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National Pharmacist Day

Show your gratitude to pharmacists this National Pharmacist Day - thank them for their dedication, hard work and commitment to helping others!
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January 12
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Celebrate National Pharmacist Day on January 12th by recognizing the important role that pharmacists play in our healthcare system. This special day has been around since the 1970s and is a great way to show appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication. Pharmacists use their knowledge of medications, disease states, dosage forms, patient safety protocols and more to help ensure that every patient receives the best possible care.

History of National Pharmacist Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>725 AD</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pharmacy Origins</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first known compilation of pharmaceutical knowledge, "A Collection of Drugs," was created by Persian scholar, Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1240</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Separation of Pharmacy and Medicine</div><div class='timeline-text'>In Italy, laws were established by Emperor Frederick II to separate the professions of the apothecary (pharmacist) and the physician.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1821</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First U.S. Pharmacy College</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first college of pharmacy in the United States, was founded.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1942</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pharmacy's Role in World War II</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pharmacists played a crucial role during World War II, providing soldiers with essential medicines and contributing to wartime medical advancements.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1995</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pharmacists Immunization Advocacy</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) launched an initiative to train pharmacists in providing immunizations, further expanding their healthcare role.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Recognition of Pharmacists as Healthcare Providers</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Pharmacist Provider Status Legislation was introduced, recognizing pharmacists as integral members of healthcare teams.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Pharmacist Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake a cake</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your appreciation for your pharmacist by baking them a cake. You could even decorate the cake with some pill designs or their name.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write a thank you letter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Think of all the ways that your pharmacist has helped you and write them a heartfelt thank you letter. This will be something they can keep and look back on in the future.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send flowers</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Surprise your pharmacist with a bouquet of flowers to show your appreciation. You could even attach a card with a nice message.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at their pharmacy</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you can, volunteer at their pharmacy to help out and show your support. Even if it's just for an hour, it'll mean a lot to them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share online</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spread the word about National Pharmacist Day on social media and encourage others to show their appreciation for their pharmacists as well.</p></div></div>

Why National Pharmacist Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pharmacists provide vital healthcare services</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Pharmacists play a pivotal role in providing quality healthcare to the public. Whether it’s filling prescriptions or providing advice on over-the-counter medications, they are the experts who can help ensure that patients get the safe and effective treatment they need.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pharmacists promote health education</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>In addition to dispensing medication, pharmacists also promote health education. They can provide patients with information about drug interactions, side effects and other important topics related to medication safety.</p></div></div>

5 Facts About Pharmacists

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pharmacists Undergo Rigorous Training</h3><p class='facts-content'>To become a pharmacist, one must typically earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, a process that takes at least six years and involves a rigorous study of medications, their effects, and the ethical practice of dispensing them.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pharmacists Provide Vital Healthcare Services</h3><p class='facts-content'>Besides dispensing medications, pharmacists also provide services such as health screenings, immunizations, and advice on health and lifestyle issues.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pharmacists Play A Crucial Role in Patient Education</h3><p class='facts-content'>In addition to dispensing medication, pharmacists explain proper use of medication, including potential side effects, ensuring that patients understand their treatment regimens thoroughly.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pharmacists Help Control Healthcare Costs</h3><p class='facts-content'>By advising on the most effective and cost-efficient medications, pharmacists contribute in controlling healthcare costs.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pharmacists are Trusted Medical Professionals</h3><p class='facts-content'>Pharmacists rank highly among the most trusted professions, reflecting their role as accessible, knowledgeable healthcare providers.</p></div></div>

National Pharmacist Day FAQs

When is National Pharmacist Day?

National Pharmacist Day is celebrated on January 12 every year. In 2024 National Pharmacist Day will occur on a Friday.

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