Dept moves to supply ARVs to Gauteng clinics

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pretoria - The Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development has moved to ensure that none of its provincial clinics run out of anti-retroviral drug efavirenz also known as stockrin.

Pretoria - The Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development has moved to ensure that none of its provincial clinics run out of anti-retroviral drug efavirenz also known as stockrin.

Department spokesperson Simon Zwane said the department's Medical Supplies Depot has today started transporting supplies to Hillbrow Community Health Centre from where clinics experiencing low stock levels will be able to collect.

"The situation will be monitored daily and clinics experiencing low stock levels will be restocked throughout the week," said Zwane.

He however, disputed claims that Aspen has been restricting supplies because they owed money, adding that a total amount of R270 million was paid to medical suppliers in the past two weeks.

"The department is not aware of any manufacturing problems being allegedly experienced by any pharmaceutical company, the department would like to state categorically that it has a payment plan in place for all suppliers and payments have been made to all suppliers."

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