As part of strategic plan deliverables, one of PSGH leadership’s visions was 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 utilize pedagogy, mentorship, and an apprenticeship approach to impart knowledge and skills to participants.
The first cohort has successfully completed their all-round training and are set to sign off with a short ceremony scheduled for Thursday 27th July 2023 at the PSGH secretariat.
The ceremony will see participants share highlights of their experiences and how they intend to utilize the acquired skills. Additionally, trainees and preceptors will receive certificates for their roles in the project.
The event will also be used to formally launch the call for second cohort of the programme.
The first cohorts received their pedagogical training via a combined virtual and in-person delivery, 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.
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.