Push for more generic medicines

first_img21 August 2003The National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NAPM) is on a drive to raise awareness around the benefits of using generic medicines, which can drastically reduce health care costs in the country.Generic medicines are produced after the patent on an original medicine expires. Other manufacturers are then entitled to copy the original product using the same active ingredients as contained in the original medicine. Generic medicines are much less expensive than the original medicines because of the costly and extensive research usually required before the latter are manufactured.Some development work is still required for making generic medicines, however, and generics must also be registered with the Medicines Control Council (MCC) before they can be sold in SA.Comments Muhammad Bodhanyia, chairman of the NAPM, which represents most local generic medicines manufacturing companies in SA: “The increased use of generics can make a major contribution to reducing health care costs in South Africa.“There is also a role for patented medicines that can provide patients with the latest technology to cure disease and eliminate the need for costly surgery and hospitalisation. The patented medicines of today and tomorrow are our generics of the future.”SA could use more genericsBut SA still lags behind in its use of generic medicines. According to the NAPM, generic medicines account for almost 52% of the volume of all prescriptions, whereas this figure is as low as 20% in SA. The organisation believes that using more generics could save the country in the region of around R24-billion.Bodhanyia says that although the use of generics in SA has increased in volume terms, there has only been a 1% increase in the use generics from a value perspective over the last five years, while the increase in the total cost of medicines has increased substantially more than that.According to Bodhanyia, there is a need for some legislative change to speed up the process of manufacturing generics. Firstly, the “uninhibited” extension of patents delays the production of generics, and secondly, a situation exists whereby manufacturers of generic drugs need to provide samples of their generics for registration with the MCC but are unable to make them because of patent protection over the original medicines. This results in a delay from when the patent expires and when the generic become available.Extending treatment optionsCountries like Canada, Israel and Australia have managed to overcome this problem, enabling generic equivalents to be launched onto the market as soon as the patents on the originals expire.“The sooner generics can be launched, the sooner price savings on those medicines will be realised to the benefit of the people and in keeping with the government’s intention of making medicine more accessible”, says Bodhanyia.Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has lent support to NAPM’s initiative to raise awareness among health professionals and the general public on the use of generics.“In the public health sector, where fixed budgets place limits on treatment, more affordable medicines could extend treatment options. And for consumers, lower medicine prices will stretch medical aid cover and make out-of-pocket payments easier”, Tshabalala-Msimang said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Ernie Els back to winning ways

first_img4 March 2008After enduring a winless drought of almost three-and-a-half years on the US PGA Tour, South Africa’s Ernie Els finally added another win on American soil by coming back from three shots off the pace after three rounds to claim the Honda Classic on the Champion Course at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on Sunday.Writing on his website after winning, Els said: “Trust me, I definitely missed winning over here on the PGA Tour, so this is a great feeling. It was a really wonderful week, never shooting over par on a very, very difficult golf course. That too gave me a lot of satisfaction.”Rated the third toughest course on the PGA Tour in 2007, the Champion Course at the PGA National Resort and Spa sternly tested the players, and windy conditions on Sunday that made scoring low difficult in the final round.Noteworthy achievementEls’ achievement of never going over par in the tournament was indeed noteworthy; only one other player, Robert Allenby, who finished on three-under, managed it.The victory brought to an end a long wait for Els, whose last wins in the US had come in the 2004 season when he won the Sony Open and The Memorial.For a man with over 60 wins worldwide, it had been an interminable wait, but tasting victory again was ever so sweet.Having completed his final round, Els had to wait to see what the remaining golfers on the course would do before his victory was confirmed.‘This one feels special’“When they eventually told me I’d won,” he wrote, “it was a mixture of relief and excitement. I’ve won more than 60 tournaments around the world, but this one feels special.”Heading into the final round, there was a three-way tie for the lead between England’s Luke Donald and the USA’s Mark Calcavecchia and Matt Jones. They were on six-under-par 214 with Els on three-under-par 217 after rounds of three-under 67 and successive level-par 70s.However, the South African superstar quickly made a move, with an outward nine holes that featured four birdies – on the first, fourth, fifth, and seventh – to take him to seven-under for the tournament.BogeyHe was set to finish the event on that score before he bogeyed the 17th, leaving him with an anxious wait to see whether his 67, which left him on six-under-par 274 for the tournament, would be enough.It was a nervous time for the man known as “the Big Easy”.He wrote: “To be honest, having signed my card I really didn’t want to sit there and watch the last few holes on television. The last time I did that was when Boo Weekley chipped in twice on 17 and 18 at Hilton Head last year to beat me. So this time I went to hit some balls instead.you know, stay focused just in case there was a playoff.”ChallengersOne by one, Els’ challengers fell by the wayside.Calcavecchia was tied with Els before he dropped two shots on the 15th, when he pitched out of a bunker and his ball slid across the green before coming to rest on a rocky ledge.Jones was at six-under, but a bogey at the 15th and a double-bogey at the 17th took him out of contention.Donald, meanwhile, fell off the pace by carding back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th. He pulled on back with a birdie at the 16th, but a chip for birdie on the 18th came up short, leaving Els to savour victory.Els’ win was worth a cool US$990 000 – comfortably over R7.7-million – which is ample testament that “to the winner goes the spoils”.The victory also lifted him one place in the world rankings to number three, above Steve Stricker and trailing only Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.“This one feels sweet, I can tell you,” Els remarked.“I said before the start of the Honda Classic that a win is what I needed in order to really kick-start my year, so this couldn’t have come at a better time. Being up there last week, in the mix, feeling the heat and knowing that I can pull off the shots under pressure, that is what it’s all about.“It’s amazing what a win does for your confidence.”Honda Classic LeaderboardErnie Els 67 70 70 67, 274Luke Donald 64 74 66 71, 275Nathan Green 71 70 68 67, 276Robert Allenby 69 68 70 70, 277Matt Jones 66 67 71 73, 277Mark Calcavecchia 70 67 67 73, 277Mathew Goggin 71 70 68 69, 278John Mallinger 68 67 73 70, 278Alex Cejka 69 71 68 70, 278Michael Letzig 70 69 68 71, 278Retief Goosen 73 70 71 73, 287World RankingsTiger Woods (USA)Phil Mickelson (USA)Ernie Els (South Africa)Steve Stricker (USA)Adam Scott (Australia)KJ Choi (South Korea)Justin Rose (Britain)Jim Furyk (USA)Rory Sabbatini (South Africa)Padraig Harrington (Ireland) Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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How to Get a Meeting with Your Conflicted Dream Client

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There are a lot of reasons that your dream client might reject your request for a meeting. Those reasons include the fact that they already have someone providing them the same product or service, they’ve met with salespeople who provided a less than stellar experience, or they are simply overwhelmed with work. But there is another reason, one that lives at the subconscious level, something that your prospective client isn’t aware of now. They worry that you will mistake the commitment to meet (what we call The Commitment for Time) for the commitment to buy (what we call The Commitment to Change and the Commitment to Decide, in that order).Even though you have only asked for a meeting, your dream client knows that you are going to want to talk to them about what they’re doing now, what needs to be different, and why they should consider swapping out their current provider for someone they just met for the first time. Naturally, they’d like to protect themselves from this experience (and if you are reading this, you might reflect on how you guard yourself from this every same scenario when your brother-in-law the financial planner visits you on holidays).There is also something else going on inside your prospect’s subconscious. They know deep down that they need to make change. There are areas where they need better results and, because they are shared with improving those areas, they feel some need to do something. This creates an internal conflict. Right now there are areas of your life you would like to improve, but you also resist taking action (this is true if you’ve ever made the same New Year’s resolution more than once, or if you ever promised yourself that you’d change “starting tomorrow.”)This is why you need to trade something of value for your dream client’s time. You must make it worth their while to talk about the things that are—or should be—casting them to change.  This is something you need to do “even if there isn’t a next step” and even if “we never do business together.” To go fast, you need to go slow. The Commitment of Time and the Commitment to Explore need to be nothing more than that, if you want to make these commitments easier to gain—and if you really want to help your dream client.last_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal hero Petit: I laugh at Emery’s weak, average defence

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Petit: I laugh at Emery’s weak, average defenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Emmanuel Petit says manager Unai Emery’s defence isn’t good enough.Petit claims that Arsenal’s biggest weakness is their “average defence’ and ultimately that will undermine Emery’s chances of success this season.He told Paddy Power: “In defence they are weak, they’re average. They make individual and collective errors. Sometimes you have to laugh. They injuries are not an excuse, most of the players who stepped in are internationals.“The quality they had been showing vanished (at Brighton) and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence.“I don’t know what’s going on with some of these players. During the long unbeaten run you thought Arsenal are back on track.”But now I look back at the number of those games in which they were lucky and, suddenly, reality returned.“They need to raise their game mentally on Saturday. I’ve seen glimpses of improvement compared to previous years but you can’t perform for just half an hour against Liverpool. You need to be fully switched on for 90 minutes, especially away from home.“If Arsenal go to Anfield thinking they can just keep plodding away the way they have been, it’s over – they’ll leave the stadium with three or four goals against them.” last_img read more

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Columbus Crew lose first match under coach Gregg Berhalter fall to Toronto

Columbus Crew forward Jairo Arrieta (middle) shoots the ball during a game against the Philadelphia Union March 22 at Crew Stadium. The Crew won, 2-1.Courtesy of MCTThe best start to a season in franchise history has come to a halt for the Columbus Crew.After a strong start to its 2014 campaign, the Crew (3-1-0) suffered its first defeat of the year Saturday, falling 2-0 to Toronto FC (3-1-0) at Crew Stadium.U.S. Men’s National Team star and Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley scored in the 11th minute, his first Major League Soccer goal in nine years after playing in the Netherlands, Germany, England and Italy.Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said after the match that a poor performance during the first 20 minutes led to his team’s downfall.“We had a horrendous start to the game. It was sloppy in every sense of the word,” Berhalter said. “To me, it’s something where we got complacent and that’s the worst thing a team like us can do because we need to keep fighting. We need to keep pushing and we’re not there yet.”Crew midfielder Hector Jimenez had a similar impression of the team’s level of play early.“Those first 20 minutes were crucial, giving up that early goal, and it was hard for us to come back from that,” Jimenez said.Defender Josh Williams said the team tried to play wide, but couldn’t get the right delivery of the ball into the box.“It was just poor service. I think that played right into them,” Williams said. “They’ve got some big guys in the middle, you know, I think they kind of let us play out wide and cross the balls in and those guys were waiting for us.”Berhalter said the team’s failure to capitalize on its few chances was its downfall.“A couple chances, a couple cross bars, a couple things that hit the post and it didn’t work out,” Berhalter said. “But I attribute this loss to two things: Bad start to the game and a very well organized Toronto FC.”Toronto midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran added a second goal in the 85th minute, triggering some Crew fans’ exit to the aisles as a tight 1-0 deficit suddenly doubled and extinguished any hopes for a comeback.Columbus had been riding a three-game winning streak before Saturday’s loss. The team’s home opener win over Philadelphia — bookended by road wins over D.C. United and Seattle — made for a perfect March.Williams said the drama and emotion of winning in Seattle March 29 on a 94th minute goal by Columbus’ Justin Meram could have played a role in the complacency against Toronto and that the players take responsibility for the loss.“You know, Gregg is going to take the blame. He already came in here and tried to take it but the players know, that’s just a good coach, him being him,” Williams said. “Practice felt a little lackadaisical this week, for whatever reason, I don’t know. Maybe it was just the high of Seattle. But it definitely wasn’t Gregg’s fault, and as players, we take responsibility for that … this week we’ve got to come out and train harder, prepare harder.”The Crew has a long week to shake off the loss, as the team is slated to travel to San Jose, Calif., to take on the winless San Jose Earthquakes Sunday at 3 p.m. The Black and Gold are set to return to Crew Stadium April 19 against D.C. United, and kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. read more

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Softball No 24 Ohio State starts 2019 season with three wins in

Ohio State second basemen Emily Clark makes an off-foot throw to first during the Sep. 24 gameagainst Wright State. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternOhio State came away with three wins and one loss at the Friends of Jaclyn tournament. The Buckeyes recorded a home run in every game, and a shutout in two of the four. The second game against Ole Miss at 9:30 a.m. Sunday was cancelled due to weather. George MasonOhio State blanked George Mason 7-0 in its season opener. The Buckeyes have won their season opener in the past five seasons. The Buckeyes opened the scoring in the bottom of the third with a triple from senior shortstop Lilli Piper, the fourth of her career, and a sacrifice fly from senior second baseman Emily Clark. Ohio State took a 7-0 lead with six runs on six hits along with three errors by George Mason. Clark recorded a two-run home run, her first of the season.Ole MissOhio State continued its winning ways, defeating Ole Miss 4-2. This was the first time the two teams have ever played against each other. The Rebels got off to an early 2-0 lead at the beginning. However, The Buckeyes sparked a comeback in the bottom of the third with freshman center fielder Meg Otte’s bunt single, senior left fielder Bri Beschel’s walk, Piper’s fielder’s choice leaving the bases loaded.Clark finished on the opportunity, and hit a grand slam, pushing the lead to 4-2, a lead the Buckeyes would hold the rest of the game. Senior pitcher Morgan Ray pitched a complete game for Ohio State, allowing three hits and two runs, finish four batters off with strikeouts.With the victory, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly has recorded her 200th career win during her time at Ohio State.North FloridaThe Buckeyes blanked North Florida with a 3-0 shutout victory. Freshman third baseman Ashley Prange recorded the first home run of her career, getting the first run in the second inning by driving the ball over the left field fence. Senior pitcher Katya Duvall gave Ohio State its second complete game of the weekend, finishing the game with a career-high 10 strikeouts and holding North Florida to two hits and a walk.In the third inning, junior left fielder Andi Farrah doubled to left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sophomore designated hitter Kallie Boren then singled to the right, helping to push the lead to 2-0. Senior second baseman Emily Clark added an insurance run on a two-out single in the fifth inning to secure the three-run win.. UCFOhio State suffered its first loss of the season, 3-2, against UCF. Ohio State went up 2-0 in the fourth inning off a home run by sophomore catcher Claire Nicholson, the first home run of her career and junior left fielder Andi Farrah’s RBI single through the left side. However, UCF turned the table in the bottom of the fifth inning.The Golden Knights scored three unanswered on a wild pitch and a two-run double by sophomore infielder Jazmine Esparza, giving UCF a 3-2 lead it would hold on to for the remainder of the game.Ohio State will take part in the ESPN Elite Invitational Feb. 15-17, facing Florida State, LSU, Utah and Notre Dame in Clearwater, Florida. read more

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Van Dijk calls Alisson Fantastic goalkeeper following epic save

first_imgThe Liverpool star defender spoke wonders of his goalkeeper Alisson but urged his teammates to remain focused.Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk praised Alisson’s “fantastic” goalkeeping after their Champions League victory over Napoli to reach the knockout stage of the tournament. Mohamed Salah scored a first-half goal to beat Napoli 1-0 at Anfield, but Alisson had an amazing save to keep them in the lead.“You don’t think too much because it happens in a quick second,” the centre-back told reporters, according to FourFourTwo.“[It was a] fantastic save, very important for all of us and fantastic keeper.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Despite coming up with a big win on Tuesday, Van Dijk warned his teammates to not become overly confident since they have a lot more to go. Losing the UCL final against Real Madrid last season is still burning a fire under the whole Liverpool squad.“We didn’t achieve anything. We didn’t achieve anything. We won the game, we’re through to the next round and that’s just the next step for us,” he said.“We want to achieve big things this season, like every year I think, and we’re on a good way.”last_img read more

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RIU Paradise Island announces 25M renovation 350 laid off

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 25, 2017 – Nassau –  RIU Palace Paradise Island will close for renovation for three months and hundreds have been laid off, with the promise of being re-engaged in October.    It was reported by the Minister of Labour that his office is aware of the move by RIU which will see 110 staffers kept on during the renovation, but 350 others released as the property gets a $25m facelift.The staff is not left high and dry though, explains Minister Dion Foulkes.   Everyone entitled gets their two or three weeks vacation pay, the first week of September staff will be assisted with a back to school bonus payment from RIU and 195 of the workers are entitled to Unemployment Benefit under the National Insurance Board.RIU is a Spanish all inclusive hotel chain with properties around the region including Aruba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic and the hotel on Paradise Island suffered some damage in Hurricane Matthew.    RIU had been instructed by the Department of Labour to take immediate steps to inform staff and the public of its closure, which is from July 24 to October 28.  #MagneticMediaNews#RIUParadiseIslandrenovation#350laidoffforRIUrenovation Related Items:#350laidoffforRIUrenovation, #magneticmedianews, #RIUParadiseIslandrenovationlast_img read more

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