Gauteng Health confirms shortage of life-saving Adrenalin

Gauteng Health confirms shortage of life-saving Adrenalin

The Health Department in Gauteng on Wednesday confirmed a shortage of live-saving Adrenalin at several facilities across the province, including at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto.


The department says the shortage of Adrenalin began in May due to the supplier not meeting its contractual obligations. 

The department's spokesperson Motalatale Modiba said the supplier, PharmaQ, is struggling to cope with the demand.

"A majority of our facilities have one-month stockholding instead of the usual two months. PharmaQ is only supplying limited quantities. The reason cited by the company is load shedding, which has now been addressed as they say they have made provision for alternative power supply".

“The National Department of Health, as the contract owners, are in continuous discussion with the supplier to address the challenges experienced.”

Modiba says the shortage has not had an impact on patients.

"During this period, no patient’s health has been compromised, as clinicians are managing the situation based on patient need. In instances where cases are in need of Adrenaline, the drug is administered without. Those who are stable are given other medication to manage their condition.”


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