World Pharmacists Day: Bangladesh tops medicine production
Published: 12:22 PM, 25 September 2021 Updated: 12:41 PM, 25 September 2021
World Pharmacists Day today; Photo: Collected
World Pharmacists Day is being celebrated today (Saturday, September 25). Although the day has been observed since 2010, it has been celebrated in Bangladesh since 2014.
This year’s theme for the day is “Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health.”
World Pharmacists Day is very important in the context of Bangladesh. For the first time, a private university in Bangladesh took the initiative to celebrate the day.
Earlier, there was no special occasion for pharmacists worldwide, however, World Pharmacists Day has been celebrated in Bangladesh with due dignity every year.
The day is being observed every year through rallies and voluntary blood donation programs, seminars and various public awareness activities with enthusiasm in divisions and district cities including Dhaka under the initiative of the Pharmacy Department of universities, various Pharmaceuticals, Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) and various pharmacy professional organizations.
The goal of World Pharmacists Day
The main objective of the day is to encourage those who are working in the pharmacy sector and to make the general public aware of this profession, to highlight their importance in society, to spread the correct idea about pharmacists among all. That is why the day has been celebrated worldwide since 2010.
The celebration of World Pharmacists Day was initiated by the International Pharmaceutical Federations (FIP), an international organization that works with students, teachers, professionals, researchers and scientists associated with pharmacy.
Established on September 25, 1912, in The Hague, Netherlands, the FIP proposed to observe World Pharmacists Day on September 25 every year.
In 2009, a council meeting of the organization was held in Istanbul, Turkey. There, the Turkish Pharmacists Association proposed to observe Pharmacist Day on September 25. Since then, the day was unanimously adopted by the council and announced to celebrate the day from 2010.
World Pharmacists Day is a key time to make people aware of the role of pharmacists in healthcare. About 140 organizations around the world and about 4 million pharmacy-related people are currently involved with the pharmacy sector.
Safe use of drugs is being talked about repeatedly. Unsafe, uncontrolled use of drugs can lead to some serious complications, such as “antibiotic resistance”. Encouraging people to use the safe drug, creating awareness depends a lot on pharmacists.
Our country is moving forward like developed countries, at the same time, our healthcare sector must move forward at the same pace. Integrated healthcare has become essential in our country like other countries of the world and the direct participation of pharmacists is very important there.
In the context of Bangladesh, if the concept of clinical and community pharmacy can be properly implemented along with the practice of industrial pharmacy, it will be a milestone for the healthcare sector in Bangladesh. Although it takes time to implement the issues as well as the right direction and long-term planning, now is the time to do research on the issues – which can lead Bangladesh far ahead in the future.
A report from Anandabazar said, “At the moment, Bangladesh is at the top in the production of medicines among the 48 underdeveloped countries in the world.”
Bangladesh has currently 257 companies with 24,000 brands of medicines. Medicines worth Tk 25,000 crore a year are being exported every year to meet the demand of the country. To move this industry forward, which has made a significant contribution to the national economy, pharmacists must be given importance.
By bringing these issues to the fore, World Pharmacists Day can be an important means of highlighting the role of pharmacists at all levels of the country’s health sector, not just the general public, at the policy-making level of the government.