Chinhoyi Woman Spared Jail For Operating Illegal Pharmacy



A Chinhoyi woman, who misrepresented as a pharmacist and operated an illegal pharmaceutical business in Chikonohono township, has been fined $20 000.

If she fails to deposit the fine with the Clerk of Court at Chinhoyi, Prisca Misodzi aged 44, will languish in prison for 120 days.

The accused person who resides at 5191 Chikonohono, Chinhoyi on Monday appeared before magistrate, Melody Rwizi, facing two counts of contravening sections the Medicines and Allied Substances Control Act Chapter 15:03.

Misodzi pleaded guilty to both counts. The complainant in the matter was Emmanuel Makotore, an inspector with the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ).

The state case, led by Odrah Chitoro, was that on 29 July 2021, police detectives and Makotore were on duty checking whether pharmacies were complying with MCAZ rules and regulations.

The team approached Misodzi at her workplace situated at Stand Number 42 Chikonohono, Chinhoyi township.

The premises were searched, leading to the discovery of banned pharmaceutical products, including sex enhancing pills, skin lightening creams, family planning tablets, among other banned products.

The compliance team also further established that the accused person was an unlicensed pharmacist, neither was she untrained personnel working under instruction and supervision of a licensed individual. 

She was, infact, practicing as a pharmacist, or dispensing medicines on an unlicenced premises.

The state argued Misodzi acted unlawfully.

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