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.

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Female’s bear the brunt of dementia burden; let’s thank them.

This Women’s Month (August 2020), Livewell – a specialist dementia care provider – want to acknowledge the women caregivers and the women living with dementia. They are running a competition to highlight the role of female caregivers across South Africa.

Disinfectants: Are they all the same?

The spread of the common cold, influenza and many other infectious diseases may be prevented by using the correct disinfectants on surfaces as well as in hand sanitation on a regular basis. Many respiratory diseases affecting humans and animals globally, such as avian influenza virus (AIV), tuberculosis as well as the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, more specifically the COVID-19, are caused by agents including bacteria, fungi as well as viruses. These organisms and especially viruses are secreted in large amounts by the infected human or animal which leads to contamination of the environment in which they live or move around in. Disinfection as well as proper cleaning plays a crucial part in the control and elimination of these pathogens.

Anusol offers even more relief with new flushable wipes

The #1 selling piles treatment brand in the UK, Anusol, is trailblazing the solution for this uncomfortable condition with its new Anusol Soothing and Cleansing Flushable Wipes. The wipes offer sufferers an innovative natural personal hygiene alternative that is gentle, effective, convenient and eco-friendly whilst soothing, cleansing and cooling the affected area.

A new in vitro study shows the ability of ColdGuardTM to deactivate SARS-CoV-2, the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic

ABEX Pharmaceutica has announced that preliminary results of an in vitro study on ColdGuard™ demonstrates that it deactivates SARS-CoV-2 by 98,3% in just 20 minutes[1], and can offer a protective barrier against the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uncontrolled diabetes makes the fight against COVID-19 harder

Since being declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this year, COVID-19 cases around the world have continued to increase at an alarming rate with over 11 million people reported to have contracted the virus to date. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), COVID-19 is mild with minimal flu symptoms in more than 80% of those who contract the virus. However, in up to 15% of cases, COVID-19 has been severe with about 5% of cases needing critical care. In as much as the number of people needing critical care is lower compared to the rest of the cases who get diagnosed with the virus, the IDF states that people with pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with COVID-19 once they contract it

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