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

Johnson & Johnson Launches J&J Institute to Meet Evolving Needs of HCPs and Improve Patient Outcomes in South Africa and Globally

2017 saw Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices launch the J&J Institute – focused on increasing access to healthcare education to improve outcomes and enhance the patient experience, thereby helping to meet the evolving needs of healthcare professionals (HCPs) in a value-based care environment.

INOVA TAKING CARE OF COLDS & FLU THIS WINTER

iNova Pharmaceuticals has a range of solutions to keep winter germs at bay. Whether it’s for a wet or a dry cough, sore throat, allergies or an annoying fever blister, their winter basket is available to help your patients through the upcoming winter season.

The clinical benefits of hope

“All people with serious medical problems have one thing in common – they are searching for hope.” This is the experience of Drs Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband, whose interest in the clinical benefits of hope began in the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

Hypertension treatment offers challenges beyond blood pressure control

17 May each year marks World Hypertension Day, encouraging an increase in awareness and control of this modern epidemic. While the World Hypertension League’s 2017 theme of ‘Know your numbers’ calls attention to awareness and prevention, those treating and managing hypertension may give thought at this time to the long-term impact of the disease and its treatment.

WHEN YOUR PATIENT HAS A TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER (TMD)

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are the name given to a group of conditions related to jaw movement and pain in and around the jaw joints. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects a person’s jaw to the temporal bones of their skull, which are in front of each ear. It enables up and down and side to side movement of the jaw, enabling a person to talk, chew, and yawn.