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

WE PUT THE ‘EX” IN ANDOLEX BECAUSE A SORE THROAT IS A THING OF THE PAST

The Andolex range and products are known to provide relief for patients suffering from a sore throat, mouth or gums.  These patients may suffer from sore throats due to viral or bacterial infections, mouth ulcers, oral conditions such as gingivitis or periodontitis or for relief of post-surgical procedures such as a tonsillectomy.

As the world runs out of cures, global consumption of antibiotics skyrockets, contributing to drug resistance

Despite the threat of a global health crisis in antibiotic resistance, worldwide use of antibiotics soared 39 percent between 2000 and 2015, fueled by dramatic increases in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).  

Dräger is celebrating the delivery of Primus number 50 000 to Far East Rand Hospital

Dräger is pleased to announce the production of the 50 000th Primus, even more thrilling to know is the fact that it is produced for Far East Rand Hospital in South Africa. The unit is referred to as the celebration device because, 50 000 is a mile stone for Dräger globally.

Clicks celebrates 500th pharmacy opening

South Africa’s largest retail pharmacy chain Clicks announced the opening of its 500th pharmacy at Clicks Park Station in Johannesburg.

Climate change: One of the greatest threats to public health in the 21st century

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), between 2030 and 2050, global climate change will result in 250 000 additional deaths per year from diseases like malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stroke, placing increased stress on health resources and public health systems