As Nigerians join the rest of the world to celebrate World Pharmacists Day 2018, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has charged pharmacists to seize the opportunity to make meaningful impact on patients’ health, through different health advocacies for improved patients’ outcomes.
The World Pharmacists Day established in 2009 by the FIP Council in Istanbul, Turkey, set aside 25 September for the annual World Pharmacists Day, in which pharmacists across the globe are expected to carry out activities tailored towards advancing healthcare in their societies.
Speaking on the theme of the 2018 commemoration of the day, “Pharmacists: Your medicines experts”, the FIP President Dr Carmen Peña, stated that this year’s focus is on the extensive expertise that pharmacists have and put to use every day to ensure better patient health. “This expertise is applied through science and research, through educating the next generation, and through transforming patient needs into services”.
According to him: “The theme of World Pharmacists Day emphasises that pharmacists are a trusted source of knowledge and advice, not only for patients but for other healthcare professionals. For every patient who walks into a pharmacy, pharmacists ensure that the right medicine is provided at the right dose and in the most suitable formulation.
“We work with other healthcare professionals to ensure that every individual receives optimal treatment. Moreover, as one of the most accessible health care professionals globally, pharmacists use their learning to protect health and prevent illness”.
For optimal usage of the day, the FIP has invited all pharmacists to actively participate in the commemoration on social media by creating profile pictures for their social media accounts using the official FIP Twibbon, as shown on the website: https://www.fip.org/worldpharmacistsday