World Pharmacist Day is observed on 25 September of every year, to remember and appreciate the important role that pharmacists play in healthcare systems around the world. Pharmacists Day is celebrated to support initiatives that highlight and support the contribution of pharmacists to improving global health. The theme of 2023 World Pharmacists Day is ‘Pharmacy Strengthens Health Systems’. It is celebrated in honour of the medical professionals who always do their best to ensure that medicines are delivered to those who need them and know how to take them in the right dose. Pharmacists play an important role in improving health care and the health system. World Pharmacists Day marks the anniversary of the inception of the FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) in 1912 and was adopted by the FIP Council in 2009.
The history of World Pharmacists Day goes back to its beginning in 2009 at the Congress of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in Istanbul, Turkey. This special day was created to highlight the important role pharmacists and pharmaceutical professionals play in healthcare. The annual World Pharmacists Day campaign is organised by FIP and the theme for each year is decided by the FIP office. In 2020, FIP launched Global Pharmacy Week, which extends the celebration to the entire pharmaceutical industry and comprehensively recognizes all areas of pharmacy.
World Pharmacists Day is important because it is celebrated around the world with recognition and gratitude for the indispensable role pharmacists play in our society. Pharmacists play a key role in educating the public about medicines, ensuring the safe use of treatment and pharmaceutical products, and promoting global health awareness. Every year, the day highlights important issues and inspires future generations of pharmacists to continue the incredible work to improve healthcare and human well-being around the world.
World Pharmacists Day is an opportunity to thank and recognize pharmacists and pharmaceutical professionals for their important contributions to improving global health. The day is observed on September 25 every year. Today is a day to recognize and celebrate their important role. Going forward, it will also support and encourage initiatives aimed at highlighting the importance of the pharmaceutical profession in helping patients with their ongoing medical problems and needs. Simply put, it is an opportunity to recognize and honour the invaluable service that pharmacists provide to health systems worldwide.