The International Pharmaceutical Federation has designated Monday, September 25 as World Pharmacists Day. This annual observance honors all pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and anyone else who works in this sector.
Pharmacists strive to improve health in every corner of the world by using their experience, knowledge and expertise to help people properly take medications, develop self-monitoring skills as well as manage and improve their health and lifestyle every day. They are one of the most accessible clinicians. On average, patients visit a community pharmacy as often as 34 to 36 times per month compared to other health care settings.1
These medical professionals partner with physicians and nurses to provide answers to questions on many topics, including medications, pharmacology/pharmacokinetics, chronic disease conditions, coordination of care and immunizations. Pharmacists in the community often assist patients in navigating their insurance coverage as it relates to needed medications and affordability.
The CDC explains how pharmacists can help support health care and provides a list of questions to ask a pharmacist, such as how and when to take a medication, as well as possible side effects. Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about how pharmacists help us use medicines safely.
1Community Care of North Carolina – Medicaid Enrollees on Medication Management Priority List