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Draft medicine law 'endangers people's lives'

By unknown | Jul 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Luzuko Pongoma

Luzuko Pongoma

A proposed medicine amendment bill would be disastrous because it would empower Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang to legalise toxic medication as authentic cures for Aids, said the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) yesterday.

Andrew Warlick said the group would challenge the bill because it would endanger the lives of innocent people.

He said the TAC was against transferring the power to register medicines to the Health Minister.

Warlick said the Medicines Control Council should be given more resources to continue registering medicines in a faster and efficient way.

"Experts should debate it and scientific research must be done before any medicine is approved."

Warlick said if the minister was given such power, there would be political influence in the registration of medicines.

"This could lead to toxic medication; Ubhejane and Matthias Rath's VitaCell being registered and marketed legally as HIV-Aids cures."

Department of Health spokesman Sibani Mngadi denied that the minister would be politically influenced when making her decisions.

"The minister will be accountable for any decision. Every medicine will have to satisfy requirements of safety, quality and efficacy," he said.


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