The word "Pharmacy" is derived form the Greek work ''Pharmakon'', meaning drug. The word Pharmacy has two meanings: 1)General sense - it is a place or shop where drugs or medicines are sold 2)Professional sense - it is the profession, the members of which deal with drugs.
Pharmacy Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing and dispensing drugs. It is a health profession that links health sciences with chemical sciences and aims to ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs.
The mortar and pestle, one of the internationally recognized symbols to represent the pharmacy profession
Pharmacy is defined as the art and science of recognizing,identifying,collecting, selecting, preparing, storing,testing, compounding and dispensing all substances used in preventive or in curative medicine for treating people.
Pharmacists, therefore, are the experts on drug therapy and are the primary health professionals who optimize use of medication for the benefit of the patients.
Pharmacy was an integral part of medicine when preparative pharmaceutical techniques were simple. It became an independent branch of medicine when an increasing variety of drugs and their complex compounding demanded specialists familiar with the technique of their compounding.