World Pharmacists Day 2024

World Pharmacists Day 2024
World Pharmacists Day 2024

Congratulations and sincere thanks to the Pharmacists

all over the world for your daily great work!


On the 25th of September is the annual World Pharmacists Day. 2024 year’s theme is “Pharmacists: Meeting global health needs“.

Why this theme?

The pharmacy profession fulfills health requirements in many ways on a daily basis. The FIP World Pharmacists Day initiative, titled “Pharmacists: Meeting global health needs” serves as a platform for the profession to commemorate its contributions to enhancing health worldwide. Moreover, it presents an occasion to underscore our capacity for further enhancing global health outcomes.

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) invites colleagues from all sectors of the pharmacy profession to take part in the campaign and reminding decision-makers and the public how the role of pharmacists in meeting health needs remains crucial for building healthier communities everywhere.


World Pharmacists Day

25th September 2024


The global health landscape is increasingly complex and interconnected, emphasizing the necessity of promoting good health and robust, sustainable healthcare systems worldwide while addressing health disparities. The COVID-19 pandemic underscored this imperative. Consequently, many countries and organizations have devised new global health strategies aimed at tackling pressing challenges both current and future. These challenges encompass issues such as limited access to healthcare, shortages of medical professionals, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, air pollution, HIV, and emerging infectious diseases.

Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, these strategies propose various solutions, including: strengthening health systems (including improving access to primary health care), preventing health risks, and preparing for and responding to health crises.

FIP’s message for World Pharmacists Day 2024 is clear:

Pharmacists: Meeting global health needs

Why is there a celebration called World Pharmacist Day?

The purpose of World Pharmacists Day, which was brought to life at the FIP Council 2009 in Istanbul, is to encourage activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. Pharmacists are the reason why people get the best from their medicines, they are using their experience, knowledge, and expertise to make the (medical) world a better place for everybody. Moreover, they give access to medicines, advise people on how to properly take them and so much more.

Since 2020, the FIP has also launched World Pharmacy Week to extend the celebrations to include all aspects of the pharmacy profession.

Why is it celebrated on September 25?

The Turkish members of FIP suggested the Date because the FIP was established on the same day in 1912.

We prepared an infographic on some more interesting figures around the World Pharmacists Day:
(click to enlarge the infographic)


World Pharmacists Day Infographic 2024
World Pharmacists Day Infographic 2024

What is the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)?

The founder of World Pharmacists Day, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global body representing pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmaceutical education. Through their 144 national organisations, academic institutional members and individual members, they represent millions of pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and pharmaceutical educators around the world. FIP is a non-governmental organisation with its head office in the Netherlands. Through their partnerships and extensive pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences network, they work to support the development of the pharmacy profession, through practice and emerging scientific innovations, and through developing the pharmacy workforce in order to meet the world’s health care needs and expectations.

Where is the word “pharmacy” actually coming from?

Some of the oldest pharmaceutical records were found in Egypt from the year 2900 B.C. The “Papyrus Ebers”, a collection of 800 prescriptions mentioning 700 drugs, dates back to around 1500 B.C. The “Father of Pharmacy” is Aelius Galenius aka Galen of Pergamon a Greek physician, surgeon and philosopher in the Roman empire. His name is still associated with galenicals.




Did you know…?

that 78% of Pharmacy Technicians are Females and there are more than 4 million pharmacists worldwide? All of them boosted the revenue of the pharmaceutical market in 2018 to 1204.8 billion USD!

…that they are the most accessible healthcare professional? (For example: in the USA >90% of people live within 5 miles of a pharmacist).

…that the inventors of Coca-Cola (John Pemberton), Dr. Pepper (Charles Alderton), Pepsi and Ginger Ale were pharmacists too?

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