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Dr. Adenike Okunlola: Ag. Head-Department of Pharmaceutics and Ind. Pharmacy

 

 

 

 Introduction

 The Department of Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy is a department in the Faculty of Pharmacy established for the purpose of providing high quality teaching and research in drug delivery and dosage form design, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This involves specific areas of drug discovery, unit operations, drug dosage forms and formulaton processes, the art of dispensing, production and quality control of drugs and cosmetics. The department is also involved in, but not restricted to, qualitative research using locally sourced materials as standard alternatives to imported ones with a view to promote indigenous manufacturing.

History

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm.) program commenced at the University of Ibadan in the 1980/81 academic session as a department in the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and Pharmacy in the College of Medicine. The B. Pharm. Degree program commenced with a 4-year curriculum in 1980/81, awarding a classified B. Pharm. Degree. In the 1982/83 academic session, the Department of Pharmacy was split into four Departments including the Department of Pharmaceutical technology and Industrial Pharmacy. Dr. W.O. Opakunle was the Acting Head of Department. The Department of Pharmacy assumed a Faculty status on August 1 1983. On the 1st of August, 1986, the Department of Pharmaceutical technology and Industrial Pharmacy became known as the Department of pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy, with Dr. K.T. Jaiyeoba as the Acting Head. The 5-year declassified B. Pharm. Degree curriculum commenced in the 1987/88 session and at the request of the National Universities Commission (N.U.C), the newly revised 5-year B. Pharm. curriculum became operative from 1997/98 academic session. In 19991, the Faculty began postgraduate programs in all departments. The Faculty was granted full autonomy with effect from February, 2003.

The Department of Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy offers postgraduate programs in pharmaceutics at the master and doctoral levels. The main objective of the postgraduate programs is to train Pharmacy graduates in the methods of scientific enquiry for those interested in and capable of pursuing an academic career in research and/or teaching. The program is also aimed at equipping Pharmacists with research techniques to probe into alternative sources of drugs and raw materials for the pharmaceutical industry. The areas of specialization available in the Department include:

  1. Pharmaceutical dosage formulation with emphasis on the use of locally available raw materials.
  2. Drug release and absorption properties of dispersed systems.
  3. Application of physical pharmacy to an understanding of pharmaceutical processes with bias towards the use of locally produced pharmaceutical excipients.
  4. Properties and uses of liposomes or other vesicular systems as drug carriers: Investigation of their potentials in controlled drug release formulations.