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GroundUp photo essay: Empty medicine shelves of a Gauteng hospital

Gauteng hospitals are suffering severe medicine stockouts. Here are photos that GROUNDUP has obtained of the empty shelves of a pharmacy in a Gauteng tertiary hospital. All the medicines shown (or, to be more precise, not shown) are used to treat psychiatric conditions.

Last week The Times reported stockouts at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. On Monday, GroundUp reported that Gauteng hospitals had been out of stock of the life-saving medicine amphotericin B.

The photos here, obtained from a protected source, are understood to be a little more than a week old.

amytriptyline

Amitriptyline is used to treat depression.

citalopram

Citalopram is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor used to treat depression.

haloperidol

Haloperidol is an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses.

quetiapine

Quetiapine is an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression.

risperidone

Risperidone is an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It is also used to treat children with autism.

trifluoperazine

Trifluoperazine, besides being an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia, is also used to treat anxiety if other medicines have not helped. DM

Main Picture: Fluoxetine, better known by the brand name Prozac, is used to treat depression. Photos courtesy of GROUNDUP.

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