MEDICINES and medical devices regulator, the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) says Superlife Total Care (STC30), a trending herbal medicine on social media, is illegal for it has not been registered with the Authority. On social media, STC30 is touted to cure almost every other disease and condition, something which is spurious and suspicious.
In a statement, MCAZ Acting Director General Mr Richard Rukwata said as a Regulator mandated to safeguard the safety of public and animal health, STC 30 does not have regulatory approval to be on sale in Zimbabwe.
He said STC30 and other herbal products claiming to be registered with the Authority are not found on their register. Superlife Total Care (STC30) and many similar products with their numerous medicinal and health claims makes them registrable products.
However. STC30 is currently not registered and not approved for sale in Zimbabwe. As the Authority we have noted the continued advertising and marketing of STC30 products especially on social media,” he said. He urged the public to desist from buying the product.“
“We urge members of the public to desist from buying such products which have not gone through any clinical trials and therefore their safety and efficacy has not been proven. Members of the public are encouraged to buy medicines from registered premises and persons. These lists can be found on the online register [https://onlineservices.mcaz.co.zw/onlineregisterformPersonsRegister.aspx]. Mr Rukwata said that these distributors will be arrested.
The continued marketing and advertising of such unregistered “medicinal” products is not only an act of criminality but also puts the lives of the citizens at risk. As the Authority responsible for protecting public and animal health, MCAZ enforces adherence to standards by manufacturers and distributors and will exercise its statutory mandate against these perpetrators of these criminal acts,” he said