oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Onus scientae - the responsibility of knowledge : president's message
Knowledge is power (to quote Francis Bacon), and with great power (to quote Stan Lee) comes great responsibility.
As pharmacists, we take great pride in the scientific basis of our training, and we rely on that to reduce the misery that is inflicted on mankind by disease. On a daily basis, we use our training to treat patients' symptoms, clear up infections or generally improve their quality of life. Pharmacists no longer prepare their own lotions and potions. Over time, ready-made medication packages have resulted, researched and manufactured by our colleagues in industry. However, that would not exonerate us, as part of a healthcare team, if something went wrong while treating a patient.
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