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PHARMACY

The Pharmacy Department in FMC, Asaba is at the fore front of providing quality Pharmaceutical Care (PC) services to patients to compliment the cutting edge clinical care provided in the center. The department has well equipped units suited to provide the following services:

  • Specialized patient medication use counselling and follow-up
  • Drug Therapy Problems identification and resolution
  • Pharmacovigilance services
  • Drug information services to patients, healthcare practitioners and general public.
  • Quality control services and research laboratories.
  • Extemporaneous preparations
  • Intensive internship training and mentorship program

STRUCTURE OF THE PHARMACY DEPARTMENT

  • Headed by a Director of Pharmaceutical Services (DPS).
  • Assisted by Deputy Director of Pharmaceutical Services (DDPS) who supervises clusters of units
  • Heads of Units [Assistant Director of Pharmaceutical services (ADP’s) & Chief Pharmacists (CP’s)] as administrative heads.
  • Head of Operation oversees the day to day operation of the units
  • Registered Pharmacists, Corps Pharmacists and Intern Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians, IT students, Data Clerks, assistants, Store officers, cleaners etc.

PHARMACY UNITS

  • OUT PATIENT PHARMACY
  • NHIS PHARMACY
  • ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY PHARMACY
  • INPATIENT PHARMACY
  • OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY (O&G) PHARMACY
  • PUBLIC HEALTH PHARMACY
  • OPHTHALMIC PHARMACY
  • MEDICINE INFORMATION /PHARMACOVIGILANCE
  • QUALITY CONTROL
  • DRUG REVOVLING FUND (DRF)- PROCUREMENT AND STORES
  • PACK UNIT

OUT PATIENT PHARMACY

We are responsible for all prescriptions from all the out-patients clinic. The Out-patient Pharmacy offers the following specialized services

  1. Consultants’ Out-patient Services (Internal Medicine, Surgical, Mental Health services etc.)
  2. General Out-patient services (GOPD).

Our Pharmacists ensure the highest level of compassionate patient-care and we help the patients stay compliant and attain their health goals through:

  1. In-depth and individualized medication counselling and follow-up.
  2. Extemporaneous compounding of medications especially for Paediatrics.
  3. Collaboration with other healthcare members and keeping open lines of communication between patients and their Physicians.
  4. Interfacing with Physicians in cases of medication error review.

NHIS PHARMACY

This unit is responsible for provision of pharmaceutical care services to patients enrolled under the National Health Insurance Scheme and the Delta State Contributory Health Scheme (DSCHS).

The Pharmacists dispense drugs to the above category of patients, and do that using the intranet service.

Counseling of patients on the Rational Use of Drugs is the Norm.

ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY PHARMACY

It is located at the Accident and Emergency building complex. At A&E Pharmacy, we stock drugs and consumables to meet the needs of various categories of patients that are treated at A&E which includes accident cases and various medical emergency cases like Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs), domestic accidents, victims of various forms of attacks/assault, hypertensive emergencies, acute asthmatic attack and other medical cases for both adults and children.
A&E Pharmacy is made up of a sub store and dispensary area. The sub store gets its supplies direct from DRF store and feeds the dispensary.

SERVICES

  • Prompt supply of drugs/consumables for emergency cases.
  • Supply of drugs for use in intensive care unit for patients that need critical care.
  • Assessment of prescriptions for appropriateness.
  • Identifying and resolving drug therapy problems together with the prescribers.
  • Patient counselling on health conditions and use of medications.
  • Drug information to patients and other health professionals.
  • Medication refills.

INPATIENT PHARMACY

The Inpatient Pharmacy is suitably positioned to care for the patients receiving care within our wards on a 24-hour basis. We stock arrays of medicines and medical consumables to ensure the highest quality of care possible.

Major activities of this unit include:

  1. Rendering Pharmaceutical Services to patients admitted into the wards

  • assessment and evaluation of prescriptions

  • Dispensing of medications

  • patient counselling

  • health education

  • Post admission support and follow up

  1. Reporting adverse drug reactions

  2. Monitoring adverse drug reaction

  3. Pediatric formulations

  • Compounding of Pediatric formulations

  1. Retainership services to staff of co-operate organizations. E.g. Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), First Bank of Nigeria etc.

  2. Provides services to Private Insurance Companies (HMOs). E.g. AVON Healthcare etc.

OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY PHARMACY

We are located within the Maternity complex. Total quality pharmaceutical care is available for Obstetrics and Gynaecology patients. Below are some of the arrays of services we render:

  • Antenatal Care: quality antenatal Pharmaceutical care exist for all clients registered with the hospital. The dedicated and highly motivated staff in this unit provides adequate care through all stages of pregnancy. Well experienced Pharmacists and other support staff are there to give pharmaceutical care to meet the needs of our patients.
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology inpatient services: this unit also cater for the medication needs of patients admitted into the wards. We also ensure that medicines and consumables are accessible at all times.
  • Neonatal Pharmaceutical Care Services: the unit also provides medication to neonates admitted in the Neonatal unit. Compounding and dose individualization to meet the needs of these special ones is top on our priority list.
  • Pharmacovigilance: we also carry out identification and reporting of Adverse Drug event and take appropriate measures to guarantee the safety of our patients and the entire populace.

PUBLIC HEALTH PHARMACY

Public health pharmacy carries out both clinical roles and also serve as logistics hub for public health commodities across the South-South region and parts of South-East.

Clinical roles

Clinical roles carried out by the public health pharmacy unit include:

  • To provide medication needs of patients with diseases of public health importance.
  • Counselling patients on rational medication use.
  • Drug information to patients and other healthcare practitioners
  • Identify and resolve drug therapy problems

Logistic Roles

  • Sourcing: medical commodities are sourced from relevant government and NGOs to meet the need of the patients and other satellite institutions within the region. These commodities include Supportive Nutrition and medications from donor agencies.
  • Distribution: of sourced commodities to smaller facilities thereby enhancing the effectiveness of the logistic chain management system.
  • Documentation/reporting: Effective documentation and reporting of all commodities and their utilization data by means of the Combined Report, Requisition, issues and Receipt Form (CRRIRF). Hard and soft copies of this document are sent to the Central Medical Stores in Lagos.
  • Research Activities: to evaluate response to therapy.

OPHTHALMIC PHARMACY

  • The unit attends to out-patients and in-patients with ophthalmic needs.
  • Ensures availability of ophthalmic preparation.
  • Supply medicines to the clinic and ward.
  • Counsels patients on proper use of their drugs.
  • Regular health education on medication use.

MEDICINE INFORMATION /PHARMACOVIGILANCE

  • Provide up to date information on medications.
  • Regular production of the department drug bulletin.
  • Coordinating Adverse Drug Event Reporting and analysis programs.
  • Provide Poison Information.
  • Publish or edit information on appropriate medication use through Newsletters and social media.
  • Collate, generate and disseminate drug alerts.
  • Coordinate Pharmacy and clinical meetings.

QUALITY CONTROL

The quality control unit of the Pharmacy is equipped with the highest standard of modern equipment for quality assurance and assessment of all medicines and consumables, ensuring conformity to standard specifications.

Our objective includes verifying composition, safety, efficacy and quality of all medicines and consumables.

The unit comprises of three (3) subunits which perform the following pharmaceutical tests:

  • Pharmaceutical: Disintegration, Dissolution, Hardness, Uniformity of weight.
  • Microbiology: Sterility testing, Microbial analysis.
  • Chemistry: Content analysis.

We ascertain Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Label claims using modern chemical assay methods.

We ensure that all products obtained in the hospital are of the utmost standard.

DRUG REVOLVING FUND/STORE

The unit is involved in all the activities of Logistic Stock Management which include:

  • Forecasting of pharmaceuticals to meet patient needs.
  • Selection based on quality, consumption patterns and prevailing ailments.
  • Procurement/strategic sourcing of pharmaceuticals from reputable companies.
  • Effective inventory control using an intranet (Software system).
  • Prompt distribution of Pharmaceuticals to all units in the hospital.
  • Monitoring of expiring/near dated products.

PACK UNIT

This unit is responsible for the preparation of packs required for certain procedures like:

  • Delivery packs
  • Dialysis packs
  • Adult and Children starter packs
  • Neonatal packs

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