Bogus pharmacist in court, fined
A Chikonohono woman, who masqueraded as a pharmacist and operated an illegal pharmacy, has appeared in court.
Prisca Misonzi, 44, appeared before Chinhoyi provincial magistrate Melody Rwizi charged with two counts of contravening Medicines Allied Substance Control Act Chapter 15:03.
The complainant is the state, represented by Emmanuel Makotore, an Inspector with the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ).
Makotore was in the company of police detectives checking on compliance to pharmaceutical minimum requirements.
She pleaded guilty to the charge and was lucky to escape imprisonment when she was fined $20 000, failure of which she would spend 120 days in jail.
Prosecuting, Odrah Chitoro told the court that on July 26, Misonzi offered for sell specified medicines which are not registered in contravention of the act.
The medicines do not fall under MCAZ’s category of Medicines, namely Prescription Preparation (PP) and Prescription Preparation Tenth Schedule (PP10) Medicines in contravention of the Act.
The medicines include banned pharmaceutical products, such as sex enhancing pills, skin lightening creams and family planning.
Makotore and his team also established that Misonzi was an unlicensed personnel practicing or carrying out the business of a pharmacist in unlicensed premises in contravention of the Act.
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