Zim run­ning short on crit­i­cal drugs

The Mercury - - WORLD - | Xin­hua

HARARE: Zim­babwe’s phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sec­tor says it is strug­gling to im­port crit­i­cal med­i­cal drugs due to the on­go­ing short­age of for­eign cur­rency.

The sec­tor owes for­eign medicine sup­pli­ers $38 mil­lion (R524m) up from $13m in Oc­to­ber last year. For­eign sup­pli­ers were now de­mand­ing cash up­front, forc­ing re­tail phar­ma­cies to also charge for their prod­ucts in US dol­lars.

There are short­ages of painkillers and anti-di­a­betes medicines, and a lim­ited sup­ply for about three weeks to a month of medicines at the sup­pli­ers’ ware­houses.

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