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.

New review of clinical studies shows that antidepressants are effective, but must be given a chance to work

New review of clinical studies shows that antidepressants are effective, but must be given a chance to work Depression affects millions of people worldwide.1 ref 1A It can be severely disabling, impacting general health and wellbeing, and performance at work and...

The Science is in the Sample – provided it is Representative

Current sampling practice is a result of the combination of statistics with scientific knowledge about the product/material being sampled.  Such knowledge is acquired through experimentation and the use of various sampling techniques until reproducible results, from representative samples, can be obtained. 

NEW LEADERSHIP AT THE HELM OF GENERICS AND BIOSIMILAR MEDICINES ASSOCIATION

Generic and Biosimilar Medicines of Southern Africa (GBMSA), formerly known as the National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NAPM), has appointed Erik Roos, CEO of Pharma Dynamics as Vice Chairperson to support the existing Chairperson, Lorraine Keyser, CEO of Dr Reddy’s, as of June 2018.

One year on – Novartis, DST and SAMRC MoU builds scientific capability in South Africa

One year after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Novartis, the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), Novartis reports that the collaboration is revealing significant latent potential for scientific discovery in South Africa.

The SpineCor Scoliosis Brace – A first of its kind in South Africa

MER Healthcare Consulting has introduced the new Scoliosis SpineCor Brace to the South African market. SpineCor is 3 dimensional dynamic brace used to help prevent progression of a curve in Idiopathic Scoliosis for adolescents and degenerative painful scoliosis in adults.