New medicine takes 10 years to reach Africa

October 3rd 2019, Written by Joseph Olanyo

The over-reliance on imported medicines has made Africa’s ailing health sector susceptible to the vulgarism of counterfeit medicine, with new medicines taking between 5 and 10 years to reach the African continent, experts have said.  

Over 90 per cent of generic medicines in Africa is still being imported from mainly India and Europe, and in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 4th Biennial Scientific Conference on Medical Products Regulation in Africa (SCoMRA IV), at Victoria Falls on September 30, Prof Kelly Chibale, a professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cape Town, said new generic medicines take between 5-10 years from its date of manufacture to be introduced in Africa. To read more, click here.