Pharmacy is the health profession that links the health sciences with the chemical sciences, and it is charged with ensuring the safe and effective use of medication. Pharmacists are highly-trained and skilled healthcare professionals who perform various roles to ensure optimal health outcomes for their patients. Many pharmacists are also small-business owners, owning the pharmacy in which they practice.
Pharmacists of the USA are represented by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and various other national and state organizations. The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) represents pharmacists and pharmacy associations from all over the world.
Pharmacy graduates that immigrated from Bangladesh took initiative to form a professional organization on March 3rd, 1991, a meeting was convened at the Tandoor Restaurant in Queens, New York. The same year, a constitution was adopted. The organization was named Bangladeshi-American Pharmacists' Association (BAPA). It is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious, pharmacy-oriented voluntary professional organization.
The purpose of the organization is:
» To foster cooperation and collaboration among Bangladeshi pharmacists residing in North America.
The word pharmacy is derived from its root word pharma which was a term used since the 1400–1600s. The scope of pharmacy practice includes more traditional roles such as compounding and dispensing medications, and it also includes more modern services related to patient care, including clinical services, reviewing medications for safety and efficacy, and providing drug information. Pharmacists, are the experts on drug therapy and are the primary health professionals who optimize medication use to provide patients with positive health outcomes.
Bangladesh, officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh is a country in South Asia. It is bordered by India on all sides except for a small border with Burma (Myanmar) to the far southeast and by the Bay of Bengal to the south. Together with the Indian state of West Bengal, it makes up the ethno-linguistic region of Bengal. The name Bangladesh means "Country of Bengal" in the official Bengali language.
The borders of present-day Bangladesh were established with the partition of Bengal and India in 1947, when the region became the eastern wing of the newly formed Pakistan. However, it was separated from the western wing by 1,600 kilometres (1,000 mi) across India. Political and linguistic discrimination as well as economic neglect led to popular agitations against West Pakistan, which led to the war for independence in 1971 and the establishment of Bangladesh. After independence the new state endured famines, natural disasters and widespread poverty, as well as political turmoil and military coups. The restoration of democracy in 1991 has been followed by relative calm and economic progress.