A regte egte plan to cure the huge drug backlog headache

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A regte egte plan to cure the huge drug backlog headache

Regulator has a whopping 16,000 drugs awaiting registration. Soon, it vows, this backlog will be no more

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The SA Pharmaceutical Health Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) on Thursday announced measures to deal with a backlog of 16,000 drugs awaiting registration – one of them since 1992.

Its current staff had been “drowning in work”, chairperson Helen Rees told reporters. The head of the backlog project, Davis Mahlatji, said there had been “tons and tons” and “boxes and boxes of paper”.

Rees acknowledged that doctors, the public and academics had lost faith in the medicine regulator and they “needed to restore trust”...

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