The Zimbabwe Authority Oversight Authority (MCAZ) closed Angel Pharmacy at the Checheche Business Center in Chipinge for selling more than 25 types of drugs that had expired, were not registered or not returned, and operated without pharmacists.
Some unregistered drugs include Pirimon eye drops, paracetamol Fresenius 10mg / ml, which have expired and are not registered; atenonol 100 mg of anti-hypertensive drugs, which are not registered, and vaccines for typhoid fever that are not returned.
According to reports compiled by inspectors from MCAZ; Emmanuel Makotore and reviewed by Sly Mutyavaviri collected by NewsDay; Investigation checks are conducted on October 21, 2018 after leaving a member of the community.
Parts of the report dated 7 November 2018 are read; "On the day of the examination, the inspectors disguised themselves as patients and asked for the drops. Rumbidzayi Chidzimba, who identified herself as & # 39; pharmacist & # 39 ;, gave a quote of US $ 8 for pills.
"The inspectors paid and then Chidzimba asked another clinic assistant to take drugs outside. Another assistant doctor went to a white sedan parked outside the pharmacy and collected the hammer from the vehicle.
"He handed it to Chidzimba who added the details of the inspector to the shipping warehouse. The officer was given a pioneer without a label. At the request for the label, the inspector was told that for such drugs it was the practice of pharmacies not to put labels on.
"At that time, the officers introduced themselves and took drugs from the trunk of the car. The officers then asked to see the pharmacist, who was said to be absent. He doesn't work all day. "
The report went on to list the 16 types of unregistered and expired drugs found in the trunk of the car and confiscated. He went on to say that 85 tablets in an unlabeled pill bag were also found, but this could not be identified.
Further searches from the pharmacy reveal that the cabinets in the pharmacy are not functioning properly, with the thermometer inside showing a temperature reading of 26 degrees Celsius.
Non-trimmed medicines are then quarantined in the place in the closet, even though they are not functioning. Pharmacy staff also cannot make invoices to account for the purchase of medicines.
The pharmacy is immediately ordered to close the confirmation waiting for appropriate supervision, and the supervisor is asked to comment on observations within seven days and provide invoices and names of suppliers of drugs seized.
The supervisor was then instructed to store the medicines in the refrigerator on the inspection day under quarantine until the problem was resolved.
Meanwhile, for several years now, very few essential medicines are available in this country, leading to cheap and unregistered medicines that endanger the lives of people who find their way to pharmacies in immoral ways.
However, pharmacy owner Angeline Mahwire, who is also a professional pharmacist, denied ever selling unregistered drugs when contacted for comment, but later said that the entire incident was exposed by her ex-boyfriend who came out to destroy it.
Mahwire has four pharmacies which include Tshovani Pharmacy at Chiredzi, Angel Pharmacy at Checheche Business Center, Nkayi and Chipinge pharmacies, respectively.
"There is nothing like that. We do not sell drugs not registered with our pharmacy. Brother, I know that my ex-boyfriend is behind everything. I have a relationship with this man, who was also a co-worker for more than seven years, but it ended in a bad way. Now, he is out there to destroy me, "Mahwire said.
MCAZ is a national drug and regulatory authority for health care products in Zimbabwe. It was first established in 1969 as the Drug Control Board. It was the successor to the Zimbabwe Drug Control Board and the Regional Drug Control Laboratory in 1997 through the Parliamentary Act, the Drug and Allied Control Act (Masca) (Chapter 15.03).