Plans in place to address medicine shortage

2012-06-05 14:10

Johannesburg - Plans are in place to address medicine shortages in Gauteng, the provincial health department said on Tuesday.

The Medical Supply Depot (MSD) was short of the HIV drugs Abacavir and Efavirenz and the diabetes medication Metformin, spokesperson Simon Zwane said in a statement.

"This shortage is due to many factors including the challenge of lack of ingredients to manufacture Abacavir, for an example."

In an attempt to prevent future shortages, the MSD would increase its stockpiles of essential and fast-moving medicine from six weeks to three months.

"Previously the suppliers also put a hold on delivering medicines due to non-payment, but debts have since been settled and the department continues to engage with suppliers to agree on structured delivery plans," Zwane said.

There was no contract in place for insulin products, but the contract would be awarded within six weeks.

The stock was being bought on quotation in the meantime.

The contract for chemotherapy drugs had been renewed and stock had already been procured for hospitals.

The supply of essential antibiotics was on track and stock was delivered timeously to clinics and hospitals, Zwane said.

  • Loo - 2012-06-05 14:16

    CENTRALISE the distribution of ALL medicines in public Hospitals and clinics per province. Problem is that NO ONE in health controls where medicine go to and how much, hence the millions lost on outdated medicine whilst other hospitals are in dire need of that same products for long periods of time.

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-06-05 14:38

      Plan are in place? Shm... African potato and beetroot? These european potatoes are all colonialists!

      Jannie - 2012-06-05 15:42

      first the denial "there is no shortage" and now a plan to address the "shortage" - eish

  • Koos - 2012-06-05 14:19

    You can have all the plans in the world. Execution of the plan is the issue.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-06-05 14:41

    For how long is this "plan" going to last? Seriously?

      Fussed - 2012-06-05 15:15

      It's a temp plan until the next temp plan

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-05 14:41


  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-06-05 15:14

    Best solution is to get politicians out of health services.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 16:10

    Another joke?

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-06-05 16:12

    Blame the supply chain for mismanagement? Check

      Dee - 2012-06-05 16:58

      Yes! It is supply chain & management... and I cannot help but wonder what IT systems are being used. Sounds as though there is a great need for an integrated ERP type system .. Poor planning and logistics one thing, but why on earth do I keep reading that suppliers don't get paid and so production line stopped??

  • Dhavandran - 2012-06-05 16:21

    what plans?the public sector hospitals have dropped to an all time low in their provision of efficient service delivery. where are the monies allocated for the improvement of health care? the cANCer thugs first allocate the monies for their 'health and wellbeing'while the majority suffer. they are full of fancy plans and forecasts but no service delivery because they pay millions to some bee thinktank for these plans. people in govt depts are employed on job reservation which they call bee appointments but not on competancy.cANCer please wake up and smell the stink you are creating with your so called selfless struggle since apartheid. please the struggle is over, we thank you for it. all you are now fighting is a selfish struggle to line your pockets.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 16:36

    Plans in place yes but no concrete action.

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