Effectiveness of Good Storage Practices Implementation in IMARET Warehouse

Zakuan Kamil Khazali, Ahmad Rashidi Mohamed Tahir and Aina Yazrin Ali Nasiruddin

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Cyberjaya (UoC), Cyberjaya, 63000, Selangor, Malaysia

Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM) Response an Relief Team (IMARET), 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

*Corresponding author email: rashidi@cyberjaya.edu.my


Introduction: Good storage practice (GSP) is one of the guidelines that needs to be implemented in a pharmaceuticalbased warehouse to ensure the safety, efficacy and quality of pharmaceutical products stored as well as inventory movement. Globally, World Health Organisation (WHO) has established their Annex 9 World Health Organisation Guide to Good Storage Practices for Pharmaceutical Products to be adopted and adapted by local authority of each country. In Malaysia, National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) is the local authority under Ministry of Health Malaysia has established local Good Distribution Practice Guidelines that includes the GSP elements based on the guideline from the WHO guideline.

Objective(s): The effectiveness of implementation of GSP in Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM) Response and Relief Team (IMARET) warehouse was assessed to indicate the warehouse performance.

Methodologies: The study was done by collecting data from IMARET warehouse and mobile clinics. All the cost incurred was calculated based on the master invoice provided by pharmaceutical products suppliers and national medication essential list Ministry of Health Malaysia.

Results: The total amount of procurement and expenditure of pharmaceutical products was increased while the total wastage of pharmaceutical products reduced in 2017 indicating that even though the demand for pharmaceutical products increase, the warehouse manage to control the inventory and stock movement to reduce the pharmaceutical products wastage.

Conclusion: However, the study is unable to provide enough reflection to the IMARET warehouse performance as this study only cover the mobile clinics for Rohingyas. Further study needs to be conducted to reflect total performance of IMARET warehouse.

Keywords: Good storage practice; GSP; pharmaceutical products; warehouse