JOHANNESBURG – Authorities are racing to locate five tons of chloroquine which was allegedly illegally imported into South Africa.
eNCA has revealed two consignments of the drug were flown in from India without authorisation from the Medical Products Regulatory Authority.
The medicines regulator and Health Department are being tight-lipped about the progress of their investigation.
eNCA understands Crime Intelligence has been roped in to try and locate the two consignments of chloroquine.
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority won’t comment on the matter, saying this would jeopardise its investigation.
The Health Department has adopted the same stance, except to confirm Port Health authorities have no record of these consignments.
Because the medicine isn’t licenced, there is no guarantee about its safety or efficacy in treatment.
Now, the hunt is on to find the drugs before they’re used to treat people.
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