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

Supply chain management support to relieve Covid-19 challenges

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, supply chain professionals are responsible for maintaining South African supply chains; ensuring the efficient supply and distribution of food, basic goods and medicines, and mitigating the risks posed by the pandemic, the challenges of lockdown regulations and the associated extraordinary consumer behaviour like stockpiling and panic buying. To ensure that the supply chain profession has the necessary resources and support needed for its vital role in helping to beat the coronavirus crisis, SAPICS has launched a number of special support initiatives.

The CoronaFighter WebApp brings South Africa immediate aid – track your symptoms daily

During this uncertain time, it is all too easy to feel powerless in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. Now more than ever, many of us are looking for a way to educate ourselves with accurate information, soothe our anxiety and most importantly to monitor our health. CoronaFighter is a web-enabled app found at www.testforcovid.co.za – the app allow you to track your symptoms through a simplified automated self-monitoring process.

Unleash billions from medical emergency reserves, urges KHUSA Consulting

Adrian Parsons, Executive Director at KHUSA Consulting, says that by law, medical schemes have emergency fund reserves amounting to at least 25% of members’ contributions. Collectively, they now have over R60 billion in their reserve funds, which could be released for the treatment of all South African COVID-19 patients – whether they are medical scheme members or not.

Supply chain management has a key role to play in Covid-19 crisis

As South Africa heads into the next phase of our fight against Covid-19 – a nationwide lockdown – efficient supply chain management is critical to ensure that South Africans continue to have access to food, basic commodities and medical supplies, according to SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management. The spotlight is also on the measures that will be implemented by transport, distribution and logistics organisations to ensure the safety of drivers and staff who will provide essential services during the 21-day lockdown.

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