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Fraudulent scripts – Gauteng area (Message from PSSA): The PSSA has been contacted by MacRobert Attorneys regarding fraudulent prescriptions on a letterhead of Drs Kilian, Nienaber, Williams & associates. They requested that the PSSA inform all members in the Gauteng area of the problem. It seems that a person has produced a fake prescription pad and now uses the fake letterheads to prescribe Ivedal® sleeping tablets (contains Zolpidem tartrate). The dose is always 2 tablets nocte (60 tabs) and repeated for 6 months. The patient name used is a fake name, and is a different name every time. The prescriptions have been presented to various pharmacies in Pretoria and even the Springs area. The prescriptions are always paid for in cash and never claimed from a medical aid. … A copy of the letter from MacRobert’s, the correct prescription letterhead and an example of the fake prescriptions have been uploaded on the PSSA website (http://www.pssa.org.za/E_News.asp). Zolpidem tartrate use Members are reminded that Zolpidem tartrate tablets are only registered with the MCC for short term treatment of insomnia in adults when the insomnia is severe or disabling or if the patient is under severe stress. The maximum treatment period is 4 weeks including the tapering-off period. Prescriptions of schedule 5 medication The Medicines Control Act (Act 101 of 1965) clearly states in Section 22A(6) the following: (h)  Where a Schedule 5 substance is used for— (i)    its anxiolytic, anti-depressant or tranquillising properties it shall not be prescribed for longer than six months unless the authorised prescriber has consulted a registered psychiatrist, or, in the case of a psychiatrist, another psychiatrist before issuing a new prescription; (ii)    its analgesic properties it shall not be prescribed for longer than six months unless the authorised prescriber has consulted another medical practitioner, before issuing a new prescription

Five-and-a-half million South Africans at risk for disease because of high cholesterol. If you’re not one of them, you must know someone with high cholesterol.

These foods can help with cholesterol control: • Olive oil and olive products • Legumes (these includedry, cooked or canned beans, lentils, peas and all the soya products) • Fat-free yoghurt and other fat-free dairy products • All fruits and vegetables • Garlic and onions • Wholewheat or unsifted or unprocessed grains • Fish • Venison and ostrich • Omega-3 enriched foods • Poly-unsaturated margarine

Reference: Health24 daily tip – newsletter@mail.health24.com

New Product: MSD has launched JANUMET® which is an addition to the recent introduction of JANUVIA®. The two fall into the same portfolio of new oral antidiabetic agent for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

JANUVIA® contains sitagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitor (incretin enhancer) that increases the levels of two incretin hormones, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP). These hormones play a major physiological role in maintaining glucose homeostasis. JANUMET® is a combination sitagliptin and metformin hydrochloride, a member of the biguanide class.

Should you have any further queries please contact their Sarojini Moodley: Email: sarojini_moodley@merck.com

Adcock Ingram has launched Adco-Atorvastatin.

The prices are as follows:

(SEP – including VAT)

Adco-Atorvastatin 10mg        R 32.10

Adco-Atorvastatin 20mg        R 34.10

Adco-Atorvastatin 40mg        R 60.00

If you have any queries – please contact:

Francis Tlomatsana Tel:         011 635 0720

e-mail:    francis.tlomatsana@adcock.com

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