A new Pharmacy Advisory Board will bring together stakeholders across various
pharmacy bodies to find solutions to challenges facing the pharmacy sector.
A new Pharmacy Advisory Board has been constituted to bring together stakeholders across
various pharmacy bodies and academia to find solutions to challenges facing the South African
The seven-member board, which represents stakeholders from various pharmacy sectors and
geographic regions, was officially launched in February this year to strengthen the increasingly
important role pharmacists and pharmacies play in the provision of primary healthcare services.
The multi-stakeholder Board aims to unite pharmacy stakeholders in a common platform to
identify key challenges and opportunities in training, quality and regulatory issues; and help
address the skills shortage in the pharmacy sector by supporting training for pharmacists,
pharmacy assistants and front shop assistants.
Furthermore, the board will benchmark SA’s pharmacy industry against international best
practice, and help to develop the sector to meet changing local needs.
Among the proposed measures the Board hopes to facilitate are professional development
portals for pharmacists and front shop assistants, product training sessions, and the distribution
of good pharmacy practice guides and operating procedure manuals (OPM’s). OPM sections
pertaining to cold chain for sensitive vaccines will see the incorporation of global standards like
the protocols prescribed by WHO (World Health Organization).
A potential outcome of the new Board’s work will also be to support ongoing and effective
communication between the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC), professional bodies and
pharmacists across South Africa.
The board members are: Pharmacist, Mirshelle Abrahams; Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences
and South African Research Chair in Antibiotic Resistance, Prof Sabiha Essack; Retail Pharmacist
and owner of Synergy Pharmacy, Amaan Kajee ; Pharmacist who runs two retail community
pharmacies, Patrick Makhesha; Community Pharmacist and a Director in the Care Group of
Pharmacies, Sham Moodley; Community Pharmacist and pharmacy owner, Tobje Nortje; and
member of the National Executive Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of South
Africa, Johannes Ravele.