The course entails standards applicable
to crude drug evaluation and quality control using herbal pharmacopoeia
monographs. It also offers insights on plant nutraceuticals, toxic
plants, and phytochemical interactions.
Among the roles a pharmacist should play in the community are pharmacopoeial evaluation and standardization of crude drugs, drug discovery from natural sources, and chemical profiling of plants of medicinal or toxicological values. This course has been developed to address these desired areas of competence.
AIM OF THE COURSE
To equip the students with knowledge and skills used in quality control of crude drugs and pharmaceutical aids. It also introduces to the students to Complimentary and Traditional systems of medicine.
By the end of this course the students should be able to:
1. Describe the general aspects of British Herbal Pharmacopoeia (BHP) and African Pharmacopoeia (AP).
2. Carry out quality control tests on crude drugs according to monograph specifications.
3. Outline discovery of drugs from natural sources.
4. Learns poisonous plants and carcinogens.
5. Describe aspects of complimentary and traditional medicine.
6. Compare the parallel, alternative and complimentary medicine.