Drug stock-outs: Inept supply-chain management and corruption

Chris Bateman


The National Health Department is urgently trying to source and install a countrywide computer software system that will link healthcare facilities with drug depots and suppliers in order to relieve ongoing essential drugs stock-outs which threaten the lives of thousands of patients. The issue has become a national crisis, affecting districts in 8 of the 9 provinces. 

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Chris Bateman, HMPG

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drug stock-outs; supply chain management; HIV medication; TB medication

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South African Medical Journal 2013;103(9):600-602. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.7332

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Date submitted: 2013-08-01
Date published: 2013-08-12

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