World Pharmacists Day 2017

World Pharmacists Day 2017

World Pharmacists Day 2017 theme is "From research to health care: Your pharmacist is at your service"

Pharmacist is a person who is found in medical dispensaries at hospitals and retail medical shops dispensing or selling medicines on the basis of physician’s or health practitioner’s prescription.  They also monitor the health of the patients, explain the prescribed dosage of the medicine, advice the food style and inform the effects that may take place due to the drugs prescribed, like drowsiness and nausea. Pharmacist takes full responsibility of the drugs he supply and assures the result of the medicine.

Pharmacists work for long hours and update with the contemporary medication. Few consultant pharmacists also go to patient to provide and observe the medication of the patient.

When is World Pharmacists Day celebrated?

World Pharmacists Day is celebrated annually on 25th of September. The celebrations are initiated in the year 2010.

Origin of the day

FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) of Istanbul is the federation that represents pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists of the world. The proposal, to celebrate World Pharmacists Day on 25th   of September, by the Turkish Pharmacists Association at the Council meeting, in 2009, was accepted unanimously. The date 25th of September was chosen as the Federation, FIP, was founded on the same day in the year 1912. Since 2010, the day has been celebrated by the pharmacists over the world.

Celebrations of the day

The day is celebrated by all the Pharmacists and the Societies of Pharmacists over the world. Conducting campaigns, organizing exhibitions, arranging lectures, conducting competitions are few of the activities of the celebrations. Every year a theme would be chosen and the celebrations would be related to the theme. The first celebrations were started with the theme “Safety first with medicines, ask your pharmacist”. The videos and pictures of the celebrations are showcased on the official website of FIP.

Importance of the day

 The day is initiated with the aim of promoting the position of pharmacists in the safe and secured medication. The celebrations help to bring the awareness of the importance of the role of pharmacist among the public. The pharmacists are encouraged by the competitions like “voting the best pharmacist”, conducted by the pharmacist societies as part of the celebrations of the day.

Activities of the day

The day is celebrated by the pharmacists but the common public takes part in the celebrations. The pharmacists can do any of the following activities.

  • Organizing a meeting to bring the awareness
  • Participating in the meetings or exhibitions
  • Giving a lecture on the theme of the day
  • Participating in any of the competitions conducted for the pharmacists
  • Collecting the articles, quotes, news articles and videos of successful pharmacists
  • Collecting the opinions of public and other related professions about the expectations from the pharmacist profession and about the current performance
  • Knowing the origin of the day
  • Uploading the picture of the celebrations in the social websites

One who is not a pharmacist can follow any of the following activities

  • Participate in the competitions conducted for the public
  • Attending lectures to know the importance of role of the pharmacist
  • Reading articles related to the pharmacists
  • Meeting a pharmacist and wishing
  • Visiting exhibitions organized by pharmacists

Pharmacist Quotes

"There's an opportunity for the pharmacist to play a much greater role in health care, especially with what we have going on in this country with the shortage of primary-care physicians."
- Gregory Wasson

"While I have served in public office for 30 years, my professional training is as a pharmacist, not a lawyer or an accountant."
- George Ryan

"My father wanted me to be a pharmacist like himself. He had been a doctor, but he no longer believed in medicine; so he became a pharmacist, but he believed in that hardly more."
- Claude Chabrol

"My mom worked as a pharmacist, but she is one of the best storytellers I know. My sister is a gospel and opera singer and my brother, who passed away, was a writer."
- Tunde Adebimpe

"You can't ask your pharmacist to stock larger quantities of potassium nitrate because you want to make a bigger rocket."
- Kary Mullis

"I wanted to be a pharmacist. I liked the way our local pharmacist was always dressed in a nice white coat; he looked very calm, you'd give him money, and he'd give you something that you wanted to buy."
- Walter

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