Spectrophotometric Method Advocated As An Effective Lab Investigative Technique
Spectrophotometry has been identified as a reliable method of analytical research for resource-poor laboratories which rely on simpler but sensitive and accurate techniques for analyzing data. In the area of Pharmaceutical Analysis, Spectrophotometry can be employed to help rapidly differentiate standard from sub-standard drugs, particularly during field work. Spectrophotometry continues to play a central role in Pharmaceutical Analysis because of its adaptability, its user friendliness and the fact that new electronic instruments have revolutionized the technique, making it an indispensable partner for practitioners.
This was the submission of a Professor of Pharmaceutical Analysis in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Jos, Professor Johnson Ogoda Onah while delivering the 86th Inaugural Lecture of the University. Speaking on the topic “What on Earth is Wrong with this Beautifully Formulated Drug”, Professor Onah opined that no human product can attain the ultimate level of perfection, therefore man-made products are inherently defective. According to him, man-made products cannot be very beautiful after all, since the machinery used in the manufacturing process and equipment used in Quality control have limitations to their precision and reproducibility. Although inherent equipment limitations and human errors in measurement have their unpredictable contributions, he however noted that the greatest threat to a “beautifully” crafted pharmaceutical product is contained in environmental factors.
The Pharmaceutical Chemist stated that the ability of a formulation to resist environmental factors which leads to deterioration, constitute its stability. This suggests that the product’s physical, chemical, therapeutic efficacy needs to be maintained between the time of manufacture and usage by the consumer.
He, therefore, challenged Governments and Pharmaceutical agencies to ensure that drugs are examined periodically for their quality.
Earlier, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako represented by the University Librarian, Dr. Stephen Akintunde commended Professors in the University who have presented their Inaugural lectures stressing that they have distinguished themselves in their chosen disciplines and have helped the University to attain greater heights.
The Inaugural had in attendance the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Teresa Nmadu and Vice-Chancellor of the Benue State University, Professor Msough Moses Kembe among other dignitaries.
Professor Moses Kembe is an alumnus of the University of Jos while the Inaugural Lecturer, Professor Johnson Onah is a member of the Governing Council of the Benue State University.