Unlicensed Drug Importers Selling Antiretrovirals in Zimbabwe, Medicines Control Authority Says
July 27, 2007
Unlicensed drug importers illegally are selling antiretroviral drugs in Zimbabwe at unregulated locations like flea markets and hair salons, the country's Medicines Control Authority said recently, Zimbabwe's Financial Gazette reports.
Selling antiretrovirals on the black market is a "dangerous practice because the medicines may have been subjected to inappropriate and hazardous storage conditions," Parirenyatwa said, adding, "Such medicines may be counterfeited, adulterated and contaminated, thus rendering them ineffective and sometimes dangerous." The health ministry is attempting to curb the illegal sale of antiretrovirals, and the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service has been asked to evaluate the situation, Parirenyatwa said (Financial Gazette, 7/26).
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