SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Volume 76, Issue 3, 2009
Volume 76, Issue 3, 2009
Author Lorraine OsmanSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 76 (2009)More Less
I hope you read the SAPJ. I do. Every month. Usually at least three times. Of course, that's while it's in preparation. I have to confess that sometimes I don't look at it when it's been printed - by then I can quote it and I don't want to see it again! (I'm sure that Nitsa and Libby feel the same.)
Author Clive StantonSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 76 (2009)More Less
Another eventful month has passed since our last SAPJ was published and there is much that can be commented on, however, to start this month's column I want to share some inside information that I hope will be of value to you.
I have been informed by a reliable source that a new additive has been discovered that will enhance the performance of our motor cars. This new compound is to be added to a full tank of petrol at the rate of one drop per day and increased daily by an additional drop until reaching twenty drops in total per day.
Once your car has been stabilised on this dose it will be necessary to maintain the dose for the lifespan of your car.
Source: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 76, pp 8 –10 (2009)More Less
The PSSA was invited to interact with the Medicinal Products Technical Task Team, which is part of a Ministerial Task Team that is looking at various aspects of healthcare delivery. The agenda dealt mainly with pricing, legislation and human resources. The PSSA was asked to submit information on these topics to the Task Team, as well as information on other topics considered to be important to pharmacists.
Source: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 76, pp 12 –19 (2009)More Less
Acne is a disorder of the pilosebaceous follicles causing comedones, papules and pustules on the face, chest and upper back. It affects virtually all adolescents, to varying degrees of severity, and usually appears at the time of puberty. Although it may sometimes be unsightly and can persist for several years, it is not usually serious and resolves in most patients by the age of 25 years. However, it can have a significant psychological impact as it affects young people at a stage in their lives when they are especially sensitive about their appearance.
Diagnosis is usually straightforward and most patients presenting in a community pharmacy will generally be seeking appropriate advice on correct product selection rather than wanting someone to put a name on their rash. The majority of cases seen in the pharmacy setting will be mild and can be managed appropriately without referral. More persistent and severe cases need referral for more potent topical or systemic treatment. It is important to note that all forms of acne can cause scarring.
Author Jacqueline Van SchoorSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 76, pp 20 –24 (2009)More Less
As pharmacists, we are in the unique position to ensure that migraine patients are treated appropriately and to refer undiagnosed headache patients, when necessary, for further medical attention. Pharmacists are also important sources of information for diagnosed migraine patients, especially about prescribed antimigraine medication.
Author Stuart JonesSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 76, pp 26 –28 (2009)More Less
Common respiratory tract infections often have a bacterial cause and antibiotics are the appropriate choice of therapy. In order to maximise patient adherence, some antibiotics have been investigated for use at higher dosages for a shorter period of time. These new dosing recommendations may help in reducing non-adherence with antibiotics and may also aid in the prevention of bacterial resistance.
Author Nadine ButlerSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 76, pp 29 –34 (2009)More Less
Guidelines for the management of chronic, persistent asthma were first published by the South African Thoracic Society in 1992; the first revision appeared in 2000 and the latest revision is the 2007 version. This latest guideline was developed as an attempt to define and achieve control of asthma in response to the revised classification and new evidence on the safety and optimal use of asthma medications, and the ongoing need to emphasise the central treatment role of anti-inflammatory medication and leukotriene modifiers. Since surveys show that the majority of patients do not receive optimal care and are therefore not well controlled, these guidelines were formulated to encourage uniformity in the management of asthma.
Some of the more common biomechanical and orthopaedic foot conditions that are treated by the podiatrist : reviewAuthor D.S. RehbockSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 76, pp 35 –42 (2009)More Less
There are many conditions, injuries and diseases that affect human feet. The fact that humans have developed a bipedal gait (on two feet) has caused many of the modern foot ailments. Some are more serious than others and these biomechanical and orthopaedic conditions are treated by the podiatrist. Some of the more common ones are discussed here in part four of the series of foot and podiatry related topics in this Journal. A short description and treatment protocol is given of each condition, but most of these conditions are best treated by the podiatrist and other medical professionals.
This article does not cover all the foot and foot related conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the human foot.
Author Palesa SanthoSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 76, pp 48 –53 (2009)More Less
Author Steve WhiteSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 76, pp 54 –55 (2009)More Less
This is a subject that has intrigued me throughout my professional career and perhaps comes down to my early contact, as a student, with pharmacists. I was perhaps privileged to work in a number of pharmacies as a student and thus experience different styles and different approaches.
The effect of simulated gastrointestinal conditions on the antimicrobial activity and stability of medicinal plant extracts : cum laudeSource: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 76, pp 56 –57 (2009)More Less
In recent years there has been a renewed interest in plant derived medicines both from a public and a research perspective. In terms of research, the emphasis of these studies have been on validating the traditional use of the plant as determined by testing biological activities such as antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory activity amongst others.
Source: SA Pharmaceutical Journal 76, pp 60 –63 (2009)More Less
After you have just spent 10 minutes of your valuable time counselling a person about what will be the most appropriate vitamin and mineral supplement for him, the person tells you that he will think about it. He then tells you that they are selling the same supplement cheaper at the pharmacy close to his work. He stands in front of you, his arms now folded and he is looking at his watch as if you have just wasted 10 minutes of his time. His posture is more rigid and he does not make frequent eye contact. He tells you that his wife is waiting in the car and he says good bye to you.
You think: ''I am furious! How can a person waste my time like this with total disrespect for my professional knowledge and skills?''
He thinks: ''What a poor business person! He or she gave me all the advice that I needed, but did not even attempt to convince me to buy the product.''