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National Drug Service Organization: Analysis of Markups, Income, and Costs, 2007–2012

The SIAPS Program provided technical assistance to analyze recent NDSO operational costs and income trends and provide guidance on adjustments to existing markups to optimize the organization’s operational liquidity to sustain quality services and products. The study team analyzed or calculated selected financial and operational performance indicators from data in NDSO department reports, in annual financial statements (for the past five years), or extracted from NDSO’s information system, the RxSolution database.

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Using Electronic Pharmacy Dispensing Data for Surveillance of Outpatient Antibiotic Consumption and Monitoring of Antibiotic Prescribing Practices at District and Provincial Hospitals in the South African Public Sector

The primary aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of using electronic pharmacy dispensing data extracted from RxSolution® for the surveillance of outpatient (ambulatory) antibiotic consumption and monitor antibiotic prescribing practices at district and provincial hospitals in public health facilities in North West Province, South Africa, between April 2013 and March 2015. This was an exploratory project to develop hypotheses on the volume of antibiotics used and prescribing patterns.

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RxSolution: An Electronic Inventory and Patient Management Tool Improves Access To and Rational Use of Medicines

Over the past three years, SIAPS has expanded the use of RxSolution to a total of 350 sites across South Africa. SIAPS is also developing numerous customized modules and modifications to meet the specialized needs of different clinical settings including expanded functionality for barcode tracking, biometric monitoring, and mobile phone applications.

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Interfacing RxSolution with a Biometric Verification System to Improve Patient Records Management in South Africa

Enhancing patient recordkeeping in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, located in the Gauteng Province, is the fifth-largest municipality in South Africa and home to over 2.9 million residents as well as the capital, Pretoria. The municipality operates 24 primary health care facilities providing access to health services, primarily to the uninsured […]

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Incorporating RxSolution into Pre-service Instruction on Medicines Supply Management in South Africa

By Bright Phiri, SIAPS Communications Officer; Katelyn Payne, SIAPS Project Associate; and Susan Putter, SIAPS Principal Technical Advisor A serious deficit of pharmacy support personnel in South Africa has highlighted the need to create new career opportunities in the field of pharmaceutical services provision. According to the South African Pharmacy Council, there are approximately 14,213 […]

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RxSolution

Proper stock management is essential for providing medicines to patients when and where they need them. This is especially important for people living with HIV because treatment is a lifelong commitment and adherence is critical to good outcomes. Pharmacists must be able to track, analyze, and manage stock information to prevent stock-outs, overstocks, and stock […]

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Tools and Guidance

An effective health system depends on high-quality pharmaceutical information, from supply inventory records to financial data. SIAPS improves the quality and availability of information  with a suite of electronic tools that help pharmaceutical managers develop sound policies and monitor supplies and services.         e-TB Manager management information needs for tuberculosis patients Electronic […]

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