The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) announced that four pharmaceutical manufacturers, Cipla Medpro, GlaxoSmithKline, Sandoz and Pharma-Q, had removed their medicines which suppress stomach acid from SA shelves. Biotech Laboratories and Gulf Drug Company had placed batches of ranitidine under quarantine.
In November Dis-Chem has announced that it expects a drop in half-year earnings due to one-off costs such as a change in bonus policy and a strike by employees. Headline earnings per share for the six months to August will be 30.7c-31.7c; a decrease of 38.7% - 40.6% from the previous corresponding period. Dis-Chem said previously that the strike affected operations at three of its four distribution centres and involved about 2 300 of its 15 000 staff.
Health director-general Malebona Precious Matsoso has resigned (effective November 1) after
she and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize reached a mutual agreement. The department said she asked to leave before her contract ended in 2020 in order to pursue her PhD studies. Matsoso joined the department in May 2010 as director-general and worked mostly with former Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
In November 2018, in a hard-hitting interview, Matsoso said she had been completely sidelined by presidential adviser Olive Shisana and Motsoaledi in revising the controversial draft NHI Bill.
The SA Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG) is contemplating seeking a law reform to have the litigation risk lowered as obstetricians and gynaecologists (ob-gyns) are closing down their practices owing to a rising litigation crisis and its related massive financial implications on their operations.