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Article Written for Bhekisisa by JOAN VAN DYK Pharmaceutical companies say that delayed drug registrations by the Medicines Control Council may have played a role in stock outs. A deadly national cancer drug shortage is approaching its third month and patients may have to go without until October – if they can make it. In…

Fix the Patent Laws (FTPL) leas partners Medecines Sans Frontiers held their first training workshop and civil society consulting meeting on July 24th-25th at the offices of Section 27 in Johannesburg. The training workshop brought together civil society organisations and stakeholders to learn about patent law reform.  South African urgently needs to reform patent laws for medicines…

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has blamed manufacturers for shortages of medicines including HIV and tuberculosis drugs, but a civil society coalition has alleged 80%of stock outs are due to poor management. Community members have also complained about medicine stock outs. In the Stop the Stock Outs Project’s latest survey, more than 40 percent of…

Here is a quick and easy way to report and get action. The Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP) is an independent civil society consortium that monitors availability of essential medicines in public sector facilities across South Africa. Patients — how do you report a stock out of medicines or equipment (e.g. syringes, oxygen)? Have you…

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