SAPC Registrar

Message from the Registrar

Registrar Amos Masango contemplates the successes and challenges of a very busy 2016, and expresses his gratitude to the profession for their ongoing support. He savours the excellent accomplishments of the industry professionals who were recognised at the 2016 National Pioneer Pharmacy Awards, and conveys his satisfaction at the outcome of the 2nd National Pharmacy Conference.


SAPC - President

Message from the President

As 2016 draws rapidly to the close of a busy year for the SAPC, President Prof Mano Chetty reflects on global and national interventions that are demanding the profession to forego conventional thinking and opt for creative systems that meet the requirements of a changing pharmaceutical world. She savours the outcome of a highly successful 2nd National Pharmacy Conference, applauds the steps government has taken to address medicine shortages, welcomes the new pharmacy specialist qualifications, contemplates the National Health Insurance and deliberates the consequences of the #FeesMustFall campaign on the profession.



Department of Health to spend R17 billion upgrading South Africa’s clinics

The Department of Health will invest R17 billion over the next three years into upgrading the country’s public clinics to ‘workable’ levels in line with a broader preparation for introducing the National Health Insurance (NHI) system. Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced the department’s plan during the official opening of the 2nd National Pharmacy Conference on Friday 21 October 2016.


SAPC Council Meeting

Decisions taken at the July 2016 Council meeting

Council dealt with a number of issues during its meeting on 13 and 14 July 2016. Some of the matters were resolved directly with the affected parties, and others appear as separate articles in this edition of e-Pharmaciae. The following is a report on the decisions Council made with regard to applications for registration from candidates with a qualification obtained outside South Africa.


AMR Article

Millions face death in wake of antibiotic resistance

A report on antimicrobial resistance commissioned by the UK government in 2014 paints a bleak future for children, the elderly and people with pre-existing diseases. It predicts the death of 10 million people from infectious diseases by 2050 if a solution is not found to stem the alarming rise of antibiotic resistance. A number of solutions were proposed by speakers presenting at the 2nd National Pharmacy Conference.



Finance Minister talks healthcare at 2016 SAPC National Pioneer Pharmacy Awards

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s recorded address to recipients and guests at the 2016 SAPC National Pioneer Pharmacy Awards dealt with corruption, social justice and the continuing professional development of members of the profession. Woven through his speech was a message emphasising the essential role health and the delivery of quality healthcare played in meeting the values and rights contained in South Africa’s Constitution. Minister Gordhan, a qualified pharmacist by profession, enthused positively on the future role of the profession in the country’s healthcare system.


#FeesMustFall - Prof Roderick Walker

#FeesMustFall threatens academia as professionals consider corporate employment

Higher education is under threat as academics consider departing the tumultuous environment, characterised by the #FeesMustFall movement and violence that has strangled South Africa’s universities in recent months, for a less complicated career in industry or business. National and international university professors shared their views on the future of pharmacy education and training at the 2nd National Pharmacy Conference.



Pharmacists must broaden the scope of services they provide

As the health department’s preparations for the introduction of the National Health Insurance continue, Department of Health Deputy Director-General, Dr Anban Pillay, has called on pharmacists to carefully think about the services they provide to their communities and the ways in which pharmacists could be freed from dispensing duties to better interact with patients. He advised delegates at the 2nd National Pharmacy Conference that pharmacists needed to broaden their outlook on the services they provided.


Pharmacist Error

Pharmacists’ errors in the spotlight

A worrying issue that appears to be occurring more frequently in the health industry is the rise in legal action involving medical or dispensing errors. Medical errors and accidents featured on the agenda at the 2nd National Pharmacy Conference, and presentations were delivered on the possible reasons for the increase in costly legal malpractice suits.



The sale of HIV screening test kits – minimum standard approved

Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi is punting the message that prevention is key to reach the vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero new vertical transmissions. In his impassioned plea to the public he states It is in our hands to end the scourge of HIV and TB epidemics. The release of HIV screening test kits into the market is hoped to increase the number of people who test, know their status and receive treatment. Council has approved the minimum standard for the sale of HIV screening test kits.



National Pharmacy Week 2016

National Pharmacy Week acknowledges the invaluable contributions the pharmacy profession makes to patient care in all healthcare settings by ensuring the safe and effective use of medication. Pharmacists across the country participated in a variety of activities to promote the profession under the 2016 theme Use Medicine Safely. The Office received delightful reports and photos showing some of the celebrations.