A Gugulethu woman has been left fearing for her health and those of others after she was given expired medicine at the Gugulethu Community Health Centre. The 36 year old woman from NY43 said she made this discovery after visiting the facility on Thursday 7 September. She asked that her identity be kept anonymous. “I went to the hospital after I suffered pain in my chest and the doctor diagnosed me with a chest infection. He prescribed some medication which I went on to get at the clinic’s pharmacy,” she said. She was given co-trimoxazole, an antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. She was instructed to take two pills once a day from the lot she had received, and did as she was told once home.“After I had finished them, I decided to check the packaging and I was shocked to find that the medicine had expired for a few days. The package indicated that the medicine that expired in August 2017,” she recounted. She said that she was astonished that this can be overlooked and started to worry about the side effects of expired medicine. “I started to worry that these pills wouldn’t help my sickness but rather make it worse so on Friday I decided to go and enquire. When I arrived, the person working at the pharmacy was shocked and took the pills and swapped with ones that have yet to expired,” she said. The woman said that she didn’t make an official complaint at the centre but her husband sent and email to the provincial department of health. She said that thought she was worried about her health she was concerned that if this is a regular occasion many people may suffer. “In our community there are many people who cannot read such as the elderly who are taking expired medicine. This is something that the department needs to look into to make sure that people who are illiterate don’t take these medicines,” she said.