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

IVF clinics donate free fertility treatments

Eleven couples will get the chance to receive treatment to help them have a baby as a result of a collaboration between an online support network and some of the world’s top fertility clinics with the results announced in Johannesburg, South Africa next month. Couples have been invited to enter a competition to receive a free cycle of IVF by IVF Babble, the go-to source of information, support and advice for anyone struggling with fertility or undergoing treatment. There is still time for couples to put their names forward.

Why corporates are going green in facilities management

The world is waking up to the dire need to go green. When looking at the current global trends, it seems that the percentage of people opting for eco-friendly products and strategies has increased substantially, and for good reason. This movement is not only visible in domestic settings but within the corporate world and facility management as well. Corporates are going green in facility management because the global culture is going green. With benefits from healthier employees and a healthier environment, to less money spent and more productivity, it is easy to understand this distinctive shift.

ORALMEDIC Launch

Abex Pharmaceutica (Pty) Ltd, through its consumer health division, is proud to introduce OralMedic ®, a revolutionary new mouth ulcer treatment that is scientifically formulated to alleviate mouth ulcer pain in seconds! OralMedic ® contains a patented formulation derived from Hybenx® technology. Hybenx® formulations are selective in removing damaged oral mucosal tissues from the ulcer site after application.

3M COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF ACELITY, INC.

3M has recently completed its previously announced acquisition of Acelity, Inc., and its KCI™ subsidiaries worldwide. Acelity is a leading global medical technology company focused on advanced wound care and specialty surgical applications marketed under the KCI™ brand.

A Dream Realised: The Challenges and Triumphs of Building a Mandela Legacy

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital was a project that seemed impossible when it was merely an idea. The seed took root when 10 people sat around a table discussing the state of paediatric care in South Africa – a discussion sparked by the death of a five-year-old boy. These people shared similar experiences that all pointed to the fact that devoted specialist care was needed for children. And so began the remarkable story of a children’s hospital built in the name of one of the world’s greatest leaders. Authors Ulrike Hill and Zanele Chakela recount the trials and tribulations of their long journey to bring the stories to the page in the new book ‘A Dream Realised: The Challenges and Triumphs of Building a Mandela Legacy’.

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