Zimbabwe’s retail pharmacists have expressed concern over a threat by the health ministry to withdraw the licenses of pharmacists overcharging for medicines and charging in foreign currency. The threat was issued by the government this past week.
Speaking to Health Times, the Retail Pharmacists Association (RPA) said that pharmacies are not overcharging and that most of their medicines are procured abroad using forex.
Said Retail Pharmacists Association secretary Luckmore Bunu:
We are concerned with the Minister’s statements in the media and we are going to pay a courtesy call to the Minister and his Permanent Secretary so that we get clear communication on what he intends to do. We will first as a committee meet up and discuss this before meeting with the minister.
The Retail Pharmacists Association (RPA) position is that retail pharmacies are not overcharging. Most of our medicines are imported and as retailers we are at the last end of the value chain, we inherit prices.