World Pharmacists Day 2017
Several years ago, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) congress in Istanbul, Turkey designated 25th September as annual World Pharmacist day. The day is celebrated to organize activities that promote and advocate the role of pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. Each year a new theme is developed to showcase the pharmacist in their positive role on health.
“From research to health care: Your pharmacist is at your service” is the theme of this year’s World Pharmacists Day.
'This theme was chosen to reflect the numerous contributions the pharmacy profession makes to health. From research and development of medicines, to educating future pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and providing direct care, we do all this in the service of our patients and communities,” said FIP President Dr Carmen Peña.
The pharmacists are the backbone of health care in many different settings. Providing care does not begin in community or hospital pharmacies but taking care of patients starts with recognising the health issues of populations and developing medicines, policies and education to tackle them. Pharmacists act at the very beginning of the process; when the first molecule that effectively treats a disease is identified.
One of FIP’s key strategic objectives is to “advance pharmacy practice on a global level”. By celebrating World Pharmacists Day, FIP is not only raising awareness of the role of the pharmacist in healthcare but also promoting their role through increased community involvement on national and local levels.