Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Academic Leader

Prof Frasia Oosthuizen

Associate Professor Frasia Oosthuizen

Academic Leader: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tel: +27 (0)31 260 7242
E-mail: oostuizenf@ukzn.ac.za

Research Interests

Medicine safety





Frasia Oosthuizen holds a BPharm, MSc (Pharmacology) and PhD (Pharmacology) qualifications, all obtained from PU for CHE (now North-West University).  She is associate professor in Health Sciences, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She teaches pharmacology to undergraduate students in the BPharm programme, and has extensive experience in curriculum development. Her main areas of research interests are Medicine Safety and Pharmacy Education. She has published research findings in national and international peer-reviewed journals, and have also presented at several national as well as international conferences. She has graduated 21 postgraduate students to date, including both Masters and PhD.

 List of Publications

 (Last 3 years: 2019-2021)

1.       Knowledge of prostate cancer presentation, etiology, and screening practices among women: a mixed methods systematic review. Ebenezer Wiafe, Kofi Boamah Mensah; Adwoa Bemah Boamah Mensah; Varsha Bangalee; Frasia Oosthuizen Systematic Reviews,10 (138)

2.       Annual costs incurred on managing adverse drug reactions attributable to fixed-dose combination Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART) in an outpatient ARV clinic in Mamelodi, Pretoria. G Chikeya, F Oosthuizen & V Bangalee. Value in Regional Health Issues – accepted for publication.

3.       Antibiotic use among pregnant women in a public hospital: KwaZulu_Natal. Sasha Naidoo, Varsha Bangalee, Frasia Oosthuizen. Health Gesondheid SA – accepted for publication

4.       Knowledge assessment and barriers to cancer screening among Ghanaian community pharmacists. Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice – accepted

5.       Teaching in the Time of Corona: Shared Perspectives from South Africa and the United States. Varsha Bangalee, Oscar Garza, Frasia Oosthuizen, Velisha Perumal, Hanna Rotundo. African Journal of Health Professionals Education – accepted

6.       Pharmacy students experience with “PharmacyPhlash”- a pilot educational board game. V Bangalee, F Oosthuizen, V Perumal-Pillay, F Suleman & F Walters. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning, in press

7.       Awareness is the first step: What Ghanaian community pharmacists know about cancer. Kofi B Mensah, Adwoa Bemah Boamah Mensah, Varsha Bangalee, Frasia Oosthuizen. Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice, published online September 11, 2020.

8.       A systematic review protocol of the antiretroviral activity of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19. KB Mensah, AB Mensah, J Attakorah, V Bangalee, F Oosthuizen. Systematic Reviews in Pharmacy, 2020. 11(11): 1362 – 1365.

9.       The Awareness of Women on Prostate Cancer: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review Protocol. Ebenezer Wiafe, Kofi Boamah Mensah; Adwoa Bemah Boamah Mensah; Varsha Bangalee; Frasia Oosthuizen Systematic Reviews, 2020. 9:253-258.

10.    The impact of antiretroviral therapy on neurocognitive outcomes among people living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) – a systematic review. H Michael, S Naidoo, KB Mensah, S Ramlall & F Oosthuizen. Aids & Behaviour, 2020. 25(2):492-523

11.  A review of the safety of some vaccines used in routine immunization in Africa. P Yamoah, V Bangalee & F Oosthuizen. African Health Sciences, 2020. 20(1): 227-237.

12.  Expert consensus on clinical applicability of the American Geriatrics Society-Beers criteria to older persons in Africa: an exploratory validation study. S Adebola, M Nlooto & F Oosthuizen. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 2020. 26(5): 1522-1529.

13.    The knowledge, awareness, and perception of healthcare professionals about appropriate prescribing in the elderly: findings from Nigeria and South Africa. S Adebola, M Nlooto, F Oosthuizen & O Odusan. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical practice, 2020. 26(5):1512-1521

14.  Cancer health promotion in Ghana: a survey of community pharmacists’ perception and barriers. K Mensah, F Oosthuizen & V Bangalee. Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice, 2020. 26(6):1361-1368.

15.  Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Spread and Pharmacovigilance Implications: Expert Opinion. P Yamoah,  TM Alalbila, V Bangalee & F Oosthuizen. Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science, 2020. 54 (6), 1359-1362.

16.  The role of brain-derived neurotropic factor in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder: from the bench-top to the bedside. H Michael, T Mpofana, S Ramlall & F Oosthuizen. Neuropsychiatric Disease & Treatment, 2020. 16:355-357.

17.  An investigation into the knowledge of South African pharmacists on the identification and management of drug-drug interactions. M Baksh, VA Perumal-Pillay & F Oosthuizen. Global Journal of Health Science, 2019. 11(12): 145-151.

18.  National policies and older people’s healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa: a scoping review. S Adebola, M Nlooto & F Oosthuizen. Annals of Global Health, 2019. 26;85(1).

19.  Community pharmacy practice towards cancer health and the need for continuous cancer education: Ghana situation. K Mensah, V Bangalee & F Oosthuizen. Journal of Basic & Clinical Pharmacy, 2019. 10(10): 32-37.

20.  Potential inappropriate prescribing and associated factors among older persons in Nigeria and South Africa. S Adebola, M Nlooto & F Oosthuizen. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 2019. 41(1): 207-214.

21.  Pharmacy students’ experience towards active learning using “Clickers”. F Oosthuizen, P Owira, V Bangalee. 2019. The Independent Journal of Teaching & Learning, 2019. 14(1): 32-41.

22.  Knowledge and Perceptions of Healthcare Professionals of Adverse Events Following Immunization in Africa: A Case Study from Ghana. P Yamoah, V Bangalee & F Oosthuizen. Vaccines, 2019.  7(28).

23.  Assessing Knowledge of community pharmacists on cancer:  a pilot study in Ghana. KB Mensah, F Oosthuizen & V Bangalee. 2019. Frontiers in Public Health, 2019. 7(13).

24.  A retrospective review on benzodiazepine use – a case study from a chronic dispensary unit. I Singh & F Oosthuizen. South African Medical Journal, 2019. 109(2): 127 –132.