How ARV drug gang was arrested

  • Sowetan - 31 October 2013

An illicit syndicate selling ARV medication has been uncovered at the Esselen Street Clinic in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.

Yesterday, after six months of investigation, police arrested two health officials who were caught during a sting operation by intelligence agents.

HIV/Aids patients were tricked by clinic employees into thinking that there was no medication available. Then the officials would claim to have a reserve supply that they would sell at prices ranging from R50 to R100.

The clinic is a public facility, where patients should be offered the drugs free of charge.

A 38-year-old Johannesburg man, who is a patients at the clinic and asked not to be named for fear of victimisation, said he was forced to pay just to get his full ARV treatment...read the full article

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