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Sahpra vs medical company: would you want a used catheter in your heart?

Firm given licence to clean medical equipment for reuse even though this is illegal in SA. But should it be made legal?

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An SA medical manufacturer is at loggerheads with the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) after its licence to clean medical equipment such as biopsy forceps and heart catheters for reuse was suspended.

The saga has placed the debate around the specialised cleaning of sophisticated medical equipment in the spotlight, with those in favour of the practice saying it has huge cost-saving benefits for patients, while those against it believe it poses a high risk.

It started in 2017 when the then Medicines Control Council (MCC) gave the South African company Medi-Q a medical device manufacturing licence. It opened a factory in Vereeniging after receiving a R71m investment from US medical device manufacturer Northeast Scientific...

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