In honor of American Pharmacists Month (APhM), it is important to pause and recognize that pharmacists are a critical component of the healthcare industry. A pharmacist’s role in healthcare encompasses much more than drug education, vaccination, and medication dispensing. The role of a pharmacist has the capacity to extend further into the design, evaluation, and development of medications.2

According to the World Health Organization (WHO),1 pharmacists offer expertise in formulation development, an expansive knowledge base of pharmaceutical sciences, and qualifications to interpret diverse forms of information. Pharmacists have the skills, knowledge, and experience to contribute to patent applications, research and development projects, medication manufacturing, and postmarketing surveillance of medications. Furthermore, pharmacists (such as the pharmacists at Med Communications) have the knowledge and capability to provide detailed medical information, pertinent medical literature, and much more to healthcare professionals and to the general public.

Every October is American Pharmacists Month, so use this month to appreciate the contributions that pharmacists at Med Communications and other companies make every day.

1 World Health Organization. 4.4 Industrial pharmacy (the pharmaceutical industry). 1994. https://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Jh2995e/1.6.4.html#Jh2995e.1.6.4. Accessed October 12, 2016.

2 Saleh GB, Rezk NL, Laika L, et. al. “Pharmacist, the pharmaceutical industry and pharmacy education in Saudi Arabia: a questionnaire-based study.” Saudi Pharm J. 2015;23.5: 573. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1319016415000572. Accessed October 12, 2016.