National Pharmacy Technician Day is celebrated every third Tuesday in October. This holiday is an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the extremely important duties that are assigned to the technical staff of the pharmacy, without which no pharmacy could fully function. These employees meet pharmacy customers, communicate with them, answer questions about medicines, explain how to take medicines and what effects they will have.
The creator of the holiday is Lindsey Ahrens, who in 2015 proposed celebrating National Pharmacy Technician Day every third Tuesday in October. Her initiative was supported by the American Pharmacist Association and the Board of Educators of Pharmacy. Celebrating this national day also falls on National Hospital and Health Systems Pharmacy Week.
- In 1550 BC, the first pharmacological scientific work was written in ancient Egypt: the Ebers papyrus contained a large list of plants that were used to make medicines.
- In 754 BC, the first pharmacies appeared in Baghdad and were regulated by the government until the 9th century.
- In 1884, tablets produced using industrial technology appeared on the pharmacy shelves.
How to take part
If you would like to show your appreciation for pharmacy technicians, you can congratulate them on the occasion of the national day, thank them for their hard work and even leave a generous tip. You can also spread the word about National Pharmacy Technician Day on your own social media page, so even more people can learn about this holiday and recognize the work of pharmacy workers.
When is National Pharmacy Technician Day celebrated in 2023?
National Pharmacy Technician Day is observed on the third Tuesday of October each year.