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S.Africa firms win big HIV drug contract

By Reuters | Nov 30, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 1 ]

South African drugmakers are the big winners in a $667 million contract to supply HIV drugs awarded this week by the government of Africa’s largest economy, with three local companies taking nearly 60% of the deal.

South Africa on Thursday awarded the two-year contract to 12 domestic and international firms to supply life-prolonging drugs to treat its biggest single health problem.

Aspen Pharmacare, Africa’s largest generic drugs maker, has won 20,6% of the contract, while smaller rival Adcock Ingram was awarded 14%, the health department said in a statement.

Cipla Medpro, the drugmaker in which India’s Cipla has offered to buy a majority stake, was awarded 9%, the government said.

A Cipla Medpro spokesman said its share of the contract rises to 24,5% when including wholly owned unit Medpro Pharmaceutica.

Medpro Pharmaceutica, which won 15,5% of the contract, tendered a separate bid from that of its parent.

Medpro Pharmaceutica will import the drugs from India, while Cipla Medpro is a local manufacturer, the spokesman said.

Cipla Medpro has a longstanding supply deal with India’s Cipla.

That deal was spearheaded by former Cipla Medpro Chief Executive Jerome Smith, who quit last month following charges of gross misconduct for approving pay rises and bonuses for himself without board approval.  

($1 = 8,7660 South African rand)

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It si good as South Africans are first considered before going outside, and to all local companies it is time to up their socks and do well because failure to do well will in future let health department go outside this country for contracts of that nature, we do not want to be in short of those drugs in hospitals so the ball is on the court for those companies to play it.

LOCAL IS LEKKER! our economy will start to grow by so doing. Charity begins at home.

Dec 03, 2012 1:12 | 0 replies