Consultant and Teaching Hospital for the Lake and Western zones of the United Republic of Tanzania
::Bugando Medical Centre
Establishment of the department
The department was established in 1971 with the objective of providing patient-focused pharmaceutical care
in order to achieve definite outcomes that improve patients’ quality of life. In order to achieve this,
the department is staffed by registered radio pharmacist, clinical pharmacists(22), senior and principal pharmacists,
pharmaceutical technicians(20), intern pharmacists(14), pharmaceutical attendants(3) and secretary(1).
The Department is responsible for ensuring availability at all times, medicines of acceptable quality, safety,
efficacy and their affordability to the community. Also provides drug information on rational use of Medicines, Adverse
Reactions, Research and Prophylaxis (vaccination information) services.
THE DEPARTMENT IS EXPERT IN THE FOLLOWING SERVICES
Responsible for maintaining supply chain management that includes forecasting, procurement,
storage and distribution of medicines and medical supplies.
Dispensing of medicines to out and in patients.
Counseling patients on proper use of medicines and Health education.
Provision of Medicine information to health care workers, students and the public.
Provision of updates on stock status, arrival of new medicines and change of treatment guidelines,
registration status etc.
Extemporaneous preparation/compounding of external and internal medicines
In house preparation of sterile pharmaceuticals such as I.V fluids, eye drops etc.
Radiolabeling of cold kits for diagnostic and radiotherapy (done in radiopharmacy).
Pharmacovigilance- monitoring, collection and reporting of Adverse Drug Reactions.
Field training of interns and pharmacy students.
Provision of care and Treatment services for people living with HIV AIDS
On job training and teaching in the school of pharmacy (CUHAS).
Liase with internal and external partners for in -kind support of the department and hospital at large.
Quality control of human medicines using GPHF mini lab.
UNITS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT.
Main pharmacy (H4 block)
NHIF and other Insurances pharmacy (J5 block)
Block pharmacies (D6 and D8)
Emergency pharmacy (H2 block)
Sub-store (H4 block)
Compounding CH4 block)
Infusion (H4 block)
Drug information (H4 block)
Nuclear Pharmacy (Radiopharmacy) – J2
Care and Treatment Clinic (CTC building)
Community pharmacy – Main Entry
Pharmacy Sub Store
Insurances Block Pharmacy
Pharmacy Block D6
Pharmacy Block D8
The department has managed to produce in house, IV fluids that are not normally available at MSD,
Such as neonatal fluid, Dextrose 50%, sodium chloride 3% etc
Has operational department information system to track stock.
Is the first pharmacy department in the country to provide radiopharmaceutical services
Department performs quality control of human medicines using GPHF mini lab to fight counterfeit and sub standard drugs.
It is one of the hospital pillars from which its personnel supervise successful
projects such as Hospital workers safety, Hospital quality improvement, infection prevention and control as well as community
pharmacy (new Bugando Pharmacy) which are all coordinated by personnel from Pharmacy department.
Compounding of medicines not readily available to the market in the required Formulation.
A resource centre for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare that acts as a resource for
training and other kind of expertise in Pharmaceuticals.
A zonal drug information Centre.
Unreliable supply of medicines and medical supplies
Inadequate space for patient services and staff offices
Expansion of I.V fluid production
Introduce dermatological and Opthalmological preparation units