Pro­duc­ing in­dus­trial phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal tech­nol­o­gists

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UNIVER­SITI Kuala Lumpur Royal Col­lege of Medicine (UniKL RCMP) con­tin­ues to forge ahead with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Bach­e­lor of Science (Hons) in Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Tech­nol­ogy pro­gramme for the com­ing Septem­ber in­take.

This pro­gramme takes three and a half years to com­plete and is open to can­di­dates with the Higher School or Ma­tric­u­la­tion cer­tifi­cate, and to grad­u­ates from the Diploma in Phar­macy or Diploma in Science pro­grammes who ful­fil the en­try re­quire­ments.

UniKL RCMP’s Fac­ulty of Phar­macy and Health Sci­ences dean Prof Dr Ah­mad Fuad Sham­sud­din stressed that un­like the Bach­e­lor of Phar­macy (Hons) pro­gramme, which pro­duces phar­ma­cists, the new pro­gramme has no clin­i­cal com­po­nent and in­stead em­pha­sises the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal as­pects of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try.

“Malaysia has around 100 com­pa­nies reg­is­tered with the Malaysian Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal In­dus­tries (MOPI) and the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (PhAMA),” said Prof Dr Ah­mad.

“This does not in­clude small and medium en­ter­prises (SMEs) which pro­duce and man­u­fac­ture nu­mer­ous cos­met­ics and health prod­ucts.

“With the in­tro­duc­tion of this pro­gramme, we hope to pro­duce tech­nol­o­gists who will con­trib­ute to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try and this is in line with the coun­try’s as­pi­ra­tion to achieve a de­vel­oped na­tion sta­tus,” he pointed out.

The BSc (Hons) in Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Tech­nol­ogy pro­gramme has been ap­proved by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA) this year and will equip stu­dents with ba­sic knowl­edge in the science dis­ci­pline per­ti­nent for the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try.

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this pro­gramme will open up ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties to grad­u­ates in var­i­ous fields re­lated to the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try, such as drug dis­cov­ery and de­vel­op­ment, stan­dards eval­u­a­tion, drug pro­duc­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ing as well as mar­ket­ing of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts (in­clud­ing herbal prod­ucts), cos­met­ics and health foods.

Grad­u­ates can also pur­sue ca­reers in ar­eas such as qual­ity con­trol of prod­ucts, pre­clin­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, mar­ket­ing and sales ser­vices, in­clud­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment.

Prof Dr Ah­mad also said the unique UniKL de­liv­ery meth­ods in teach­ing in­clude the util­i­sa­tion of teach­ing fac­to­ries, which will ex­pose stu­dents to real in­dus­trial set­tings dur­ing the first year of the pro­gramme.

He said UniKL RCMP is equipped with phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal tech­nol­ogy labs, which pro­vides stu­dents the nec­es­sary ex­po­sure to the lat­est in­stru­ments and ma­chin­ery used in man­u­fac­tur­ing of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal for­mu­la­tions, such as tablets, creams and other com­plex drug dosage forms.

The pro­gramme mo­d­ule was de­vel­oped by UniKL RCMP fac­ulty mem­bers, com­pris­ing lo­cal and for­eign (con­tract) aca­demi­cians and pro­fes­sion­als who have vast ex­pe­ri­ence in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of the new pro­gramme will add an­other health-re­lated pro­gramme to the ones be­ing of­fered by UniKL RCMP, which in­clude the MBBS and BPharm (Hons) de­gree pro­grammes, as well as diploma pro­grammes in Phar­macy, Nurs­ing, Med­i­cal Imag­ing (Ra­di­og­ra­phy) and Phys­io­ther­apy,” he added.

“Stu­dents will need to com­plete an in­dus­trial at­tach­ment with var­i­ous phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and re­lated com­pa­nies in se­mes­ter seven (the fi­nal year) of stud­ies in ad­di­tion to be­ing ex­posed to en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills de­vel­op­ment.”

Among the spe­cialty sub­jects that stu­dents need to en­rol in­clude phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal tech­nol­ogy, phar­ma­col­ogy and tox­i­col­ogy, medic­i­nal chem­istry, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal anal­y­sis, novel drug de­liv­ery sys­tems (such as nan­otech­nol­ogy), bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and phar­ma­coki­net­ics.

Be­sides study­ing man­age­ment in pro­duc­tion and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts, the stu­dents are re­quired to com­plete a re­search project and reg­is­ter for two elec­tive sub­jects.

The elec­tive sub­jects of­fered are phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal mar­ket­ing, com­puter-aided drug de­sign, herbal drug de­vel­op­ment tech­nol­ogy, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal pack­ag­ing and Is­lamic man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tice.

Diploma in Phar­macy and Science grad­u­ates from re­spec­tive univer­si­ties and univer­sity col­leges will have the chance for credit trans­fers and course ex­emp­tions of one se­mes­ter (min­i­mum) if they ful­fil the re­quire­ments stip­u­lated by UniKL RCMP.

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UniKL RCMP’s Fac­ulty of Phar­macy and Health Sci­ences’ new pro­gramme em­pha­sises phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal as­pects of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try.

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