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Medicine phase out

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, January 16, 2014

THE Health Ministry is phasing out certain medicine to make way for new and improved drugs.

This is the word of Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma, who revealed that drugs such as anti-hypertensive medicine nifedipine were no longer suitable for patients.

"If you look at medication, it is an important commodity in the health care that we provide," the minister said.

"We modernise medication periodically of certain items such as massaging oil, such as herbal tea and certain medication which are hard and impossible to purchase because they are out of production now, so things are being taken out and new items are being brought in.

"These are new items which come off the patency list and onto the generic list, so it has become cheaper and a lot more effective.

"So, we are introducing all of that and we are in a state of change right now.

"Government allocates $9million to the purchase of medicine and equipment and we utilise annually. Our wastage rate has come down quite substantially over the last five years.

"We are doing better than WHO standards."