Massive drug shortage hits Zimbabwe
www.thestandard.co.zw September 02, 2018
ZIMBABWE’S pharmaceutical sector, which relies largely on imports to meet local demand for medicine, has resorted to drug rationing as stocks have fallen to unsustainable levels due to protracted delays in obtaining foreign currency from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to pay foreign suppliers.
PMAZ chairperson Emmanuel Mujuru said the local drug manufacturing industry had been receiving just about 10-20% of their monthly foreign currency requirements of about $2 million. Approximately $45 million will be needed to increase capacity utilisation from current levels of below 50%.