oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Public health : every pharmacist's business! : forum

Volume 78, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Many pharmacists are involved in public health in some way or another, although they may not use this term, while others may not be familiar with public health opportunities for pharmacists, but may wish to become more involved in the future. In this article, we will consider the relevance of public health to current and future pharmacy practice in South Africa.

We commence by looking at what is meant by "public health", and discussing its relevance to South Africa. We will then deliberate on who should be involved. Pharmacists roles in public health will be explored, and current and future opportunities and challenges for South African pharmacists in public health, examined.

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