The civil rights organization AfriForum and Dr George Coetzee today achieved a further success in the South African struggle for access to the antiparasitic drug ivermectin off-label for the indication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. TrialSite has covered this unfolding legal saga with far reaching societal implications, when the settlement for the compounding of and access to ivermectin with the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) was made an order of court.What does the Court Order Mean?
This court order determines that a medicine containing ivermectin as an active ingredient has been registered by SAHPRA on 16 March 2021. The effect of the registration is that ivermectin may be compounded and made accessible in accordance with the provisions of Section 14(4) of the Act. The order also determines that access to imported ivermectin may be provided in accordance with the provisions of Section 21 of the Act. The order further determines that SAHPRA and the Minister of Health, jointly and severally, will pay a total contribution to the costs of the four applicant groups in the amount of R1,8 million (plus VAT) or U.S. $124,000.
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