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Record Compensation Payments to Ex-Mineworkers for Lung Disease

Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

A record number of 1 203 payments were made in March 2018 to compensate ex-mineworkers for occupational lung diseases.

According to a planning, monitoring and evaluation department statement, the payments totalled R18.2 million.

Parliament Briefed on Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill

Parliament

Parliament was recently briefed on the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill.

The private member’s bill was tabled in parliament in December 2017.

Norms and Standards for Health Establishments Published

Department of Health

Norms and Standards Regulations Applicable to Different Categories of Health Establishments have been drawn up.

The department of health has published the Norms and Standards Regulations designed to promote and protect the health and safety of users and health care personnel.

Dispensing Fees for Pharmacists Adjusted

Department of Health

Dispensing fees for pharmacists have been published in Government Gazette 41362.

The health department published the adjusted fees in terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Act of 1965.

Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill Tabled

Parliament

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

Parliament called for comment on the bill in July 2017.

CMS Identifies Undesirable Business Practices

Department of Health

The Council for Medical Schemes has declared certain business practices to be undesirable.

The health department published the declaration in Government Gazette 41299.

Guidelines for Pharmacoeconomic Submissions Under Review

Department of Health

The guidelines for pharmacoeconomic submissions are under review.

The health department published the intention to undertake a review in Government Gazette 41287.

CMS Draws Up Proposed Levies for 2018

Department of Health

The health department has published proposed levies for medical schemes in Government Gazette 41259 for comment.

The proposed levies were drawn up by the Council for Medical Schemes in terms of the Council for Medical Schemes Levies Act.

MMC Makes Resolution on Bacterial Strains

Department of Health

The Medicines Control Council has resolved that oral preparations containing a listed bacterial strain shall be registered as medicines falling under category A as outlined in Medicines and Related Substances Act regulations.

The health department published the resolution in Government Gazette 41248.

Pharmacy Council Sets Down New Fees

Department of Health

The South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) has issued its fees for 2018.

In terms of the Pharmacy Act, the new fees were published in Notice 841 in Government Gazette 41210 and have been categorized in the following order:

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