SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Volume 12, Issue 1, Autumn 2012
Volume 12, Issue 1, Autumn 2012
Author Lorraine OsmanSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 12 (Autumn 2012)More Less
Pharmacist's Assistant of the Year 2011
What an exciting evening we had in November last year! It was great to be in the company of doctors, nurses, occupational health workers, environmental health workers, and pharmacists and pharmacist's assistants. Everyone was excited about their particular contribution to health care in this country, and we were so proud that pharmacy was so ably represented.
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 12, pp 4 –5 (Autumn 2012)More Less
On 27 May 2011, the first Pharmacist's Assistant Conference, organised by the Western Cape Pharmacy Service, was held at the Newlands Sun Hotel. It was attended by 40 post-basic pharmacist's assistants from the Western Cape region, which includes the West Coast, Cape Winelands, City of Cape Town, Overberg, Eden, and the Central Karoo. It was also a platform from which to network, share information, discuss frustrations, and learn.
Author Jacqui SouterSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 12, pp 7 –8 (Autumn 2012)More Less
Winter is almost upon us, and with it, comes the usual influx of customers with colds and flu. Influenza or the "flu" should be taken seriously. Flu symptoms range from mild and nonspecific upper respiratory tract infections, to severe disease, with complications such as pneumonia, respiratory failure, secondary bacterial infections, and worsening of chronic conditions such as asthma and congestive heart failure. Deaths from influenza are reported every year. Our best defense against flu is an annual influenza vaccine.
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 12, pp 11 –17 (Autumn 2012)More Less
All infant formulas must support the normal growth and development of infants, and this needs to be scientifically demonstrated. Formulas have to contain sufficient amounts of basic nutrients, and so are nutritionally interchangeable, with no evidence indicating that one brand is superior to another
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 12, pp 19 –20 (Autumn 2012)More Less
Dry, irritated, or runny, red eyes are common complaints of customers who present in the pharmacy. A number of eye preparations are available, and selecting a product that is best suited to the problem can be challenging. This article gives a brief overview of common complaints, and of the available products.
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 12, pp 22 –26 (Autumn 2012)More Less
As the seasons change from summer to autumn to winter, the number of patients requesting medications for colds and flu is likely to increase. Preschool children may experience a cold five to seven times a year, with the incidence decreasing to two to three times a year for adults. Often, cold and flu symptoms are not severe, but because they may affect day-to-day functioning, the patient may wish to take something in order to "feel better". There are many available combination cold and flu preparations. The pharmacist's assistant should ensure that the patient uses one that suits his or her particular needs.
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 12, pp 28 –30 (Autumn 2012)More Less
There are several types of allergic skin conditions. They are often itchy and red, and may appear scaly, bumpy or swollen, and can be very distressing. Mild-to-moderate allergic skin conditions can be managed in the pharmacy. The pharmacist's assistant may also be able to assist with the identification of possible allergens, and to provide advice regarding preventative measures.
Author Kay Van RensburgSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 12, pp 31 –32 (Autumn 2012)More Less
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 12 (Autumn 2012)More Less
Probiotics are live nonpathogenic microorganisms (yeasts and bacteria) that live in the intestines and vagina. They fend off attacks by harmful microorganisms, preventing illness. The term "probiotics" also refers to the same yeasts and bacteria that are available as dietary supplements, or are added to certain foods. Most commercial products are derived from food sources, especially cultured milk products.
Author Ronelle CoetzerSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 12, pp 35 –36 (Autumn 2012)More Less
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, relapsing, and often life-long disorder of no identifiable cause that affects the digestive system. It is known by a variety of names, including spastic colon, spastic colitis, mucous colitis, nervous diarrhoea and nervous bowel. It is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal condition worldwide, affecting an estimated 10-20% of the general population, and is second only to the common cold as a cause of absence from work.
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 12, pp 38 –42 (Autumn 2012)More Less
Calcium is an essential mineral found in great abundance in the body. Ninety-nine per cent of all the calcium in the body is found in the bones and teeth. The remaining 1% is found in the blood. Calcium plays an important role in nerve conduction, muscle contraction, and blood clotting. If calcium levels in the blood fall below normal, calcium will be resorbed from bone in order to maintain blood calcium levels. Therefore, it is important to consume enough calcium to maintain adequate calcium levels.