Julia Reichle & Martina Pelosi, Lucerne
pharmaSuisse, the Swiss Pharmacists’ Association, is the umbrella organization for pharmacists. Its aim is to ensure optimal provision of medicine and pharmaceutical services for the public. Today, the association founded in 1843 has around 6,100 individual members and over 1,500 affiliated pharmacies.
Regardless of when and where someone encounters a health problem in Switzerland, the nearest pharmacy is never far away. Thanks to their university degrees and continued training, pharmacists are not just specialists in medicine but also qualified health experts. With their expert advice, they make a major contribution to basic healthcare provision and to the prevention of health problems. The more limited resources become, the stronger their position in basic provision will become. The trade association pharmaSuisse aims to create added value for Swiss pharmacies, the healthcare sector and the Swiss public. Pharmacists’ knowledge, their expertise in advising patients and not least their neutrality enable them to guarantee the quality and safety of medicines. They also actively contribute to savings in the healthcare system. The special stamp marking the 175th anniversary of the Swiss Pharmacists’ Association shows a pharmacist dealing with a customer face-to-face.