National Pharmacy Week
Pharmacy Week 2014 took place between 1 and 8 September and focused on the theme “Rational use of medicines and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)”.
The Pharmacy Week theme for 2014 recognised that uninformed consumers may inadvertently contribute to the rise in antibiotic resistance by demanding antibiotics when they are not, in fact, indicated, e.g. when a patient, or the patient’s parent, asks the doctor or nurse to prescribe an antibiotic for colds and flu.
Posters and flyers carrying this message were translated into eight official languages and were printed and distributed nationwide. Artwork was also available for downloading from the respective websites.
The promotional material was developed by the Council and its partners – the National Department of Health, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) and the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA). The SAPC issued a press release on 1 September 2014, and the Vice President, Mr Douglas Defty, was available as spokesperson for media interviews.
The Office of the Registrar would like to thank members for the numerous Pharmacy Week participation reports showing pharmacy professionals reaching out to their communities, schools and patients. We take this opportunity to share some of these activities.