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.

Herpes simplex viruses simplified

The Herpes simplex viruses can be categorised into two types, namely the herpes type 1 (HSV-1) more commonly known as oral herpes (fever blisters or cold sores) and herpes type 2 (HSV-2), known as genital herpes.

NRF Vitamin C for Eye Care

An interesting study by The American Optometric Association notes that vitamin C benefits include slowing the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which is the number one cause of blindness as we get older and will help to preserve sharp vision. Scientific evidence suggests vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts of which risk factors are smoking, diabetes and steroid use which can deplete the eye’s lens of vitamin C.

Duro-Tuss, New Packaging, Same Trusted Combination

Coughing is an important reflex that removes mucus and other secretions out of the body to help clear the airways, enabling easier breathing and faster healing

A dose of volunteering is just what the doctor ordered

When paediatric dentist Dr Weakley embarked on a health drive with the Tshemba Foundation and the Colgate mobile unit to screen and treat members of the community, she never expected how much more she’d gain from the experience than what she originally thought: “It makes you humble to see how little these wonderful people are able to live with. Our lives are so complicated and hectic – this makes you realise that life is more than just work and the rat race.”

Can supplements help with fertility?

Infertility, which is defined as not being able to fall pregnant after trying for a year, affects between 15 and 20% of the South African population, which translates to approximately one in every six couples.

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