SA Pharmaceutical Journal (SAPJ) official mouthpiece of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA). SAPJ is aimed at the continuing professional development of the South African pharmacist as a clinical pharmaceutical care practitioner in a community or hospital pharmacy environment or in a regulatory position in the pharmaceutical industry. The journal provides specific clinical reviews on self-medication topics (symptomatic therapy), information on prescription medication (therapy in clinical context) and provides the pharmacists with essential information for referring customers for early medical attention should it be required. Pharmacovigilance – ensuring the safe and appropriate administration and use of medication and reporting of serious adverse events or other adverse drug reactions – is strongly advocated in SAPJ. The SAPJ further supports pharmacists to transform the pharmacy in an accessible, basic primary health care facility for preventing and treating PHC conditions through diagnosis, screening and treatment.

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.

METROGEL V GETS A MAKEOVER

MetroGel V, the preferred choice for the treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) by South African gynaecologists, has had a facelift. The same trusted product now comes in beautifully designed floral packaging, adding visual appeal to the product and aligning to its therapeutic goal of re-establishing vaginal flora.

Newly forged partnership set to revolutionise disposal of hazardous medical waste in SA

The safe and effective management of healthcare waste emanating from hospitals and other healthcare facilities has long been a matter of grave concern locally and internationally. An all-South African partnership known as Tshenolo Green Solutions (TGS) is combining the use of a new cutting-edge, locally developed on-site waste disposal technology, with a comprehensive logistic approach to medical waste disposal.

Medical industry duty of care: onerous, but necessary

A recent study on the state of medical waste management in rural South Africa has revealed that areas of the country are underprepared to deal with multiple forms of potentially-hazardous materials. If left unchecked, communities could be exposed to hazardous materials that medical facilities have a legal and ethical duty to dispose of according to very stringent regulations.

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