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  • Compliments of the season

    We wish all our members a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018.

  • New dispensing fees published

    On 29 December 2017, the Minister of Health published Gazette No. 41362 amending Regulation 10 of the Regulations relating to a transparent pricing system for medicines and scheduled substances. This is the new maximum legislated dispensing fee and comes into immediate effect.               Click here for the Government Gazette […]

  • Have you paid your professional fees?

    Just a reminder that the following fees are due: South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) Fees are payable on-line. Please visit https://www.pharmcouncil.co.za/B_Fin_PayMethod.asp for the payment method. Annual Registration Fee for your Pharmacy   Due 2 January 2018 Annual Registration Fee for Responsible Pharmacist   Due 2 January 2018 Annual Registration Fee for Pharmacist   Due 1 February 2018   Board of Healthcare Funders […]

  • Pharmacy license guidelines

    The long-awaited Pharmacy license guidelines have been published for comment. ICPA will be submitting comment before 5 February 2018 deadline. If you would like to give any input please email your comments to info@icpa.co.za with pharmacy license guideline comment as the email heading by 31 January 2018. Click here for Government Gazette 41354

  • Bonus, rebates and incentives banned 

    Government Gazette (GG) 41287 was published on 1 December 2017 for comment on Regulation 18A of the MEDICINES AND RELATED SUBSTANCES ACT, 1965 (ACT NO. 101 OF 1965) prohibiting any bonus or rebate systems and any form of incentive or inducement on scheduled medicines. ICPA will be submitting comprehensive comment before the 28 February 2018 […]

  • 2018 Interns available

    If you are looking for an intern this year please email the ICPA office info@icpa.co.za  – we have a long list of pharmacy graduates looking for placement.

  • DOWN-SCHEDULING OF ATOVAQUONE-PROGUANIL: IT’S OFFICIAL!

    Atovaquone-proguanil combination medicines registered with the Medicines Control Council (MCC) for the purpose of chemoprophylaxis of malaria in patients weighing 11kg or more have been rescheduled from Schedule 4 to Schedule 2. Click here for Official notice from the Department of Health.

  • WINNER – ICPA DIABETES CAMPAIGN COMPETITION 

    Congratulations to Michelle and Jannie from Robertson Pharmacy – winners of the ICPA Diabetes Campaign competition. Thank-you for the wonderful photographs and your participation in the campaign – we are very proud of the services you provide in your community!      

  • HAPPY ‘HOLLY’DAYS

    It is the perfect time to recognise the immense contribution each independent pharmacy, the pharmacists and their staff make to healthcare in South Africa. The ICPA Board of directors, CEO and staff wish to express our thanks for this and for your contribution to your organisation. We would also like to take this opportunity to […]

  • MediKredit – EXPANSION OF THE NAPPI CODE TO 7 DIGITS

    Currently our dispensing, stock and Point of Sale software supports a 6 digit NAPPI code. As of 01 March 2018, the NAPPI code will be expanded to a 7-digit code. We have met with the IT vendors and MediKredit and we have been assured that the transition will be a seamless one. Information on the Expansion […]

  • DO YOU NEED AN INTERN?

    This is an urgent appeal to all independent pharmacists to try and accommodate pharmacist interns next year. We have a long list (over 250 at last count) of final year pharmacy students who have not yet found internship posts for 2018. Please email info@icpa.co.za if you are interested in training an intern.

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    Posted on Thursday December 21, 2017

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  • Are you medically prepared for your holiday trip?

    Posted on Tuesday December 12, 2017

    Whether you going overseas or just going camping locally, are you medically prepared for your trip? The Independent Community Pharmacy...

    , are you medically prepared for your trip? The Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) recommends that all travelers include a

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  • HIV self-testing kit: What you need to know - All 4 Women

    Posted on Wednesday November 29, 2017

    Do you know that you can buy an HIV self-testing kit and find out your HIV/AIDS status in a mere 15 -20 minutes?

    South Africa,” explains Jackie Maimin, CEO of the Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA). Maimin explain s that one of the

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  • Africa: Would You or Wouldn't You? South Africans Dish About the DIY HIV Test

    Posted on Monday September 18, 2017

    South Africa is one of about three dozen countries that supports HIV self-testing, but will it catch on? Here's what people who live here...

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  • “DON’T WAIT – VACCINATE” – SOUTH AFRICANS URGED TO ENSURE ALL VACCINES ARE UP TO DATE

    Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017

    September is Pharmacy Month and the theme for 2017 is “Don’t wait – vaccinate” – with the aim being to raise awareness of the importance of...

    of Pharmacy Month and this year’s theme, the Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) is reminding South Africans of the importance

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  • Cough syrup for a ‘high’

    Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017

    AN OPIOID epidemic is gaining a foothold in South Africa. The abuse of pain relievers and synthetic opioids has caused havoc in communities...

    said. Jackie Maimin, the acting CEO of the Independent Community Pharmacy Association, said “because codeine is less stringently regulated

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  • 10 Tips – What to look out for when changing medical schemes and benefit options

    Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017

    We all get to the point where we review our healthcare plans and costs, and wonder whether the grass is greener on another side, or whether...

    that you need to thoroughly evaluate beforehand. The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF) has a big picture, independent

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  • Pharmacy Act: Rules: Good pharmacy practice: Additional minimum standards: Comments invited

    Posted on Tuesday August 22, 2017

    The South African Pharmacy Council intends to publish an additional minimum standards to be added to Annexure A of the Rules relating to...

    The South African Pharmacy Council intends to publish an additional minimum standards to be added to Annexure A of the Rules relating to

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  • Pharmacy Act: Competency standards for pharmacists: Comments invited

    Posted on Tuesday August 22, 2017

    The South African Pharmacy Council intends to publish the 2017 Competency Standards for Pharmacists in South Africa in terms of section...

    The South African Pharmacy Council intends to publish the 2017 Competency Standards for Pharmacists in South Africa in terms of section 33(o

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  • Poor governance has disempowered doctors, put patients at risk

    Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

    The primary patient advocate is the doctor. Even when the regulator fails, the doctor remains beholden to the patient’s best interests....

    entities such as the Office of Health Standards Compliance and the Council for Medical Schemes. The checks and balances are missing, making

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