TRAINING: Meda champions allergy education

Last month Frontshop Pharmacy Magazine joined forces with Meda Pharmaceuticals travelling round the country hosting training on allergies Meda is a leading international specialty pharma company with a broad product portfolio reaching more than 80% of the global pharmaceutical market. Pharmacists, pharmacist assistants and front shop assistants from Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban joined us […]

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HEALTH & WELLNESS: Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air and in their haste to get ready for the warmer weather your customers are looking for all the best products for them to get a jump start on enjoying South Africa’s lovely weather. In the September issue of Frontshop Pharmacy Magazine we feature 8 products guaranteed to fill their needs. […]

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October profile – Nicholas Moyo

“It can be hard to see that the effort you put in today will be rewarded down the line” Name & surname: Nicholas Moyo Pharmacy: Clicks Regent Road Job title: Pharmacist Assistant Age: 44 1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Heilbron in Johannesburg. 2. Who inspires you and why? My father, […]

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CPD: Psoriasis and the case for coal tar

Psoriasis is a common chronic skin disease that affects 1-3% of the population. It affects men and women equally, but can occur at any age. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AS WELL AS OTHER CPD ARTICLES FEATURED IN MEDICAL CHRONICLE COAL TAR HISTORY The use of coal tar for the treatment of psoriasis […]

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Postmenopausal osteoporosis

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (US) estimates that there are 9.1 million women with osteoporosis worldwide and an additional 26 million with low bone mass. Osteoporosis is a multifactorial systemic skeletal disease, characterised by low bone mineral density (BMD) and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue resulting in bone fragility. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines menopause […]

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Pharmacists’ role to change?

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has spoken out against plans, said to be at an advanced stage, to increase pharmacists’ scope of practice. In a release SAMA stated that it was on record as repeatedly expressing its deep concern about the significant shortage of doctors in the country. “We have always appealed to government […]

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Regulatory Burdens on SA pharmacy industry

The pharmaceutical industry operates under a controversial and highly regulated web of legislation that aims to balance the interests of the end users, medical aid companies, manufacturers and patent holders. Controversy and regulation frequently coalesce around the concepts of increased access, availability, incentives, profitability and the cost to end users. Controversy and regulation are understandable […]

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OPINION: Creating a difference

So how do pharmacies survive today? There are so many products and services that are alike. Pharmacies in essence all carry the same products that sell for very similar prices. So how are you able to create a difference in such a highly commoditised environment? Those who claim to know will suggest that it’s the […]

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Musculoskeletal pain affects the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and bones

Musculoskeletal disorders, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are injuries or disorders of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage and supporting structures of the upper and lower limbs, neck, and lower back. These disorders may be caused or exacerbated by exertion or prolonged exposure to physical factors. WHAT IS MUSCULOSKELETAL […]

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Understanding allergies

When it comes to allergy, the overarching theme is inflammation. “In order for inflammation to occur,” explains Dr Greg Renzulli, “something has to go wrong. “In all honesty allergy should not even exist if your immune system has been properly informed and genetically trained. A lot of new data emerging now suggest there’s an intrinsic […]

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BGM Pharma launches two new products

Born out of necessity to serve South Africa and the African continent BGM Pharmaceutical’s commitment is to provide Africa with world class, affordable and innovative pharmaceutical products that address the healthcare needs of the continent. For the past two years BGM Pharmaceuticals have been collaborating closely with healthcare practitioners in Africa who have been trying […]

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Vitamin D deficiency and HIV

Research shows vitamin D deficiency puts HIV positive Africans at risk The best understood function of vitamin D is the role it plays in conjunction with calcium and phosphorus in building strong bones. However, a growing body of research suggests that vitamin D holds an integral part in the proper function of the immune system. […]

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BMI and health-related quality of life among high school boys and girls?

Are physical activity, sedentary behaviours, and sleep duration associated with body mass index-for-age and health-related quality of life among high school boys and girls? Background Previous studies reported lower health-related quality of life (HRQOL) scores in overweight and obese adolescents compared to their normal weight counterparts; however, few studies investigated the association between obesity-related behaviours […]

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HAIR LOSS: CT women most concerned about their hair

When it comes to hair, a survey shows that women in Cape Town are more concerned about their hair and the role it plays in self-esteem than their Joburg and Durban counterparts. The survey of 505 women over 30 by independent company, Plus 94 Research, showed that 76% of Capetonian women polled said hair was […]

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OPINION: Being Professional

If you think it’s expensive to be professional wait until you deal with an amateur. There are many definitions and interpretations of what professionalism means. Some will describe it as the ability to practice the skill, good judgment and proper behaviour in the job. Being professional is a key differentiator between businesses today. The trait […]

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Blood stocks critically low

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has less than two days of blood supply – and is ringing an urgent alarm-bell and calling on its donors to assist. Students are an invaluable resource in saving lives as they make up a large proportion of the national blood donor base. Yet the recent protest action […]

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Don’t let your wheeze turn into a sneeze

Every time we think that spring’s about to arrive we seem to have another cold snap and out come all the jackets again. Unfortunately it seems the flu is equally determined to plague us for as long as possible this year. If the health of your lungs is already compromised, you are immediately at higher […]

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How do cox-2 inhibitors work?

The COX-2 inhibitors are a newer class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs reduce pain and inflammation just like traditional NSAIDs. Both COX-2 inhibitors and traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have equal ability to control pain and inflammation. However, COX-2 inhibitors have an added safety benefit; they are less likely to cause stomach problems […]

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World Cancer Day – be proactive

When sicknesses, diseases and other ailments start to creep under our skin we tend to curse our lives, genetics, and living conditions for this destructive change, causing a ripple effect in the way we move forward. Cancer is one such brute pandemic. Patients of this vile malignant disease suffer with a series of issues affecting […]

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STUDY: An aspirin every second day keeps colorectal cancer away

The study examined the association between long-term, alternate-day, low-dose aspirin, and cancer in healthy women. Long-term use of alternate-day, low-dose aspirin may reduce the risk for colorectal cancer in healthy women, according to the findings of a study on the possible benefits of aspirin in cutting cancer risk. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, […]

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