National Pharmacist Day on January 12th annually recognises and honours all pharmacists across the world.
The role of pharmacists has shifted over the years. Where once they served as the classical “lick, stick and pour” dispensary, they now serve as crucial members of the healthcare industry. Pharmacists are often directly involved in patient care and play a vital role in a patient’s recovery.
Historically, pharmacists primarily checked and distributed drugs to doctors for patient-prescribed medication. In modern times, pharmacists advise patients and health care providers on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of prescriptions. Additionally, their role includes being a learned intermediary between a prescriber and a patient. By monitoring the health and progress of patients, pharmacists can then ensure the safe and effective use of medication.
Pharmacists work long hours, usually standing the entire time. Along with dispensing pills and providing advice on medications, pharmacists also administer immunisations. Pharmacists who conduct research discover and test new medications, too.
Anyone who has required the services of a pharmacist, take time to thank them today. Give them a shout-out. Whether they work in a facility or local pharmacy, they will appreciate the good word. Perhaps you may even be considering a career in Pharmacy yourself? If so, contact us for further information about career paths in this sector!