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

Achieving a sustainable Festive Season

Keeping the holidays eco-friendly may seem like a daunting and perhaps, at times, even a somewhat impossible task. However, there are entirely manageable strategies to ensure that you can celebrate the Festive Season fully while also achieving sustainability. The Festive Season is often a time where waste increases. Many products that are not eco-friendly and/or biodegradable are used in large supply. The increased use of plastics, electricity, water and cleaning products lead to a real threat on sustainability – putting your health, your loved ones’ health, and the environment at risk.

Notification of permanent price reduction for Gemzar 200 mg and Gemzar 1 g

Eli Lilly (SA) (PTY) Limited is pleased to announce a 36.6% permanent price reduction for Gemzar 200 mg and for Gemzar 1 g effective 29 November 2019. Gemzar has been in South Africa for 24 years for the management of NSCLC, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer, and transitional cell bladder cancer.

SmartCRUTCH is the safest, most comfortable, technically advanced crutch ever designed and manufactured – Now available in South Africa

SmartCrutch’s CEO, Colin Albertyn, is the designer, founder and manufacturer of this new innovative SmartCrutch. SmartCrutch has impressed many internationally with its new unique crutch, the SmartCrutch is engineered with robust and durable materials and is available online and through appointed distributors in 15 countries.

Liquid replacement in a lolly

We’ve all been there – when we have a sick child with a fever, diarrhoea or vomiting and as parents, one of our main concerns is how best to replace all those lost fluids. What makes it worse is that often the last thing a sick child feels like is drinking anything. Fortunately, Créche Guard, South Africa’s number 1 children’s multivitamin and mineral supplement, has launched a new product to assist with fluid and nutrient replenishment in children, in a lolly format.

What makes the Norflex range different

With the myriad of muscle relaxants and gels on the market, it can be difficult to know which treatment is right for your patient. Muscle strains and spasms are common. When a patient presents with everyday muscle strains or spasms caused by injury, sport or work-related accidents, the Norflex® range should be your first choice. Not only is Norflex® South Africa’s most prescribed muscle relaxant brand, it also has proven efficacy, with generally tolerable side effects and can assist in the treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions with associated muscle spasm.

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