Monday, May 25, 2015

Profit Before Need

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Sunday said a shortage of drugs in South Africa and worldwide is the result of profit-run pharmaceutical companies who do not distribute medicine based on the needs of the patient.
“In this problem of drug supply, all over the world, is that, the sales of these medicines are from companies that are in business.”

"This shortage is beyond our control," said Motsoaledi. "[There is a] problem of drug supply all over the world. We source these medicines from companies and their actions and decisions are not always based on the needs of patients but on what makes business sense," the minister said.

He said first-line antibiotics, in particular penicillin-based drugs, were also in short supply. The department believes the shortage is attributable to pharmaceutical companies moving away from manufacturing antibiotics in favour of producing drugs on which they can make more profit.

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