Capacity Utilization in Pharmaceutical Industry in Nigeria
- Corresponding Author:
- Joshua Ikoni Ogaji
Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology
University of Jos, PMB 2084-93001
Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received October 24, 2013; Accepted March 19, 2014; Published March 31, 2014
Citation: Ogaji JI, Alawode AO, Iranloye TA (2014) Capacity Utilization in Pharmaceutical Industry in Nigeria. Pharmaceut Reg Affairs 3:121. doi: 10.4172/2167-7689.1000121
Copyright: © 2014 Ogaji JI, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The performance of any enterprise is influenced by the environment in which it is located. The last two decades has witnessed the pre and post democratic governance in Nigeria as well as a number of government initiatives aimed at addressing some challenges facing the health delivery system of the country. The purpose of this paper was to study the capacity utilization of the pharmaceutical industry in the last twenty years to understand the association or otherwise with some government initiatives. A survey of the scientific work force and the capacity utilization in the industry was carried out. Interviews were held with individual to gain more insight in the activities of the industry during the period. The study showed that the capacity utilization of the pharmaceutical industry increased steadily but marginally. There was reason to believe that the marginal increment in the capacity utilization was influenced by the government policies and initiatives but the local industry is yet to be able to meet substantial essential drug needs of the country. Improvement in the internal controls and management by the industry along with sustained support and provision of infrastructures by the government would help to improve the capacity utilization in the pharmaceutical industry.