SA Pharmaceutical Journal (SAPJ) official mouthpiece of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA). SAPJ is aimed at the continuing professional development of the South African pharmacist as a clinical pharmaceutical care practitioner in a community or hospital pharmacy environment or in a regulatory position in the pharmaceutical industry. The journal provides specific clinical reviews on self-medication topics (symptomatic therapy), information on prescription medication (therapy in clinical context) and provides the pharmacists with essential information for referring customers for early medical attention should it be required. Pharmacovigilance – ensuring the safe and appropriate administration and use of medication and reporting of serious adverse events or other adverse drug reactions – is strongly advocated in SAPJ. The SAPJ further supports pharmacists to transform the pharmacy in an accessible, basic primary health care facility for preventing and treating PHC conditions through diagnosis, screening and treatment.

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...