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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...

    here had to say. It's been almost two years since the South African Pharmacy Council approved the over-the-counter sale of HIV self-testing

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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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  • Countless clauses and fine print muddy the waters

    Posted on Saturday August 19, 2017

    Good medical scheme benefits are essential if you're ever faced with the high costs of cancer treatments. Good news is that, as long as...

    needs analysis to help you choose your medical aid option. Find one on medicalschemes.com and check their licences on fsb.co.za Cover for

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  • Rules Relating to Good Pharmacy Practice to be Tweaked

    Posted on Thursday August 17, 2017

    Department of Health The South African Pharmacy Council has published its intention, in Notice 591 in Government Gazette 41043, to add...

    Department of Health The South African Pharmacy Council has published its intention, in Notice 591 in Government Gazette 41043, to add

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  • Does SA's private healthcare sector only provide care for 16% of the population?

    Posted on Thursday August 17, 2017

    At a press conference about South Africa's National Health Insurance, the country's health minister again said that private healthcare...

    that the figure comes from the Council for Medical Schemes. The 2015/2016 annual report of the Council for Medical Schemes notes that “only

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