Today, January 12th, is National Pharmacist Day. While this is a more obscure “holiday”, it is definitely one that has vintage origins.
National Pharmacist Day honors pharmacists by recognizing the important role they play in medical care. Pharmacists must have knowledge of the chemistry of all medicines. They inform you of a drugs’ side effects, as well as how prescription medicine can help. They also understand how drugs work (or don’t work) together.
National Pharmacist Day is celebrated on January 12th of each year.
Did You Know?
- Coca-Cola was invented by a pharmacist named John Pemberton. He carried the jug of the new product down the street to Jacob’s Pharmacy where it was sampled and pronounced “excellent” and placed on sale for 5-cents a glass as a soda fountain drink.
- Another pharmacist, Charles Alderton, invented Dr. Pepper. Pepsi was also invented by a pharmacist, as was Vernor’s Ginger Ale by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor.
- The first licensed pharmacist set up shop in the French Quarter. Louis Dufilho Jr. of New Orleans became American’s first licensed pharmacist in the early 1800s. Prior to then, you did not need a license to become a pharmacist.
- The global pharmaceuticals market is worth more than $300 billion today.
- Benjamin Franklin was a pharmacist, while Agatha Christie was a pharmacy technician.
- Lipitor is the best-selling drug of all time. It was introduced in 1997 and its patent expired in 2011, making about $125 billion.
- Insulin is one of the most common medications that cause adverse events.
- Hydrocodone/acetaminophen is the most commonly prescribed medication in the United States. Lisinopril is No. 2 (as of 2014).
- The most expensive drug is Glybera at a wholesale cost of $1.21 million per year. It is a gene therapy that helps restore lipoprotein lipase enzyme activity in those with familial lipoprotein lipase deficiency. Only 1 million patients have this extremely rare condition.
Source: Pharmacy Times
Collectible Pharmacy Items Available
The shops of the Vintage Etsy Society recognize this date, and thank pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies for all the awesome vintage pharmacy related items we collect.