Pharmacists: Your Partner in Health

“Pharmacists: Your Partner in Health” is the theme under which World Pharmacists Day will be observed on September 25, 2015.

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pharmaceutical Association and the SVG Pharmacy Council, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, have this year chosen to focus on the “Morning after Pill”.

The Ministry says with increasing issues concerning women’s health always evolving, it has become more important that the responsibility of Health Care Professionals in educating the public and developing a relationship with them emerge as a key issue.

As a consequence, persons here are being urged to partner with the Ministry of Health and the local pharmacies to take charge of their health.

This partnership is considered essential in understanding the purpose of the medication and the responsible way to use it.

In addition, studies reveal that half of all pregnancies are unintended, hence emergency contraception offers women an additional opportunity to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse.

In this regard, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, will conduct a series of Medication Use Review in five community pharmacies across the island.

The first review will be held in Georgetown on Friday, September 25, 2015, with the other reviews scheduled to be held in Mesopotamia on October 6, 2015, Chateaubelair on October 9, 2015, Calliaqua on October 12, 2015 and Bequia on October 16.

Adults who live in these communities and who have chronic ailments such as diabetes, hypertension or asthma are encouraged to participate in the Medication Use Review, during which they might be able to gain an improved understanding of the purpose of their medication and the correct way to use it.

The series of reviews will be held under the theme Understanding Your Medication.

Participants will get an opportunity to learn how to optimise the benefits from their drug treatment, as well as have their questions and queries answered from experienced pharmacists.