World Pharmacists Day is being celebrated Tuesday around the globe. First designated in 2009 by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Council in Istanbul, Turkey, the day is being utilized to encourage pharmacists to promote and advocate for their profession.
The role of the pharmacist in improving health around the world is a focus of this year’s World Pharmacists Day. The 2018 theme for the designated day is “Pharmacists: your medicines experts.”
“This year, we focus on the extensive expertise that pharmacists have and put to use every day to ensure better patient health. This expertise is applied through science and research, through educating the next generation, and through transforming patient needs into services,” said the FIP’s Immediate Past President Dr. Carmen Peña, in a prepared statement.
Peña noted that the theme of World Pharmacists Day emphasizes that pharmacists are a trusted source of knowledge and advice, not only for patients but for other healthcare professionals.
“For every patient who walks into a pharmacy, pharmacists ensure that the right medicine is provided at the right dose and in the most suitable formulation. We work with other healthcare professionals to ensure that every individual receives optimal treatment. Moreover, as one of the most accessible health care professionals globally, we use our learning to protect health and prevent illness,” Peña added.
Pharmacist resources for promoting World Pharmacists Day are available on the FIP website.
International Pharmaceutical Federation. World Pharmacists Day. FIP website. https://www.fip.org/worldpharmacistsday. Accessed September 24, 2015.