Nigerian doctors call off 2-month strike despite pay arrears

NIGERIA – Doctors in Nigeria’s government hospitals have suspended a two-month strike for payment of salaries owed to many and improved working conditions. The resident doctors, the mainstay of health care at government hospitals throughout the West African country, said they will resume work after they “achieved some positive results” in talks with the government, Dr. Dare Ishaya, president of the National Association of Resident Doctors, said. Although members owed salary arrears are beginning to get paid, some key demands that led to the strike have still not been addressed,…

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Egypt to launch vaccine passports next week

EGYPT – The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has announced that it is launching a health passport to detect vaccine evaders, starting next week in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications. The ministry said in a statement that this electronic health passport will be used at airports to determine a person’s position on the COVID-19 vaccine. It explained that the health passport will use three colors: red will indicate a person is unvaccinated, yellow that they have received one dose and green that they have received two doses. It…

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SAPHRA approves Neoteryx’s Mitra devices for blood specimen collection

SOUTH AFRICA – The Mitra micro sampling device from US-based Neoteryx has been approved as a Class B in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical device by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) in South Africa. Separations, a South African-based distributor of devices and products for scientists and labs, helped get the Mitra device approved for broad use in South Africa. Class B registration allows lay people to use the Mitra to self-sample at home for research studies or monitoring non-critical conditions. The Mitra device is ideal for remote use…

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ViiV Healthcare partners with Japan’s Shionogi to develop longer-acting HIV drug

USA – ViiV Healthcare, the global specialist HIV company majority owned by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has agreed to collaborate with Shionogi on the development of ultra-long acting HIV drugs that could be administered as little as four times a year, potentially revolutionizing HIV treatment. GSK’s VIV has also developed the long-acting HIV injection Cabenuva, which combines cabotegravir with Janssen’s rilpivirine, as well as another combination therapy of dolutegravir and lamivudine, which is administered once every one or two months. Cabenuva is indicated as a complete regimen for the treatment of human…

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Eli Lilly inks partnership deal with Cipla for key diabetes drugs

INDIA – The Indian arm of North American drugmaker Eli Lilly has announced a strategic partnership with Indian pharmaceutical Cipla, allowing the latter to sell, promote, and distribute two of Lilly’s diabetes products, Humalog and Trucility, in India. The collaboration is subject to regulatory approval. Lilly also noted that it will maintain its existing operation model for its other products, with the main idea being to leverage Cipla’s strong local footprint. Cipla, at its end, would leverage its capabilities and robust distribution strengths to engage healthcare professionals and expand access…

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General Electric announces BK Medical ultrasound deal

USA – General Electric (GE) has announced that it has acquired ultrasound company BK Medical from Altaris Capital Partners in an all-cash purchase worth US$1.45 billion bolstering its medical imaging business. BK Medical, with head offices in Boston and Copenhagen, is a pioneer in intraoperative imaging and surgical navigation. The company’s active imaging systems are designed for surgeons and urologists, to provide real time inside visualizations of a patient’s body. The company, employs over 650 people boasts a robust product line that is used in a variety of medical specialties,…

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