Medicine approval delays cause headaches for patients

02 June 2019 - 00:19 By KATHARINE CHILD

Thousands of medicines are stuck in a decades-long backlog in the government's approval process - one of them a drug regarded as the only treatment for "suicide" headaches.

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) recently asked pharmaceutical companies to scrap all applications for drugs they no longer wanted to register, which has reduced the list of new drugs awaiting approval by 3,000 to around 5,100...

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