Good Pharmacy Practice in South Africa. Fourth Edition, 2010
(2010; 133 pages)


Managing change in the workplace is always a challenge. The South African Pharmacy Council’s vision is to strive for quality pharmaceutical services for all the people of South Africa, and the Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) manual affords us the opportunity to improve the quality of our work. The additional standards in this edition aim at doing just that - to assist in the promotion of the provision of pharmaceutical care which complies with universal norms and values, both in the private and public sector, and the promotion of the health and quality of life of patients. The GPP standards are for use by all practising pharmacists and other healthcare professionals providing a pharmaceutical-related service to patients. All healthcare professionals are therefore urged to embrace the manual and support its implementation... The South African Pharmacy Council strives continuously to ensure that the highest standards are maintained in the manner in which pharmaceutical services are provided, and that any new amendments or additions to the Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) standards are brought to the attention of all pharmacists and other healthcare professionals at the earliest opportunity. While this new manual is produced in line with council’s desire to routinely update the manual when new developments necessitate doing so, it is also significant that the current amendments, relating to matters of confidential maintenance and disposal of patient information, coincide with two issues that are likely to dominate the healthcare landscape in South Africa for a long time into the future. The first is the intensification of the battle against HIV and AIDS which will require that stigma and lack of confidentiality do not continue to impede people living with HIV from seeking help from the healthcare system, be it in the public or the private sector. The second issue is occasioned by the fact that government has decided to move along with plans to prepare for the implementation of a national health insurance (NHI) system. Whatever form it takes, all health facilities, including community and hospital pharmacies, will have to meet certain standards if they are to be accredited to supply services to the NHI authority. It is thus important that all our pharmacy facilities continue to strive to be compliant with the requirements of GPP...

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