Author / Tarek, Clinical Pharmacist

A Pharmacist? What! Why?

I stood behind the pharmacy’s drop-off counter, across from the 13-year-old and her dad, when I heard her ask, “Is he the cashier?”

“No, he’s the pharmacist,” her dad answered.

“Pharmacist? Is that a cashier who gives the drugs?”

Well, not exactly, I guess! At least pharmacists have existed long before cashiers were invented.

While humans began gathering plants for medicinal purposes more than 30,000 years ago, the word “pharmacy” was first heard in the late 14th century. It’s believed to be derived from the Greek work “Pharmakeia” which means the use of drugs, medicines, or spells—or poison or witchcraft.