World Pharmacists Day 2018: Your medicines experts


“Pharmacists are your medicines experts” is the core message of this year’s World Pharmacists Day, which falls on 25 September 2018

World Pharmacists Day 2018 will focus on the extensive expertise that pharmacists have and put to use every day to ensure better patient health, says International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) President Dr Carmen Peña.

“This expertise is applied through science and research, through educating the next generation, and through transforming patient needs into services,” says Dr Peña.

“The theme of World Pharmacists Day emphasises 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,” she adds. 

The theme will resonate with Australian pharmacists, as professional bodies have been increasingly calling for recognition of pharmacists as medicines experts.

In a recent column, PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson called for pharmacists to be able to practise to their full scope, and be supported in their development.

“PSA believes that pharmacists as the medicines experts should have the opportunity to practise to their full scope of practice,” says Dr Jackson.

“This means that pharmacists should have the opportunity to improve the outcomes of medicines management in the Australian healthcare system. If we are truly to address the significant issues that we have with medicine management in this country then pharmacists must be able to do more.

“We must also ensure that the pharmacists are supported to be the best healthcare practitioners they can be. They must be recognised as medicines experts; they should be rewarded for their significant expertise, skills and training and we must have a framework that allows for career development and recognition,” he says.

“Pharmacists need to be supported to develop the capability for the opportunities that will allow the profession to practise to full scope. The public will want a capable workforce to deliver the services that are not only needed now, but that will be needed in the future.”

FIP’s member organisations and others around the globe use World Pharmacists Day to highlight the value of the pharmacy profession to stakeholders, and to celebrate pharmacy. 

The official logo and a Twibbon are freely available in the six official United Nations languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) at www.fip.org/worldpharmacistsday. This year, FIP is also producing a set of four animations outlining the value that pharmacists represent, to be released in the run up to World Pharmacists Day.

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