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    MCAZ raids, closes pharmacies in Chiredzi



    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI – Medicine Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) closed down Angels Pharmacy in Checheche and raided another pharmacy in Chiredzi on allegations of selling unregistered drugs as well as operating without a pharmacist thereby putting the lives of patients at risk.
    MCAZ and officers from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) pounced on the pharmacies after a tip off from the public.
    Sly Ngoni Mutyavaviri an Inspector from MCAZ confirmed the raid and closure of Angels Pharmacy in Checheche. He, however refused to clarify more details regarding the raid referring further questions to MCAZ public relations department saying he was not allowed to talk to the media.
    “There was a raid but I am not allowed to talk to the media, you can contact our public relations department for an official comment if you want to know more about what happened” said Mutyavaviri.
    The owner of the pharmacies Angeline Mahwire refused to respond to questions. She however, instructed Webster Khumbula to visit The Mirror office to respond to the questions.
    Mahwire who is a pharmacist by profession owns four pharmacies that are Tshovani Pharmacy in Chiredzi, Angels at Checheche and Chipinge business centres as well as Nkayi
    Khumbula confirmed the raids and said one of the pharmacies at Checheche was closed. He denied that unregistered medicines were recovered but said the issue was that it was manned by Aaron Mlambo a Primary Care Nurse who is not a qualified pharmacist and the company had since employed one. He also confirmed that MCAZ is intending to bring Mahwire before a  disciplinary.
    The Mirror is reliably informed that some of the unregistered drugs which were recovered by MCAZ included neodexone eye drop, atenol an anti-hypertensive drug as well as anti-rabies vaccines. Most of the invoices and receipts recovered by MCAZ are from suppliers not registered with the regulating authority. According to the receipts the suppliers supplied chlorpromazine injection popularly known as CPZ which is used to treat psychotic disorders, FluphenazineDecanoate (FD) injection which is used to treat certain mental or mood problems.

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