pharmacy.jpgThe Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe has called upon the public to stop pushing pharmacists to dispense anti-biotics and other medicinal drugs that require a doctor’s prescription as there are dangers associated with such actions.


The Authority has raised concern at the increase in the number of people who are approaching pharmacists so that they can be prescribed and be given some medicine for an ailment that requires a doctor’s prescription.

Speaking at a press briefing in Harare to declare illegal the practice by pharmacists ,MCAZ Chief Executive, Mr Mafios Dauramanzi said though it appears cheap to by- pass the doctor and just get medicinal drugs from the pharmacist, it has proved to be dangerous with some people having reacted to such drugs.

He said such a move is dangerous and can prove to be fatal considering that pharmacists are not trained to treat people and in some instances they do not take time to take down notes on the patient’s disease and health history.


Mr Dauramanzi also said he has noted with concern that most people with chronic illnesses like high blood pressure (BP) and diabetes among others are not going for frequent doctor’s check- ups  resulting in them using one prescription repeatedly for over 6 months or more which is fatal to the patients who might need the doctor to adjust the doses.

The (MCAZ) is a statutory body put in place by the government to take charge of the manufacturing, importation, inspecting and laboratory testing of all medicinal drugs to ascertain that they are of good quality and that they meet International standards.