• Caught in the debt trap?

    Help us help you by taking our second annual Debt survey and you could win R3 000.

  • Rich man, poor man

    Culture change from below is the only way to overcome poverty, says Leopold Scholtz.

  • Tech bubble talk

    After the tech euphoria of 2013, the fast-moving sector has hit a speed bump.

Data provided by McGregor BFA
All data is delayed
Loading...
See More

Aspen prepared to help bridge ARV shortages

Jun 20 2012 16:28 I-Net Bridge

Related Articles

SA, Swiss firm in $211m drug venture

Motsoaledi urges health fee regulation

Losing firm to press for tender breakdown

Adcock plunges on tender setback

Adcock wins portion of ARV tender

ARV tender boost for pharmaceuticals

 
Johannesburg – The country’s biggest pharmaceutical group‚ Aspen Pharamacare, gave the assurance on Wednesday that it will step in and commit its manufacturing capacity where other suppliers are unable to supply a part or all of their anti-retroviral (ARV) supply commitments.

The group was responding to what it said were widespread reports over the past days and weeks from various state clinics in certain provinces that patients have been unable to access supplies of Tenofovir (TDF)‚ a key ARV used primarily in first-line HIV treatment.

“Due to the negative consequences on both patients and the sustainability of South Africa’s public ARV programme‚ Aspen as the contracted supplier for 70% of the TDF volume to the state‚ takes these reports extremely seriously‚” the group said.

In these reports‚ it said‚ there had been some suggestions that contracted suppliers had been unable to supply TDF timeously‚ or in the required quantities.

To this end‚ it added‚ Aspen was unable to comment on other contracted suppliers of TDF. It did however wish “in the clearest terms”‚ to confirm its own supply position as follows:

• Aspen has met and exceeded‚ both the timing and required quantity for TDF under the terms of its state contract‚ which requires it to supply 70% of the TDF volumes;

• In terms of the contract‚ Aspen is required to supply TDF within six weeks from receipt of orders;

• January 2012 represented the first month that donor-procured TDF had been depleted and the department of health (DOH) returned to normal procurement from its tender contractors;

• Accordingly‚ having regard for its 70%‚ six-week contractual supply obligation‚ Aspen would have been required to supply 3.33 million TDF packs by the end of June 2012.

Aspen confirms that it will have delivered 4.2 million packs‚ or 126% of its required volume, during this period;

• Aspen has met and has had to exceed its supply requirements‚ as shortages from other suppliers have manifested.

In response to these shortages‚ Aspen has swiftly and through considerable resource application scaled up its manufacturing capacity to ensure the supply of 1.13 million TDF packs in May 2012‚ which exceeds the entire May 2012 TDF public sector requirement.

Aspen is also able to supply 1.2 million TDF packs in June 2012‚ which exceeds the entire TDF public sector requirement for the month of June 2012, and

• Aspen can confirm that it presently has no back orders for TDF‚ meaning that no orders in the system exceed the contractual six-week delivery period.

“On this basis‚ Aspen continues to view supply security and the maintenance of the integrity of the South African public ARV programme as a national imperative.

"Aspen also views timeous ARV delivery at the required quantities as non-negotiable.

"To this end‚ Aspen will continue its excellent track record of meeting its ARV supply commitments and where possible to step in and commit its manufacturing capacity where other suppliers are unable to supply a part or all of their supply commitments‚” Aspen said.

In the current tender‚ which commenced on January 1 2011‚ the group said it had stepped in and supplied three other ARV medicines in addition to TDF‚ where other suppliers had experienced supply constraints.
aspen pharmacare  |  arv
NEXT ON FIN24X

AstraZeneca seeking deals

2014-04-24 14:50

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Company Snapshot

We're Talking About: Small Business

Standard Bank is looking for 12 entrepreneurs to participate in a 10-part TV series. They could win a R1m investment into their dream.
 
 

Nkandla: Zuma 'still looking for undue benefit'

President Jacob Zuma has told supporters at an election rally in Mpumalanga that he had not wrongfully benefited from the upgrade to his Nkandla home.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Watch what happened when we blindfolded Helen Zille and asked her to eat random things
13 days to elections - news you need to know
11 Julius Malema quotes you'll never forget
DA won't get 30% - Zille

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...
Loading...