National Pharmacist Day is recognized by several national and state pharmacy organizations. It honors and recognizes the important role that pharmacists play in healthcare.
Pharmacists’ role in healthcare has evolved over centuries and significantly changed over the past 30 years. Before WW II, pharmacists compounded most medications that they dispensed pursuant to a physician’s prescription or order. After WW II, pharmacists performed the more familiar and traditional “lick and stick” pharmacy – counting tablets and capsules or measuring liquids, putting them in properly labeled prescription bottles, and counseling the patients about the use and storage.