SANDF applies to SAHPRA to trial illegally imported Cuban drug

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The South African military will apply to run a clinical trial for the use of a drug known as Heberon to tackle COVID-19, ending a dispute over the illegal importation of the medicine by the South African National Defence Force, the health products regulator said.

The drug, a Cuban product that contains recombinant human interferon alpha-2b, has been touted as a potential treatment for the coronavirus, notes a BusinessTech report.

It has been used to treat various forms of cancer and leukaemia. The application will be examined by the South African Health Products Regulator, it said in a statement last week.

The dispute began when the regulator became aware of the arrival of the drug in the country in November.


Full BusinessTech report


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