Sunday 25 September marks the global occasion, now in its sixth year
World Pharmacists Day was launched several years ago by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Council, which designated 25 September to celebrate the role of pharmacists.
This year’s theme is “Pharmacists: Caring for you”, which FIP president Dr Carmen Peña says was chosen to highlight the caring role and emotional connection pharmacists have with their patients.
“The role of pharmacists has evolved from that of a provider of medicines to that of a provider of care,” says Dr Peña.
Pharmacists have a vital role in the outcome of pharmacological therapies and ultimately strive to improve patients’ quality of life, she says.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia has commended Australia’s 29,600 pharmacists for their important contribution to the health and wellbeing of the Australian community as part of World Pharmacists Day.
“Every community has access to a pharmacist, through their local pharmacy or hospital, making pharmacists one of the most visible and accessible health professionals for the public,” says Board Chair William Kelly, to mark the special day.
This year’s theme reflects how their role has evolved from being a provider of medicines to that of a provider of care, which is evident in the decision of governments nationally to authorise trained pharmacists to administer vaccines to patients, says Kelly.
“The Board would like to say thank you to those pharmacists who are providing such services.
He adds: “On this special day we acknowledge the importance of ongoing engagement between the Board and the profession about delivery of healthcare to the public and achieving safe outcomes.”
FIP is inviting individual pharmacists to support World Pharmacists Day by changing their social media profile pictures to campaign images, which have been created in a variety of languages – see resources here.