Access to healthcare may provide peace of mind, but when it comes to the associated costs, few matters cut deeper into the pockets of both individuals and businesses. Reportedly widespread medical scheme fraud has only elevated these costs, as has the onslaught of HIV/Aids. Our healthcare & life sciences lawyers operate with a deep understanding of these and other dynamics, ever aware of dramatic legislative change in the healthcare industry, resulting in a rash of disputes over dispensing fees, medicine pricing and the advertising of health products.

In this context, the Werksmans Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice is at the cutting edge of legal developments in the health, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. Our team has helped clamp down on fraudulent medical claims by representing medical schemes and administrators against erring healthcare service providers. We have also assisted employers in implementing workable, cost-effective HIV/Aids workplace programmes.

A TEAM OF GLOBALLY – RECOGNISED LAWYERS WITH SOUGHT-AFTER SKILLS

Operating with competence in this space requires in-depth insight into South Africa’s evolving legislative and regulatory environment. This includes the black economic empowerment requirements of the Health Charter and the legal implications of the National Health Act, Consumer Protection Act and foodstuff laws as well as the proposed National Health Insurance Scheme. Other sought-after skills of the team include know-how in product liability matters, consumer protection, licensing, distribution agreements and compliance with clinical trials regulations.

Our lawyers work closely with other practice areas within the firm in order to provide a holistic service to clients. The team’s expertise is further sharpened by extensive international involvement, which includes representation at the World Association of Medical Law and the World Congress on Public Healthcare Law & Ethics. Additionally, our healthcare & life sciences lawyers are often speakers at local and global conferences, covering topics ranging from stem cell research and euthanasia, to traditional African medicine.

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