oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Septendecipus - something like an octopus but with 17 tentacles : president's message

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



As with everything, the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa has also evolved over the 7 decades of its formal existence. The 'big bang' in this case was the 1946 unification of the pharmaceutical societies that developed in different parts of the country following the establishment of the South African Pharmaceutical Association in 1885. This unified society developed and functioned as independent branches and separate bodies representing the various spheres of pharmacy practice until establishment of the current constitution towards the end of the 20th century, creating one umbrella society with four sectors representing pharmacists in Academia, Industry, Hospital and Institutional, and Community Pharmacy respectively. The 13 branches, representing all pharmacists and sectors in a specific region, continued functioning under the PSSA.

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