The School provides services in drug quality control, clinical and community pharmacy and advice on drug manufacture in industries. Members of staff in the School have been assisting the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as well as its various Agencies in various areas of pharmaceutical service policy formulation and implementation. Some members sit in various government bodies as consultants, e.g., the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Pharmacy Council and Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA).
With the growing number of manufacturers and importers of pharmaceuticals, the quality of medicines supplied to the patient can no longer be taken for granted. The School, therefore, has an important role in assuring drug quality, a service it has been offering since 1984. This role has been strengthened with the recent acquisition of key analytical instruments including High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Densitomer, Ultraviolet Spectrophotometers, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer and Near Infrared Spectrophotometer. The School has been able to attract consultancies in quality assurance from USAID and Management Sciences for Health.
In order to cater for the needs of the pharmaceutical industry, the School is obliged to have a functional drug-manufacturing unit in order to train industrial pharmacists to assist local industries in improving the quality of pharmaceutical products. Commensurate with this objective, the School has managed to acquire a modern Research and Development Unit for solid dosage forms. This unit is not only used for training undergraduate and postgraduate students but has attracted consultancies in new antiretroviral drug combination formulation. Likewise the students seeking to acquire these new skills come from as far as Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria and DRC Congo.
In the hospital set-up, the pharmacist is an important team member and is expected not only to provide pharmaceuticals, but also to give advice on their use. This latter aspect is not well developed in this country, despite the obvious need. Such services as adverse drug reactions, monitoring and therapeutic drug monitoring are, to a large extent, lacking. The School, therefore, plans to establish a custom-built hospital pharmacy outlet and a therapeutic drug-monitoring unit. The growing number of Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy graduates (3 so far and very soon 5) the School produces will act as ambassadors in advocating the need for these services.
Technological advancement in the field of pharmacy is so rapid that there is a constant need to bring practicing pharmacists up to date. The School, therefore, plans to continue offering continuing education programs for pharmacists in the field, to keep them abreast with recent developments in pharmaceutical services and new products for management of diseases such HIV and AIDS, Malaria and TB. Continuing education will also update trainees on product innovation and enable them to render appropriate services to the public.
Areas in which the School has offered consultancy services include: Part-time teaching to other universities, short-listing of candidates for recruitment of human resources in medicine quality assurance, Rational Use of Medicines, Medicines pricing, New Medicinal Product Development, and Medicine Quality Assurance
SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
P.O. Box 65013
Dar es Salaam
Tel: Direct: +255-22-2151680, Tel: +255 22 2150302-6 (Ext. 1008 Dean, 1276 OMS)