oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Challenges versus opportunities : pharmaceutical practioner

Volume 80, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



As we begin the new year, I am encouraged by the opportunities that are unfolding for our profession, while at the same time I'm acutely aware of the challenges that together we must overcome before the full extent of the new opportunities can be realised.

In the interest of servicing our patients and the people of our country with a quality pharmaceutical service, we must urgently focus our attention on the immediate removal of obstacles, while we continue to prepare for the broader scope of practice envisaged by the Pharmacy Council.
I believe that as medicine specialists in the healthcare team, we alone carry the burden of responsibility for identifying and rooting out the hidden agendas, the politics and misguided policies that prevent everyone from receiving the benefit of the quality pharmaceutical service for which we are trained and qualified to deliver.
As we navigate our path towards delivering an improved and more comprehensive quality pharmaceutical service in our country, it is inevitable that we will encounter some stormy weather through which we will have to pass in order to reach calm seas again. I want to address some of these challenges.

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