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  • ASTRA ZENECA – LAUNCHES FORXIGA®

    AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals announces the launch of an SGLT2 inhibitor, Dapagliflozin, marketed as FORXIGA®, to the South African market. Gliflozin drugs are a class of medications that inhibit reabsorption of glucose in the kidney and therefore lower blood sugar. They act by inhibiting sodium-glucose transport protein 2 and are therefore also called SGLT2 inhibitors. FORXIGA® is […]

  • REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON THE GENERAL REGULATIONS RELATING TO BONUSING

    The GENERAL REGULATIONS of the MEDICINES AND RELATED SUBSTANCES ACT, 1965 (ACT NO. 101 OF 1965) RELATING TO BONUSING have been published in the Government Gazette for public comment which closes at the end of February. Click here for the draft Bonusing Regulations. These regulations could are intended to support the attainment of affordable medicines, […]

  • DETERMINATION OF A REASONABLE CO-PAYMENT

    The CMS will consider the level of co-payment which it deems reasonable. The undesirable business practice relating to co-payments project is being iv. Determination of a ‘reasonable’ co-payment The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has published Circular 74 of 2017; a call for public comments on the draft PMB Code of Conduct. ICPA will be […]

  • 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 […]

  •  URGENT:  NHI FEEDBACK

    CCMDD TENDER ICPA is at an advanced stage of negotiations with a partner to submit a bid for the Central Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution (CCMDD) tender for 3 years from 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2021 in all provinces except the Western Cape. The CCMDD will be one of the service delivery models […]

  • 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.

  • NDoH STATEMENT: LISTERIOSIS OUTBREAK

    Please find media statement issued by the National Department of Health (NDoH) regarding the outbreak of a food-borne disease, Listeriosis, in South Africa. Click the links to retrieve the media statement and frequently asked questions (FAQ).

  • PHARMED SPECIALS

    HIV SELF-SCREENING TEST KITS ICPA has arranged a special with Pharmed for a SAPC approved kit: HIV Self-Test I-Test NAPPI code: 247610-001 ICD10 code: Z11.4 – screening for HIV Special WAS R99 ex VAT for ICPA members NOW R82,99 ex VAT per kit. Please note that this is short dated stock and there are no credits on returns, […]

  • World AIDS Day 1 Dec 2017

    World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on the 1st of December and is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have passed away. This year the theme is “It is my right to know my status. Prevention is […]

  • ICPA has revised credit card rates with Nedbank.

    The new Merchant Commission structures.              Local Credit Cards 1.80%              Local Debit Cards 0.95%              Foreign Credit Cards 2.20%              American Express 2.80 % (currently 3.5%) Nedbank is also offering […]

  • CCMDD Tender

    ICPA attended the compulsory briefing session held on 28 November 2017 and will be submitting a bid on behalf of ICPA members. Get the CCMDD Bid Pack here  

Latest News

  • 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...

    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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