The Department of Pharmaceutics is one of four Departments of the Faculty of Pharmacy created when the Faculty (formerly as a Department within the Faculty of Science, University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) was upgraded into full Faculty status with effect from 1st October, 1969 by the Senate of the University.
- The Department comprises of two distinct areas of Pharmaceutical Science:
- Pharmaceutics / Pharmaceutical Technology
- Pharmaceutical Microbiology
To become an enviable department noted for research and development of active pharmaceutical ingredients and excipients from local sources to pilot state of commercialization
- To be a co-pilot with other departments in promoting the mission statement of the Faculty in training qualified students for careers in pharmacy practice.
- In addition, to provide high-level manpower for pharmaceutical industries, research institutes and universities, and to undertake relevant research in the development of pharmaceuticals
- To contribute to the overall training of pharmacy undergraduate students
- To train students in the area of general pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical technology, pharmaceutical microbiology and the art of dispensing such that they can be effective as Pharmacists in any area of practice
- To train postgraduate students in advanced pharmaceutics for pharmaceutical industries/universities in Nigeria.
- To carry out research in the area of basic and applied pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical technology and pharmaceutical microbiology, so as to contribute to scientific developments in these areas.
- To carry out research on locally available raw materials for the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
Research Activities of the Department
- Development of excipients from local sources for use in solid, semi-solid and liquid dosage forms;
- Biochemical and molecular characterization of organisms causing locally important infections such as diarrhoea, urinary tract infections and wound infections in both adults and children;
- Formulation of medicinal plants into dosage forms; and
- Microbial quality and mechanism of action of natural products with antimicrobial activities.
Staff and Administration
The Department boasts of highly resourceful, experienced and qualified staff comprising of academic and non-academic staff. The academic staff are involved in teaching, research and various community services. The non-academic staff comprises of technical and administrative staff and provides needed support for academic staff in the laboratory and the office.