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  • World Pharmacists Day 2017
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    World Pharmacists Day
     

    The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) is a member of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

    Founded in 1912 (105 years ago), the FIP is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. It is made up of 129 member organizations (member countries) and represents and serves more than 3 million practitioners and scientists around the world.

    Through its more than 100 years history, FIP’s priorities have expanded both literally and figuratively to meet the needs and expectations of the profession in expanding healthcare services and integrating emerging scientific developments. Changes in pharmacy and the emergence of Pharmacy Practice as a cornerstone of the profession have led FIP to become globally visible for its advocacy on behalf of the role of the pharmacist in the provision of healthcare, while still maintaining its ground in the pharmaceutical sciences.

    The decision to annually celebrate World Pharmacists Day was taken at the FIP Council meeting in Istanbul, Turkey during the 2009 FIP Congress.           The World Pharmacists Day has therefore been celebrated since 2010. The date of 25th September was chosen because FIP was founded on 25th September, 1912. The theme for this year’s celebration is:

    “From research to health care: Your pharmacist is at your service” 

    This theme was chosen to reflect the numerous contributions the pharmacy profession makes to health. From research and development of medicines, to educating future pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and providing direct care, pharmacists do all this in the service of patients and humanity.

    On the occasion of the 2017 World Pharmacists Day, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) wants to emphasize that pharmacists are the backbone of health care in many different settings.

    Providing care does not begin in community or hospital pharmacies; taking care of patients start with recognizing the health issues of populations and developing medicines, policies and education to tackle them. Pharmacists are often there at the very beginning of the process — when the first molecule that effectively treats a disease is identified.

    Discovering and development of a drug that effectively treats a disease does not end the role of the pharmacist. The drug would have to be properly developed into the appropriate dosage form taking into consideration the most effective route of administration and dosage regimen that would ensure the maximum benefit whilst minimizing any untoward (unwanted) effect.

    At the clinical (care) level, pharmacists, as part of the healthcare team, would have to ensure that the patient gets the intended benefit from the medication whilst minimizing to the barest minimum any untoward effect. This means the pharmacist would have to consider issues that would affect adherence to medication by patients (and their care givers)  including patients with chronic conditions and multiple ailments/diseases (co-morbidities).

    Another important issue to consider is safety of medicines in patients including the elderly and children especially neonates.

    It is the responsibility of the pharmacist to simplify dosage regimen and get the patients to understand why and how they have to take their medications.

    Pharmacists as much as possible are to help in minimizing poly-pharmacy and drug interactions to make it easier for patients to take their medications.

    World Pharmacists Day is therefore used by pharmacists around the globe to highlight the value of the pharmacy profession and its impact on improving health to authorities, other professions and the media, as well as to the general public.

    Thus, from drug discovery, drug development and responsible use of medicines, the pharmacist is at your service.

    The launch of the 2017 World Pharmacists Day comes off at the LEKMA Northern Cluster of Schools, Gorno, Teshie on Friday, 22nd September at 9am.

    Let’s endeavor to attend.

    All regional branches of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana have planned various activities including health walk, public education, adherence counselling among host of other activities to celebrate the 2017 World Pharmacists Day from Monday, 25th September. Please get involved wherever you are.