South African Family Practice (SAFP) is the official journal of the South African Academy of Family Physicians, and is a peer-reviewed scientific journal, which strives to provide primary care physicians and researchers with a broad range of scholarly work in the disciplines of Family Medicine, Primary Health Care, Rural Medicine, District Health and other related fields. SAFP publishes original research, clinical reviews, and pertinent commentary that advance the knowledge base of these disciplines. The content of SAFP is designed to reflect and support further development of the broad basis of these disciplines through original research and critical review of evidence in important clinical areas; as well as to provide practitioners with continuing professional development material. SAFP adheres to the international acceptable editorial standards, as published by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Expired medicines: safety, effectiveness, and disposal

Expired medicines: safety, effectiveness, and disposal Most medicines, whether prescription, over-the-counter (OTC), or complementary, are stamped with expiry dates: the final date at which the manufacturer can guarantee its full potency and effectiveness. But what...

Review: Grommets

Grommets - an update on common indications for tympanostomy  tube placement K Outhoff Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmacology, University of Pretoria Corresponding author, email: kim.outhoff@up.ac.za Introduction Children younger than 7 years are at increased risk...

Acute Pain Guidelines

1. Acute pain management – Foreword I prefaced the first edition of the South African acute pain guidelines by stating that “acute pain management is not a luxury, it is a human right!” Six years have passed and the statement is still pertinent. The World Federation...

REVIEW Anaemia – a pale ale?

GL Muntingh,1* M Viljoen2 Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of the Western Cape...

Review: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

An update on chronic obstructive  pulmonary disease Natalie Schellack, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University Gustav Schellack, Pharmaceutical Industry Richard Omoding,Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health...