Velisha A Perumal

Velisha A Perumal
University of KwaZulu-Natal | ukzn · School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacy)

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Background: Polypharmacy is the administration of an excessive number of medicines and a significant irrational medicine use practice. Little is known about this practice in South Africa. This study aimed to determine the level of polypharmacy and potential drug-drug interactions amongst the geriatric patient population in a facility in South Afri...
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Zimbabwean pharmacists undergo university level education to understand the biochemical mechanisms and actions of medicines but are limited in their scope of practice. They are called medicines experts, yet they are not allowed to apply their specialized knowledge independently in direct patient management. We aim to obtain Zimbabwean pharmacists’...
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Background: Globally, an estimated 8.1 million children under 5 years die annually in developing countries. Ensuring essential medicines are accessible and affordable to the population is key to saving lives. This study investigated accessibility, availability and affordability of a basket of priority medicines for children under 5 years in public...
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Background: The standard treatment guidelines (STGs) and essential medicines list (EML) were a policy option recommended in the National Drug Policy for South Africa in 1996 to address the irrational and bloated medicines procurement list. STGs/EML serve as a tool to promote cost-effective use of medicines; rational prescribing; and improve accessi...
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Background South Africa faces a heavy burden of disease, which impacts resource allocation. The needs of South Africa require efficient translation into pharmaceutical expenditure for medicine provision, to ensure availability of medicines. Given that South Africa faces various challenges with medicine provision accompanied by rising pharmaceutical...
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The essential medicines concept is recognised as an instrument to improve medicines access and to promote cost-effective use of health resources. South Africa adopted the concept and implemented the Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicines List (STGs/EML) in 1996 when the National Drug Policy for South Africa was launched. The STGs/EML...
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The essential medicines concept is recognised as an instrument to improve medicines access and to promote cost-effective use of health resources. South Africa adopted the concept and implemented the Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicines List (STGs/EML) in 1996 when the National Drug Policy for South Africa was launched. The STGs/EML...
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The first step in ensuring patient compliance is to ensure that the patient understands how to use their medication. The aim of the study was to determine if patients understanding of medication use can be improved by using pictograms. A simple randomized control test was set up whereby 50 patients were selected to participate, of which 25 people w...
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BACKGROUND: Detecting and reporting drug-drug interactions (DDIs) is an important role of pharmacists. Standard operating procedures (SOPs), that can be used to manage DDIs is not a requirement at pharmacies in South Africa. SOPs create standardized methods of identifying and reporting DDIs. AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the knowled...
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BACKGROUND: South Africa, promulgated pricing legislation in 2004 for scheduled medicines except for, schedule zero medicines. The aim of this study was to explore the impact of schedule zero medicine exemption from the Single Exit Price policy in the private sector. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to determine prescription pricing tr...
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Cultural beliefs play an important role in determining a patient's inclinations toward accepting treatment. Appreciation of cultural and religious practices could be vital in increasing patient compliance and more importantly cementing a relationship based on trust and mutual understanding, between health care professional and patient. This chapter...
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BACKGROUND: In South Africa, a large proportion of the population is dependent entirely on the publicly funded system for healthcare, while private funding covers only a small percentage of those who can afford to pay for health insurance or out-of-pocket payments. Non-compliance to medical treatment is a well-known problem and may lead to an incre...
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Background: Inadequate access to affordable essential medicines poses a challenge to achieving Universal Health Coverage. Access to essential medicines for children has been in the spotlight in recent research. However, information from the end users of medicines, i.e. patients is scarce. Obtaining information at a household level is integral to un...
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Background The South African (SA) public health system has employed an Essential Medicines List (EML) with Standard Treatment Guidelines (STGs) in the public sector since 1996. To date no studies have reported on the process of selection of essential medicines for SA EMLs and how this may have changed over time. This study reports on the decision m...
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Background The South African (SA) health system has employed an Essential Medicines List (EML) with Standard Treatment Guidelines (STGs) since 1996. To date no studies have reported the changes in SA STG/EMLs. This study describes these changes over time (1996–2013) and compares latest SA STG/EMLs with the latest World Health Organization (WHO) Mod...
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Films prepared by conventional casting onto trays such as teflon-coated perspex trays (TCPTs) suffer from poor drug content uniformity. The aim of this study was to prepare a silicone-molded tray (SMT) with individual wells for film casting and to evaluate it in terms of enhancing drug content uniformity. Films were prepared by solvent evaporation...
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The aim of this study was to prepare and characterise monolayered multipolymeric films (MMFs) comprising of a hydrophilic drug (Propranolol HCl) (PHCl) and polymers of opposing solubilities. Films were prepared by emulsification and casted by a new approach using a silicone-molded tray with individual wells. MMFs comprising of PHCl with Eudragit 10...

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• Research on specific themes within the broad domain of Affordable (Bio)Therapeutics for Public Health • Lectures in the domain of Affordable (Bio)Therapeutics for Public Health • Contribution to the academic activities at Utrecht University such as co-supervision of MA projects and participation in PhD presentations of ongoing work • Fostering research cooperation between Dutch institutions and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and other South African universities, if possible • Development of long term funded research proposals as the basis of continued collaboration with Utrecht University and UKZN.