Amos Masango – SAPC Registrar

Message from the Registrar

History records point to the Spanish flu having taken about 500 000 lives in South Africa, making us the fifth most devastated country by the highly contagious flu of the early 1900s. Now in 2020, with an advanced healthcare system and armed with a pharmacy workforce proportionally bigger and stronger than 100 years ago, we are faced with a similar pathogen yet more deadly.

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Mogologolo Phasha - SAPC President

President’s Message

South Africa’s journey to universal health care coverage, as called for in the Section 27 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the NDP, appears to proceed unhindered.

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SAPC - Council decisions

Council decisions (October 2019 & February 2020)

Since the last issue of the Pharmaciae, Council sat on two occasions and resolved on a number of matters. This article highlights some of the decisions resolved on at the October 2019 and February 2020 Council sittings. Other matters on the operations of the Office of the Registrar and the Council are covered in the articles featured in this issue of the Pharmaciae.

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SAPC - Covid-19

Recommended procedure on discovery of COVID-19 case in the pharmacy

Pharmacy professionals, as frontline essential workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, have a higher than normal risk of exposure to contracting the novel coronavirus causing SARS-CoV-2 pathogen. Pharmacy owners and responsible pharmacists are called upon to observe and implement guidelines and regulations on infection prevention.

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SAPC - Medicinal Canabis

Medicinal cannabis – trying to keep up with shifting legal provisions

After many years of simple prohibition, the world is in the process of re-evaluating its attitude to and regulation of cannabis and products made from the plant. Cannabis is widely grown, in almost all countries, and has been used for various reasons for millennia. Andy Gray of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pharmacology Division provides a precise treatise of legislative changes around medicinal cannabis.

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The implementation of CPD Regulations

Following the promulgation of the Regulations relating to continuing professional development by the Minister of Health in May 2019, the South African Pharmacy Council published the Rules relating to continuing professional development (Board Notice 179) in September 2019, paving the way for the implementation of the regulations.

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SAPC - Interns

Council urges approved training sites to use Regulation 16(2) to appoint more interns per approved tutor

South Africa’s unemployment rate has been stubbornly high for several years now, as the economy is not creating enough jobs to meet the demand. Pharmacy graduates are one of the many graduates affected by this phenomenon, with some finding themselves without internship placement on graduation. The South African Pharmacy Council urges pharmacies to use the ‘training delegation regulation’ to employ more interns per approved tutor.

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SAPC - Compliance

It is a legal requirement to update personal details

The Pharmacy Act requires of the Registrar to keep up-to-date accurate registers of persons registered to practise the calling of pharmacy in South Africa. The accuracy of the details on the registers is required for verification of registration and registration details, as well as the communication of Council decisions and changes in legislation and procedures to registered persons.

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SAPC - Digital ID Card

Introduction of Digital Registration Cards

As the world embraces the 4th Industrial Revolution and we move ever further into the digital age, it is with great excitement that we announce the decision to issue all registered pharmacy professionals with digital registration cards from October 2020.

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Grading Methodology

Implementation of the revised grading methodology

The South African Pharmacy Council continually strives for excellence and looks for ways to improve upon its responsibilities to the profession. With the aim of protecting the good image of the pharmacy profession, the SAPC has revised the inspection grading methodology and is taking action against pharmacies who continually fail to comply with the GPP.

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SAPC - Legislation

What’s new in legislation?

Legislation is continually changing and being updated. The South African Pharmacy Council endeavours to include all legislative changes and additions relating to the pharmacy industry in each edition of the ePharmaciae. This edition looks at the legislation published from July to December 2019.

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SAPC - Committee of Formal Inquiry

Committee of Formal Inquiry reprimands pharmacists found guilty of unprofessional conduct

As the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) is legislatively mandated to protect and uphold the good image of the pharmacy profession while assuring the public’s right to universally accepted standards of pharmaceutical care, the Committee of Formal Inquiry investigates alleged misconduct by pharmacy professionals and premises owners, and institutes various penalties on those found guilty – these can range from a fine and/or suspension from practice, or complete deregistration.

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SAPC - Appointments & Promotions

Appointments, promotions and resignations

Talent recruitment, retention and human capital development are at the core of the Office of the Registrar’s strategic mandate. The South African Pharmacy Council’s (SAPC) registers have grown exponentially in the last decade, thus demanding that the Office of the Registrar is staffed by talented, qualified and highly competent personnel. In this edition of the Pharmaciae, we excitedly announce new appointments and promotions. Sadly, the SAPC has had to say goodbye to two highly-skilled individuals who set out to pursue greener pastures.

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National Pioneer Pharmacy Awards

The National Pioneer Pharmacy Awards recognise pharmacy professionals and facilities from the community, public/private institutional, industry, academic and other sectors as leaders in the provision of quality pharmaceutical services.

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Service Delivery Survey

ePharmaciae Rate Card