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National Pharmacist Day – January 12, 2023

Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

Updated on January 12th, 2023

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Every January 12 is a great chance to celebrate everything pharmacists do to help in their communities. This National Pharmacist Day, make sure to thank your local pharmacist for all they do!

What do pharmacists do?

Pharmacists are trained and certified professionals who specialize in the right way to use, store, preserve, and provide medications. They work as intermediaries between prescribers and patients to ensure the safe and effective use of medications. Pharmacists are a familiar sight behind the pharmacy counter, but they also work in other areas of patient care, like hospitals, universities, community organizations, specialty pharmacies, and more.

Why are pharmacists important to public health?

Pharmacists promote public health by improving access to quality care, preventing medication errors, and more. They are knowledgeable healthcare experts who can help teach you how to properly use medications, answer questions about possible side effects, provide vaccinations, recommend ways to stay healthy, among many other things.

What are the various roles pharmacists serve?

Pharmacists are not only helpful to patients in pharmacies. They are often also educators, drug developers and testers, researchers, consultants on drug policy, etc. They are advisers to the public and are dedicated to patient health and safety.

Are pharmacists also physicians?

Pharmacists are not usually physicians, but they are doctors. All pharmacists must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree to enter the profession. This ensures they are experts in their field and highly qualified to serve in the various roles a pharmacist fulfills. They are also required to take continuing education courses throughout their careers.

Is the pharmacy profession growing?

Yes, and rather quickly! The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows that the pharmacy profession has received tremendous growth over the past two decades. The number of pharmacists in the U.S. grew from just 91,000 in 2001 to 315,000 in 2020.

How can I celebrate National Pharmacist Day?

On National Pharmacist Day, take time to thank your pharmacist for all they do. Ask questions and let them know how they’ve helped you. Want to spread the word? Thank pharmacists on social media and include hashtag #NationalPharmacistDay.

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