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Detection and Perception: An investigation into counterfeit and substandard Narrow Therapeutic Index medicines

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Al-Hamid
    Dr AM Jones
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Many recent reviews revealed that most of the published studies to date examined medicines that treat infectious diseases and very few articles addressed 1- medicines for chronic diseases 2- clinically significant narrow therapeutic index (NTI) medicines or 3- cancer treatments. Furthermore, less than 10% of the included articles attempted all levels of medicine quality analysis through laboratory analysis, authentication of source, and package inspection to comprehensively identify the nature of the problem and so conclude whether the medicines were counterfeit or substandard. Therefore, the aim of the research is investigate the quality of the NTI medicines in the developing countries (one or more countries) and to explore perceptions of different stakeholders about the quality of the NTI medicines in their countries. The research will start by analysing convenient prepared samples of different batches of selected NTI medicines using techniques such as HPLC to enable comparison against reference standards then use quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the perceptions of patients, pharmacists and commissioners about this phenomenon.

Person Specification
Applicants should have a strong background in quantitative and qualitative methods as well as willingness to carry out both laboratory analysis of medicines in the first phase before moving to the practice (social) phase of the research. They should have a commitment to learn new methods and work independently and hold or realistically expect to obtain at least an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant subject (preferably in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences or Chemistry).

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Abdullah Al-Hamid on (0121 4147677) or ([email protected])

To be considered for this studentship, please send the following documents to [email protected]:

• A detailed CV, including your nationality and country of birth;
• Names and addresses of two referees;
• A covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities;
• Copies of your degree certificates with transcripts;
• Evidence of your proficiency in the English language, if applicable.

Funding Notes

Self-funded applications only.

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