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

Paying homage to SA’s doctors on National Doctors’ Day

South Africa is in the midst of a healthcare crisis. A severely strained public healthcare system and the implications of the Medical Schemes Act and the NHI, could see many of South Africa’s doctors being lost to other professions and countries. EthiQal cares about the future of medical care in South Africa and has a firm belief that doctors should be treasured as national assets. EthiQal is launching the 2019 National Doctors’ Day campaign to acknowledge the critical role doctors play in meeting the healthcare needs of our nation.

Rabies is fatal, but preventable – Be proactive.

Between 5 and 30 human rabies cases are confirmed in South Africa every year and more than 70% of these occur in children and teenagers.  The rabies virus is transmitted through the saliva of a rabid animal to other animals or humans. In SA, almost all human rabies cases are related to exposure to an infected domestic dog. Rabies is fatal, but preventable – Be proactive.

Healthcare company partners with Department of Health to provide South Africans with access to innovative healthcare

Roche South Africa has over the course of the last five years delivered innovative healthcare solutions to over 600 000 South Africans. They are strongly committed to partnering with the Department of Health and other funders in order to find ways to overcome the financial, regulatory and legislative challenges faced in South Africa and to ensure that patients in this country can access innovative medicines and products faster than ever before.

Getting to grips with occurrence-based professional indemnity cover

South Africans are becoming increasingly aware of their rights when it comes to medical malpractice, explaining some of the increases in the number and size of claims against doctors. Taking into consideration these trends, it is important that medical practitioners have professional indemnity cover which protects them against legal defence costs and claims for damages for personal injury where allegations of improper professional conduct are levelled against them.

Will NHI worsen SA’s medico-legal nightmare?

With the draft NHI bill silent on an estimated R98 billion in state medico-legal claims, public sector doctors are deeply unsettled by a recent warning from the Gauteng Department of Health, that they could be held liable in their personal capacities for damages claimed as a result of patient harm.

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