NatPharm Supplying Short Shelf Life Medicines To Retail Sector

The Pharmaceutical Society of Zimbabwe (PSZ) said that the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) has recently been supplying medicines with a short shelf life to the retail sector.

A retailer who spoke to the Daily News on condition of anonymity had this to say

Some of the products are expiring in February 2019. At the end of the day, you get a lot of stock that is expired. Zimbabwe has just been reduced to a dumping site by the donor community whose products have a short life.

In an interview with the Daily News, The PSZ president Portia Mwendera said this should not be of concern since most of the said medicines are on high demand and are usually consumed in the short term. She said

NatPharm has a limited portfolio of medicines that they make available to the retail sector. These include diabetic medicines (insulin) and antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. They also have some lines that industry has noted are expiring in the next year; these include GSK products, Zinnat and Augmentics which are expiring in the short term.

This is not much of concern as these medicines are likely to be used in the short term.

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