World Pharmacists Day 2020 around the world


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Pharmacists around the world got together—virtually or otherwise—to celebrate their special day on Friday

Australian and New Zealand pharmacists were as always among the first to celebrate World Pharmacists Day on 25 September, and events continued around the world as members of the profession and their supporters highlighted their work and role in different health systems.

The work pharmacists have done in helping manage the COVID-19 pandemic was a theme for many participants.

In Canada, the Ontario Pharmacists Association asked patients to, “Keep your pharmacist safe! Don’t visit the pharmacy if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

In Jammu, India, Sushil Sudan, Member Pharmacy Council of India and Association president, urged pharmacists to dedicate themselves to helping people who are suffering, and said of COVID-19 that, “together we will defeat the virus.”

Some stakeholders highlighted problems in the sector: for example in Nigeria the One Love Foundation’s president Chief Patrick Eholor said that “unscrupulous” elements had infiltrated the sector: “It is really unfortunate that Nigeria hasn’t been able to regulate that sensitive industry, whereby a lot of people have suffered and died in their hands prematurely because of some individuals who have no business in that practice,” he said.

In the UK, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee used the day to publish a joint statement which outlines a commitment to work collaboratively to improve inclusion and diversity across the pharmacy profession.

In Malaysia Amrahi Buang, president of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society, penned a piece thanking the world’s pharmacists and highlighting the day as an opportunity to showcase what they do.

Across the Tasman, PHARMAC Chief Executive Sarah Fitt said the organisation is grateful for the support shown by pharmacists in handling shortages due to COVID-19.

“It feels appropriate as we mark World Pharmacists Day 2020 to acknowledge vital work our community and hospital pharmacists do to serve their communities so well, despite the challenges COVID-19 continues to bring,” she said.

And pharmacy stakeholder groups, supporters, pharmacists and students all took to social media to celebrate.

 

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