Excursion to the manufacturing plant Teva – High Vocational School of Health Žerotínovo nám

Teaching of pharmacology is an important subject in the curriculum of the certified general nurses. When combined with the possibility to see with their own eyes, what happens before.

Teaching of pharmacology is an important subject in the curriculum of the certified general nurses. When combined with the possibility to see with their own eyes, what happens before everybody swallows his/her tablet or before the tablet is administered by the nurse to the patient, we have reached the very platform where theory is linked with practice. Within the framework of the PharmAround project on 24.11.2011 we managed to visit the pharmaceutical plant TEVA Pharmaceuticals CR.

The knowledge itself begins at the entrance into the plant, where nothing is left to chance and each visit is notified in advance. Member of the security guard will accompany you into the plant where you are handed over to the authorized staff member. Within the scope of the excursion we visited the representation areas of the plant in the new building of the company put into operation some 18 months ago. New production of solid drug forms is concentrated here. The introductory part of the whole event was focused on the video presentation where we got to know many interesting things of history and our days of the company; we were also presented (in a very attractive way) the production programme of the manufacturing plant TEVA Czech Republic, owned by the Israeli company.

The theoretical part was followed by the practical part, i.e. the visit and possibility to observe the whole process of production of solid drug forms (it is the official name). The safety and hygienic measures are enormous. Each visitor must wear the gown, protective hat and legwarmers. Artificial nails must be covered by nitride gloves; beard must be covered as well. The excursion itself runs behind the glass, because the whole process of production, from weighing of substances till the final packed product, is guarded to a high degree to avoid contamination, i.e. no other approach is applicable. The production staff must observe a number of safety measures, the least breach of them results in very hard consequences for the person in breach.

We could enter the site only in the final phase of drug packing for a while and check the eagle eye of the staff to eliminate the incorrectly glued label safely, not to forget what pack is subject to the detailed control or not to forget to document everything.

The students were satisfied with the excursion very much and grateful for the possibility of familiarization (at least this way) how the solid drug forms – our favourite tablets – are produced.

Zina Stejskalová