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Public health services face cuts as government struggles to curb South Africa’s debt

The health sector has taken a knock following finance minister Enoch Godongwana’s announcement of cuts to the HIV programmes as well as spend on health infrastructure in the medium term budget policy statement on Wednesday.  The minister’s speech gave a…

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J&J lifts patent on MDR-TB drug but it may be years before South Africa benefits

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) recently announced that it would lift patents on the life drug bedaquiline.  Bedaquiline is a key component in the cocktail of drugs used to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) which develops when the TB bacteria…

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