SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Volume 81, Issue 5, 2014
Volume 81, Issue 5, 2014
Author Johann KrugerSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 81 (2014)More Less
Save me, and I will save you. One hand washes the other, and both wash the face. These are idioms with which we are surely all familiar, and which are appreciated and experienced in everyday life almost on a daily basis. We do not live on this planet as solitary human beings, and need each other to eke out a living from whatever we are doing. This also applies to us, as pharmacists, practising our profession to improve the health of our patients and the population at large.
Source: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 81, pp 13 –16 (2014)More Less
The introduction of proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) in the late 1980s optimised the medical treatment of acid-related disorders. PPIs have superseded the use of histamine-2-receptor antagonists in patients with moderate to severe gastric acid-related diseases, as well as for the prophylaxis of upper gastrointestinal injury, for example, with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. PPIs have been found to be successful in improving the symptoms and complications of acid-peptic diseases owing to their potency and effectiveness, and in having a positive impact on the quality of life of people with these conditions.
Source: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 81, pp 17 –20 (2014)More Less
The common cold is one of the most frequent illnesses that is encountered in children. In fact, children's colds cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness. Although colds are self-limiting, many parents and caregivers may choose to purchase over-the-counter medicines for symptomatic relief. Differentiating between colds and influenza is needed to determine the appropriate treatment option, and to make a decision about whether or not referral is required.
Source: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 81, pp 22 –24 (2014)More Less
Author Sumari DavisSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 81, pp 25 –28 (2014)More Less
Lower back pain occurs in up to 84% of adults worldwide at some point in their lives. Recurrence rates are high, and back pain often remains a chronic condition, with mild symptoms and acute exacerbations occurring from time to time. Paracetamol or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory is first-line treatment for non-specific lower back pain. Once symptoms have improved, recurrence may be prevented by staying active and strengthening the supporting muscles through appropriate exercise. Maintaining proper posture is important in preventing back pain, especially when lifting or moving heavy objects, or prolonged periods of standing or sitting is a component of working conditions. Although only a small percentage of patients may experience back pain due to serious systemic pathology, it is important to identify and refer these patients as soon as possible as some of these conditions constitute a medical emergency.
Author Lynn LambertSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 81, pp 30 –33 (2014)More Less
Long QT syndrome is a cardiac conduction disorder in which cardiac repolarisation is delayed following a heartbeat. This condition creates an electrophysiological environment that favours the development of serious ventricular dysrhythmias which can quickly deteriorate, leading to cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death. The pharmacist is in a pivotal role as awareness of this condition and the impact of drugs can play a major role in exacerbating underlying long QT syndrome or causing long QT syndrome.
Author Jan Du ToitSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 81, pp 34 –36 (2014)More Less
The 64th Community Pharmacist Sector's (CPS) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 9 May 2014 at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth. The AGM was attended by 60 delegates from the branches that constitute the CPS of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA).
Author Andy GraySource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 81, pp 37 –39 (2014)More Less
The theme of SAAHIP's 2014 conference was "Taking Stock" - a recognition that the 20th anniversary of South Africa's democracy provided a wonderful opportunity to look back at what had been achieved, in order to identify what still needed to be done and to re-energise the efforts of pharmacists to provide a quality pharmaceutical service in hospital and institutional settings. As part of the conference, a workshop was held with delegates on the same theme - Taking Stock.
Author Stephan MollerSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 81 (2014)More Less
If I were ever granted a wish from my fairy godmother, it would be to abolish the feeling of disappointment. It is a most uncomfortable feeling. Perhaps this is because it is such a complex emotion which cascades into anger, hurt, sadness, and many other feelings that are impossible to define. The fact that every soul on this earth is afflicted with disappointment provides little consolation.
Author Haseena GaniSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 81 (2014)More Less
The Marketing Code Authority (MCA) is a voluntary association for the self-regulation of companies that market health products in South Africa. The MCA's constitution is a "world first" in that the member companies originate from diverse sectors, i.e. innovator, generics and veterinary medicine, as well as medical device and in-vitro diagnostics. The 252 member companies joined the MCA to signify industry's commitment to ensure that health products are marketed to healthcare professionals and to the public in a responsible, ethical and professional manner.