ARV drug shortage in Gauteng

By Jack Bloom MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health:

I am concerned by the reported shortage of the Lamivudine HIV/Aids treatm= ent drug in Gauteng.

According to the Gauteng Health Department, the drug is only available in= =20a 150 gram dosage, instead of the usual 300 grams.

Whilst this should not be a real crisis as a double dose can be taken, th= ere have been cases, especially in the East Rand, where patients have bee= n told that the drug is simply not available.

This is inexcusable as any interruption in treatment can lead to dangerou= s drug resistance.

The department needs to tighten up on its drug orders and its communicati= on with clinics and hospitals.