The Management of Pharmaceutical Supply
CPA’s course “The Management of Pharmaceutical Supply” is a distance learning program for all pharmacist and non-pharmacist managers involved with drug supply procurement and management, especially at the regional level. A revision of the course was undertaken by the Pharmacy Training and Development Project, Department of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (previously known as the University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus) in 2005 in an effort to introduce basic therapeutics and information on medicines used to treat HIV/AIDS and malaria. The course does not require the student to take leave from his / her employment.
Pharmaceutical Supply Management is an increasingly important aspect of health care, as we battle to contain and to reduce the huge burden of disease due to, among other causes, the scourges of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. Without medicines, positive medicine outcomes are not possible. With relevant and effective medicines, provided where and when they are needed and administered in appropriate doses, we can offer good health and hope to patients.
This course is all about how we can achieve the objective of efficient and effective supply of medicines. Unlike many other courses, it is offered in distance learning format, so that learners can study in their own time, where they choose and not have to travel, or be away from their important work, to do so.
Pharmacists, doctors, nurses, technicians, store clerks, clinic staff and health administrators from more than 30 countries successfully completed the previous course, which has now been updated and revised to accommodate current needs and recent developments.
Background to Effective Pharmaceuticals Supply Management
Basic Management Principles
Selection and Quantification
Procurement and Quality Testing of Medicines
Appendix: Clinical reference on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
The self-learning package consists of a CD and manual, including activities/assessment. How long you take to study each module will depend on factors such as your background training, experience, how quickly you read, your study situation, etc. The length of time you take should be the time that you need to study effectively.
The Pharmacy Training and Development Project, Department of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa, administers the course on behalf of the CPA.
Contact the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association for further details and enrolment particulars. The course fee is £130.