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World pharmacists Day 2019 will promote safe and effective medicines for all

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The Hague • 25 March 2019

“Safe and effective medicines for all” is the theme of this year’s World Pharmacists Day, which falls on 25 September, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) announced today.

The theme for 2019 aims to promote pharmacists’ crucial role in safeguarding patient safety through improving medicines use and reducing medication errors.

“Studies show that a significant number of patients are harmed during health care, resulting in permanent injury, increased length of stay in healthcare facilities, or even death. Medication errors are a contributing factor to this and pharmacists have a vital role in curtailing this global health challenge,” said FIP President Dominique Jordan.

“Pharmacists use their broad knowledge and unique expertise to ensure that people get the best from their medicines. We ensure access to medicines and their appropriate use, improve adherence, coordinate care transitions and so much more. Today, more than ever, pharmacists are charged with the responsibility to ensure that when a patient uses a medicine, it will not cause harm”, Mr Jordan added.

FIP’s member organisations and others around the globe use World Pharmacists Day to highlight the value of the pharmacy profession to stakeholders, and to celebrate pharmacy.

The official logo is freely available now, in the six official United Nations languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) at www.fip.org/worldpharmacistsday. FIP is working on an app that pharmacists can use to amplify World Pharmacists Day messages.

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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 2018 are available at http://bit.ly/2JfJQm8.  

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