SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Volume 82, Issue 10, 2015
Volume 82, Issue 10, 2015
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The good, the bad and the ugly about the NDoH
Now that I have your attention, may I say that I grabbed it under false pretences? I'm not going to write about that topic. I am going to write about the National Department of Health, but I'm really not in the mood to be vindictive or petty at this time of the year. It's much more productive to point out the things that can be improved, and to end the year celebrating something really good.
Author Sarel MalanSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 82 (2015)More Less
Last month I referred to knowledge as being built on perception, on what we have seen, heard, read, experienced or learned after experimentation. The Marcus Aurelius quote, "Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth", highlights the fact that it is even more so for what we perceive as the truth. Many authors have referred to the Talmudic words, "We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are" and according to Oscar Wilde "The truth is rarely pure and never simple". From the Bible we learn that "The truth will set you free" and various authors have subsequently also reminded us that before this happens, it could hurt, make you angry, and require deep introspection and acceptance. With this as background, we have to accept that there will be 'different versions of the truth', shaping it for the benefit of the profession would be the way forward.
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Author Val BeaumontSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 82, pp 8 –9 (2015)More Less
Fellowship is important in a voluntary organisation such as ours. This short history is intended to improve that understanding and appreciation and encourage branches and sectors to identify persons, who through their significant contribution to the profession and the Pharmaceutical Society, would be worthy of the recognition. Fellowship has been described as a Community of interest, Companionship, a Brotherhood, a Fraternity or a Guild. A Fellow on the other hand can be described as a comrade or colleague, elected with certain privileges, to a college or a guild. The recognition of Fellowship within the PSSA started in the 1970's, when Julius Israelsohn and others deemed it necessary and appropriate to recognise certain members for exceptional and meritorious service to the Society, at National, Branch and Sector level.
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Southern Gauteng Branch Young Pharmacists' Group evening
The Southern Gauteng Branch hosted a Young Pharmacists' Group (YPG) evening on Tuesday 20 October 2015 at the Glen Hove Conference Center in Melrose Estate, Johannesburg. On arrival, drinks were served with an informal meet and greet as all attendees introduced themselves and gave a short account of the particular road that they had travelled in pharmacy to date.
Author Stephani SchmidtSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 82, pp 11 –15 (2015)More Less
The pre-travel vaccination status, health of the traveller, his or her expected behaviour while travelling, risk of disease in the country to which he or she is travelling, as well as the country requirements, need to be taken into consideration when determining the need to vaccinate prior to travel. Travellers should ensure that all routine vaccinations are up to date prior to departure. Yellow fever vaccination, when travelling to or from yellow fever endemic areas, is the only compulsory travel vaccine. However, there are country specific recommendations for mandatory vaccination, i.e. the meningococcal vaccination for pilgrims attending the Hajj.
Author Haley Van WykSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 82, pp 16 –20 (2015)More Less
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disorder, which is characterised by chronic hyperglycaemia and disturbances of carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, resulting from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action or both. The long-term effects of diabetes include the development of retinopathy, neuropathy and nephropathy. People with diabetes are also at increased risk of other diseases, including cardiac, cerebrovascular and peripheral arterial disease. Other long-term complications of diabetes include digestive problems, skin problems, sexual dysfunction and problems with the gums and teeth. Numerous factors, in addition to directly related medical complications, contribute to the impact of diabetes on quality of life and economics. Diabetes is associated with a high prevalence of depression, and adversely impacts employment, absenteeism and work productivity. With the correct treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent or delay the onset of possible complications.
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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) encompasses two vascular conditions that are of significant importance, namely deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT is also the most common cause of PE. Medical and surgical patients, and individuals who are at increased risk of developing VTE through a variety of factors, require adequate thromboprophylaxis. Primary and secondary prevention, as well as the definitive treatment of VTE, are accomplished through the use of a variety of anticoagulant drugs. This article attempts to provide an overview of VTE, and its prevention and treatment.
Brufen® 200 (Film-coated tablets) Brufen® 400 Extra Strength (Film-coated tablets) Brufen ® For Children (Liquid for oral administration) : drug infoSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 82, pp 30 –31 (2015)More Less
Author Joggie HattinghSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 82 (2015)More Less
How often do we see a committee collapse due to lack of succession planning? In all voluntary organisations we see it often. In most workplaces it also happens, but due to the nature of the workplace, competent (or not-so-competent) personnel can be instructed to step in and rescue the situation. This however does not mean that they do not feel the impact of the collapse!
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In 2008, 348 pharmacists from 98 different countries gathered in Basel, Switzerland for the Global Conference on the Future of Hospital Pharmacists, hosted by the Hospital Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). This seminal event, which followed a sustained period of preparation by means of a Global Survey of Hospital Pharmacy Practice and the commissioning of six evidence summaries, developed a set of consensus statements on the future of hospital pharmacy. The initial list of 75 Basel Statements were intended to be adapted for local use. As the coverage in the SA Pharmaceutical Journal at the time noted : "Taking the Basel Statements from global consensus positions to living documents, to effective application in action, and to ultimately achieving better outcomes for patients will require continued effort over many years. Every hospital pharmacist can be part of that effort through local action."
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The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (APSSA) successfully co-hosted a joint conference with the South African Association of Pharmacists in Industry (SAAPI) from 17 - 19 September 2015 at the elegant CedarWoods Conference Centre in Woodmead, Sandton. This was the first time the two organisations had come together to host a joint conference, and we believe it was an exciting and well attended conference.
The theme for the joint conference was "Today's research for tomorrow's solutions" which aptly brought together many academic researchers and local industry experts.