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Cancer sufferers welcome news of probe into alleged excessive pricing of meds

On Tuesday the commission announced its probing pharmaceutical companies Aspen, Pfizer and Roche for various suspected transgressions.

Picture: Freeimages.

JOHANNESBURG – As the Competition Commission investigates the pricing of certain cancer medications in South Africa, cancer patients and relatives have told Eyewitness News of their frustration, knowing that the drugs can save lives but are simply unaffordable.

On Tuesday the commission announced its probing pharmaceutical companies Aspen, Pfizer and Roche for various suspected transgressions.

There are also calls from cancer organisations for the commission to investigate alleged price-fixing in the sector.

Matlabo Rankhododo's 37-year-old sister was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

She says her family simply can’t afford the medication that could save her life.

“I just wish that this commissioning can happen soon, while she is still here and get the opportunity to get this medication.”

A woman who suffers from ovarian cancer says she’s struggling to pay the more than R10 000 her treatment costs every month.

“I am fortunate that I am on medical aid, but I think that for this one injection is absolutely astronomical.”

The commission has been urged to conclude its investigation as soon as possible as many people are in desperate need.

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