MS. LORRAINE DANKS
She is a registered pharmacist with an MSc in Pharmaceutics (Bioavailability). After spending 22 years in the pharmaceutical industry in regulatory affairs, quality assurance and pharmacovigilance roles with companies such as Merck KGaA, Boehringer Ingelheim and Merck Sharp & Dohme, she joined the South African Medicines Regulator, SAHPRA, in June 2020 to head up the organisation’s Backlog Clearance Programme. When SAHPRA was established in 2018, it inherited approx. 16,000 in-process applications from its predecessor, the Medicine Control Council.
A dedicated Programme was set up to clear the application backlog and, to date, the backlog is 99% finalised due to the various initiatives piloted and implemented within the project.