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South Africa may axe drug approval body

South Africa may axe drug approval body

作者:季滔  时间:2019-03-01 08:02:07  人气:

By Devin Powell SOUTH AFRICA’S Minister of Health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, advocates a diet of garlic and vitamins to combat the spread of HIV. She may soon get her way, if the country’s parliament votes for a draft bill that will abolish South Africa’s independent drug approval body. The Medicines Control Council (MCC), established in 1965, approves all new drugs – from anti-fungals to sexual performance enhancers. Although the minister of health appoints its officers and 146 volunteer scientists, the body reports directly to parliament. The MCC has a track record of clashing with health ministers. In 2000,