UAE’s Response Plus Medical Holding eyes India, Africa growth after ADX listing

UAE – Response Plus Medical Holding (RPM), an associate of Alpha Dhabi Holding, has announced plans to expand into India and Africa after making its market debut on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) Second Market. Established in 2010, RPM prides itself as UAE’s largest providers of on-site healthcare management, with over 1600 employees and paid in capital of US$54 million (AED200 million). The company specializes in in medical emergency transfers from remote work sites with over 260 medical facilities, as well as a fleet of over 160 ambulances, one…

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Pfizer/BioNTech say data shows COVID-19 vaccine safe and protective in kids

USA – Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have said their COVID-19 vaccine induced a robust immune response in 5 to 11-year-olds, and they plan to ask for authorization to use the vaccine in children in that age range in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere as soon as possible. The companies said the vaccine generated an immune response in the 5-to-11-year-olds in their Phase II/III clinical trial that matched what they had previously observed in 16-to-25-year-olds. The safety profile was also generally comparable to the older age group, they said.…

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UK’s Gordon Brown appointed as WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing

UK – The World Health Organisation has appointed former UK prime minister Gordon Brown an ambassador for global health financing. Mr. Brown who is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education has been campaigning tirelessly in recent months for wealthy nations and the private sector to ensure the equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. He has called for a concerted global effort to save lives, especially in poorer countries, to help end the pandemic and restore livelihoods the world over. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said: “I am delighted…

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ECA, ABC Health Partner to increase access to health commodities

AFRICA – The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), African Business Coalition for Health (ABCHealth) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), have successfully hosted a virtual Africa Investment Summit on Health 2021(AIS) on the margins of the 76th United Nations General Assembly. The summit convened African Heads of Government and Ministers, continental, regional and global business leaders, and Development Institutions together to discuss strategies that will significantly increase access to vital health commodities and supplies in Africa leveraging the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and African Medicines Agency…

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UCTD, Bayer’s consumer health division sign OTC distribution pact

EGYPT – Dr. Mohamed Galal, Vice President & Head of Bayer Consumer Health Division – Middle East, and Mr. Ayman Hossam Omar, Chief Executive Officer of United Company for Trading & Distribution (UCTD), have signed a contract involving Bayer’s Consumer Health Division, aiming to import and distribute OTC products in the Egyptian market. Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines play an essential role in keeping consumers and populations healthy with a variety of options while, at the same time driving down healthcare spending. “We envision this valuable partnership between the two big companies…

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Zydus Cadila gets US-FDA nod for antidepressant drug

INDIA – Zydus Cadila received final approval from the US Food Drug Administration to sell new generation anti-depressant Vortioxetine in the strengths of 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg in US market. The drug was first approved around seven years ago, and was developed by Denmark-based pharmaceuticals maker Lundbeck in the late 2000s. Vortioxetine works by increasing serotonin in the brain by preventing the elimination and reuptake of seratonin in the brain, and is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and serotonin receptor modulator. Zydus has been on a…

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