NHI bill ‘silent about transformation’ in black pharma


The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has failed to tackle transformation in the pharmaceutical sector, Black Pharmaceutical Industry Association (BPIA) chairperson Kingsley Tloubatla told Parliament. The BPIA told Parliament it wants SAHPRA to prioritise the review of registration applications submitted by black owned businesses, to speed up market access. in the R56.4-bn pharmaceutical industry, reported Business Day (28 July 2021

When asked by committee chair whether the association had raised the issue with the regulator, BPIA spokesperson Suhail Gani, said SAHPRA indicated there is no legal mechanism for it to do so. The association proposed that the government devise a healthcare charter that would compel all health department tenders to include a minimum 30% set aside for black-owned businesses, and

Gani said punitive measures such as withholding new licences and restricting the renewal of existing licences should be applied to corporates that do not pursue trade with black-owned companies in a given year.

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