Business & Industry


New Philips diagnostic device helps prevent child pneumonia deaths

Automated breathing rate monitor aims to better diagnose main cause of death among children under the age of five On World Pneumonia Day (Nov 12th), Philips has announced the release of a children’s Automated Respiration Monitor that aims to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia in low-resource countries. The Respiration monitor has the

IFC extends facility to Nigeria pharmacy chain, HealthPlus

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has announced an agreement with HealthPlus Limited and CasaBella International Limited to provide a $5 million loan facility that will help the two companies expand pharmaceutical and personal care services in Nigeria.


NovaBay signs distribution agreement with the Biopharm Group

NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focusing on the development and commercialization of its non-antibiotic anti-infective products, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement for NovaBay’s NeutroPhase Skin and Wound Cleanser with the Biopharm Group, a leading pharmaceutical company in the Middle East, headquartered in Cairo, Egypt. Under the terms of the agreement, Biopharm will market NeutroPhase



India Export Council partners with logistics firm Bollore Africa for pharma product storage

The India Pharmaceutical Export Council has entered into a partnership with logistics firm Bollore-Africa to allow pharmaceutical companies from the country to store their products shipped to that continent. Following the agreement with Bollore-Africa, India’s first in the pharmaceutical sector, the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil) hopes a common warehousing facility in Nigeria will be

Policy & Regulatory Affairs

European Medicines Agency

World’s 1st malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod from EMA

The world’s first malaria vaccine today cleared one of the final hurdles as it received a positive scientific opinion from European regulators and now awaits approval from the WHO before it could be administered within the next few years across Africa. The vaccine, named Mosquirix, was given the green light by London-based European Medicines Agency

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Pharma Projects

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Resolve wins $7.6m bid for pharmaceutical warehouse in Mozambique

Resolve Capacity has won a USAID Mozambique tender to design and build a regional pharmaceutical warehouse in Nampula, Mozambique, with a budget of $7.6 million. Started in August 2015, and over a period of 18 months, Resolve Capacity will design and build the warehouse and surrounding facilities, which comprise a total area of 6 141 m²,

Plans set for new ARV production plant in Ghana

Oxford International Biomedical Ventures (OIBV), the ‘commercial arm’ of  United Kingdom-based charitable organisation Oxford International Biomedical Centre (OIBC) and the Government of Ghana (GoG) led by the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST), are set to jointly establish a plant to manufacture anti-retroviral drugs and drugs for Priority Endemic Diseases in Ghana, OIBC said in a


Hikma appoints Kofi Amegashie to head its sub-Saharan Africa unit

Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC, the fast growing multinational pharmaceutical group has announced the appointment of Kofi Amegashie as head of its newly created sub-Saharan Africa business. Kofi will lead Hikma’s expansion into this region with the aim of replicating Hikma’s brand success in the Middle East and North Africa and establishing a strong foot hold in

Press Releases


NASA assists in pharmaceutical drone delivery

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) — An outdoor free clinic in Virginia was the first to receive an unmanned aerial delivery of pharmaceuticals Friday. NASA partnered with Flirtey Inc., — a drone startup company — to successfully deliver medicines and other medical supplies to an annual free clinic in Wise County, Va., which serves at least 1,500

China delegation conducts East African visit and seminar

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines and Health Products (CCCMHPIE) last month led a delegation to the East African countries of Kenya and Tanzania from Sep. 13 to 19 during which it held in Kenya a seminar titled “Sino-Africa Drug Trade Cooperation – The Seminar on Chinese Medicinal Products”.


What is needed to accelerate access to quality medicines & vaccines in Africa?

GUEST ARTICLE By Paul Dearden, Abbvie;  Dakshina Reddy, Novartis Members of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) African Regulatory Network   In a globalized world, the regulatory landscape is changing every day to address, in tandem, old and new challenges. With regulatory systems increasingly under pressure globally, what will be the most