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Antidote magazine Hilton Stevens: His first Presidential address Why consider a masters degree?

Branch connection

The Miracle Train What went down in Durban?

SAPSF United The Project Unfolds


CONTENTS 3-Editorial note 4-Presidential address 5– Death of a profession 7- SAPSF in pictures 8-Student Exchange Interview 12- fashion@thepharm 18-Phelophepha Experience 21-Branch connection 37-Word is…



Editor’s Note Imagine a world, a world where pharmacy students speak in one voice... Imagine SAPSF. Venturing into Research or acquiring a masters’ degree in pharmacy i.e. Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacy Practice etc is seen as a waste of time by the majority. Exactly who is mandated to venture into research if not pharmacy graduates? Take a walk with Mr Tendai Madidi and learn more about the importance of Research. Am I healthy? “Know yourself” is the theme for this year’s SAPSF United project. The Vice President unfolds the project in this publication. Branch connection updates you on what is happening at the pharmacy school next door. Check out SAPSF in pictures; take a look see at the previous conference. Mr.Onke Mazibuko, the Health Care train (Phelophepa) manager takes us on a history tour of the miracle train in an exclusive interview. In another interview, Ms Mary Chindanyika utters all to those interested in joining the Student exchange program before she heads off to spicy India. This years’ highly awaited conference promises to take SAPSF to the next level. All roads definitely lead to the history rich Grahamstown this winter. See you there. Be the change you want to see in Pharmacy.

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A special thank you to Mpho Maesela for his enormous contribution to the success of this publication.



Dear Pharmacy students Firstly congratulations are in order to you, the South-African pharmacy students. Being part of this federation has taught me that no other profession has students as involved in the heath science and contributes to their community, as much as our students. Any organization is only as strong as the functional units that drive it. The vision of its leadership is vain if they are not held accountable by its members, as well as its stakeholders, something that was strongly evident in the past term. My wish for the next short 6 months is simply the same, for the SAPSF, PresCo, and the branches to be constantly held accountable and questioned, to ensure that optimum results reflect in the 2010/2011 term. The federation is a long standing one, fourth oldest in the world, and has undoubtedly stood the test of time. And although admirable, stakeholders question whether it as active as it should be. My reply to that has always been yes, it has been as active as it it’s known to be, the only factor questionable is its public relations. As a result it is imperative that branch chairs and PresCo members attend meeting and functions hosted by stakeholders i.e. PSSA. The activities planned and implemented at branch level are vast but need to publicize in order to reassure stakeholders and students of the relevance behind pharmacy student bodies. Research development, ideas and health philosophies should continuously be attached to the activities of SAPSF. The amount of years spend in preparation for the Bachelors of Pharmacy is minimal (to some), and your expectations of the profession should be fuel the change you want to see. The basis of this is largely supported by the debate, networking, and being an active pharmacy student within your branch ant at national level.

fellow PresCo into office. We humor this task, and hope to reflect our gratitude and capabilities at the 58th annual conference in our report backs, and even before that which will be relayed through the different communication mediums established. We hope to continue to strengthen the branches, the relationships between the students and the pharmacy bodies, as well as the students and the different pharmacy divisions. Pharmacy and health science is a lifelong commitment, in which the rewards are seen daily through the impact on families and communities. It is ever growing, and so will this federation and the members who constitute it.

Yours in Pharmacy Hilton Tommy Stevens Due to the late conference (held in December instead of June/ SAPSF President 2010/2011 July), this term will be a short one, ending in June. I dub this term “full-throttle”, with so much to be done in the time given, with special attention to the dying student body at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, the organization of the upcoming conference, rejoining of Potchefstroom University branch, and not only maintaining our international membership with IPSF but also ensuring adequate representation on the international front. The most important of all the objectives put forward is ensuring that resources are in place to ensure that optimal future professionals are groomed. I thank you for your support in voting myself as well as the 4

Why is research necessary in any profession?

Death of a Profession By Tendai Madidi (UWC)

Why did I pursue pharmacy as a profession? Well after high school everybody expected me to do medicine but I didn’t have the nerves to see sick people on a daily basis. Yet I still had a passion for service and health so I chose the health profession which offered the most opportunity in terms of possible fields of specialization and career paths. Pharmacy still does offer all this and more and yet few high school students are aware of its existence hence the low number of students willingly opting for it as a career. There are about 2000 pharmacy students in South Africa and most of them did not have it as their first choice. Why do I say pharmacy is a dying profession? Well of all health professions it has the highest personnel turnover. This is so due mainly to brain drain as a result of low remuneration of health professionals in developing countries; job dissatisfaction mainly due to the lack of recognition and respect from other health professionals, and ironically limited career development which is mainly due to limitations in the scope of practice of pharmacists in the African health systems. With so many pharmacists leaving the profession it leaves even fewer to enter the field of research in pharmacy. What with all that is working against the profession; the legal changes and restrictions that limit the role of a pharmacist, it is sad that we as well are contributing to putting the final nails on the pharmacy coffin. Did you know that the majority of post graduates in South Africa are foreign? Of all the masters level graduates even fewer go on to do a doctorate or post doctoral work. Of the post graduate work done in the country, 80% is done by researchers over 50 yrs old. All these stats tell us that in the next 20-30 years the greater percentage of the researchers and lectures in this country will be foreign nationals who have nothing keeping them in the country and can leave at anytime. It is downright embarrassing to even say that the future of pharmacy in this country is mostly in the hands of soon to be (if not already) geriatrics. Whatever happened to the youth being the leaders of today and tomorrow? If nothing changes soon the profession might just die or become one of those obsolete professions.


The role of research is to add to the knowledge base. Knowledge is the engine that drives development and research is the fuel that keeps the engine running. No profession can progress without research. History is riddled with lots of famous researchers, the likes of Alexander Bell, the Wright brothers, Albert Einstein, etc. Coming closer to home, the last sixty years has seen tremendous developments in the field of medicine due to the research of science legends such as Alexander Fleming, Maria Curie and Christian Gram just to mention a few; and researchers continue to make amazing strides in healthcare. Many of these researchers are pharmacists. No one else knows more about drugs then we do. It is only natural that we head research on drugs. But research in Africa is under threat. It is common sense that the rich will only conduct health related research on matters that affect them. That leaves Africans to conduct research on issues that affect Africa. This means you and I are mandated by the fact that we form part of that 1% of people that hold or are in the process of obtaining degrees in the world. Africa and the rest of the developing world are depending on us to spearhead research and development. The world is moving towards a state of education where simply holding a degree isn’t enough. We desperately need more graduates to enter the field of research and get masters and doctorate degrees. Overseas the B.Pharm is no longer viable as a first entry pharmacy degree and has been upgraded by the M. Pharm and D. Pharm in Europe and the States respectively. This should serve as a motivator for obtaining post grad degrees to as many of us as can attain this level of education. Many of us may want to but unfortunately cannot due to the responsibilities of fending for our families. For those that can, we should if not for our own self development then for the profession’s and our beloved nation and continent’s sake. But the question on every graduates mind is no longer why do research but rather what’s in it for me? Well let me try and break it down for you. Firstly it will provide you with a whole new way of thinking and solving problems that is not offered by a mere bachelor’s degree that assesses your ability to remember and regurgitate information. Post grad work teaches you to think outside the box and apply the knowledge that you have and use it to make a difference in this our world. Then you can stop being like the ordinary graduate that uses a mere 5% of their brain and strive to use a little more to the extent of challenging the Einsteins of this world that used an estimated 12% which might look small but still far bigger when compared to the rest of us. Post grad studies will thus facilitate the mindset shift and provide you with the general competencies so desperately needed in this country and age.

Another benefit is that it will also open up doors to travel all over the world attending seminars and research collaborations. I would think most of us have the general idea that research doesn’t pay but I beg to differ. Researchers get paid for every article they publish and per chance if you discover something of value the patent rights on their own can make you very rich. All it takes is one brilliant idea. Take Mark Zuckerberg for instance who became the youngest billionaire from his ingenious idea of Facebook. Who knows, you may become the next Alexander Flemming and discover the next miracle drug that surpasses the penicillins. You might just be the one to discover a cure for cancer or the developing world pandemic, AIDS. So don’t sell yourself short, venture into research and change the world of pharmacy. Remember pharmaceuticals are big business with enormous returns; everybody needs a pill these days. The four principal fields of pharmacy offer an extremely broad range of research areas. So if your interest lies in research go for it, if not think about it. Knowledge never killed anyone. In my language, Shona, they say “Njere shoma dzino remedza tenzi” loosely translated as a little brain is heavier than a big one. It is a rather hilarious equivalent to the English proverb “Little knowledge is dangerous.”

“Little knowledge is dangerous.” Knowledge doesn’t kill, become a researcher.

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classes with my host, who is also a pharmacy student. I intend

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to show and share with the students the knowledge I have gained and the way we do things in South Africa, and at Rhodes. Even though I am travelling as a SAPSF member, I have

Before she jets off to

India, Antidote had a chat with also had the support of my faculty and university. I will share with students there my experiences of being a student at a

Mary Chindanyika, a third year student from Rhodes University and hears what she has to say.

South African university. Lastly I will also showcase my culture. I am proudly Zimbabwean, and always delighted to talk about our traditions and values as the Zimbabwean people.

3. Is it a personal visit? How is SAPSF going to benefit

1. Why India?

India pioneered the evolution of from your visit? pharmacy in so many areas. Usage My trip to India has been fueled mainly by SAPSF. My trip I of medication such as anesthetics do hope would be the beginning of another new phase in IPSF was used in ancient India. An In- for SAPSF. I would say that the purpose of the trip is defidian developed the first organized nitely not personal, it is for SAPSF and I do hope the outpractice of medicine. The country comes will benefit the federation. All concepts that I will learn continues to advance in the area of I will share with SAPSF so that if any aspects are to be Pharmacology and this is attested adopted it is done at a national level and not just for my beneby the several collaborations be- fit. tween Indian pharmaceutical companies and institutions and I have chosen to make this trip very personal in that I know I those in Southern Africa. A recent case in point is the visit by will get the chance to experience a different culture and way a Rhodes University delegation led by the Dean of the Faculty of life. That experience will stay with me for the rest of my of Pharmacy, Prof Walker to India’s KLE University. The life. visit was aimed at creating collaborations with a country respected and well known in the pharmaceutical industry. Given this background it is not surprising that I am excited that the country that I will be going to is India. I have to be honest, I did not think I would be picked for India. I was ecstatic when I heard the Indian seo had reserved my application .I am looking forward to visiting their country and to experience how they are adopting this philosophy of pharmaceutical care into their system.

Good things first J well so far I have been so excited about my trip to India, it has been wonderful reading about the country, trying to learn a simple greeting with the help of my friends who speak some of the common languages spoken in the region I will be travelling to. Sharing this experience and learning curve with my friends has been so wonderful and I cherish

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In India I will be showcasing the role SAPSF has in a pharmacy student’s life. It will be my duty to explain and express how SAPSF has impacted my life, the support and guidance they offer students as well as what student benefit by being affiliated with SAPSF. I will also get an opportunity to showsity. While in India I hope to get the opportunity to attend

periences etc.

every moment .

2. What will you be showcasing at India?

case Rhodes University and the curricular at Rhodes Univer-

4. The "Road" to India: Difficulties, challenges, good ex-


(from previous page) The greatest challenge so far has been garnering financial support. SAPSF will not be paying for the trip, I have to raise funds for the air fares and for my stay in India. I have been blessed because my host has committed to organizing accommodation for me. I do not have sponsors thus far. Another challenge has been trying to organize the optimal time for the visit. I have been in consultation with my faculty to ensure that the trip does not affect my studies and exams. I therefore have to make sure I do the exchange during my vacation time as credit points cannot be earned in absentia. It will be a huge sacrifice for me to miss out on my vacation and the opportunity to travel back home (Zimbabwe) to be with my family, but this is a challenge I am willing to take head on to make this trip a success. This leaves me with just the vacation to go experience India and be back.

ences, even international students that have taken part. Sharing their experiences would motivate people to take part. Also creating the fund for exchange students will give them a foundation to start from when raising money for the exchange. 8. Will the Exchange program be a beginning of greater things for you in relation and/or similar to the program? I am hoping it will be a great beginning for SAPSF as it restarts its journey of student exchanges as part of IPSF. Personally for me it will be the beginning of friendships and contacts that will help me in the development of my career as a pharmacist.

5. What are you hoping to learn from the experience? Like I said before mainly I want to learn more about pharma- 9. Last words before India...> ceutical care. I hope to learn how their curriculum is struc- The journey is not easy but it’s so much fun and you gain a lot tured, their campus life, their dispensing system and their di- of experience in terms of professional relationships. Time manverse culture. Maybe a bit of their language too!!!!!

agement is one skill you surely attain as you have to juggle your studies and processing of travel arrangements.

6. Your thoughts on the Exchange program: Why is it necessary and how can it be improved or is it perfect now? The Exchange program is very important. It allows us to have knowledge of what is happening at an international level and also take part in international events that relate to pharmacy. Development occur in some instances based on observing what others have achieved and most importantly how they reached such high levels. Pharmacy has a global aim to achieve pharmaceutical care. With this in mind it is in our best interest to engage in student exchanges that will allow us to learn from each other. The program can be improved by having a fund created within SAPSF that will assist exchange students. The question however would be what would be the source of funds? We could introduce a fee payable by each branch to SAPSF for student exchanges, advertisements may be used to get committed sponsors in time before students are selected for the exchange. It may start with one student and increase as the pool of sponsors grows. 7. How can Presco extend their invitation, so that many of our members build an interest on the program and partake in it? Most people are drawn to things that have stories of success. 9 Previous exchange students should be invited to annual confer-


Raydon Juta Vice President

Hilton Stevens President

Themba Feza General Secretary

Thuso Mojakgolo Treasurer

Thulasizwe Shelembe Media and Communica-

Sfiso Longwe Student Exchange Officer

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The SAPSF United Project is an initiative which was started by a former Vice President Nadiem Suffia of the South African Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation. The vision behind this project was to collectively, without competing, unite all the Pharmacy School Branches in an initiative on a National level. The Project is the responsibility of the Vice-President of each year to facilitate and manage the logistical integration of the SAPSF United Project. The project has a theme as decided upon for the year, and revolves around serving the community and such involving community stakeholders in such a health drive. The focus of 2011 will be to “Know Yourself”, this theme reflects the fact that most diseases or conditions of today can be prevented if detected early. If patients are aware of their risk factors and the consequences of not changing their lifestyles. These conditions include Diabetes Mellitus (type 1 and 2), Hypertension, Cholesterol and related conditions. It is our responsibility as the profession to always educate and inform the public of themselves and their risks so as to decrease the burden on society. Burdens include our healthcare system, decreased productivity in the work place as well as the effects on families it may have. If many conditions could be presented, society would be a whole lot more effective. The project will be undertaken by each branch of the South African Pharmaceutical Students Federation during the month of April 2011 (18-23rd). The proposed site for the campaign has been decided to be a shopping mall or centre, due to the number of persons one can

target from all walks of life, however branches may involve more of the community by hosting the campaign in a primary healthcare facility or community centre as well as the shopping mall or centre. The campaign will be runs by each branch as stated previously, and will include procedures such as BMI testing, waist circumference testing, patient interviews, blood pressure monitoring as well as expired drug disposal collection. Any patients requiring referral will be referred via a special SAPSF referral form. This initiative is exciting not only due to the fact that it is student led but that it will incorporate Pharmacists and has the possibility of incorporating many other health professionals and stakeholders in the community setting. This initiative was founded on a vision and dream to unite all Pharmacy Students in South Africa under one umbrella, to celebrate our gifts and skills and to give back to the community. Let us fulfil that dream.

Raydon Juta Vice President (SAPSF)




By MakgobaTumisho. INTERNesteem is all about taking care of our wardrobes, especially what we put on under our lovely CLINICAL COATS, I mean as Pharmacists we want to be treated with respect and dignity like other high profile professionals, but we fail to dress accordingly. Dress code plays a very crucial role on every person’s self-esteem and confidence, next time you are having selfconfidence challenges dress up a bit. You may be surprised how much it helps . *wink! *God bless y’all. 12

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-What is the link between the Phelophepa Health Care Train and students i.e. Pharmacy students? -What is the role played by students in the train?

Students in their final year are selected to assist in the great course of the Transnet foundation, the Phelophepa Health Care Train. The train takes health care to the rural communities of South Africa which cannot access health care services. Each week two pharmacy students are invited to assist in the pharmacy on board. On my week at Harrismith on the train, I managed to sneak an exclusive interview with the train manager, Mr. Onke Mazibuko. In this interview Mr Mazibuko sheds light and answers all the questions you might or have pertaining to the train.

What makes the Phelophepa Project so unique is that it is all about people from various ethnical and professional backgrounds coming together to work towards one common goal. In doing this, partnerships are formed with communities, state and privately owned enterprises, universities and other important stakeholders. Onboard the train there are 20 staff members and 14 security guards who live and travel with the train for 9 months of the year, dedicated to the vision of bringing affordable services to the communities. At any given time there are 40 students working on the train from the various disciplines including health, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, psychology and catering. The students come to the train for two week periods (pharmacy is one week and catering is three months) in their final year of study to literally practice what they have been studying. The students play a vital role as it is they who do most of the work as the permanent staff act as supervisor and managers – without the students and the ongoing support of the tertiary institutions there would be no Phelophepa Project. So while the train is about providing affordable services for impoverished communities it is also about creating an environment of learning for students. The experience they receive is invaluable and invariantly different from the experience they gain elsewhere, since the communities visited by the train are different from those the students come from and the Phelophepa environment is different from most medical or health setups.

What would you want students to take from their Phelophepa experience?

Mr Onke Mazibuko Give us a brief history of the Phelophepa initiative: How and why did it come into existence? In 1993 Professor Jannie Ferrera from the then Rand Afrikaans University (RAU, now the University of Johannesburg (UJ), approached Transnet with a request to obtain four coaches which were to be used as a mobile eye clinic. In that first year the train only offered eye services and by the end of the year the university decided to give the idea back to Transnet. In 1994 the Transnet-Phelophepa Health Care Train was born, in the same year as our democracy, when the Pharmacy, Health and Dental Clinics were all added to the project (the Psychology Clinic was only added two years later). Transnet decided to use the project as part of its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) which involves not only giving back to the communities of South Africa but also making a solid contribution towards nation building. Since the birth of the project the objective has been to bring affordable services, through a united effort, to rural and impoverished communities. Since its inception the project has been about healing, sharing, educating and leading in the various fields involved in the project.

One of the things that I mention to students during the general orientation when they arrive is that they are professionals and are expected to behave and dress as such. However, as much as we appreciate their professional knowledge and expertise, what we value most on the project is the attitude they will have towards one another because the way that we treat each other is the way that we treat our patients. There can be no doubt about the fact that working on the Phelophepa for any period of time is an eye opener to the realities and challenges of rural life. On arrival the students are told that the project is about human dignity, equality and respect. Being exposed to these communities and the dynamics of the train the students (and all those who work here) are undoubtedly engendered with a sense of humility. Seeing what patients have to go through just to get such services and also seeing the deep sense of appreciation after receiving services is something that leaves an indelible impression on the students. When students come to the train it is hoped that they firstly become open to the idea of community service, secondly learn a valuable lesson in humanity, healing, sharing and educating through living together, and thirdly get a sense of meaning and purpose from the work that they do so that there is no gap between their personal and professional lives.

How many Pharmacists and pharmacy personnel do you employ in the pharmacy when are phamacists posts normally advertised and how? What are the prerequisites for interested graduates who want to be part of the Phelophepa family?

Being a permanent Phelophepa staff member is probably 10% about 18 ( continues on page 20)

Presense of Phelophepa lures governments initiatives i.e sassa,home affairs 19

continues from page 19 professional knowledge and experience and 90% attitude and character. Since the Phelophepa environment is so dynamic and challenging it is quite natural that not all people will be able to tolerate the conditions. That is why team dynamics are crucial and during the job interview process a patient and critical approach is taken. Interested job applicants have to show a genuine passion for people, communities and selfless endeavours. Applicants also have to show strong character and an ability to deal with stressful situations. On the train there are two pharmacists: one resident pharmacist and one pharmacy manager. They work together with two final year pharmacy students who rotate every week from the various universities in partnership with the project. All Phelophepa staff are on yearly renewable contracts and it is up to the staff member to indicate in July every year whether they will return or not the following year. Should a staff member choose not to return then in September the post will be advertised, so that interviews may be conducted in October.

Sighting at the demands of the services rendered at the train, What plans have been or will be implemented by the Phelophepa Management to try and meet those demands? The Transnet-Phelophepa Health Care Train will never work in isolation which is why we always have a strong referral base before entering any community. It is also no secret that perhaps the greatest weakness of the project is that we do not stay in any area long enough to do follow ups and it usually takes us two years to return to the same area. However, one of the ways that Transnet has responded to this is by building a second train which will ensure that we visit the same communities every year instead of every two years as has been the pattern for the last seventeen years. The notable trend over the years that the train has been operational is that more and more patients have been coming to the overwhelming majority of stations we visit which has necessitated staying longer at certain stations to deal with the need. Unfortunately we still see at many stations hundreds of patients turned away due to us not being able to accommodate everybody due to human resources or time factors. Greater collaboration with the relevant stakeholders has helped improve the follow up process but sadly in many areas we visit the services we offer just don’t exist which means people have to wait until we come back again.

-The Phelophepa train has been dubbed the “Miracle train”, how are you going to maintain that accolade? -As the “captain” of the train, where are you directing the train to? Fortunately – or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it – the Phelophepa Project has been embraced by the communities that we have visited on numerous occasions to the extent that there are great expectations wherever we go – some of them being quite impossible to deal with. Take for example in the Eye Clinic where on many occasions blind patients have come expecting to be given sight at the “Miracle Train” – a moniker created by the communities we visit. At the end of the day we offer primary health care services and all we can do is ensure that these services are the best on offer. As it is in all areas of life it is quite impossible to live up to people’s expectations all the time, all you can do is live up to your own expectations. Here at the Transnet-Phelophepa Health Care Train we know what our vision is and what our objectives and capabilities are. Fortunately, being part of a successful business entity allows us to benefit from 20

strong business principles and exceptional management which ensures a critical assessment of our processes. With the coming on the second train, and thus the expansion of the project, my objective is to ensure that our processes and procedures are well documented to the extent that the new team will be able to replicate and follow them. This needs to be done with an awareness of the field we operate in and ensuring that we remain abreast of our challenges.

Words to Pharmacy Students/SAPSF members… My words to pharmacy students/SAPSF members out there is that you should always make sure that the work you do is giving meaning to your life, and that your values, beliefs and dreams are being lived out in everything that you do. Make sure that in everything that you do you are being influential, reaching your targets and making an impact.



ULAPS First Aid training workshop Community outreach Cultural evening for both students and lecturers Sports and entertainment Event Pharmacy Ball

Sports/Picnic day Pharmacy Week Staff + Student 101 Pharmacy Ball Welcome Function Community Outreach Annual General Meeting Open Day

RUPSA RUPSA Ball Pharmacy Week 2008 RUPSA Fitness Frenzy Community Outreach Expired medicine collection Charity –Fundraising Annual General Meeting Welcome Dinner

TUTULAPS Elections and Gala evening Pharmacy week Community Outreach First orientation Valentine’s day Sports weekend Open day

WPSC Pharmacy ball Pharmacy picnic Pharmacy week HIV/AIDS workshop Pharmacy career workshop Community Outreach Pharmacy braai

PEPSA Election of new Committee Cheese and Wine Evening Community Outreach Pharmacy Ball Pharmacy Week Pharmacy Ball



First years Breakfast Sports day Braai Final Years Ball Community Outreach Wine Tasting Pharmacy week Pharmay Open Day

Sports Day Cake Sales (we need energy) Community Outreach Career development seminars Annual Tygerberg Hospital Christmas Party Welcome braai for 1st years UKNAPS



February 7 Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai Reason for concern Ladies n Gents daz it bug u s much s it daz me da EVERY1 iz making money outa da Pharmacy Profession xcept 4 Pharmacists demselvz? N if so wat izit dat WE s a Unit r goin 2 do bout it?

February 7 Wendy Smith Maka-aphile Mina thabo m thnkg 4 a lng run,hw abt we cum up wit our own pharmacy chain stores whch wil compete wit clicks or wholesalerz whch wil b chain stores also n mobilise al da pharmacist 2 join that.....

February 7 Nontobeko Mncwangi most people dnt empower themselves with knowledge of how systems work. We are thus are hapi with our salaries or gt xcited with the thot of makn money out of pharmacy. Truth is, 90% of the people, whether nurses, drs or pharmacist realy appreciate the business field. I like the black econ0mic empowerment story, the min0rity stil has power over it, simply because they knw hw it works. You give a black dude a tender to build a road, he does a shabby job, the road hs to be repaired in 3m0, a white owned company is called up to clean up @ thrice the am0unt. Fact of the matter is many blacks dnt thnk beyond instant gratification. Our attitude needs to change

February 7Sent from a Phone Sana Pearl Maluleke How long do doctors study pharmacology? Nd hw cum they do a few weeks dispensing course then they have a license to dispense? Dats our job!!! If they ol dispense soon we won't be recognised as important.

February 7 Nontobeko Mncwangi thats the whole point masana. U dnt have to have a 4yr degree to be able to read drz bad handwriting, pick n dispense. Thats nt a pharmacist job. We cn offer m0re to the world if we didnt dispense. Its al abt systems, new and beta. Wot innovative ideas do we have pertaining to pharmaceutical services. For interest sake, does any1 knw why aaron motswaledi got a 50% deal on arvs? 24 systems run. U c we r 2 outcome/result oriented, nt knwng what goes into making

February 7 Thabo Motsoai I thnk its 6 months bt spik anda correction n its tru da dispensing license iz 1 of our problems n 2 add 2 it I'm lukin @da pic holistically so da WE can b da 1nz makin money outa da profession.

February 7 Didi Tlou Motuku Pharmacsts DO NOT KNOW THEIR WORTH!! WE DONT STICK 2GETHA! WE DONT HAVE A BODY THAT IS ON OUR SYD! Dr's hav sama. One Dr cries dy all put tools down. Dy knw the health system cant run wthout em But...what health system can run wthout medication? Thats hw worthy we r,we can stop da running of da health system & charge any1 who dispenses on our behalf. But we need a body behind us,we need strong, stern, powerful, smart ppl leading it!

February 7 Nontobeko Mncwangi anybody cn count pillZ and say take one 3times a day. The govt has introduced mid level qualification, sumwhr btwn assistant and pharmacist, they r gna do al the day to day running of the pharmacy and they handle higher schedule drugs indepandantly. My question remains, wot our pharmacist bringing to the table whch we cnt do with0ut?

February 7 Hilton Tommy Stevens I agree to what everybody is like history.wen displacing a powerful movement,the only vehicle is a revolution..i.e. THOSE WHO HAVE THE ABILITY TO OPEN PHARMACIES,OPEN THEM.EVERYONE ELSE BOYCOTS,AND SUPPORTS BY COMMITTING TO WORK ONLY FOR THE ''REVOLUTION'' IN THOSE matter hw strong,or ur share price on the jse,u cant function with no pharmacist...cripple them internally and patients are bound to come through


February 7 Thuso Mojakes It is time we take charge,we need to stand up and be influential...we need to protect wat is ours and be proud of our role,I proposed regular meeting for pharmacists in 3military hospital,I rili didn't see the diference of me then(post basic pharmacist assistant) and now (pharmacist intern)...I rili feel is not about money but our role in the health setting

February 7 Nontobeko Mncwangi tommy, surely pharmacists have enuf brain mass to do beta than antique techniques

February 7 Didi Tlou Motuku Ur ryt Hilton but honestly speaking black pharmcsts dnt wana empower their own,dy hire family to run their pharmacies, want pharmacy studnts 2 work wthout pay...ther really is a lot 2b changed. Attitude being among da 1st

February 7 Nontobeko Mncwangi we need to capitalise, govt has enlĂŹsted pharmacy as a scare skill, how many of us r registered tutorz and assess0rs? Hw many have training academies? U want a chain of pharmacies, who'rg gna work 4 u? The country is @ 70% vacancy rate 4 pharmacists, whr r ur employees gna cum frm? I agree with gugu *a paradigm shift needs to happen*

February 7 Hilton Tommy Stevens @Nontobeko,where did the Clicks pharmacists come from? When they started their chain? From an existing pool.every movement begins with selling an idea that plays on the frustration of many who'd buy into that idea....we not creating,we taking,cause they too feel and have debated bout this for decades.the only difference we doing it.we take and the house(pharmacy) we place them in will suit their ideals,as we also want the same as they did...wouldnt u also rather tutor in ur our governed medium than within one that owns u.


February 7 Hemphill Matyeka Good topic Motsoai, i c u'v started somethn huge view is @ the end of the day is : as an individual ''you will NEVER'' be fully satisfied due to the fact that you r an employee and not an employer! I think that as pharmacists we should rather find a niche in our market that most corporates haven't diggd their fingers in2 and make it HUGE, our own...cos @ the end of the day pharmacy s broad it aint bwt retail/hospital...

February 8 Thabo Motsoai De iz a voice of reazon 4rm every1 contributin n I hope these toks makes us becum stronga n nt dividd (coz dats hw da opposition cn onli stop us) so rememba wen u becum of deze toks dat we r 1 n no 1 can muv us.

February 8 Tafara Jambwa Is this argument only about dispensing? Because in industry and research we are doing just fine (just takes a bit longer). I've always believed that we should never have started dispensing in the first place. But I'm sure that some of you will disagree with me, its just that dispensing is the only place we seem to have trouble in.

February 8 Nontobeko Mncwangi U and I share the same sentiments TafJam, there is a huge difference between offering a pharmaceutical service and pill counting. Industry, research and development are doing so very well :-)

February 8 Luleka Ellen Dhlamini True that,in hospital our profession we practice in silence,the only difference between a pharmacist & a pharmacist assistant is in the salary do we expect the opposition to respect us if all we do is do what they say we must do???its as if the 4yrs we spent in varsity was 4 nothing! 27

February 8 Tina Bontle Rybka I may not be 100% BLACK but I am down for this cause. Count me in 100%. We shall do this together.

February 8 Thabo Motsoai @Rybka dis iz 4 ol of us n @Slo patience my sista,patience.

February 8Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai Comrade Maphetja Paul Moeta hz brot sumin bek 2 my attention dat we hv discussd about 4 yrs back n dat iz we nid 2 stat mobalising membas in2 da PSSA,the SAPC n I'm adding da DoH bt we seek 'activ participation' 4 da Big Idea ie 2 own bek wat iz ritefuli ourz n dat iz the Profession of Pharmacy n plz mind u dat trans4mation wil take tym n wil nt hapen ovanyt so cn we c hw mani ppl wld lyk 2 go in2 which organisation?

February 8Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai Les we 4get da MCC guyz,thnx Lu


February 10 Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai How do we as young pharmacists ensure that we become EMPLOYERES so that we help in contributing to the government's plan to create 5 Million jobs in the next 10 years?

February 10Sent from a Phone Maine Thabang Mofokeng Now, the problem I've always had with pharmacists, is exactly wat ur all doing now!!! You talk and talk and talk and get each other excited and have nothing to show for it at the end of the day. Le ntena hampe... For the record I'm now only a pharmacist by qualification.

February 11 Samnkelo Ganta Quick question: are we allowed by SAPC to study ( diplomas, short courses) during comm serve year?

February 11Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai I thnk u cn do anythn bt take on renumerated wok.

February 14 Lucia T Chanetsa wow...its really been cool reading these conversations from a distance and must say i like the passion for change that most of yu have......and if i could just give you some inside info.....currently, in addition to the many curriculum vitaes that are being designed for pharmacy technicians, there will also be nurses who will be able to initiate therapy (like doctors) for particular diseases that are termed "high burden" by the state.....This is something that i guarantee you will happen within the next three years if it is rolled out on time. Now its good to mobilise pple and all these pharmacists, but of even greater importance is what you are gonna be doing with the ppl that yu have mobilised them. like so many sentiments shared here, we have sold ourselves short....we are supposed to be part of hospital rounds doing what is 29

known as clinical pharmacology, we need to have access to prescribing at least up to schedule four drugs (which the doctors will fight us for since that where they make the majority of their money - even though this will ease the pressure off the health system), And these are just but a few......Look i for one was very dissapointed when after my year of internship i realised that the only thing that seperated me from my supervisor was her ability to read terrible handwritting...and i asked this what i wanna do for the next 20 years? the way. The reason why the doctors won the bid for dispensing is because there is strength in yah.....the only question i have for everyone is....HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT? and it shouldnt just be about the money (by the way big up to Mr Tonny Furgersson, coz at least he has his fingers in some pie....)

February 14 Luleka Ellen Dhlamini @lucia,I couldn't have said it better myself. It is so demoralizing 2 work in hospitals because all a pharmacist does is push medication OTC just so the line can move faster.I've only begun my internship n trust me when I say,I'm tired of this job b4 I even begin my career. Its sad that pharmacist that have been in the profession 4 long r comfortable with the current situation. Let us not be all talk n NO game.we need to STAND TOGETHER to WIN this 1!

February 14Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai Hw many of us here are ACTIVE membas of deir PSSA branch?

February 14 Luleka Ellen Dhlamini LOL*silence means concern*

February 15 Thuso Mojakes @good point,I am as tired as you are,we had a meeting with a Doctors' representative last week and I complained that they don't write diagnosis or atleast ICD 10,one of de long serving pharmacist responded dat we dnt need it dat much,I got so angry and I eventualy said things dat I was not supposed to say which I won't mention here


February 15Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai People please never do anything out of anger. Will it be too much of a hustle for all members involved to become active members of their PSSA branch?

February 15 Samnkelo Ganta Thabo how does one become an active member of the pssa branch?

February 15 Thuso Mojakes Long serving pharmacists are resistant to change,and they think experience is everything...ill not allow any1 to dictates my role,I respect every1 who has been in the field...

February 15Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai Find out your nearest PSSA branch,register with them and make a change from within so that when decisions are made at a National level it is us that are making those decisions.

February 16Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai If I may ask: how many Pharmacists would be willing to sacrifise towards the goodwill of the profession simularly to how struggle heroes like Oliver Tambo did? 31

February 16 Lindiwe Sethole das dat mean putin our tools dwn n simply refusin to apply our skil? Im willing

February 16 Samnkelo Ganta I would Thabo, i dont know how many times i have to "fix" drs prescritions and i dont get paid or recognised for those efforts. We really need to take back our profession.

February 16 Thabo Motsoai Please remember to be very patient,don't loose focus as these things take time.

February 17 Mywish Mathebula pharmacist's have been underecognised for a long tym,so the older pharmacist's still feel inferior and thus they dont have the "balls" to stand firm to docters and demand those ICD-10 codes and diagnosis....but we're not that generation and it should be felt by all healthcare professionals.....yeah,i also say we take our profession back!

February 17 Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai @Mywish where would you advise the starting point to be? Another thought I have always had is the role of the Pharmacist in drug abuse and that is one territory we need to explore in helping the community in curbing this problem as the last time I followed organisation like Drug Wise were on the brink of being NGOs as their need were not seen or 32


February 17Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai One challennge I have for Pharmacists as the custodians of medicine and experts in drugs is that we make ourselves heard n make the profession indispensable by following nations such as Genzi in which the Pharmacist is the one having the last say on the drugs to be given to a patient.

February 18Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai Has anyone made any progress with regard to our concerns?

February 25Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai What are people's understanding of the PSSA and the SAPC?

March 1 Thuso Mojakes SAPC is about registration of pharmacist and pharmacies,they are also there to protect the community PSSA protect us pharmacists Are we all aware of the discontinuation of Doxyfene?

March 1Sent from a Phone Lulama Qwele 33

Came across somethng about th drug bein discontinued due 2 abnormal heart rhythms or somethng of tht effect.....

March 1 Mywish Mathebula I read an article on wunga,n aparently adicts r geting themselves infectd wit HIV just 2 get hold of Stocrin...wat do we do?

March 1 Hilton Tommy Stevens bt its back on the market for some reason again

March 1 Hilton Tommy Stevens @tina at one stage we were calling the doctors and substituting the likes of synap forte, and doxfene...few weeks down the line the story changed. unless its a compnany thing.

March 1Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work"~Thomas Edison

March 8Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai Is anyone making progress to share with the rest of us? 34

For all members that can please watch making moves this thursday March 10 2011 @1pm.

March 8 Hemphill Matyeka Which Channel Motsoai?

March 8Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai On SABC 1 thank you Mr. Matyeka. How many members actually read pharmacy-related megazines ie SAPJ,Pharmaciae etc?

March 8 Thabo Motsoai Very good Ausi Lerato and for everyone to please do read and share so that we (as a unit) can contribute positively to these publications to our advantage as young pharmacists.

March 8 Thuso Mojakes I'll set alarm for dat programme on thursday Thibo touch m still struggling to find PSSA in free state but I won't give up. About Magazines I've got no clue since SAPC in far.I even thot of Google but still no success

March 9 Lerato Malete 35

solve de scenario: a pt presents wit a history of 3weeks pv bleeding,says she suspects she WAS pregnant nd asks the doctor to evacuate. Pregnancy test is negative,doctor prescribes cytotec nd instructs de patient to only cum back IF she gets a lot of pv bleeding.u standin wit de Rx for cytotec,wat do u do?

March 9Sent from a Phone Lulama Qwele I thnk dr shud hev dne a scan 2 check if thers reali ntn there, she myt hev had a misd-miscarage or sumthn, cysts mayb....then gv tranexamic acid 2 stop th bleeding if thers ntn, instead of giving cytotec...

March 10 Thabo Motsoai I am in the process of being active again at the pretoria pssa branch.

March 25Sent from a Phone Thabo Motsoai On my part I'm making progress with my re-affiliation with the pssa and I'm currently in the process of acquiring sponsorship for 3 leaners where I work and have recently contacted the CEO's office (and still awaiting respond) on the go ahead to seek sponsorship for the aircon and tvin the OPD of the hospital.


PresCo introduces membership cards. All major organizations seem to have a simple census system to help them understand their catering capacity. The PresCo has decided to adopt the system, and with the help of its members it can be successfully implemented. Check out the suggested card and voice out your opinion on the matter. Are you for the implementation or not? Email your answers to


58th Annual SAPSF conference 12-16 July 2011

It’s all about the next level


Antidote Vol0 Issue 1  

The first test issue of the Antidote - 2011

Antidote Vol0 Issue 1  

The first test issue of the Antidote - 2011