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 A total seven products were withdrawn under the same period.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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#BREAKING: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Approved In Zimbabwe

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ), has approved the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Zimbabwe in the management and prevention of COVID-19 infections. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, MCAZ Projects and Public Relations Officer, Mr Shingai Gwatidzo confirmed the development. MCAZ reviewed the technical documentation and clinical studies conducted and issued Emergency Use Authorisation for Ministry of Health and Child Care to consider adding to the vaccines for use in Zimbabwe,” said Mr Gwatidzo.  He added that the EUA is subject to a number…

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#BREAKING: Dapivirine, Vaginal Ring Approved For Use In Zimbabwe

IN what is likely to be a major breakthrough for Zimbabwe’s HIV response, the Dapivirine or Vaginal Ring, a tool meant to expand HIV prevention options for women has been approved for use in Zimbabwe, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa The Vaginal ring was submitted to the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) for review on March, 5 2021 and according to MCAZ procedures, approval for a medical drug or innovation usually takes between three months or a few years, depending on the completeness of the technical information that…

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We Haven’t Approved Blanket Use Of Ivermectin In COVID-19 Treatment

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) have clarified their position regarding the use of Ivermectin human formulation in the treatment and management of COVID-19 saying they  had not approved its blanket use and they were still running trials to determine its safety and efficacy. By Patricia Mashiri In an interview with HealthTimes Shingai Gwatidzo, Programs and Public Relations Officer, said the authority was yet to reach a conclusion on whether ivermectin human formulations are safe, effective and can be used in C0VID-19 management. The Authority took note of the…

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“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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