MEDIA STATEMENT: South African Pharmacy Council discourages panic-fuelled bulk purchases of essential supplies and medicinal items amid the coronavirus outbreak
22 March 2019
The regulator of the pharmacy profession in South Africa, the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC), calls on members of the public to desist from purchasing unnecessarily large amounts of medicinal and other essential supplies such as hand sanitisers, face masks, and disinfectants, amongst others. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD STATEMENT
MEDIA RELEASE: South African Pharmacy Council encourages citizens to seek help amid rising mental and behavioural disorder-related deaths
25 September 2019
Six (6) people die from mental and behavioural disorders every day, on average. At least one person loses their lives on a daily basis due to intentional self-harm. An analysis of causes of death data for South Africa for the eleven-year period 2006-2016 indicates that 20 398 lives were lost to mental and behavioural disorders, while a further 5 077 lives were lost to intentional self-harm over the same period (see attached info slides for further details). This sad reality should not be allowed to continue as mental illness can be treated.
It is against this backdrop that the South African Pharmacy Council, in partnership with the National Department of Health, Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa and Independent Community Pharmacists Association, has chosen as the theme for the 2019 Pharmacy Month as “Mental illness can be treated – Ask your pharmacist for advice”. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD MEDIA RELEASE & INFO SLIDES