“Safe and effective medicines for all” is the theme of this year’s World Pharmacists Day on 25 September, the International Pharmaceutical Federation has announced
The theme for 2019 aims to promote pharmacists’ crucial role in safeguarding patient safety through improving medicines use and reducing medication errors.
“Studies show that a significant number of patients are harmed during health care, resulting in permanent injury, increased length of stay in healthcare facilities, or even death.
“Medication errors are a contributing factor to this and pharmacists have a vital role in curtailing this global health challenge,” said FIP President Dominique Jordan.
“Pharmacists use their broad knowledge and unique expertise to ensure that people get the best from their medicines.
“We ensure access to medicines and their appropriate use, improve adherence, coordinate care transitions and so much more.
“Today, more than ever, pharmacists are charged with the responsibility to ensure that when a patient uses a medicine, it will not cause harm”, Mr Jordan said.
The theme highlights that “pharmacists are crucial to the safe and effective use of medicines,” he said.
Mr Jordan encouraged pharmacists to celebrate the day, as well as “our profession and our contribution to global health”.
The official logo is freely available now, in the six official United Nations languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) at www.fip.org/worldpharmacistsday. FIP is working on an app that pharmacists can use to amplify World Pharmacists Day messages and more material will be available closer to the day.