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Medicines And Pharmacy Control In Somaliland
Since central government anarchy, there are no qualified pharmacist, assistant pharmacy technician and other technicians in the health sector in our country.
Hence i drafted some rules and regulations on how to control medicines, pharmacy, drug stores, licensing requirements and procedures of pharmacy and pharmacy – professionals.
Hope you would study and take appropriate measures to implement in our country for better services to our fellow men. The executive medicines and pharmacy control safeguarding public health by ensuring that all medicines on the Somaliland market meet appropriate standards of safety, quality and efficacy.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The mission of medicines and pharmacy control is to protect and promote high standards of public health through the regulation of the quality, efficacy and safety of medicinal products used for human and animals, the pharmacy profession and the pharmaceutical industry.
Additionally, the medicines and pharmacy control department is require to advice his Excellency the minister on the pricing of pharmaceutical products and to advice on policy relating to pharmaceutical and regulating systems and assist his Excellency in achieving the strategic aims of the Somaliland ministry of health. the medicines and pharmacy control department primary objective is to safeguard public health by ensuring that all medicines on the Somaliland market meet appropriate standards of safety, quality, and efficacy safety aspects cover potential or actual harmful effects; quality relates to development and manufacture and efficacy is to a measure of the beneficial effect of the medicine on patients. The department is also responsible for the licensing of pharmaceutical establishments (pharmacies, distribution stores, and factories- if existing), and pharmacists and pharmacy assistants technicians this is to ensure that establishments comply with ministry an professional requirements. Licenses to practice as pharmacist or pharmacy assistants are only given to people who satisfy
The requirements described in the pharmacy law and these must be renewed every year .the department achieves it’s objectives through:-
Pharmaceutical professions are –preparations, composition, separation, manufacturing, bottling or packing, selling, or distribution any medicines for protection or treatment of human beings or animals.
The licensed pharmacist should not give any medicine or medicinal preparation without a medical prescription in a clear hand-writing carrying the name of the licensed doctor who issued it, its stamp and date issue. if the drug prescription included one of the drugs stated in one of the tables appended to this law, the licensed pharmacist should make sure of the following before giving the drug:-
1-that the medical prescription is numbered and stamped by ministry of health Somaliland stamp and issued in the form prepared for this purpose.
2-written in an ineffaceable material.
3-the prescription should include the amount of medicine in letters and figures, directions and name and address the patient.
4- Should not be issued for a period exceeding two days.
5- The prescribed dose should not be more than what has been stated in the pharmacopoeia and the period of usage not to exceed three days.
In-sha-allah also i will draft good pharmacy practice
ABDIRIZAK MOHDI ESSA
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES