12 Jan Celebrating National Pharmacist Day
January 12th is celebrated as National Pharmacist Day to recognize all the pharmacists across the nation. In addition to surgeons, nurses, and paramedics, this is another profession that contributes immensely to the health care industry. Historically, pharmacists only dispensed prescribed drugs to patients but, in recent times the role of a pharmacist includes much more. From managing a patient’s drug schedule, ensuring that patients are disciplined in their medications, managing insurance costs, and other patient concerns, pharmacists have made a big impact in today’s world.1
According to a poll by Gallup, Pharmacists were ranked 4th among the most trusted professionals in the United States in 2019 where 64% of U.S adults rated the honesty and ethical standards of pharmacists as high/very high.2 A patient looks at the pharmacist as a trusted source that provides complete information on the drugs that are prescribed, which is the biggest factor that has primarily contributed to this ranking.
There are about 249,804 pharmacists in the US as of 2019 according to the American Community Survey.3 During these tough times amidst the pandemic, it is more important than ever that we take a moment to thank those friendly workers who give us health advice and have been working relentlessly in providing us the necessary public health resources during these unprecedented times.
It has only been in recent years that the world has started recognizing the profession of a pharmacist and has dedicated an entire day in its honor. Although the US celebrates the national pharmacist day on January 12th, the world celebrates International Pharmacist day on September 25th.
What can you do on this national pharmacist day? Stop by your pharmacy and thank your pharmacist for the work they do or share some kind words for them on social media to recognize their efforts. EMMA International thanks all the pharmacists around the world for their contribution to public health.
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1Pharmacy Times (Jan 2019) Celebrating National Pharmacist Day retrieved on 1/10/2021 from https://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/celebrating-national-pharmacist-day
2Gallup (Jan 2020) Nurses Continue to Rate Highest in Honesty, Ethics retrieved on 1/10/2021 from https://news.gallup.com/poll/274673/nurses-continue-rate-highest-honesty-ethics.aspx
3U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2019) Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019 retrieved on 1/10/2021 from https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291051.htm