Health organisations to set up task force against fake medicine in SA

The Health Products Association of South Africa (HPA) says counterfeit medicines and the unauthorised sale of medicines on the internet is gaining momentum and becoming a problem.

In an attempt to reach a solution to this predicament, the Counterfeits in Medicines Indaba was held on Friday 4 August 2017.

The Self Medication Association of South Africa, DTI, Port Health, SAPS, Legal and Pharma were in attendance and have agreed to set up a counterfeit task force.

Cape Talk's Africa Melane spoke to chairperson of the Self-Medication Manufacturers Association of South Africa, Dr Deepa Maharaj to understand the extent of the problem.

This is extremely rife, it is available over the internet, we have got counterfeiters entering our borders everyday and they are so good that it o so hard to tel the difference between a counterfeit and genuine medicine nowadays.

Dr Deepa Maharaj, chairperson of the Self-Medication Manufacturers Association of South Africa

At the Indaba, they all have entered into agreement to form a counterfeit task force that is going to look at consumer education, putting actual avenues in place that can help curb this issue of counterfeit medicines.

Dr Deepa Maharaj, chairperson of the Self-Medication Manufacturers Association of South Africa

She has advised consumers to take caution and avoid buying medicines from the internet.

A lot of the medicine that are purchased by the internet, you may have a server sitting in South Africa but that is bouncing off various free trade zones and finally the product may be coming from Russia or China which might not be exactly what you want.

Dr Deepa Maharaj, chairperson of the Self-Medication Manufacturers Association of South Africa

Know what you are taking, look at the logo of the product, the information that is available, the active ingredients and compare it to what you have received.

Dr Deepa Maharaj, chairperson of the Self-Medication Manufacturers Association of South Africa

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