The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe has ordered pharmaceuticals maker Caps Private Ltd. to withdraw all its drugs from the following disclosures that it was producing drugs in a new and uninspected Harare plant.
Industry sources said most drugs manufactured by Caps have been withdrawn from pharmacies and quarantined in holding centers. This has resulted in shortages of prescription drugs such as antibiotics as well as non-prescription remedies.
VOA could not reach a spokesperson for Caps or the state control authority. But pharmacists said Caps has acknowledged making drugs at the new factory without official permission.
Pharmacist Sikhumbuzo Mpofu of Bulawayo told VOA Studio 7 reporter Gibbs Dube that if Caps neglected to follow proper procedures it could take some time to open the new factory which would extend the current drug shortages.