Pharmacy: From guesswork to laboratory precision
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is celebrating World Pharmacists Day on September 25 in a fun, modern way. The FIP invites pharmacists to show their support by posting social media pictures with the official FIP Twibbons or specially designed “I care for you” placards in alignment with this year’s theme, “Pharmacists: Caring for you”.
The ancient profession has come a long. Let’s take a quick look at its progression.
In 4000 B.C. the Sumerians used licorice, mustard, myrrh and opium to treat pain.
In ancient Egypt, a papyrus dating from 1500 B.C. reveals that 800 prescriptions and 700 drugs were in circulation.
In ancient China, documents reveal that plant-based drugs were administered as early as 2000 B.C.
Globally, signs and records unveil the study of medicine throughout the ages; but, it was the Arabs, building on Greek tradition, who first separated apothecaries and their duties from those of physicians. From that distinction, European countries influenced by Arabic traditions, created the first public pharmacies in the 17th century.