Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA)

Area: Pretoria, Gauteng
Region: Western Cape
Physical Address: Pharmacy House, 6 de Veer Lane, Arcadia, 0083
Postal Address: PO Box 26039, Arcadia, 0007, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)12 301 0820
Fax: +27 (0)12 301 0828
GPS Co-Ordinates: 25° 44´ 29.37" S; 28° 12´ 05.75" E

Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA)

The first apothecary established in what is now South Africa was Joachim Blanck. A member of the Guild of Apothecaries in Amsterdam, Blanck settled in the Cape in 1653. It was not until the early 19th century that the function of the pharmacists in South Africa was first defined. This enabled pharmacists (Chemists and Druggists) to organise themselves into a professional group distinct from other medical professions.

In 1885 a group of 7 pharmacists met in King Williamstown to form the South African Pharmaceutical Association. This development resulted in branches being formed in various parts of the country. From here pharmaceutical societies were developed in the various provinces and ultimately the amalgamation of these, in 1946 formed the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa.

In 1994, a Vision and Mission for pharmacy were adopted by the Pharmaceutical Society and these are reflected in the following passage.

The pharmacist as the custodian of medicines and the provider of pharmaceutical services will be integral in addressing health care needs of the population of South Africa.

Pharmacy as a dynamic, information driven, patient orientated profession, through its infrastructure, competency and skills is committed to fulfilling the healthcare needs of South Africa and its people by being the:-
• custodian of medicine;
• developer, formulator, manufacturer, distributor, supplier and controller of safe, effective and quality medicines;
• advisor to the safe, rational and appropriate use of medicine and medical devices;
• member of the healthcare team with which first contact is made at community level;
• provider of accessible, primary care including screening, emergency and referral services;
• accessible provider and promoter of healthcare information;
• provider of pharmaceutical care by being actively involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of a pharmaceutical plan and sharing responsibility towards the therapeutic outcome of the therapy;
• profession committed to competency and professionalism;
• profession committed to co-operation with members of the healthcare team in the interests of the patient;

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