PHILOSOPHY OF THE PHARMACY PROGRAMME
Pharmacy may be defined as that
profession concerned with the art and science of preparing from natural
(plants, animals, minerals, microorganisms, etc.) and synthetic sources,
suitable materials and medicaments for use in the treatment and prevention of
diseases. A thorough knowledge of the formulation procedures, storage, distribution
and safe use of these medicinal preparations is subsumed in the above
definition. Pharmacy is therefore a
science based profession which is strongly predicated on studies in the areas
of the pure and applied physical, chemical and biological and technological
The general philosophy of Pharmacy
richly endowed education is to produce and develop well educated persons –
(i.e. persons developed in knowledge, mind and character). The ultimate
objective of any professional education is to produce practitioners with
adequate knowledge and skills who will provide professional and useful service
to the fatherland and mankind. The undergraduate education in pharmacy is
designed and intended to prepare students for the profession of pharmacy. The philosophy of pharmacy education borders
on the establishment of standards to ensure quality pharmacy education.
THE THRUST OF THE FACULTY
The following have been considered as appropriate
competencies which, when acquired by the student will give adequate
professional recognition for the various services. Consequently, the Faculty is structured to
deliver the following areas of trainings.
- Pharmacists are trained and educated for a wide range
of scientific, professional and managerial functions, which best serve,
the needs of the community; and possess sufficient adaptability to meet
the demands and challenges of a changing health care delivery system.
Summarily put, pharmacy education must be directed towards providing
competency for performing all pharmaceutical services and these involve
- The ability to source for drug materials.
- Preparing the drug in the form
suitable for administration.
- Ensuring total quality
assurance for the final product, and raw materials.
- Drug distribution to accredited
and qualified customers.
- Surveillance procedures aimed
at minimizing misuse and abuse.
- Providing professional
information on drugs at various levels of health care delivery.
- Organizing educational
activities through seminars, workshops aimed at enhancing pharmaceutical
storage and dispensing of drugs.
compounding, packaging, and quality controls of drugs and medicaments.
drug utilization by patients.
patients concerning appropriate use of their prescription and non-prescription
drug information to other health professionals e.g. veterinarians and
(vi) Collecting and
evaluating data from the patient, other health care professionals, the
literature and past experience as an aid to drug therapy judgment.
scientific publications in order to maintain and add to acquired professional
Since none of the departments in the Faculty of Pharmacy
gives separate degrees, a single structuring for all departments should be the
goal so as to fully integrate all materials. The strict avoidance of inadequate
preparation for all courses and elimination of duplication or overlaps from
course to course would save much study time.
DEANSHIP OF THE FACULTY
The Faculty has been administered by
eminent Pharmacists, with the current Dean as Professor Udoma E. Mendie, a
Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical Microbiologist.Other previous Deans include:
E. E. Essien – College Dean, (1983-1989); Prof. Fola Tayo – College Dean,
(1989-1995); Prof. N. D. Ifudu – College Dean, (1995-1998); Faculty Dean,
(2007-2009); Prof. (Mrs.) C. I. Igwilo – Faculty Dean, (2001-2003); Prof. H. A.
B. Coker – College Dean, (1998-2001); Faculty Dean, (2003-2007; 2009-2011).
FACULTY VISION STATEMENT
To be a world class Pharmacy
Educational establishment for the Training of Top Class Pharmacists and
Pharmaceutical Scientists at undergraduate and postgraduate levels through
learning and research as well as in character and service to humanity.
FACULTY MISSION STATEMENT
To serve as source of manpower
development for Nigeria’s Healthcare Needs and Delivery System, the
Pharmaceutical Industries, and mankind in general.
DEPARTMENTAL STRUCTURE IN PHARMACY
Any professional curriculum must be
based upon a firm foundation of basic courses.
In Pharmacy, these are courses in the physical and biological sciences.
The understanding of the biological action of drugs requires knowledge of the
fundamental principles of human anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. A good
appreciation of mathematics as applied to biological and physiochemical systems
An important phenomenon in pharmacy
is that the degree course is an integrated study of the pharmaceutical
sciences. Traditionally, at least four core subjects have been studied, but the
boundaries between them are not distinct as emphasis is placed on their
interrelationships. Basic to all pharmacy professional curricula are offerings
The study of the structure and
properties of Chemical substances of natural and synthetic origin which are
used in medicine, and the relationship of these structures to biological
activity. This study includes physical,
inorganic, organic, analytical, synthetic, medicinal chemistry, and physical
The study of the biology,
biochemistry, purification, analysis, and commerce of natural (plant and
Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Technology
The study and application of
physical and physicochemical properties of substances used in medicine to the
formulation and production of medicinal products. It includes the study of pharmaceutical
formulations and dispensing, technology; quality assurance and controls.
In this area of Pharmacy, the
interactions between microorganisms and drug products are elaborately
investigated. It covers drug productions
and quality controls in sterile and non-sterile products; and biotechnological
techniques as applied in production of modern drugs.
The study of the biological action
and use of drugs. It includes the study of human diseases and their chemotherapy,
the uses, side effects of drugs and what the body does to the drugs.
Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy
This is the area of pharmacy
training with emphasis on drug administration, drug performance and
interactions, and drug supplies to the users.
In practice, it is patient-oriented and includes not only the dispensing
of required medication, but also advising the patient on the proper use of all
medications. It also prepares the future
pharmacist to play the proper role as an information source and adviser to the
other health professionals on all matters related to drugs and their dosage
forms and toxicity. Biopharmacy is the
aspect which deals with the properties of the drug dosage forms in the body as
they affect the bioavailability and hence therapeutic effectiveness.
Pharmacy Practice and Management
Instructions in general
administration and management principles, pharmacy business administrations and
the principles and practices of business and law, as they apply to pharmacy
Finally all pharmacy students
receive instructions on the national existing laws affecting the practice of
pharmacy (forensic pharmacy), and on the Ethics of Pharmacy Profession. The
pharmacists trained by this programme will be able to apply proficiently the theoretical
and practical knowledge of the sciences listed above, and will be competent to
work in the Pharmaceutical industry, hospital and primary health care,
teaching, research, and community pharmacy services.