South African Pharmacist’s Assistant (SAPA) is the official mouthpiece of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA). SAPA is aimed at pharmacist’s assistants (PAs) who have undergone formal basic and post-basic training and who are registered with the South African Pharmacy Council. PAs work under close supervision of the pharmacist and are trained to advise the public on all self-medication issues. They are allowed to dispense schedule 0-2 medicines or so-called over the counter preparations in South Africa. SAPA provides the PA with the necessary clinical as well as drug information in order to advise customers on the prudent use and limitations of self-medication. Clear guidelines are given as to when self-medication is appropriate and when medical attention may be necessary. The PA also assists the pharmacist in other pharmaceutical functions like stock taking, storing of medicines, preparing and mixing medicines and filling scripts under the pharmacist’s supervision. The content of the journal is seasonal to closely reflect what is happening in the pharmacy

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...