American Pharmacists Month is celebrated in October every year to honor the hard work of pharmacists. They are more than just medicine dispensers – they are invaluable to mankind, providing us with effective medicines and good health. This holiday was first celebrated in 2004, but its origins go back as far as 1925, when a popular US radio station broadcast programs emphasizing the importance of the profession of a pharmacist. American Pharmacists Month was officially recognized by the American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852.
The pharmacy profession has existed since ancient times and the earliest trace of the pharmacy in America dates back to the colonial period. During this time, studies of the local flora were conducted to identify medicinal plants. The first pharmacy institution appeared in the 19th century.
- In the early 1800s, ketchup was sold in pharmacies and was used to treat eczema and baldness.
- Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper were also first created and sold in pharmacies. John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Atlanta, was injured in the war and was searching for a cure. He created a drink that when mixed with carbonated water was believed to be effective.
- Opium was once a common remedy for toothache and was even prescribed to small children as a sedative.
- Insulin is one of the most widely used medications and has side effects.
How to take part
If you have a pharmacist in your family, you can show your appreciation by arranging a dinner, giving a memorable gift, or expressing words of gratitude. You can also leave a positive review of a familiar specialist on the official website – let their work be noticed! You can also join in promotions and donations that benefit the pharmaceutical industry.
When is American Pharmacists Month in 2023?
American Pharmacists Month is observed on October 1 each year.