Pharm. Agaruwa is our January Personality
A native of Ikwuano North Local Government Area of Abia State, Agaruwa attended Okongwu Memorial Grammar School, Nnewi in 1964 but had to discontinue in 1967 due to the outbreak of the civil war.
After the war, he returned to school and obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC) at Sancta Crux Secondary School, Umuahia, in April 1970. He gained admission into University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife in 1972, and bagged his B.Pharm. (Hons) degree in 1976.
His work experience started in the department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ife, where he was a demonstrator and internee (July 1976 – June 1977). Between 1978 and 1980, Agaruwa was a medical representative with Ciba-Geigy, in charge of East 1. By 1981, he had risen to become product manager, responsible for the company’s anti-rheumatics, dermatologicals, stomatologicals and analgesics.
He was further appointed coordinator, Product Management and Field Force, in 1985; marketing manager in 1986 and national sales manager/training coordinator in 1991.
In July 1991, Agaruwa left Ciba-Geigy for Link Pharmaceuticals (a sole agent of UPJOHN in Nigeria) where he became its new general manager. With his wealth of experience garnered from dealing with foreign pharmaceutical agents, the pharmacist developed the ambition of founding his own pharmaceutical company.
That dream eventuality came to reality in 1999 when he launched Euromed Limited and became its CEO/superintendent pharmacist.
Agaruwa has recorded several successes since he began his career. He is credited with the successful take-off of Tandalgesic, which was officially declared as the most successful product launch in Nigeria in 1982. Two years later, his great feat was followed up with another launch of Rengasil, the leading anti-rheumatic product in 1989.
A philanthropist, Agaruwa is a registered member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). He is also a member of the following associations: Institute of Pharmacy Management International (IPMI), UK (1981); and Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (AIPN), 1981.
As part of his extra-curricular activities, he enjoys travelling, meeting people, playing lawn tennis, badminton, table tennis and listening to music.