Cash Cows are in force as Eastern Cape health officials try to milk TB patients by using illegal drugs.
Only intervention by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), prevented the government and top health officials in the Eastern Cape from rolling out an untested and unapproved “immune-boosting remedy” to all local TB hospitals. The rollout appears to have been a cynical, predatory scheme that would have raked in millions for a politically well-connected “natural health” products company.
The interdict, it seems, has safeguarded thousands of unsuspecting TB sufferers from being used as human guinea pigs in a potentially dangerous drug trial. At least a dozen patients at primary health care clinics had already been illegally given the unregistered, unapproved drug after being reassured that it was an approved “pilot” scheme