NatPharm Roasted Over ART Shortages

PARLIAMENTARIANS and Global Fund’s Zimbabwe Country Coordinating Committee(CCM) took turns on Monday to grill the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) for misleading government claiming the country had sufficient stocks of antiretroviral treatment (ART)drugs. By Kudakwashe Pembere Giving oral evidence to the joint committees on Health and  HIV, NatPharm Operations Manager, Mr Charles Mwaramba said the drugs warehouse had close to 100 percent stocks of 12 selected ART drugs. This however, did not go down well with Parliamentarians who blamed the organization for politicking at the expense of human lives. Midlands Senator…

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Gvt Announces New NatPharm Board

GOVERNMENT has appointed a new National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) board consisting of five experts in a move that is set to boost the company’s corporate image professionalism. By Kudakwashe Pembere Announcing the new board on Friday, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo tasked the appointees to fill up the NatPharm warehouses currently stocked at 65 percent. “Yes at the moment there is a low stock level at NatPharm. So the challenge which is there is for you to make sure that we improve out stocks. We have moved…

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NatPharm boss jailed for inflating drug prices

NATIONAL Pharmaceuticals (NatPharm) managing director Newman Madzikwa was yesterday jailed for an effective 14 months after he was found guilty of criminal abuse of office in relation to the arbitrary increase of drug prices. SOURCE: The Herald The price increases, with the effect of precipitating a crisis in the sector and endangering public health, were against the directive of the Ministry of Health and Child Care and the NatPharm board. Harare regional magistrate Mr Hosea Mujaya initially sentenced Madzikwa to 20 months in jail before suspending six months for five…

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NatPharm Returns To Zimbabwe Informed Push

THE National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) has temporarily shelved the Zimbabwe Assisted Push and Pull System (ZAPPS) reverting back to the Zimbabwe Informed Push hoping to improve availability of medicines in the country. By Kudakwashe Pembere This move is expected to mitigate shortages of medicines in the country where remote government health institutions are the hardest hit. Early this month, the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo fumed at NatPharm management directing them to resolve the issue of medicines distribution. Speaking with HealthTimes, NatPharm Managing Director Mrs Florah Sifeku…

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D Day For NatPharm Management

WITH Health Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo following up on the National Pharmaceutical Company management tomorrow, the organisation is confident they lived up to what was required of them in clearing their Harare Branch Warehouse. By Kudakwashe Pembere This follows the Health Minister’s seven day ultimatum for the state controlled pharmaceutical distributor to ensure that the medicines are delivered several state owned hospitals around the country. Dr Moyo told this publication that he would see if his directive was followed tomorrow. “Tomorrow is when we will be at NatPharm checking if…

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Natpharm Management Faces Chop

HEALTH and Child Care Minister,  Dr Obadiah Moyo has directed National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) bosses to pull up their socks or face the chop. By Kudakwashe Pembere He said this at an emergency meeting with the management on Sunday. The meeting came as a result of the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa who expressed dismay last Friday at NatPharm where she found stock piles of medicines when district hospitals and clinics had none. The Health Minister in a no nonsense mood, banging the desk barking order after order, felt the NatPharm…

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NatPharm Ordered To Deliver Medicines Straight To Hospitals

MEDICINES being delivered at National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) Harare Branch will be distributed straight to the hospitals and clinics which desperately need them, Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah said on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere He said this during a tour of NatPharm Harare Warehouse by members of parliamant where some drugs purchased from the RTGS$80 million secured by government were delivered by trucks. “All the stock that you being delivered today at NatPharm Harare is not going to stay at Natpharm Harare. We have given an instruction that all…

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Health Minister Dumps NatPharm Retail Pharmacies

GOVERNMENT has put plans of establishing NatPharm owned retail pharmacies on hold following indications that government has  decided to prioritise public health institutions, a Cabinet Minister revealed on Wednesday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Briefing a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health today, Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo said it wqas uncalled for to pursue the NatPharm deal. “Then you said are you going to be filling your NatPharm pharmacies. We are not even thinking of NatPharm Pharmacies. We will be very silly to be even thinking of that. “We…

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Parliament Rejects NatPharm Retail Pharmacies Bid

LEGISLATORS say they are against the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm)’s idea of setting up retail pharmacies at a time when hospitals and clinics in the country do not have medicines. By Kudakwashe Pembere During a tour of  NatPharm by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health,  Committee chair Dr Ruth Labode said the establishment of NatPharm’s retail pharmacies was deceitful of the Ministry of Health and Childcare and the company to come up with this idea when public health institutions’ pharmacies do not have some of the medications. “I think on…

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NatPharm Retail Pharmacies On Cards

ZIMBABWE’S state run medical supplies distributor National Pharmaceuticals (NatPharm) will soon open retail pharmacies nationwide starting in Harare to counter the extortionate three tier pricing of medicines, a Cabinet official said on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere The broadening of the company’s portfolio into retailing is expected to benefit  Zimbabweans currently bearing the brunt of forking out the elusive US$. This move will see NatPharm as a player in the cut-throat market thereby increasing competition. Addressing journalists after touring NatPharm, Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said this move will…

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