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.

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A healthy heart matters this World Heart Day

In South Africa, 255 people die from heart diseases every single day, despite the fact that 80% of heart diseases and strokes can be prevented. Healthy food choices can positively impact cardiovascular health and immunity in a matter of weeks and along with moderate physical activity, can reduce the risk of heart disease and play a vital role in maintaining an optimal immune response.

Vagisan – trust the no. 1 product for vaginal dryness

Dryness, itching, burning or pain in the female genital area is a problem for nearly half of all women over the age of 45. Too many suffer in silence and many do not seek treatment. Local specialist brand-building distributor, ACDOCO SA is launching yet another over-the-counter (OTC) first in South Africa, Dr. Wolff’s Vagisan Moisturising Cream.

Excessive salt consumption taking its toll on South Africans’ hearts

Excessive salt consumption taking its toll on South Africans’ hearts The country’s biggest provider of heart disease medication warns South Africans to cut back on salt, as it could have a destructive impact on their cardiovascular system. Nicole Jennings,...

Family caregiving: A case for taking a break

As we approach Breast and Prostate Cancer Awareness Months, we want to take this time to check in with many South African family and friends who find themselves caring for someone at home. Family caregivers typically wear many hats: from healthcare provider to companion, all on top of working a full or part-time job, which experts estimate to be true for 60% of family caregivers. But who takes care of the caregiver? CareChamp weighs in on how caregivers can get the support they need, and make the process more positive for both parties.

South Africans at increasing risk of vision loss

With an ever-growing number of South Africans diagnosed with diabetes and an ageing population, loss of vision due to diabetic eye complications and age-related visual conditions is on the rise. Diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that damages the blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye, is the leading cause of vision loss globally.

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