Medicine supplies at risk throughout SA
Business for SA (B4SA) warned that the escalating medicine supply crisis in KwaZulu-Natal has the potential to destabilise supplies throughout SA if the violence and looting in the province is not swiftly brought under control. The entire medicine supply chain has been disrupted in the province, with key distributors, wholesalers and pharmacies destroyed or rendered inoperable by the violence, sending health facilities and patients scrambling to find supplies, reported Business Day (15 July 2021). More than 90 pharmacies, including several owned by retail chains Clicks and Dis-Chem as well as independent operators, have been looted or destroyed in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Several warehouses and distributors, including Clicks-owned United Pharmaceutical Distributors, have been looted and trucks that ordinarily transport medicines directly from pharmaceutical manufacturers in Johannesburg to public health facilities have been unable to reach the province after parts of the N3 highway were closed.