PROTECTING YOUR RIGHT TO MEDICINES AND MEDICAL DEVICES
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Full Name and Surname, Country: Patience Phuti Shabangu, South Africa 
 
 
 
Organisation: South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) 
 
 
Regulatory Science Fellow (2019 Cohort)
 
 
 
 
Short Bio
Phuti Shabangu is a BPharm graduate from the University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus), South Africa. She joined the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), formerly MCC, as a medicine registration officer, in 2015.
In her current capacity, she is responsible for assessing and evaluating medicine registration dossiers, evaluating responses, generating evaluation reports, liaising with applicants and stakeholders, and updating guidelines and standard operating procedures. 
She previously worked at Bertha Gxowa Hospital, as a pharmacist, and also worked at Clicks Retail Pharmacy, as an intern, providing pharmaceutical care. Driven to ensure access to safe, effective and good quality medicines.
 
Area of research interest 
I am keen to conduct research on the topic “THE IMPACT OF MULTIPLE GENERIC APPLICATIONS ON MEDICINE REGISTRATION IN SOUTH AFRICA”. I am hoping my work will also assist other colleagues across region and continent at large to also use the study in dealing or reviewing similar impacts.
 
What do you hope to gain from the fellowship? 
I hope to be fully capacitated in areas that relate to research, regulatory processes, medicine registration dossier assessment, medicine development, medicine regulation and the overall policy aspects of regulatory practices in order to become an efficient regulatory assessor. 
I believe that the experience and exposure to varied fields would be of great benefit to the overall evaluation process. It would enable me to capacitance my fellow colleagues and since SAHPRA is a participant in the Zazibona medicine evaluation process in the SADC region, cross pollination across field would lead to highly effective processes and improved regulatory practices in Africa.