“We Cant Be A Country Of Merchants, We Need To Start Manufacturing Own Medicines” Prof Murwira

ZIMBABWE should move from being the sole importer and consumer of imported medicines if it is to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all, acting Health and Child Care Minister, Professor Amon Murwira has said. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe currently imports about 90 percent of its drugs and medical equipment with majority of the medications coming through from development partners and donors such as  UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, UNFPA and others. In 2019, drugs and medical commodities that passed through NatPharm from development partners  was worth over US$130 million. Officiating at…

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Dapirivirine Ring Not Substitute For Other HIV Prevention Methods- Dr Mgodi

Dr Nyaradzo Mgodi MBChB, MMed, Investigator of Record, HPTN-084 Zimbabwe – University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences Clinical Trials Research Centre, and HPTN Executive Committee Member

THE Dapirivirine Vaginal Ring, a new effective HIV prevention tool for women, is not a substitute for existing  HIV prevention methods but rather an innovation to expand prevention options for women, Dr Nyaradzo Mgodi an HIV expert and histopathologist   has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a Twitter Question and Answer session that was organized by HealthTimes, Dr Mgodi said women need safe and effective biomedical HIV prevention strategies for use throughout their lives and the Dapirivirine ring presented women with such an opportunity. Studies of other HIV prevention…

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Kwava Nemhete Inodzivirira Munhukadzi Kuti Asabata Hutachiona Hwe HIV

MAIZVIZIVA here kuti kwava nemhete inodzivirira munhukadzi kuti asabatire utachiona hweHIV kubva kumunhurume? Mhete iyi inosunga utachiona mbira dzakondo kuti shwee, zvekuti hapana kupukunyuka kubva mungetani idzi. NaCatherine Murombedzi Muchirungu mhete iyi inonzi Depiravine ring, yakagadzirwa nemushonga unogadzira mapiritsi ema ARV. Vazhinji vanga vaine dambudziko rekunwa mapiritsi ekudzivirira HIV anonzi pachirungu PrEP. Mushonga we PrEP uyu unodziirira vaya vanoita bonde rangarisina dziviriro yemakondomu, naizvozvo vanoita kunwa ari mapiritsi. Mhete itsva Mhete iyi inosunga utachiona mbira dzakondo, kuisa ngetani utachiona huchiri pamusuwo chaipo. Mhete iyi haipfekwe munzeve, muchigunwe kana paguvhu, inopfekwa…

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Zim Contraceptive Pills Being Sold In SA, MCAZ Launches Investigation

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) says it is investigating a case whereby local contraceptive pills are reportedly being sold in neighboring South Africa at a time the country is battling to adequately meet local demand. By Michael Gwarisa Since 2019, Zimbabwe has been experiencing contraceptives stock-outs across the country and the recent lockdown phase as exacerbated the challenges. However, it seems certain local dealers and individuals have been smuggling the scarce commodity into neighboring countries including South Africa, a move which has affected local stocks to some extent.…

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MCAZ Warns Of Substandard Flue Medication

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) warns the public not to acquire yet consume a fake and substandard version of Flumed found being sold in some Harare and Chivhu pharmacies. By Kuda Pembere This is part of its efforts of safeguarding the safety and efficacy of medicinal products for public and animal health. “This Medicinal Product Alert relates to one falsified version of Flumed ® (Paracetamol/ Phenylephrine Hydrochloride/ Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide/ Chlorpheniramine Maleate) Syrup circulating in Harare and Chivhu, presented under the name Flumed ® Syrup manufactured by Varichem Pharmaceuticals,”…

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MCAZ Cautions Against Deceiving Medicine Advertisements

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has raised a red flag over what it deemed spurious advertisements on print, TV and radio media purporting to treat life threatening conditions. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a circular issued on Saturday, MCAZ Director General Ms Gugu Mahlangu dissuaded the media from advertising medicines for about 30 medical conditions. “In implementing the Medicines and Allied Substances Control Act, [Chapter 15.03] and its regulations it has come to the attention of the Authority that some media, printing and publishing houses are advertising a variety…

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People Living With HIV Worried Over Expired ARVs…MCAZ Calls For Calm

PEOPLE living with HIV (PLHIV) have expressed concerns over failure by government and the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) to consult with them following the expiration of Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. By Michael Gwarisa The development follows revelations that health institutions continued dispensing ARVs even after they had passed their shelf life. This has not  gone down well with PLHIV and on ART who  believe the consultation process should have started with them since they are the ones directly affected by any changes in the drugs. Speaking to HealthTimes, Mrs…

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EXCLUSIVE: Pharmaceutical Wholesalers Speak On ‘Cartel’ Claims

INDIAN Pharmaceutical companies operating in Zimbabwe have refuted claims that there are running a ‘medicine wholesale cartel’ in Zimbabwe colluding in the pricing madness of medicines to quash competition. By Kudakwashe Pembere The response comes hot on the heels of reports that there is a cartel of pharmaceutical wholesalers in Zimbabwe monopolising drugs. Investigations done by this publication show there are several wholesalers responsible for the distribution of medicines in Zimbabwe by the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe. With international manufacturers that directly ship the medicines into the country the number…

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Viagra Energy Drink Banned

[dropcap]ZAMBIA[/dropcap] has ordered a recall of the Power Natural High Energy SX from all the country’s 10 provinces following complaints from the Zimbabwean, Zambian and South African medicines regulatory authorities. HealthTimes Reporter Zimbabwe’s Medicines Control Authority (MCAZ) raised the red flag over the energy drink on Tuesday after it had emerged the drink contains some ingredients which are used in the manufacture of sexual enhancement drugs. The drink is a product of Revin Zammbia Limited and has been under Zambia’s government’s scrutiny for a while. In a statement, Ndola City…

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MCAZ Warns Against Consuming Zambian Energy Drink With Viagra Effects

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has warned Zimbabweans to stop consuming an energy drink-cum-aphrodisiac finding its way into the country from Zambia. By Kudakwashe Pembere MCAZ said the energy drink named Natural Power SX High Energy Drink was found having an active pharmaceutical content with fatal impacts experienced by those who overdose viagra. “The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) wishes to advise members of the public to avoid buying and consuming Natural Power SX High Energy Drink which, following a series of laboratory tests, the Authority has…

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