Pharmacists around the world have celebrated their very own international day, with a theme of “Your medicines experts”
In Tasmania, pharmacy students from the University of Tasmania headed to Bunnings where they performed blood pressure checks.
Meanwhile PSA, in conjunction with hearts4heart, set up more than 20 sites across NSW, Victoria, and Queensland to provide blood pressure and atrial fibrillation screening.
Across the Tasman, the pharmacy team at Wellington Hospital celebrated with cake.
In India, the Jammu Kashmir Government Pharmacist Association also got together over food to meet with officials and share their experiences of pharmacy.
Also in India, pharmacy students at the Jayamukhi College of Pharmacy, Narsampet, Warangal, visited the village of Chennaraopet, to raise awareness of the role of pharmacists in health care.
The Pharmaceutical Association of Mauritius held a health day at the Trianon Shopping Centre, offering a range of services including diabetes testing, blood pressure monitoring, counseling, blood donation, breast cancer screening and general health checks.
In Spain, community pharmacists at Farmacia Laboratorio Fornos raised awareness of patient counselling services in improving adherence to therapies and thus patient health.
In Nepal, pharmacists at the Nepal Cancer Hospital in Kathmandu raised awareness of pharmacists’ roles beyond dispensing.
In Ghana, the Pharmaceutical Society took to the media to talk about medicines compliance, advise on the proper use of medical devices, discuss medication use reviews and how pharmacists can help with worming treatment in orphanages.
The AM PM Pharmacy in Malaysia put together a social media video showing just what pharmacists get up to every day – “apart from just standing behind the counter to dispense medicines!”
And a range of stakeholders celebrated on social media: from the UK’s NHS…
Pharmacists are experts in medicines and can advise you on minor health concerns, such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking. See what else a pharmacist can advise you on https://t.co/NADZMG9zl9 #WorldPharmacistsDay
— NHS (@NHSuk) September 25, 2018
…to the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi PariYojana Kendra, an Indian initiative aimed at improving access to affordable medicines.
— Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (@pmbjpbppi) September 25, 2018
Individual pharmacists got on board:
— High-Valyrian (@Jiyizoba) September 25, 2018
Helping patients understand their medications and devices, making appropriate OTC recommendations, and practicing the expanded scope to benefit patients is so rewarding! Happy #WorldPharmacistsDay!!
— Alisa Zhang (@alyzhang_) September 26, 2018
And closer to home Greg Duncan, senior research fellow at Monash University, shared a touching story on Twitter which illustrates just how important pharmacists are.
“I used to lecture on harm reduction [at Monash] and a young client, same age as the students in the class, came to share his story and experiences of being on an opiate substitution therapy program,” he wrote.
“He described the tragic and familiar history of abuse, violence, poverty, neglect that led him to his heroin use. It was a trap that was really difficult to get out of.
“He told us that the driver for him was when his girlfriend got pregnant and they wanted a better life for their baby and both started with methadone as a substitution therapy.
“At this point had been on the program for a couple of years attending the same pharmacy on a daily basis for his doses. But other than that not much changed in his life.
“He still lived in the western suburbs in the same area where dealers and users continually pressed him. He was still unemployed and life is pretty tough. By now students listening were enthralled and very touched by this story of someone who could have been one of their peers.
“One student then asked “With everything being so tough for you, how do you keep going and stay on the program and go to the pharmacy every day?” He responded with the most powerful thing I think I’ve ever heard.
“’Because it’s the only time in my day when someone uses my name.’
“Keep up the good work folks.”