Quality assurance compliance of the drug distribution outlets in Cavite public hospitals, 2016 : a descriptive study

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Clinical Pharmacology


Quality Assurance, Pharmacokinetics


The objective of the study was to determine the compliance of Cavite public hospital drug distribution outlets with the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to good storage and distribution practices for pharmaceuticals. Frequency tables and graphs were used to determine the proportion of public hospital pharmacies compliant with the guidelines set by WHO in terms of good storage practice and good distribution practice for pharmaceuticals. A questionnaire adapted from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Hospital Pharmacy Inspection checklist was used to obtain the necessary information from the respondent pharmacies. The strong points identified include excellent protocol in terms of procurement of drugs, dispensing of pharmaceutical products, handling product recalls and program for pest control. All pharmacies were found to have prescription book or e-file. In terms of invoices from suppliers and buyers, all contain the product description, lot number, expiry data and transport temperature. There was a designated personnel to check incoming deliveries against the relevant purchase order. There were restrictions to prevent unauthorized persons from entering the premises storage areas. In contrast, the weak points identified were the lack of managing pharmacist for every shift, competent pharmacy assistants, extemporaneous compounding/non-sterile compounding, temperature monitoring and recording, and monitoring and calibration of equipment.

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