Myself, a Pharmacy graduate with Management PG and Doctorate, into pharmaceutical manufacturing and marketing. NRB Pharma Zambia Ltd is a new pharmaceutical manufacturing company having invested approx 10 mn dollar at Zambia by Indian Investor NRB Group from Goa.
NRB Pharma Zambia Limited is situated in the Lusaka South Multi Facility Economic Zone (LS-MFEZ). It belongs to the NRB Group of companies and has its headquarters in Goa- India. It is headed and owned by the Chairman Mr. Narayan Rajaram Bandekar (NRB) and his family. It is engaged in the manufacture & marketing of solid dosage form medicinal products (Tablets). The facilities and equipment are purposefully designed, constructed, adapted and maintained to suit the operations carried out. These are based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Principles and guidelines for Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for medicine manufacture. The layout and design aim to minimize the risk of errors and permit effective cleaning and maintenance in order to avoid cross contamination and any adverse effect on the quality of products. Lighting, temperature, humidity and ventilation are appropriate to suit the requirements specific to a particular area. The walls and floors are of a smooth finish with no crevices or rough surfaces. Wall to floor joints are coved to facilitate cleaning and electrical fittings and wiring are concealed in walls. NRB Pharma Zambia Limited, is a modern pharmaceutical manufacturing plant, fitted with brand new manufacturing equipment and utilities. It has a service floor above the manufacturing block which houses Air Handling Units (AHUs), installed to cater for ventilation for the entire plant including critical areas as per the individual specific area requirements. Pressure balancing is monitored and observed from magnehelic/pressure gauges fitted throughout the plant. Air inlets are fitted on the ceiling and outlet exhausts are fitted at one foot above the floors. The environmental conditions are continuously monitored and any excursion outside the range is brought to the notice of the engineering department and corrective action initiated accordingly. NRB Pharma Zambia Limited, has a dedicated water treat plant which purifies water for manufacturing, laboratory use as well as drinking water for its water fountains. The Non-Penicillin Block which was specifically designed for the manufacture of non-sterile oral solid dosage forms, namely tablets, boasts of modern weighing, sifting, granulation tableting and auto-coating equipment complete with line bulk tablet filling, packing, capping and labeling as well as blister packing in aluminium and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and Aluminium and Aluminium blister strips. NRB Pharma Zambia Limited is committed to maintaining the quality of its products by ensuring that all manufacturing activities are conducted in accordance with the requirements and the principles of Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Raw materials and chemicals for the pharmaceutical formulations are largely being sourced from India and/or China which are world recognized major suppliers of active and inactive pharmaceutical ingredients. Other materials such as containers, packaging materials, paper, plastic linings and cotton wool are being sourced locally in Zambia. NRB PHARMA ZAMBIA LIMITED has put in place a comprehensive system of Quality Assurance and Quality Control to ensure that there is a reliable system for the analysis of starting materials, intermediate materials, packaging materials and finished pharmaceutical products and that all are carried out in conformity with