North South University (NSU) has established the much anticipated Model Pharmacy in its premises, which is the first of its kind among both public and private universities in Bangladesh.
Model Pharmacy is a priority initiative of Bangladesh Government and is being implemented by the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA).
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim inaugurated the Model Pharmacy on 4th April, 2018 at the NSU campus.
Major General Mohammed Mostafizul Rahman, Director General, Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) attended the event as Special Guest.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest said, "The present government has taken many initiatives to make the nation a healthy place to live in. This initiative of NSU Model Pharmacy will be a good start to create awareness and ensure rational use of medicine to protect public health of the country from an educational institution”.
He further added that 1500 pharmacy graduates will be given government jobs in phases and announced the up gradation of the number of seats in the pharmaceutical department of North South University from 100 to 200.
Experts said, “NSU Model Pharmacy will be used as the center for learning where pharmacy students will learn the best practice of dispensing medicines with necessary counseling. They will also learn other skills like pharmacy compounding, management, inventory, supply and stocking etc. This Model Pharmacy for education will help pharmacy graduates to be skilled and competent for the job market as well as for rendering better service to the community”.
It is expected that NSU family comprising 25000 students, faculty members and staffs will receive service from this Model Pharmacy. To provide authentic medicines at competitive price, NSU Model Pharmacy will procure medicines directly from leading pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Proper conditions for storage, compounding and dispensing will be maintained and there will be no risk of expired or counterfeit medicines. Other services will include digital patient database and safe disposal of unused medicines.
At the end of the ceremony, guests also inaugurated the University’s Genome Research Institute and Medical Centre’s Diagnostic Laboratory.
MA Hashem, Member, Board of Trustees, Prof. GU Ahsan, Pro Vice- Chancellor (Designate), Prof. Hasan Mahmud Reza, Chairman, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, NSU and renowned officials from the country's leading pharmaceutical industry including Md. Abdul Muktadir, Managing Director, Incepta Pharmaceuticals, Halimuzzaman, Managing Director, Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Mosaddek Hossain, Managing Director, UniMed & UniHealth Mfg. Ltd., and Shahiuzzaman Khokon, Managing Director, Hudson Pharmaceuticals Ltd. were present on the occasion.