Pharmacies Dare Govt As They Continue Selling Drugs In Forex
Several pharmacies in and around Harare have defied the government over SI 142/19 which outlaws the use of multi-currencies in domestic transactions.
A survey carried out by the Sunday Mail on Wednesday indicated that there are some pharmacies selling prescription drugs in US dollars.
A pharmacist who spoke to the publication argued that they import the drugs using US dollars and thus sold them in foreign currency to enable them to restock.
However, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Agnes Mahomva, dismissed these claims. She asserted that drugs are readily available in abundance at NatPharm. She said:
Drugs are locally available at Nat Pharm and they should be available, and affordable, in local currency in both the public and private pharmacies.
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The Government outlawed the use of multiple currencies and I think it is everyone’s responsibility to abide by these laws.
Some of the drugs being sold in foreign currency include Rocephin and Metronidazole. Those which are being sold in local currencies re pegging their prices at a higher exchange rate than the prevailing interbank rate, at times as high 1:20 according to The Sunday Mail.