As part of strategic plan deliverables, one of PSGH leadership’s visions is to build the capacity of pharmacists to venture into the business of small-scale manufacturing of herbal and allopathic medicines. The project was scheduled to utilise pedagogy, mentorship, and an apprenticeship approach to impart knowledge and skills to participants. 

The first cohorts have received their pedagogical training via a combined virtual and in-person delivery, awaiting to commence their internship. The training was facilitated by Pharm. Abu Sumaila of the FDA, Pharm. Kwasi Poku Boateng of the USP, Pharm. David Frempong Addo (an entrepreneur and Secretary to SSPMAG), Pharm. Aileen Noamesi (Herbal Production, Ulceplex) and Pharm. Mark Bekoe (Phersons Pharmacy).

The training covered FDA’s regulatory requirements to produce products approved for small-scale production, as well as registration and marketing of such products. Participants were also exposed to basic quality control practices and good manufacturing techniques.

Principles for the small-scale production of oral and non-oral dosage forms, ointments and herbal products, and extemporaneous compounding were also covered. The session was climaxed with discussions on entrepreneurship and the business prospects of small-scale manufacturing.

Participants have been assigned to selected small-scale manufacturing units for them to experience hands-on learning and to draw on the expertise of seasoned pharmacists who have carved an enviable niche for themselves in SSM through mentorship.

The Project is being spearheaded by the Capacity & Mentorship Committee, Industrial Pharmacists Association, Small-Scale Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Ghana (SSPMAG), the Food and Drugs Authority, under the auspices of the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee.