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Simone Du Plessis

Simone Du Plessis

Pharmaceutical Pharmacist
George, Eden District Municipality


About Simone Du Plessis:

To whom it may concern
During my internship at Johnson & Johnson Pty (Ltd) in 2022, I got exposure to the pharmaceutical production environment and quickly realized that this suited my personality like a glove. I obtained my Pharmacy degree in 2021 and is registered at the South African Pharmacy council as a community service Pharmacist. I have one year experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing and one year experience as a responsible pharmacist within a primary healthcare facility. During these experiences I obtained skills that I believe will make me a valuable addition to your company. I look forward to forming part of a dynamic team. I also believe that I will grow not only professionally but also personally by forming part of your production team.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my application for this position. I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards, Simoné du Plessis


Johnson & Johnson Pty (Ltd) (241 Main Rd, Retreat, Cape Town, 7945).
I worked in the manufacturing of solids, liquids as well as packaging and warehouse departments. While I was in these departments, I obtained the following skills and qualities:
A) Monitor adherence to guidelines, procedures and document controls
I was taught the importance of documentation and adhering to procedures and regulations on the production floor to ensure the product is of the highest quality.
B) Plan and prioritize production activities
During my internship I assisted a production pharmacist in scheduling the production plan for a 4-week period. I assisted the production team in following this plan and adjust the plan as needed to ensure targets are still met.
C) Verify Schedule 6 medication
I verified schedule 6 materials while observing and verifying the dispensing of the material. While receiving Schedule 6 material I discovered an anomaly that I escalated investigated the anomalies.
D) Sign-off on environmental and equipment cleanliness and equipment readiness
During my internship year I inspected and signed off on environmental and equipment cleanliness. I also inspected and verified the packaging lines during line closure and opening. I verified the performance of equipment against predetermined company standards. I assisted production operators in calibrating of equipment. I was also responsible for ensuring that all relevant samples are taken and submitted to the Quality Assurance department during production and on the packaging line. I also escalated and reported when deviations occur during the manufacturing process or packaging run. I checked quantity, expiry date and correctness of all materials used during production and the packaging process. I also signed and audited departmental (including environment and equipment) logbooks. I compiled a document for each department containing all areas in the relevant department that required maintenance, this document was later used to prioritize maintenance projects within the departments.
E) Documentation
I was trained on the completion of Batch Manufacturing and packaging records, deviation forms and declaration forms. I verified and performed calculations within the Batch records. I reviewed and investigated anomalies specifically related to the reconciliation sheet of both manufacturing and packaging batch records. I also reviewed these documentations within the Quality Assurance department to correct and/or investigate anomalies. I assisted the Pharmacist with investigating and resolving anomalies found within these records.
F) Procedure updates
I was tasked with updating department Standard Operating Procedures, and training employees on the updated procedures. I research and developed a new operating procedure within the Warehouse department to improve quantity control of the materials. I assisted in developing a standardized manufacturing procedure between different operations that work with the same equipment in the same environment on different shifts.
G) Customer Complaint
I resolved a customer complaint by reviewing IPC’s, batch
manufacturing and packaging records.
H) Skills I have obtained during my internship year: Attention to detail, prioritization, analytical skills, critical thinking, problem-solving.

Community Service in 2023:
HCSC Military Sickbay Pharmacy (Park Rd, Oudtshoorn, 6625)
Responsible Pharmacist:
During my Community Service year, I am the only pharmacist at the facility with two Pharmacist assistants. Due to this personnel structure, I am the Responsible Pharmacist of the Pharmacy.
I am responsible for the ordering of medication and ensuring stock levels are above minimum stock levels.
Employee organization
I am responsible for organizing the employees' vacation leave, schedule and submit overtime and schedule Stock takes on a quarterly basis.
Conflict management
As part of public health, the system often fails the patients. Due to this many patients get frustrated and angry. As I am the responsible pharmacist, it is my responsibility to resolve these conflict situations.
Schedule 6
As the only pharmacist in the pharmacy, it is my responsibility to dispense and order Schedule 6 medications. It is also my responsibility to update and balance the Schedule 6 register.
Cross-functional team
I form part of the multi-disciplinary team and must call doctors and other healthcare professionals regularly to determine the best treatment for the patient.
As the responsible pharmacist I took on the role of a leader within the pharmacy. I was also selected as the chairperson of the civilian member committee. This position involved organizing social events for the employees of the sickbay. I also form part of the financial committee of the sickbay and take responsibility of the civilian committee funding.
Skills I have obtained during my Community Service: Prioritizing, organization, conflict management, time management, decision making, communication, problem solving skills, responsibility.


Secondary Educational Qualification
School attended
Outeniqua High School George
Year matriculated
Cultural activities
− Participated in local Eisteddfod for piano soloin 2013 and 2014 and received A++, A+ and Agrades.
− Completed Grade 5 theory of music with distinction at the University of South Africa in2017.
− Completed Grade 4 Pianoforte with distinctionat the University of South Africa in 2015
− I received Junior colours in 2015 for music
Academic activities
− Participated in the ATKV Junior and Senior Afrikaans Home Language Olympiad in 2013 and 2015
− Received merit awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for academics.
− I received six distinctions in my National Senior Certificate (Grade 12).
Extra-curricular activities
− Formed part of NG Bergsig ministry outreach at Heralds Bay from 2014 till 2017.
− I formed part of the leadership team of the NG Bergsig Ministry outreach at Heralds Bay in 2017.
− In 2016 and 2017 I formed part of the student religious society at Outeniqua High School.
− I participated in netball from 2013 till 2016.
− I formed part of the missionary outreach program
to Msinga in 2018.
Tertiary Education Qualification
Nelson Mandela University
Graduation date
Leadership Activities
Formed part of the student counsel at NG Summerstrand between 2018 – 2020. I was the Chairperson for the
mentioned student counsel in 2020.
Hospital Rotations
During the fourth year of BPharm we visit Hospitals in Gqeberha region specifically:
− Dora Nginza Hospital
− Livingston Hospital
− Provincial Hospital
During these rotations we are exposed to the role of the pharmacist within a hospital setting, specifically within the pediatric, cardiac and oncology
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
My fourth-year research project has the topic of complementary and alternative medicine.
This will help me to understand natural medications available in pharmacies more, since only an overview is studied during the
BPharm course.

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