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President’s Message Pharmacy Week 2018

We must have a clear vision of where we want to take our profession. Pharmacy Week 2018 marks the culmination of the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica year of celebration of ninety years of existence of the organization. It also marks the start of a new two- year term of office of the current executive...

Impacting Pharmacy Practice through Research

In our daily practice as pharmacists much data is being generated that can inform on many issues. Such data can provide evidence for policy changes affecting patient care, public health and pharmacy practice. The Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ) believes that relevant research, evaluation and evidence generation is the basis for the advancement of...

Standardising Prescription Forms in Jamaica

A prescription drug order is a lawful written instruction from a licensed physician or other medical practitioner to a licensed pharmacist regarding the compounding or dispensing and administration of drug/s or other medical services to the patient (Shahaibi et al, 2012). In short, it is an instruction from a prescriber to a dispenser. There...

A Local Herb for the Treatment for Diabetes: The Evidence

An estimated 213,000 persons have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Jamaica (DigJamaica). In 2011, the National Health Fund had 106,017 persons with diabetes enrolled and they disbursed $616,461,903 to beneficiaries for diabetes alone (DigJamaica). These treatments consist of imported pharmaceuticals. These imports are contributing to Jamaica’s trade deficit. This deficit can be narrowed if...

Accidental Childhood Poisonings: An Eye on Pharmaceuticals

Accidental childhood poisoning remains a concern for health professionals worldwide. The main victims of poisonings which occur within the home and its environs are among children below six years of age; poisoning by ingestion being most common (Reid, 2010). Since 2001, pharmaceuticals have been among the top four (4) causative agents of childhood poisonings...

PSJ 2017 Peer Awards Nomination

Dear Colleague Thank you for your interest in the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ) Annual Peer Awards. Your nomination continues a growing tradition of honouring Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica members and associates. All nominations and deliberations are kept confidential. If you have any questions about the nomination process or would like to submit a...

Zika Virus Infection and Zika Fever: FAQs

On Dec. 31, 2015, the National IHR Focal Point (NFP) of the United States of America notified the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) of the first laboratory-confirmed case of Zika virus infection in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States. The patient is a...

Dr. E. Grace Allen-Young Memorial Lecture 2014: Hermine Metcalfe, BH[M], RPh

The Dr. E. Grace Allen-Young Memorial Lecture 2014: “Pharmacists and Emergent Infectious Diseases”: Presentation by Hermine Metcalfe BH, Reg. Pharmacist: November 30, 2014, at the University of Technology, Jamaica West Indies Salutation: Chairman, guests…. I feel especially privileged to have been invited to address this prestigious group in honour of an outstanding pharmacist, internationally renowned scientist,...