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Cipla South Africa grows national footprint with Mirren acquisitionCipla Medpro South Africa (Pty) Limited ("Cipla Medpro"), wholly owned subsidiary of Cipla Limited, India ("Cipla"), and South Africa's fourth-largest pharmaceutical company in the private sector, has announced its plans to acquire a 100% stake in Mirren (Pty) Limited ("Mirren"). Mirren is a South African over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor, which has been in operation for 35 years. The transaction is subject to the approval by the Competition Commission of South Africa. 8 Aug 2018 Read more

South Africa's first biosimilar oncology drug authorised for useCipla, South Africa's third-largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, in collaboration with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, has announced the launch of the country's first biosimilar for the oncology and haematology markets. 3 Aug 2018 Read more

How the pharmaceutical industry can propel Africa to the forefront of healthcareThe Fourth Industrial Revolution is having a profound effect on the pharmaceutical industry, as new technology is assisting with earlier diagnoses, enhanced manufacturing capabilities, and improved treatment plans by using data to better understand patients' needs, said Cipla South Africa CEO, Paul Miller, at the BRICS 2018 summit, held in Johannesburg. 31 Jul 2018 Read more

Pioneering affordable HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa Cipla's continued goalThere are still several significant challenges that need to be addressed to ensure that people living with HIV (PLHIV) have better access to affordable, quality treatment. According to Dr Nobulumko Xhantini, Medical Affairs Executive at Cipla South Africa, these challenges include finding innovative means to reduce the pill burden associated with treating HIV and preventing co-infections such as tuberculosis (TB); as well as disseminating information to the caregivers, women and treating healthcare practitioners. 30 Jul 2018 Read more

Cipla Foundation - Sha'p Left wins Vision 2030 Healthcare AwardCipla Foundation's initiative, Sha'p Left, won the certificate of excellence award in the healthcare category at the recent annual 2018 Vision 2030 awards ceremony. 12 Jul 2018 Read more

SA consumers need to be informed to avoid risk of opioid addictionSouth Africans need to better understand the potential risks associated with using medication to combat pain, as even the use of certain pain medications, could lead to an individual needing professional help for addiction to opioids. 5 Jul 2018 Read more

David Grier already halfway and might be first person to run The Great Wall of China in both directionsExtreme explorer, Cipla Foundation trustee and ambassador David Grier and fellow extreme athlete Andrew Stuart have passed the halfway mark of their gruelling 70-day, 4,200-kilometre journey across the Great Wall of China. 21 May 2018 Read more

South Africans urged to have their blood pressure tested regularlyGlobally, it is estimated that approximately 7.5 million people die annually from complications due to high blood pressure (also known as hypertension). The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa estimates that more than one in every three South African adults is currently living with hypertension, a condition that is responsible for as much as 50% of reported strokes and 40% of heart attacks. 21 May 2018 Read more

Educating children about asthma is the best way to manage symptomsSouth Africa has the highest asthma death rate in the world - according to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Detailed Mortality Database - and globally 334 million people are estimated to suffer from asthma.1 2 May 2018 Read more

World Primary Immunodeficiency Week 22-29 April 2018'My future starts with early testing and diagnosis of Primary Immunodeficiency' 30 Apr 2018 Read more

Cipla Foundation's David Grier takes on the Great Wall of China - againExtreme explorer, Cipla Foundation trustee and ambassador, David Grier, embarked on 28 March 2018 to run the full length of the Great Wall of China - a feat he already completed in 2006 when he became one of the first people in history to run the 4,200km distance in 93 days. Now, nearly 12 years later, Grier has returned to China to run the wall in the opposite direction. 10 Apr 2018 Read more

Cipla's novel solution to prevent TB in people living with HIV/AIDSWith tuberculosis (TB) estimated to infect around 781 out of every 100,000 South Africans, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) are currently at the highest risk of both contracting and dying of this condition. 23 Mar 2018 Read more

More patient education needed on respiratory conditionsThere is a significant need in South Africa for education around respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. This according to Dr Shaunagh Emanuel, honorary secretary of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA) with an Allergy Practice in Cape Town. 21 Feb 2018 Read more

Cannabis legalisation offers medical research opportunitiesThe impending legalisation of access to medical cannabinoids in South Africa is opening up a host of research opportunities that the medical sector should embrace. This is according to Dr Sean Chetty, Deputy Head of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Stellenbosch, who adds that a combination of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), two of the active components in cannabis, may offer new ways to alleviate suffering as a result of certain neurological conditions. 15 Feb 2018 Read more

Ajuga Creche Aid - Equipping unprivileged children for the new school yearWe are currently running a campaign for CFSA called Ajuga Creche Aid. The idea is to pack 2,000 shoeboxes of back-to-school goodies or people can donate a shoebox and then have these delivered to the children that attend the Ajuga ECDs and creches. 15 Feb 2018 Read more

Importance of managing cow's milk allergies in infantsThe management of cow's milk allergy in infants needs to be a long-term strategy given the risk of poor nutrition and reduced quality of life. 26 Jan 2018 Read more

The correct nasal spray your secret to fight allergiesOver-the-counter nasal sprays can be effective in the treatment of allergies, and understanding their benefits and correct usage can help people to alleviate their nasal symptoms. 25 Jan 2018 Read more

Turning dreams into a realityWe are pleased to announce that our Miles for Smiles partnership with STBB has raised R450,000 for Operation Smile South Africa - a total of 81 children's lives that will now be changed forever! 1 Dec 2017 Read more

What is the Miles for Smiles #GL35Challenge?On World Smile Day, 6 October 2017, David Grier, Andy Stuart, Jean Lierop and mascot Charlie the dog took up the Miles for Smiles GL35Challenge. 30 Nov 2017 Read more

Is your probiotic gluten-free?As more information about the benefits of probiotic use is becoming increasingly available, Professor Leon Dicks, head of the probiotic and antimicrobial peptide laboratory in the Department of Microbiology at Stellenbosch University, stresses the importance of choosing a probiotic that is gluten-free. 16 Oct 2017 Read more

Team up against breast cancerAmongst cancers affecting females, breast cancer still reduces life expectancy when diagnosed. However, if diagnosed early, it is treatable and survival rates are very good. 13 Oct 2017 Read more

Inflammatory bowel disease should not be a career-enderInflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects individuals in their most productive years, but its symptoms should not deter individuals from continuing to practise their chosen professions. This according to Sister Karin Davidson, IBD Nurse at the Vincent Pallotti Hospital, speaking at the recent Congress of the South African Gastroenterology Society and Association of Surgeons of South Africa. 28 Sep 2017 Read more

Positive news for MS sufferers with hopes of becoming parentsMultiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers should not be discouraged from having families, as the view on the prospect of women with MS, carrying pregnancies to term, is shifting. 18 Sep 2017 Read more

More than half of health-conscious people suffer from digestive health problemsMore than half (54%) of health-conscious South Africans experience digestive health problems, according to the 2017 Cipla Digestive Health Survey conducted among 400 health-conscious individuals. Respondents indicated that 77% suffer from bloating, 76% said they have constipation and 28% experience regular diarrhoea. 15 Sep 2017 Read more

Celebrating a great man's legacyOn 18 July 2017 South Africans from all walks of life celebrated Mandela Day. 25 Jul 2017 Read more

Cipla collaborates with American Cancer Society to increase access to cancer treatment in AfricaCipla Ltd, the global pharmaceutical company and owner of Cipla Medpro, South Africa's third-largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, announced a groundbreaking market access agreement with the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Clinton Health Access Imitative (CHAI) and the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to expand access to 16 essential cancer treatment medications, including chemotherapies, into Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. 7 Jul 2017 Read more

The link between gut bacteria and children developing allergiesThe probability that a child will develop an allergy is being proven to be largely related to their microbiome - the bugs that live on us and in us. Research from the University of California, San Francisco shows that if an infant's beneficial microbes, more commonly understood as ‘gut flora', are disturbed in the first few weeks of their life, they have a higher chance of developing allergies and asthma. 2 May 2017 Read more

How probiotics can alleviate the symptoms of IBSInternational Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month 3 Apr 2017 Read more

Medical disaster relief unit assists Hout Bay fire victimsWith a recent fire destroying 2,200 homes and leaving about 10,000 people displaced in Mandela Park Hout Bay, the community was left traumatised and in desperate need of support. The Cipla Foundation installed a disaster relief medical unit, which is now fully operational and located on the Hout Bay sports grounds in close proximity to the affected area to provide assistance to the community. 24 Mar 2017 Read more

Medical disaster relief unit deployed to Hout Bay to assist fire victimsAn estimated 15,000 people were left homeless after the fire that ravaged Mandela Park Hout Bay left the community traumatised and in desperate need of support. The Cipla Foundation will be deploying a disaster relief medical unit to provide assistance to the affected community. 20 Mar 2017 Read more

#ImpactMoments: Shap'Left Medstores - Eastern CapeVery often within the NGO space the good work that many NGOs do isn't communicated very well and the story of the people on the ground that have been impacted, how the individuals lives have changed for the better and then as a direct result how their community has benefitted. 15 Mar 2017 Read more

The importance of deworming kids - School Health WeekThe 4th to the 8th of March 2017 is School Health Week, which presents an excellent reminder for parents about the importance of deworming their children. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 600 million school-age children worldwide are at risk of parasitic worm infections and an estimated 400 million of these children remain untreated. 1 Mar 2017 Read more

Cipla bursary scheme now open for entries Cipla SA, South Africa's third largest pharmaceutical company, is encouraging all students in their first, second or third/final year, who want to make a difference in the world by becoming a part of the pharmaceutical industry, to apply for a bursary at the company. 14 Feb 2017 Read more

Cipla launches revolutionary respiratory inhaler in SACipla today announced the launch of its innovative inhaler called Synchrobreathe. This state-of-the-art breath-actuated inhaler (BAI) will bring great relief to millions of South Africans with obstructive airway diseases (OAD) such as asthma. 18 Jan 2017 Read more

David Grier to run 1,100km in 20 days to bring 10 smiles to 10 children - The Power of 10 challengeCipla Foundation, Cipla SA's social enterprise division, is planning an adventure which will see endurance athletes David Grier and Andrew Stuart running 1,100 kilometres over a period of 20 days with the aim of raising R110,000 over this period for the Cipla Miles for Smiles initiative, which raises funds and awareness for Operation Smile. 14 Nov 2016 Read more

#NotAskingForAnything | Cipla Foundation SAOur #NotAskingForAnything campaign is more than just a social media hashtag. It's a heartfelt invitation for anyone - from regular, good-hearted people, all the way to big businesses and corporations - to join us in doing whatever we can for real people in need. 7 Nov 2016 Read more

The Evolution of Asthma TreatmentAsthma continues to be a significant problem globally, as the Global Asthma Report lists the disease as the 14th most important disorder in the world in terms of the extent and duration of disability. While current treatment programmes are effective for patients with mild-to-moderate asthma, patients who fail to control their disease can escalate to acute asthma or even become unresponsive to current treatment efforts, placing them at an increased risk of passing away from the disease. 30 Sep 2016 Read more

The global and South African need for ECD centresA proper foundation is the key to emotional, physical and cognitive success in childhood, as well as later on in life. Investing in Early Childhood Development (ECD) will set children up for these sorts of achievements. The question is, to what extent has the world and, more specifically, South Africa invested in ECD? 13 Sep 2016 Read more

Early childhood development campus launched in Kaboweni- MbombelaThe Department of Social Development in Mbombela, in collaboration with the Cipla Foundation, on 2 June launched a specialised early childhood development (ECD) campus in the informal settlement of Kaboweni. This fire resistant structure is geared to provide quality ECD facilities and services to the 40,000 inhabitants of the settlement. 12 Sep 2016 Read more

Cipla Announces Africa Expansion Strategy During International AIDS ConferenceOn the 18th July 2016, Cipla Limited today announced that negotiations to establish manufacturing facilities in Morocco and later in Algeria are in advanced stages of discussion. The pharmaceutical aims to establish these facilities through joint ventures, thereby increasing its antiretroviral (ARV) manufacturing capacity in Africa. 18 Jul 2016 Read more

Cipla completes acquisition of generic businesses in USCipla, a global pharmaceutical company which uses technology and innovation to meet the everyday needs of all patients, today announced that its UK arm, Cipla (EU) Limited has closed the transaction to acquire two US-based companies, InvaGen Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Exelan Pharmaceuticals Inc. The acquisition was made by Cipla (EU) Limited through a wholly owned special purpose vehicle which would merge into InvaGen Pharmaceuticals Inc. after the acquisition. The combined revenue for the two companies for the year-ended 2015 is over USD230 million. 4 May 2016 Read more

Dr Hamied on AsthmaPatent monopolies on life-saving drugs: the biggest killer of our time? It's a burning issue: should pharmaceutical companies be granted patent monopolies on life-saving drugs they have developed if it is costing millions of lives? 13 Feb 2016 Read more