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Diversity of profession to be focus of World Pharmacists Day 2017

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The Hague • 10 April 2017

“From research to health care: Your pharmacist is at your service” is the theme of this year’s World Pharmacists Day on 25 September, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) announced today.

“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, we do all this in the service of our patients and communities,” said FIP President Dr Carmen Peña.

“We want to emphasise that pharmacists are the backbone of health care in many different settings. But providing care does not begin in community or hospital pharmacies. Taking care of patients starts with recognising the health issues of populations and developing medicines, policies and education to tackle them. We pharmacists are often there at the very beginning of the process — when the first molecule that effectively treats a disease is identified,” Dr Peña added.

World Pharmacists Day is used by FIP’s members and others around the globe to highlight the value of the pharmacy profession and impact on improving health to authorities, other professions and the media, as well as to the general public. FIP has produced resources for this year’s campaign in the six official United Nations languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. These include an animation and other materials for print and social media.

FIP is inviting pharmacists to support World Pharmacists Day by creating profile pictures for their social media accounts using the official FIP Twibbon or a specially designed “Your pharmacist is at your service” placard. The materials are available from today at


Notes for editors

About World Pharmacists Day

World Pharmacists Day was adopted by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Council at the 2009 World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Istanbul, Turkey. September 25 was chosen because it is the date that FIP came into existence in 1912. The purpose of World Pharmacists Day is to encourage activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. Examples and images of World Pharmacists Day activities and celebrations from 2016 are available here

About FIP

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and is in official relations with the World Health Organization. Through its 139 member organisations, it represents over three million practitioners and scientists around the world.


Adlan Magomedov, communications assistant
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