Registered pharmacist requirements in Kenya

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board constituted a Training and Assessment committees in July 2000 whose responsibility to design, develop and implement a comprehensive system for evaluation and assessment of the qualifications of both foreign and locally trained pharmacists for purposes of registration to practice in Kenya.

The committee came up with a criteria for eligibility to undertake pre-registration exams as follows:

  1. Must have a basic O-level education (8-4-4 system) with C+ Grade or equivalent.
  2. Must have qualified from a College/University that offers a minimum of four-year pharmacy degree course and is recognised by that Country’s Pharmacy Regulatory authority.
  3. Must have bachelor Degree in pharmacy (B. Pharm) with a curriculum acceptable to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.
  4. Must have command of English language and basic Kiswahili language.
  5. Must be registrable to the Pharmacy Regulatory Authority in the country offering the Degree Course

Registered pharmacist job description.

Pharmacists are responsible for aiding customers by compounding and/or dispensing prescription medications, providing pharmaceutical information to healthcare professionals, monitoring customers’ drug therapies to avoid interactions with other medications, and providing pharmaceutical expertise to customers on the safe use of medications.

Pharmacist Responsibilities:

  • Compounding and dispensing medications, as prescribed by physicians.
  • Monitoring customers’ drug therapies, advising interventions, and informing customers of any potential side effects.
  • Instructing customers on how and when to take prescribed medications.
  • Conducting health and wellness screenings.
  • Providing immunizations, and other medical services, such as taking blood pressure, temperature measurements, and checking blood sugar levels.
  • Keeping accurate customer records.
  • Ensuring a safe and clean working environment.
  • Completing operational requirements of the pharmacy, including verifying order entries, maintaining records of controlled substances, charges, and removing expired and/or damaged drugs from the pharmacy’s inventory.
  • Adhering to applicable legal rules, regulations, and procedures governing pharmaceutical practice.
  • Performing other administrative tasks when needed.

Pharmacist Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy or pharmacology.
  • Proven experience as a pharmacist.
  • Valid license to practice as a pharmacist.
  • Detailed understanding and knowledge of dosage requirements and administration, chemical compounds, and pharmaceutical brands.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and software applications, used by pharmacies, such as MEDITECH and Mediware.
  • Great organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.