The practice of dispensing remains central to the professional role of the pharmacist, even in the era of pharmaceutical care where the pharmacy profession has shifted from product to patient –oriented practice. Dispensing is defined as the preparation, packaging, labeling, and recording, keeping, and transferring a prescription into medication to a patient or an intermediary, who is responsible for administration of the medicine.
Dispensing requires that the pharmacist prepares and produces labels before taking medications from the shelf. The pharmacist should refer to the original prescription when selecting medication items and not the labels.
With regard to good dispensing practice, the organization of pharmacy practice goes through four major roles. It stats that pharmacists must prepare, obtain, store, secure, distribute, administer, dispense and dispose medical products. The other roles are; to provide effective medication therapy management, to maintain and improve professional performance and to contribute to improve effectiveness of the health-care system and public health.
Dispensing must be regulated always to minimize any potential for medication errors to occur. Medication errors may take place at any level of medication handling; Pharmaceutical manufacturing, Medicines prescribing, dispensing or administration. Dispensing has been reported to account for 21% of all medication errors.
Studies in the Sudanese setting revealed irrational dispensing practices and therefore clear standard guidelines are required to be in place to guide the dispensing practice.
The DGoP is now looking for energetic, creative, highly skilled pharmacists to take the responsibility of National Consultant.
The National consultant works under the supervision of the Director General – DGoP and in close collaboration with the National Medicines Information Centre and Reference Library– DGoP.
The main responsibility of the National Consultant is to supervise, lead and facilitate the process of Dispensing Guidelines development including literature review, stakeholders’ identifications, situation analysis,guidelines draft development, and consensus building.
Duties and responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Director General – DGoP and in close collaboration with the National Medicines Information Centre and Reference Library– DGoP, the national consultant will have the following responsibilities:
1. The Consultant should advise DGoP to formulate an advisory taskforce drawing its member from a range of concerned specialists.
2. The Consultant should organize frequent meetings for the advisory taskforce set the methodology, needs, timelines, and budget.
3. The Consultant should prepare activity schedule.
4. The Consultant should prepare all document related to the work.
5. The Consultant should facilitate the work of the advisory committee in collecting background information.
6. The Consultant should work with the taskforce to prepare situation analysis methodology.
7. The consultant with the taskforce should carry situation analysis and identify gaps.
8. The consultant with the taskforce should prepare the first draft of the guidelines.
9. The consultant should develop costed implementation plan for the developed guidelines.
10. The consultant should consult all stakeholders (through brain storming meeting or through emails) who should be affected by the result of the activity and those who should be responsible for the implementation.
11. The consultant should re-draft the document depending on the result of the consultation.
12. The Consultant should write the final report, submit it to the DGoP along with documentation of the entire process and disseminate the findings.
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:
1. Managerial skills.
2. Excellent analytical and writing skills.
3. Excellent teamwork and management skills.
4. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
1. Basic Degree in pharmacy.
2. At least Master degree in any pharmacy discipline or public health.
1. Minimum 15 years’ experience in the field of dispensing of medicines.
2. Previous experience in setting and implementing country level guidelines.
3. Knowledge of national rules and regulations in dispensing medicines (OTC, POM,…… etc).
4. Familiarity with Government of Sudan and International donors program execution modalities, rules and regulations is a distinct asset.
5. Working knowledge of PCs as well as excellent knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office applications.
1. Fluency in both written and spoken English and Arabic
Please email your C.V., application letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com