortens treatment time


Roche announces_that__a_fixed_dose_of_MabThera_can_be_administered_subcutaneouslyRoche has announced results from two studies which showed that a fixed dose of MabThera (rituximab) can be administered subcutaneously (SC), potentially allowing patients to spend less time in infusion centres receiving their MabThera treatment. Specifically, the studies showed that SC injection resulted in non-inferior MabThera concentrations in the blood (pharmacokinetics; PK) compared with standard intravenous (IV) infusion. Overall, SC and IV adverse event (AE) profiles were similar and administration related reactions (ARR) were mostly of mild to moderate intensity. The results were presented at the 54th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and formed the basis of the line-extension marketing application which was submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on 4 December 2012.

New developments in diabetes treatment

TeaWorld Diabetes Day is held annually on 14 November, and on the eve of this year’s commemoration, new evidence emerged of Rooibos’ anti-diabetic potential.

The discovery is the result of a joint study conducted by the Diabetes Discovery Platform from South Africa’s Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Agricultural Research Council’s (ARC) Infruitec-Nietvoorbij Institute.

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