Pharmacists raise the alarm

Many pharmacies are now owned by prominent businesspeople instead of trained pharmacists due to the fact that they cannot afford monthly rentals, insiders have revealed.

In interviews in Harare, several pharmacists said they were worried about the trend.

There are now more than 100 pharmacies in Zimbabwe,” said a pharmacist, who cannot be identified due to their professional status. “Most pharmacies are in town where the business is and the rentals in the city centres are very high – beyond the reach of young and upcoming pharmacists who are graduating every year from the University of Zimbabwe.”

Some fear this could result in fake medicines being sold because the businessmen simply wanted cash from leasing the premises out to trained pharmacists.

“The drugs situation in Zimbabwe has improved greatly with most drugs coming in from India, and some from Iran,” another pharmacist said.

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