The introduction of Pharmadex has so far targeted individual country requirements. Currently, under the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization initiatives, efforts are underway to adopt common and harmonized processes and communication platforms for medicine registration in regional economic communities, such as EAC, ECOWAS, and the Southern African Development Community. The purpose of this report is therefore to describe the currently known processes in selected countries and develop a model set of business processes for medicine registration based on internationally accepted standards. These model business processes can then serve as the basis for establishing a model version of Pharmadex’s registration module.
Model Business Process Flows for Registration of Medicines: A Guide for Establishing a Standardized Generic Version of SIAPS Pharmadex Software
The approval of TDF/FTC (trade name Truvada®) by the Namibian Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC) on May 11, 2017, brings renewed hope for achieving an AIDS-free generation in Namibia. The availability and use of TDF/FTC for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for adults at high risk of sexually acquired HIV-1 in Namibia could significantly reduce the emergence of […]
On May 17, 2017, the Honorable Minister Mohammad Nasim, Member of Parliament (MP), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), officially launched Pharmadex in Bangladesh. Pharamdex (http://pharmadexbd.org/) is a web-based integrated information system that facilitates the submission, review, and evaluation of medicine registration applications and dossiers on the basis of international standards and formats. Minister […]
In 2012, the Government of Mozambique began a national accelerated response to HIV and AIDS. As a result, better awareness, funding, and deployment of proven interventions have significantly improved HIV prevention, treatment, and care support. This includes the rapid scaling up of antiretroviral therapy. With significant support from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, coverage of eligible adults rose from 47% in 2012 to 72% by the end of 2013 (PEPFAR Mozambique Country Operational Plan, FY14).
However, there is a shortage of quality essential medicines in the country, exacerbated by the time it takes for medicine importers and distributors to get authorization for importing and selling medicines. The longest wait times are for antiretroviral, antimalarial, and new molecule medicines that require more complex documentation, such as World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification. To help close these gaps, Mozambique engaged SIAPS to strengthen the pharmaceutical sector’s institutional and individual capacity.
SIAPS was asked in 2013 to review the information system and related technical assistance needs of the Mozambican PD for product registration, licensing and inspection, pharmacovigilance, and quality assurance. In addition, a system analysis was performed to define data elements and identify an appropriate tool that is compatible with local technology and capacity. Based on the needs of the Mozambican PD, Pharmadex was chosen as the most appropriate electronic tool for the management of Mozambique’s regulatory systems information.
The goal of the training was to implement Pharmadex in the PD with the aim of ensuring that the department had the necessary skills, knowledge, and technical support to effectively use and sustain it. Implementation involved adapting the tool to agreed-upon data elements, procuring the required hardware and/or software, identifying in-country IT support and maintenance, installing the program(s), finalizing the software, training users, and preparing for launch of the system.
The 3rd Biennial Scientific Conference on Medical Products Regulation in Africa (SCOMRA), which took place November 27–28, 2017, in Accra, […]
The director of the Department of Pharmacy, Medicines, and Diagnostics (DPMED) wishes to adopt suitable software to strengthen the registration system […]
In the last five years, SIAPS has provided technical assistance to the Namibia Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC) to strengthen its capacity […]