Welcome to Medpharm Publications

Medpharm Publications was founded in 1988 and has established itself as the largest medical and pharmaceutical journal publisher in South Africa.

With a publications list of more than ten titles comprising of over fifty journal editions, Medpharm Publications reach more than 40 000 healthcare workers countrywide with printed editions, and has established a global audience with the online editions.

The majority of Medpharm Publications’ journals are associated with professional or scholarly societies and acts as the official South African mouthpiece in the associated discipline. All journals are web-based, most of which are fully peer-reviewed, with five titles accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to earn research subsidies for academic departments.

As a publisher, passionate about journal publishing, we believe that South African researchers and clinicians can and will make a significant contribution to world medical literature.

Private hospitals gear up as vaccination sites for healthcare workers

Thirteen private hospitals have been added to the list of vaccination sites currently vaccinating frontline and at risk healthcare workers. This release provides the list, as well as the catchment facilities they will serve, and includes details of specific arrangements to bolster risk stratification and to ensure an efficient rollout.

Effective management of water in dialysis augments better outcomes

Water is the foundation of life making it a perfect breeding ground for infection, microbial growth and antibiotic resistant pathogens. Water, also being the foundation for dialysis, plays the most important role for successful patient care. Adverse patient outcomes including outbreaks associated with water exposure in dialysis settings, have resulted from patient exposure to water via a variety of pathways, including improper formulation of dialysate with water containing high levels of chemical or biological contaminants and reprocessing of dialyzers with contaminated water. For the health and safety of patients, it is vital to ensure the water used to perform dialysis is safe and clean.

Study of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies among blood donors in four provinces suggest actual infections may exceed officially diagnosed infections by a factor of ten

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS), in partnership with the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS), conducted a survey (also known as a seroprevalence study) of healthy consenting blood donors in four provinces, to determine how many donors have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, which would be an indication of previous infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. Preliminary results of this study, reporting on seroprevalence in these four provinces (Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State, and KwaZulu Natal) have just been released by deposit of a manuscript to the preprint archive arxiv.org.

‘Engineer knee surgeon’ pioneers technique gaining world acclaim

A pioneering approach to total knee replacements is gaining international credence some 13 years after South African orthopaedic surgeon, Professor Ponky Firer, developed his unique balanced technique for the procedure. With his understanding of biomechanics and the ‘science of knees’ informed by a background in engineering, Prof. Firer’s technique is outshining world patient satisfaction rates while restoring mobility and quality of life for patients. “The results Professor Firer is achieving for knee replacement patients in our country is well above the outcomes recorded in published literature worldwide,” says Jacques du Plessis, managing director of Netcare’s hospital division.

World Obesity Day 4 March 2021 – Tackling misconceptions around obesity and weight loss

World Obesity Day is observed globally on 4 March. Obesity is a growing health problem worldwide, with 13% of adults worldwide considered obese and obesity being the cause of premature death for 4.7 million people in 2017.
The Set Point Theory states that every person has a certain ‘set’ weight that their body accepts and is genetically disposed to, so any attempts to lose weight results in the body’s survival instincts kicking in to regain weight to stay at that ‘set’ weight.
While obesity is a growing health concern worldwide, there are still many misconceptions around what exactly obesity is and how to go about treating it.

For all official information and updates regarding COVID-19, please visit the South African Department of Health’s website