Government wraps up MCAZ’s legal instruments

Government says it is winding up the validation of legislations meant to bring the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) closer to its desired target of achieving the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT) Maturity Level 3. By Kudakwashe Pembere The WHO’s assessment of regulatory authorities is based on the ‘ Global Benchmarking Tool’ – an evaluation tool that checks regulatory functions against a set of more than 260 indicators – covering core regulatory functions such as product authorization, testing of products, market surveillance and the ability to…

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Zim medicines regulator intensifies surveillance of ‘child killer’ cold and cough syrups

Zimbabwe’s medicines and medical devices regulator the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) says it is stepping up its surveillance of four medical products which killed 69 children in Gambia. By Kudakwashe Pembere While chances are slim that the cough and cold syrups might have found their way into the country, the Authority states they may have unprocedurally found their way in Zimbabwe. In a statement, MCAZ Acting Director General Mr Richard Rukwata notified health professionals in the public of the existence of the lethal medical products. “The Medicines Control…

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Herbal product, STC 30 Illegal In Zimbabwe: MCAZ

MEDICINES and medical devices regulator, the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) says Superlife Total Care (STC30), a trending herbal medicine on social media, is illegal for it has not been registered with the Authority. By Kudakwashe Pembere On social media, STC30 is touted to cure almost every other disease and condition, something which is spurious and suspicious. In a statement, MCAZ Acting Director General Mr Richard Rukwata said as a Regulator mandated to safeguard the safety of public and animal health, STC 30 does not have regulatory approval to…

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Zimbabwe Records 323 Adverse Reactions To COVID-19 Vaccines

A total 323 suspected COVID-19 Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI), had been reported to the Medicines Control of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) as of July, 8 2022. By Michael Gwarisa This is out of a cumulative total of 6.3 million 1st doses and 4.6 million 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccines that have been administered since the National Vaccination program was launched in February 2021. This translates to a rate of approximately 0.003% suspected adverse events (approximately 3 reactions for every 10 000 doses administered). 70% of these 323 AEFI reports were received…

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Zim ready for long term injectable PrEP-MoHCC

IN a bid to increase adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in Zimbabwe, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) said it welcomes obtaining studies to advance prevention therapy through long term injectable Pre-Exposure prophylaxes medications. By Staff Reporter This follows the approval of Apretude (cabotegravir extended-release injectable suspension) in 2021 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This will be taken in at-risk adults and adolescents weighing at least 35 kilograms (77 pounds) for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV. However, in Zimbabwe, current…

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Health Ministry Dismisses Viral Video Of Woman Claiming She Reacted To Vaccine

THE Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Medical Director (PMD),  Dr Maphios Siamuchembu has poured water on a video currently making rounds on social media of a 27 year old woman, Cleopatra Ncube from Cowdry Park in Bulawayo who claims to have developed an adverse reaction that led to her fingers and lower limbs drying up soon after getting jabbed with the Sinovac, a Chinese manufactured vaccine being administered in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa According to the viral video, Cleopatra took the vaccine on July 27, 2021 when health officials were conducting inoculations…

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Exclusive!!! MCAZ Speaks On COVID-19 Vaccines Linked Reactions In Zim

ZIMBABWE commenced its national vaccination initiative in February, 2021, kickstarting a campaign that would later yield positive results in the country’s COVID-19 management matrix. Even though only 14% of the national population has been vaccinated to date, available Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) data shows that vaccination has been working in minimizing the risk of developing severe infections and deaths. However, since commencement of the national vaccination program, there has been speculation and skepticism around vaccination, vaccine hesitancy and vaccine phobia as citizens adopted a laid-back approach towards…

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MCAZ Registers 202 New Medicines And Pharmaceutical Products

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has registered a total 202 pharmaceutical products and medicines over the past 12 months in a bid to expand treatment options for various diseases and health complications. By Michael Gwarisa According to MCAZ, 116 products were registered in 2020 while 86 were registered in 2021 while 34 medicines were rejected between 2020 and 2021. A total seven products were withdrawn under the same period. In an Interview with HealthTimes, MCAZ Projects and Public Relations Officer, Mr Shingai Gwatidzo said some of the medications…

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HPA Warns Errant Herbal Medicines Merchants

THE Health Professions Authority of Zimbabwe (HPA) has told companies and individuals dealing in herbal medicines to comply with the law or face closure. By Michael Gwarisa This comes at the back of uncontrolled mushrooming of herbal dealers who are diagnosing patients, prescribing and dispensing herbal treatments at very high prices as well as offering body scans through methods that have not been approved by the country’s regulatory authorities such as the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ), the Natural Therapists Association (NTA), the Radiation Protection Authority (RAPAZ) as well…

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Vaccines Not Responsible For Coronavirus Mutations and Waves Says WHO Zimbabwe

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe COVID-19 Team Leader, Dr Lincoln Charimari has poured water on a common myth that COVID-19 waves and variants could be emanating from vaccines. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual media training on Fact Checking that was hosted by the Gender Media Connect (GMC) in collaboration with the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Dr Charimari said a lot of misinformation has been going on especially on social media regarding vaccines and coronavirus strains and waves. You must note that COVID-19 Waves and vaccines…

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