R14m of medicine 'worthless'

2012-05-07 10:17
Johannesburg - Boxes of expired medicine worth about R14m are waiting in a Limpopo storeroom for delivery - despite having expired two months ago.

The Sunday Independent revealed that the medication included antibiotics and HIV test kits.

The medicine was apparently ordered by provincial authorities on contracts that were awarded irregularly to several companies.

An investigation alleged that too much medicine too close to expiry dates was ordered and that deals were made with suppliers to over-stock in exchange for kickbacks and other favours, while other orders were duplicated.

The SA Pharmacy Council and the Medicines Control Council stipulate that medicine should have a minimum 18 months before expiry.
Meanwhile, some of the province’s 46 hospitals and 360 clinics have run out of medicine.

The Limpopo department of health said it was aware of allegation of corruption and tender irregularities.   

The province of Limpopo was placed under administration by President Jacob Zuma six months ago.
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