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

ZAMBIA 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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MCAZ Engages SADC Nations To Curb Illicit Drugs Movement

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MACAZ), says they have been engagements with other nations in the region to address the growing and unwanted flow of illicit drugs, Through their micro-blogging site, MCAZ said, “At the regional level, we also note that it is not only a problem in Zimbabwe therefore there has been engagements with SADC Heads of Agencies (regulators), where we call for more stringent regulatory standards for such codeine containing products.”  

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We Cant Ban Bronco, Our Hands Are Tied- MCAZ

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) Director General, Ms Gugu Mahlangu says her organisation does not have punitive powers to block the importation of illicit drugs onto the Zimbabwean market, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Childcare, Ms Mahlangu said inasmuch as the situation of drug abuse has become a cause for concern globally, their hands were tied as an organisation. “We are aware of the drugs on the streets but we cannot go there because it is not our mandate,…

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MCAZ Raises Red Flag Over Bronclear

BRONCLEAR is illegal and is not registered in Zimbabwe, the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has warned. By Michael Gwarisa The warning comes at the back of increased cases of abuse of the medicine by most young unemployed Zimbabweans. The cough syrup drug which finds its way into the country through the porous borders has also claimed lives of many young people while some have been permanently admitted into psychiatric centres. “BronClear is unregistered in Zimbabwe. As such it is illegal. It is time to take action. “As MCAZ,…

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MCAZ Registers More Complementary Medicines

The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ), in 2017 recorded an increase in the registration of complementary medicines attributable to intensified hype of regulations and enforcement activities.   By Kudakwashe Pembere The regulator’s spokesperson Mr Shingai Gwatidzo in an interview said 69 complementary medicines were approved. “The authority has witnessed an increase in the number of registered Complementary medicines (including those that are locally produced), which resulted from increased awareness about the Complementary Medicines Regulations and increased enforcement activities. This year a total of 69 Complementary medicines were approved or…

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#BREAKING: Magaya’s ‘HIV Cure’ Has Not Been Approved: MCAZ

JUST as its name implies in Shona, Aguma (Meaning it has ended), the purported HIV curing herb publicly launched on Sunday by Prophetic Healing  and Deliverance frontman Prophet Walter Magaya might have reached a dead end amidst indications the controversial herb has not been approved for retailing or consumption on the Zimbabwean market, HealthTimes can exclusively reveal. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking to HealthTimes,  the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) Projects and Public Relations Officer Shingai Gwatidzo argued that the so-called HIV cure named Aguma from the cleric was not in…

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Zimbabwe steps up fight against counterfeit medicine

SOURCE: DW  Counterfeit medicine is a major health hazard in Zimbabwe. The laws of the country are strict but the parallel market is hard to control, especially in times of economic crisis. The streets of downtown Harare are filled with vendors. Everyone seems to be trying to sell whatever they can to survive in a depressed economy. James Tinoda – who would not give his real name for fear of the law – is one of many unregistered medicine peddlers. He says he buys the unregistered medicine in Zambia. All…

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