MCAZ Warns Against Use Of Glutathione & Injectable Vitamins 

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Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe  has warned against the use of glutathione and injectable vitamins as they contain toxic elements that affect the liver and kidneys
In a statement released to the media Acting Director General of MCAZ  Mr Richard Rukwata said

“The MCAZ warns the public on the dangers associated with the use of skin-lightening products such as oral /injectable Glutathione and injectable Vitamins. To date there are no published clinical trials that have evaluated the use of oral/injectable Glutathione and injectable Vitamins for skin lightening,” added Mr Rukwata.
There are also no published guidelines for appropriate dosing regimens and duration of treatment. Glutathione and Vitamins are registrable products. The MCAZ has not approved/registered any injectable products or such products for skin lightening.

Side effects of the use of injectable glutathione for skin lightening include toxic effects on the liver, kidneys, and nervous system. Furthermore, the side effects may include severe skin reactions such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, hives or allergic reactions, weight gain, losing pigmentation of hair, eye infections and disorders.
Glutathione also affects the production of melanin, the pigment that gives the human skin, hair and eyes their colour. Injectable Glutathione is sometimes paired with intravenous Vitamin C, and Vitamin C injection may form kidney stones if the urine is acidic. Large doses of Vitamin C have resulted in hemodialysis in patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.
Other potential risks include transmission of infectious agents, such as HIV, hepatitis C and B. This is of particular concern when non-medical practitioners administer these treatments.
The Authority has noted with concern that several beauty salons, wellness and beauty shops are offering all kinds of beauty enhancements, services, and skin treatments. It is alarming that thskin-lighteningservices such as intravenous drips or infusions using skin-lightening agents including Glutathione tablets or injectables combined with injectable vitamins.
It is an offence to sell unregistered medicines without authorisation. As the Authority responsible for protecting public and animal health, MCAZ enforces adherence to the use of registered medicines and will exercise its statutory mandate against perpetrators of these criminal acts.

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