The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) yesterday impounded 450 bottles of cough syrups in Belvedere, Harare.
By Kuda Pembere and Nthokozo Gudu
The Authority working with CID drugs and narcotics confiscated bottles of BronCleer and Adco-Salterpyn which are unregistered medical products in the country during a raid in the area.
After an anonymous tipoff, the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has successfully confiscated a total of 450 Bottles of illegal cough syrups (BronCleer and Adco-Salterpyn) during a raid conducted at Old Trafford flats located at 13 Edmond Avenue, Belvedere, Harare yesterday. This significant seizure is part of the Authority’s ongoing efforts to combat drug and substance abuse as well as the illegal distribution and misuse of pharmaceutical products within the country,” said MCAZ director general Mr Richard Rukwata.
“During the operation, MCAZ Inspectors working with Officers from the CID Drugs and Narcotics, discovered and seized 350 bottles of BronCleer cough syrup and 100 bottles of Adco-Salterpyn syrup. The suspect present at the scene is currently cooperating with law enforcement agencies to assist with their investigations into this matter.”
He explained the confiscated medicines are not registered in the country.
“BronCleer and Adco-Salterpyn Syrup are opioid containing cough syrups which are not registered in Zimbabwe. Opioids are considered Dangerous Drugs and these cough syrups are being abused by opioid drug addicts. Its misuse poses serious health risks and can lead to various complications if not used under proper medical supervision.
“The MCAZ remains committed to safeguarding public health by ensuring that only authorized and regulated medicines are available on the market. The Authority will continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies to identify and apprehend individuals involved in the illicit trade of such substances.
“MCAZ urges members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to the drug and substance abuse and distribution or sale of unregulated pharmaceutical products. Your cooperation is vital in our collective efforts to protect public health and safety,” Mr Rukwata said.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s cabinet announced they will be convering idle priovincial COVID-19 isolation centres to rehabilitation centres where more resources will be channeled towards as the nation battles drug and substance abuse. Dr Agnes Mahomva will be appointed the national coordinator of the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on Drug and Substance Abuse.
Speaking last night after the second Cabinet meeting, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Dr Jenfan Muswere said Cabinet has agreed to put in place stringent measures to strengthen the anti-drug and substance abuse programme.