Hospital Pharmacies


Procedures and Guidelines


Hospitals and other institutions and facilities, such as outpatient clinics, drug-dependency treatment facilities, poison control centres, drug information centres, and long-term care facilities, may be operated by the government or privately. While many of the pharmacist’s activities in such facilities may be similar to those performed by community pharmacists, they differ in a number of ways.

They are pharmacies usually found within the premises of a hospital. Hospital pharmacies usually stock a larger range of medications, including more specialized and investigational medications (medicines that are being studied, but have not yet been approved), than would be feasible in the community setting. Hospital pharmacies typically provide medications for the hospitalized patients only, and are not retail establishments and therefore typically do not provide prescription service to the public. Some hospitals do have retail pharmacies within them (see illustration), which provide over-the-counter as well as prescription medications to the public, but these are not the actual hospital pharmacy.


  • Submission of application letter to register the Pharmacy
  • Submission of application form
  • Photocopy of annual licence to practice/Application for retention of name of the Pharmacist in charge.
  • Prescribed inspection and registration fee in bank draft payable to PCN
  • Photocopy of resignation/acceptance letter from previous employment (if applicable)
  • Letter of appointment of Superintendent Pharmacist in the new premises (where applicable)
  • Legal agreement between the Pharmacist in charge and the employer (where applicable)
  • Company’s certificate of incorporation (where applicable)
  • Article and memorandum of association (where applicable)
  • Particulars of Directors as issued by C.A.C. (Where applicable)
  • Photocopy of NYSC discharge certificate
  • Letter of undertaking by Pharmacists Staff to the effect that they only have one Pharmaceutical job.
  • Letter of undertaking by Managing Director of the company to the effect that all pharmaceutical businesses will be left under the direct, personal control and management of the superintendent pharmacist.
  • Pharmacists inter-state movement form (where applicable)
  • List of staff in the hospital Pharmacy showing qualification and duties.
  • Design layout of pharmacy
  • Standard operating procedure
  • List of equipments in production and quality control unit.
  • List of products being produced by the pharmacy
  • Organogram