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Physical Address
17 Divine Rd Cnr Clayton Rd, Milton Park
Harare
Zimbabwe
Postal
P.O. Box CY 2138
Causeway
Tel: 263 (4) 740074, 740158, 741302
Fax: 263 (4) 740157
Training of Pharmacists
 

Profession of Pharmacy 17/11/2010


Pharmacy is an art and science of manufacturing, formulating, dispensing and controlling medicines used to treat diseases. Pharmacy is patient orientated and information driven. A pharmacist can therefore be regarded as “a drug therapist and an information consultant”
A pharmacist must therefore be competent to;
• Develop, manufacture, compound, package and market pharmaceutical products
• Procure, store and distribute pharmaceutical products and materials
• Dispense drugs in accordance with the prevailing legislation, code of professional conduct and practice
• Display relevant pharmaceutical knowledge in the execution of duties of a pharmacist
• Evaluate and analyze drugs and drug products with the aim of providing education and information on health care and medicines
• Research into pharmaceutical products with the view of optimizing the use of medicines
• Provide information on the safe use of medicines with the view of preventing drug abuse
• engage in lifelong learning so as to remain relevant to the profession
Pharmacy Training in Zimbabwe
In Zimbabwe, pharmacy training is currently being offered by the University Of Zimbabwe School Of Pharmacy. The curriculum consists of a four year full time study leading to the award of a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree. The four years are followed by fifty two week continuous pre- registration training. The trainee pharmacist would be attached to a mature and seasoned professional for mentoring and professional coaching. During the pre- registration training, a trainee pharmacist would be expected to write Level IB and Level II of the Qualifying Examination.
The purpose of the Qualifying Examination is to assess if the trainee has the correct attitude, knowledge, skills and behavior to be admitted as a pharmacist.
Admissions Requirements
To be admitted into training as a pharmacist, one should have the following;
• passes at Ordinary Level in English Language and Mathematics
• passes at Advanced Level in Chemistry and any two of the following subject;
o Biology (or Zoology)
o Mathematics
o Physics
Registration with Council
In order to practice as a pharmacist in Zimbabwe, it is mandatory to register with the Pharmacists Council of Zimbabwe a statutory which was created under the Health Professions Act [Cap 27:19]
Pharmaceutical Establishments in Zimbabwe
After fulfilling all the requirements of registration with Council, a pharmacist can practice in any of the following pharmacy practices in Zimbabwe;
• Community pharmacy
• Hospital pharmacy
• Industrial pharmacy
• Academic pharmacy
• Regulatory pharmacy
• Administrative pharmacy
It is important to note that Council controls pharmacy practice and pharmacy education through the promulgation and enforcement of professional conduct regulations.


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