Proposed new bill to better manage medication backlogs

2015-10-07 12:22

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Pietermaritzburg - Opposition parties have rallied around the proposal of a new bill that will better manage backlogs in medication and ensure its quality.

Yesterday, DA MPL Dr Imram Keeka said the proposed Medicines and Related Amendments Bill looks to rectify the shortcomings of Act 101 from 1965, and ease the backlog of medication in the country.

Keeka said the bill seeks to establish a new authority, called the South African Health Product Regulatory Authority, which would deal with the medication backlog and regulate alternative and prepared traditional medicines.

“The bill before us makes provision for a superior regulatory authority that will hopefully function better, faster and more constructively, to deliver the best possible quality and safety for all of us than the existing system.

“Besides dealing with the backlog, it will also tighten the safety and quality of medication available to the public,” said Keeka.

The bill includes not only medicines, but all devices and machines.

Keeka said although the natural, alternative and complimentary medication sectors would be affected by following a regulatory process for selling medicines, it was “only fair”.

“At the end of the day, it is the public’s safety that is the main concern,” Keeka said.

IFP MPL Ncamisile Nkwanyana welcomed the bill and the structure it would bring to the health system.

“We can pass into law the best legislation, but if we fail to effectively implement and enact legislation, it will not serve any purpose.

“The Department of Health must ensure that orders for appropriate medication must be placed on time, that delivery takes place on time and that the health care needs of our people are not compromised. The IFP supports the bill,” said Nkwanyana in a statement.

The KZN health department was unable to comment at the time of going publishing.

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