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Cipla: lobbying for more generics in South Africa

Generics maker Cipla is trying to cut a deal to supply South African mining firm Anglo American with HIV drugs. Employer provision of HIV medicine is gaining popularity in South Africa, and last year's court case created the opportunity for the government to license generic versions of patented drugs. However, it has so far been reluctant to use this power.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Aug 2002
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Global energy: EU gets nothing at summit

Developments at this month's World Summit in South Africa have left the US as the victor. No global targets or timetables were set for renewable energy; the EU and developing countries have been left to set their own. The only concrete targets the US has agreed are for sanitation. Unsurprisingly, environmentalists have been left smarting.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Sep 2002
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Man Group: seeking diversification in derivatives

Man Group's purchase of leading derivatives broker GNI from Old Mutual will create the world's largest independent futures broker. Man Group has profited well from the growth in hedge funds to become a giant in this sector, but as demand for such alternative investment is weakening, diversifying away from its core business looks like a strong plan.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2002
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HIV patents: no solution - yet

While the WTO has not yet made a breakthrough on the issue of patent-free HIV drugs for developing economies, something must be done to alleviate the human and economic cost of the HIV epidemic. Western pharma companies will inevitably lose out - the only question is how well their profit maintenance strategies can cushion the blow.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2002
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Exel: acquire local, build global

Exel's latest purchase will boost its global air and sea freight activities, as well as strengthen its local operations in South Africa. While some global players are following an acquisition path designed to diversify their operations across the supply chain, Exel's strategy involves building its core logistics and freight capabilities on a global scale.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Nov 2002
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African HIV: more research needed, says Mandela

According to Nelson Mandela, further research is required into the effects of antiretroviral drugs among African populations before they can be prescribed as a frontline HIV treatment. This is a good idea, but it is unlikely that the African market is large enough for drug makers to justify additional trials from a revenue standpoint. Instead, international financial support will be needed.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2002
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Mecca Cola: singing a different tune

Mecca Cola is in direct competition with Coca-cola, deliberately appealing to anti-US sentiments. This growing tendency for manufacturers to market themselves on a political positioning to take advantage of consumer concerns creates a loyal customer base that will not be easily swayed.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jan 2003
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Nestle/Danone: a formula for bad news

Selling formula baby milk to mothers in developing nations to replace breast milk has long been a touchy issue. As consumers become ever more suspicious of the motives of big business, some companies have allegedly still not mended their ways, courting bad press every time they reappear in the headlines.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2003
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Vaccines: Iraqi children to receive polio vaccine

With war possibly just weeks away, UNICEF is pressing ahead with plans to expand its vaccination program in Iraq, demonstrating its commitment to comprehensive vaccination in the drive to eliminate childhood disease. The success of such campaigns ultimately limits the long-term market for vaccines, but key producers are able to offset losses against revenues generated by newer products.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2003
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Nitel: into foreign hands

The Nigerian government has handed over control of its notoriously inefficient and corrupt state-run telecom operator to a Dutch telecoms consultancy, with a view to a later IPO. The consultancy, Pentascope International, may have to ensure heavy investment in the network to meet its contractual obligations.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2003

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