Quality Drug and the Consumer

Ogunlana, E.O. (1976-12-09)


In discussing 'Quality Drug and the Consumer', we may start by recognising what can be classified as 'Drug' and also to identify what relevance or meaning we give to the word 'Quality'. The classifications of different levels of the consumer in the society need, clarification. The Development of Drug as a dosage form may bring up the factors involved in formulation and the 'building in' of quality into a drug. The manufacture and presentation of drugs can be looked at in terms of the environment of manufacture, packaging and specific controls, as well as tests of final product. We may review the laws, legislation and processes that have been and can be developed in order to protect the Consumer. These may also lead us to the role of the Consumer in maintaining quality and in complying with the directives given. Compliance with the use of, as well as the acceptance and handling of, drugs can only be seen to have been effective if there is adequate education and flow of appropriate and much needed information to all levels of consumers.