On June 16 we celebrate Commonwealth Pharmacy Day. The events we hold to mark this occasion highlight the important role of pharmacists as the healthcare team’s specialists on medicines and the outreach of the profession to the general public.
The role of the pharmacist both in the community and hospital is continuing to evolve across the Commonwealth. In some countries we see pharmacist prescribing beginning to take root while in others the strengthening of good governance in the supply chain, against the challenge of counterfeit or falsely labeled medicines. Both represent important steps in promoting and protecting the health of local communities. Along with this, the increasing role medicines play in managing non communicable diseases will ensure the pharmacist will continue to play a key role in supporting patients with long term conditions. I firmly believe we, as pharmacists, therefore need to develop our clinical skills to better offer our expertise to the medicines use process and benefit the patient experience, while at the same time maintaining our technical skills to ensure the quality and safety of medicines allied to their manufacture, procurement, storage, distribution and administration.
I want to assure you of our support at CPA and wish you well for your day and the events you have organised around it. I look forward to hearing the outcomes as we can all learn from each other, and the Commonwealth is stronger as a result of the shared learning we receive.
President of Commonwealth Pharmacists Association