The South African government wants to create a competitive state pharmaceutical company drawing on best international practices.
The state revealed this in the Presidential Health Summit Report.
The report states that the aim to establish a state-owned pharmaceutical firm is to establish knowledge/skills capabilities for local pharmaceutical manufacture and production – ‘de-commodify’ essential medicine supply to meet patient and national fiscal imperatives.
The paper also states that Institutions of higher education must begin to offer training in pharmaceutical manufacturing and logistics.
“Clinical engineers for complex bio-medical equipment; technicians for minor medical equipment and involvement of end user expertise in the procurement processes is key,” the report explains.