SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Volume 14, Issue 4, Summer 2014
Volume 14, Issue 4, Summer 2014
Author Lorraine OsmanSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 14, pp 2 –6 (Summer 2014)More Less
Schedule 2 medicine? Schedule 6 medicine? Unscheduled medicine? What is this all about? What does it mean in your life, as a healthcare professional, and how on earth is the patient supposed to understand it?
The scheduling of medicines can be very confusing, so perhaps it is important to go back to the basics and to try to understand why the schedules exist.
Author Yolanda MoroneySource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 14, pp 11 –12 (Summer 2014)More Less
Traveller's diarrhoea is a common travel-related illness which causes loose stools and abdominal cramps. It includes intestinal infections from a variety of bacteria, viruses and parasites. It is caused by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Contamination can be transmitted to food, e.g. by washing fruit and vegetables in stool-contaminated water, or by those who prepare the food and who do not wash their hands properly after going to the toilet, or who use contaminated water to do so. Although traveller's diarrhoea is unpleasant, it usually resolves itself without specific treatment.
Author Lee BakerSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 14, pp 13 –14 (Summer 2014)More Less
Author J. Van SchoorSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 14, pp 15 –16 (Summer 2014)More Less
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including herbal medicines, has become popular because of the mistaken belief that "natural" or herbal medicines have no side-effects. The term "natural" or "herbal" sends a message to the consumer that the medicine is safe. However, there is no such thing as a "natural" medicine, and all medicinal products, "natural", herbal or conventional, are made in factories.
Author Annatjie BouwerSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 14, pp 18 –19 (Summer 2014)More Less
The pharmacist's assistant is at the forefront in the pharmacy to answer questions and advise customers on the basics of good skin care. With the advent of puberty, younger customers may need information on how to treat and prevent acne. On the other hand, life expectancy is continuously rising in developed countries, but the mystery of ageing remains partially unresolved, and customers are more aware of skin care than ever before. Skin ageing is also particularly important because of its social impact. This article will provide an overview of skin ageing, acne skin care and suggest five basic principles that can be followed in order to keep the skin healthy.
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 14, pp 20 –21 (Summer 2014)More Less
Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterised by difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep despite adequate time and opportunity to do so, leading to daytime functional impairment. Insomnia is common, and affects adults and children, although it is more common in adults and its frequency increases with age.
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 14, pp 22 –25 (Summer 2014)More Less
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 14, pp 26 –28 (Summer 2014)More Less
Summer! Sunshine! Time to have fun! But what about the medicine that you are taking? Some medicines react to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and cause a photosensitive reaction that is similar to sunburn. Knowing which medicines cause these problems ensures that patients know when to stay in the shade.
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 14 (Summer 2014)More Less