Fabupharm grows 100% in one year
Fabupharm Products, a wholly-owned Namibian pharmaceutical manufacturer, has doubled in size over the past year. Subsequent to upgrading its manufacturing facility to comply with international standards, Fabupharm announced recently it has received an Official Manufacturing GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) License from the Namibian Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC). This means that Fabupharm is now licensed to manufacture scheduled medicinal products.
“Fabupharm is currently the only Namibian manufacturing facility to produce medicinal products under license from the NMRC,” says Fanie Badenhorst, Managing Director of Fabupharm Products. All documentation had to be reviewed and updated to comply with the most modern standards of manufacturing. “We were awarded 20 products during the current government tender period. These products will be delivered to the government’s Central Medical Stores (CMS), from where they are distributed to all the state hospitals and clinics across the country,” explains Badenhorst.
In order to increase its operational capacity, Fabupharm invested in new modern packaging equipment such as a shrink tunnel, a double-sided labelling machine and a new more efficient labelling and printing machine. In addition, a new 8.5 ton truck has been acquired to increase the number of products delivered to the CMS. “We employed more employees and trained them according to the latest GMP regulations,” says Badenhorst.
In March 2013 the Fabupharm Products management team visited the Propak Africa Expo in Johannesburg. Attending this Expo exposed them to new exciting ideas in packaging materials for the future.
New products will be launched in the near future such as a herbal antiseptic ointment known as “Groensalf”; !deal Baby Bottom Balm; Suplimax Probiotic; Umckagon Capsules and Syrup; Fabupharm Men’s Lotion and a Tissue oil.
Fabupharm Products was registered in 1989 and started to manufacture certain products and repackaging some oils in 1990. Since the early beginnings to establish its own pharmaceutical factory it has shown significant growth. Today, it is distributing products to retailers and pharmacies nation-wide and delivering pharmaceutical products to the government through the official tender process. The manufacturing plant is regularly inspected by the Registrar of Medicines of the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
Fabupharm Products is a member of the Namibia Manufacturers’ Association.