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05 April 2011

African medicine makers pledge to work together

A hopeful new era for medicines in South Africa dawned with the launch this week of the South African Generic Medicines Association.

A hopeful new era for medicines in South Africa dawned with the launch this week of the South African Generic Medicines Association (Sagma).

Sagma's self-defined mandate is to wrestle with and find solutions for the challenges that inhibit local manufacture of generics. Amongst these are:

  • Unlevel playing fields as a result of high taxes on ingredients coming into the country for use in local manufacture, compared to low or no taxes on the import of certain complete drugs.
  • A shortage of skills and the capital necessary to upgrade existing manufacturing facilities to meet internationally-defined manufacturing standards.
  • The relatively small size of the local market, which means local manufacturers carry the cost burden of being unable to leverage economies of scale.

 

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