oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Organ transplant medicine : review

Volume 82, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



An organ transplant involves replacing a failing organ with a healthy one from a donor who is either living or deceased. Some of the most commonly transplanted organs include the kidney, liver, heart, pancreas, lung and small intestines. Life-long immunosuppressant agents are the mainstay of anti-rejection therapy for patients who have received an organ from a non-identical donor. Organ transplant patients are often required to take several different types of medicine to prevent the rejection of, and promote the healthy function of, the organ. Many patients do not adhere to their immunosuppressant regimen because of the high pill burden, leading to transplant failure. Pharmacists have an important role to play in ensuring that patients receive adequate support and counselling on their organ transplant medicine.

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