Zim, SA medical products regulators sign MOU

By Staff Reporter The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), allowing the two regulators to develop a cooperative partnership towards ensuring access to safe, quality, and effective health products in the respective countries. This is the second MOU following the signing ceremony between MCAZ and the Egyptian Drug Authority (FDA) last year. MCAZ and SAHPRA will cooperate in joint products reviews and inspections to enable efficient access to health products. This partnership will also…

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MCAZ seizes illegal cough syrups BronCleer and Adco-Salterpyn

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,…

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Egyptian Drug Authority pays courtesy call to VP Chiwenga

A delegation of members from the Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) paid a courtesy call to the Vice President and Health and Child Care Minister DrConstantine Chiwenga ahead of a signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding with the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe. By Kudakwashe Pembere The EDA is an initiative for” an organization within the Ministry of Health that is responsible for safeguarding people health by regulating safety and quality of medicines (human and veterinary), biologicals, medical devices, cosmetics, dietary supplements and pesticides. Leading the EDA delegation is Professor…

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Licensed Zim Medicinal Cannabis Producers Getting Big Headed

SOME players who received licenses  to produce Medicinal Cannabis four years ago are reportedly skirting some of the legal provisions in their operations such as informing the health ministry permanent secretary before commencing production of the cannabis. By Kuda Pembere With the industry fairly in its infancy stage, MCAZ has since licensed 59 players for the production of medicinal cannabis. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of an MCAZ-medicinal cannabis producers interface workshop, the regulator’s Director General Mr Richard Rukwata said during inspections they noted the players have been…

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#BREAKING: Mr Richard Rukwata Appointed MCAZ Substantive Director General

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) board has announced the appointment of Mr Richard Rukwata as the organization’s substantative boss. By Staff Reporter He headed the medicines and medical devices regulator as interim director general since 2020. In a statement, the MCAZ Board Chair, Dr Misheck Chiware said Mr Rukwata was deserving of the appointment. The Board of the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Richard Tendayi Rukwata as the substantive Director-General of the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe. The appointment…

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Breaking: Zim flags skin bleaching products

ZIMBABWE’S medical products regulator, the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has warned against the sale and use of unregistered skin lightening products in the country. By Kudakwashe Pembere Better known as bleaching in the public sphere, Zimbabweans have been using desperate yet unorthodox means to lighten their skin leaving them exposed to a long thread of undesired side effects. They have been administering products such as oral or injectable Glutathione and injectable Vitamins which the Authority flagged after finding no supporting guidelines for proper dosages and length of treatment.…

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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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