National Pharmacist Day is an annual celebration observed on January 12th of every year. It is indeed vital to honor and acknowledge the work of the pharmacists in the medical field. These professionals are highly knowledgeable who are mostly available in the healthcare team. Pharmacists are the ones who assist the patients with the doctor’s prescribed medicines. They are the ones who are directly involved with patient care. The pharmacists are considered to be the backbone of health care. Hence as to value their importance, National Pharmacist Day has been established.
“There’s an opportunity for the pharmacist to play a much greater role in health care, especially with what we have going on in this country with the shortage of primary-care physicians.” – Gregory Wasson
History of National Pharmacist Day
The history and origin of the National Pharmacist Day are anonymous. However, it to be noted that this Day has been created by a group of pharmacists to celebrate their profession. Pharmacists are the healthcare professionals who are also called the chemists or druggists. They play an essential and primary role in medical care. The fundamental work of a pharmacist is to check and distribute the drugs to the doctors for a patient prescribed medication. They practice in the pharmacy and focus on safe and effective medication use. The pharmacists understand and communicate with the patients, physicians, and other healthcare providers.
The classical role of the pharmacist in the field of health sciences has shifted from the “lick, stick, and pour” dispensary role. They have become directly involved in patient care and are an integrated member of the healthcare team. In recent times, the pharmacists advise the patients and health care providers about the selection of drugs and dosages. They actively interact regarding the nature and side effects of medications. Most often the pharmacists act as a learned intermediary between a prescriber and a patient. The pharmacists also monitor the health and progress of the patients as a way to make sure that the safe and effective use of medication. They are involved in promoting public health by administering immunizations.
Other Celebrations on January 12
January 12 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate National Pharmacist Day
The best way to celebrate National Pharmacist Day is to appreciate a pharmacist whom you know in person. As the role played by these professionals are infinite, it is necessary to acknowledge their work. Give them special gifts and presents as a way to make their day a little more enjoyable. If you are a pharmacist yourself, then take an oath to serve the society in a more improved way. You can share your appreciations and good words for the pharmacists on social media using the hashtag #PharmacistDay.