Cuban Pharmacist Day
Every November 22, Cuba celebrates Pharmacist's Day, which recognizes the relevance of this sector in society, always with the purpose of improving health quality and raising the level of satisfaction of the population with the services provided.
It was in 2000 that it was decided to celebrate this day, in commemoration of the birth of Antonio Guiteras Holmes (1906-1935), a prominent Cuban politician and revolutionary, graduated as a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1927 from the University of Havana.
An important moment for the work of these professionals was the constitution in 1974 of the Cuban Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences, with an ethical-moral approach to care, technical and scientific activities in favor of greater benefit for the population.
The entity maintains links with the International Federation of Pharmacy (FIP), the Pan American Federation of Pharmacy (FEPAFAR) and the Federation of Pharmacists of Central America and the Caribbean (FFCC).
The country has about three thousand pharmacies, of which around two thousand are community-based, with more than 21 thousand workers.
State-of-the-art engineering and innovation are present in this area, through the Business Group of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries of Cuba, BioCubaFarma, created in 2012 and to which over thirty companies focused on the manufacture of medicines, products, equipment and high-tech services aimed at improving the health of the Cuban people and generating exportable goods, as a result of the scientific-technical development achieved by the nation.