E-DRUG: [e-drug] Two drug systems in the U.S. (2)
I find Sarah's comments really Interesting.
Compromising standards in any setting is reprehensible
and it probably suggest a failure of process of
quality assurance. But are these suppliers of
compounded medication pharmacists? Because if they
are, then their activities is a serious breach of
professional ethics and the professional regulatory
body for US pharmacists ought to be concerned. But I
doubt very much if these suppliers involved are indeed
Be that as it may, extemporaneous compounding of
various dosage forms is an important responsibility
and even specialty in Pharmacy practice. And it is one
that demand strict adherence to pharmacoepial
standards. For example, pharmacists in Nigeria are
currently providing paediatric compounding services
for medications that do not have available in Nigeria
paediatric dosage forms. This is especially true for
the Anti-Retrovirals used in management of HIV/AIDS.
Finally, I hope rather than accuse the US governement
of pontificating on adherence with standards in
developing setting while condoning non-adherence in
their backyard, we should sensitise regulatory bodies
in all countries irrespective to be alive to their
responsibilities of ensuring quality assurance.
Dept. of Clinical Pharmacy
Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Ibadan, Nigeria.