The real TCP is back

First introduced to the market in 1918, TCP is sporting a brand new look. Local collective of leading health, beauty and wellness brands, OMEGALabs is proud to announce the re-launch of the iconic family defender – TCP. The TCP brand has a history that dates back to the early 1900’s and in fact was first […]

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NRF launches ThistleVite

NRF ThistleVite is a nutritional supplement which supports a healthy liver function by assisting in lipid metabolism and stimulation of the liver. Herbal Milk Thistle (silymarin) was removed from shelves under the new complementary medicine’s act after being rescheduled as a medicine and NRF ThistleVite is a replacement supplement which acts in a similar manner […]

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The dreaded pinworm – don’t scratch that itch

Highly contagious pinworms occur most frequently in children attending nursery schools where they play together, particularly in sand pits. Teach children to wash their hands often, particularly after going to the toilet, playing outside in the garden or with a pet, and before eating. Pinworm (enterobius vermicularis) is an intestinal infection caused by tiny parasitic […]

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Pain piles up

Believe it or not everyone has piles (haemorrhoids). Piles are normal bodily structures, it is only when they swell that they cause problems. © Ryan Stuart/moodboard/Corbis Often a taboo subject that embarrassed sufferers talk about in hushed tones, most people don’t realise that almost everyone will suffer from haemorrhoids at some point in their life. […]

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General management of colds and flu in children

The common cold is an acute, self-limiting viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. Pre-school children are at greatest risk of developing frequent colds and tend to experience more prolonged symptoms than adults. Influenza is a highly infectious, acute respiratory illness, which is caused by numerous rapidly mutating viral strains. In general, flu symptoms are […]

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World Salt Awareness Week

Don’t take World Salt Awareness Week with a pinch of salt cautions SMASA With World Salt Awareness Week happening between 16 and 20 March, there’s never been a better time to consider the amount of salt in your diet – especially given the devastating effect it can have on your health. “A high sodium diet […]

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World Glaucoma Week 2015 – millions remain undiagnosed

A World Glaucoma Week media event took place at St John’s Eye Hospital in Soweto recently, hosted by ophthalmologist Professor Grant McLaren and Alcon. Prof McLaren reiterated that the lack of awareness of glaucoma is a critical problem both in South Africa and globally. Zenzile Thusi (a patient with glaucoma), Aaron Tselane (Alcon), Dr Akiel Asvat […]

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March profile – Ntlatla Mahamba

“Small mistakes can have a big impact” Name & surname: Ntlatla Mahamba Pharmacy: Sandton MediRite Pharmacy Job title: Pharmacist assistant Age: 26 1.       Where did you grow up? Mthatha in the Transkei. 2.       Who inspires you and why? Nelson Mandela. He did something not everyone can do. In spite of all the obstacles he rose […]

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Maria Masina: Finalist 2014 Front Shop Assistant of the Year

Based in Orange Farm, Maria works at Kew Cash Chemist. Being the first time she has entered the Front Shop Assistant of the Year competition Maria was excited to make it through as a finalist. “I was encouraged to enter by my pharmacist.” Maria chose a career in the pharmacy industry as she is very […]

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Sarie Viljoen: Finalist 2014 Front Shop Assistant of the Year

Brits resident, Sarie’s passion for her job and clients is unquestionable. “Working in a pharmacy is incredibly interesting and I love learning about ailments and the medicines that can treat them. I’ve always wanted to work in a pharmacy and would never consider another occupation.” A loyal Frontshop reader, Sarie has previously entered the Frontshop […]

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Vivian Taaibos: Finalist 2014 Front Shop Assistant of the Year

When Vivian found out her colleagues at Dahyas Pharmacy in Maraisburg were entering the annual Frontshop competition she was quick to make sure she did too. “I want nothing more than to be a qualified pharmacist assistant and this was the perfect platform to start taking my career to the next level.” Life has not […]

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Krishnie Maharaj

Krishnie Maharaj – 2014 Front Shop Assistant of the Year winner

The 2014 title of the Front Shop Assistant of the Year goes to Parlock (Durban) resident Krishnie. It was her dream of studying towards a pharmacy assistant qualification that motivated Krishnie to enter this year’s competition. A bubbly 55-year-old, Krishnie rather delightfully introduced herself as being single but had not yet given up hope. “God […]

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Elize van Zyl: Finalist 2014 Pharmacist Assistant of the Year

Elize is no stranger to the Frontshop Competition and in fact won the title of Pharmacist Assistant in 2006. “I was lucky enough to win a brand new Chevy Spark!” “I entered the competition again this year as I love a challenge and time is running out as I don’t have many years left before […]

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Linda van Wyk: Finalist 2014 Pharmacist Assistant of the Year

Recently married 24-year-old Linda first started working at a pharmacy 4 years ago. When Linda wasn’t able to study as a doctor instead of getting despondent “she trusted that God had a better plan for [her]. I don’t have any regrets and love helping people in the pharmacy every day. I am particularly passionate about […]

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Roana Pillay: Finalist 2014 Pharmacist Assistant of the Year

A single widowed mother of two, Roana has worked hard to get where she is today. “Growing up as a foster child there was no encouragement or motivation to further ones education or quality of life.” This is why she jumped when the opportunity to work in a pharmacy and study towards becoming a pharmacist […]

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Kayla Vermaak – 2014 Pharmacist Assistant of the Year winner

2014 Pharmacist Assistant of the Year Kayla Vermaak. A passionate pharmacist assistant, Kayla is based in Springs and works at Hillcrest Pharmacy. Kayla has always wanted to help people and originally considered becoming a social worker. However when her mother was diagnosed with a number of chronic illnesses it sparked an interest in the human […]

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2014 Front Shop and Pharmacist Assistant of the Year announced

The search for the 2014 winners of the annual Front Shop Assistant of the Year and Pharmacist of the Year Competition is over and Frontshop is excited to congratulate both winners: Krishnie Maharaj from Dis-Chem Pavilion – Front Shop Assistant of the Year After 22 years in the pharmacy industry Krishnie is even more passionate […]

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Moderate sun cuts cancer risk

A new study shows the health benefits of moderate sun exposure may outweigh the associated skin cancer risks for people who are deficient in Vitamin D. The health benefits of moderate sun exposure may outweigh the associated skin cancer risks for people who are deficient in Vitamin D, especially those who live in colder northern […]

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Superficial and intermediate burns

What causes burns? Burns are the greatest cause of unnatural death among South African children under age five. Burns commonly result from the sun, scalding by hot liquids, fire, electricity or chemicals. Very young children have especially sensitive skin and even a burn from a cup of coffee can prove fatal. What are the symptoms […]

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Athlete’s foot – treatment and prevention

Anyone’s who has suffered the burning and itching of athlete’s foot, will be hesitant to repeat the experience. Here’s how to treat and prevent it. Step 1: Keep your skin clean and dry at all times. Wash thoroughly with soap and water and dry the area carefully and completely. Drying your feet with a hairdryer […]

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