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Pharmacy fun facts


  • Last year through the EVNIRx program, RxA members collected over 100 tonnes of expired drugs. This is equivalent to approximately 15 male African elephants.
  • Benjamin Franklin was a pharmacist, and Agatha Christie was a pharmacy technician.
  • Egypt is home to some of the oldest pharmaceutical records. These records, called Ebers Papyrus, dating back to around 1500 B.C. hold information on hundreds of prescriptions and medications.
  • It can sometimes take up to 20 years to develop a new medication.
  • The first national professional society of pharmacists was the American Pharmacists Association, established in 1852.
  • Pharmacist and WWII veteran, Benjamin Green, wanted to develop a product to protect himself and fellow soldiers from sunburn. This product would later become Coppertone suntan lotion.

  • Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, known for his role as Thor in the “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, worked at a pharmacy prior to catching his big break.
  • In 1914, Alberta students could begin their pharmacy training at 14 years old.
  • Early pharmacists provided patent and prescription medication to the sick, stocked veterinary medicine and even acted as a veterinarian, sold a wide range of general merchandise: perfume, cosmetics, china, confectionary, gift ware, chemicals, spices and poisons. Want to learn more about the history of pharmacy in Alberta? Take a roadtrip to the Castor pharmacy museum.
  • Alexander Fleming, a reputable researcher in the pharmacy and medical industry, discovered penicillin by accident.
    Penicillin is now the one of the most popular prescribed antibiotics.
  • John Pemberton, invented Coca Cola – one of the most famous drinks to date to counteract his own addiction to morphine. It contained alcohol and was known as “Pemberton’s French Wine Cola”.

It can sometimes take up to 20 years to develop a new medication.
Egypt is home to some of the oldest pharmaceutical records. These records, called Ebers Papyrus, dating back to around 1500 B.C., hold information on hundreds of prescriptions and medications.
Alexander Fleming, a reputable researcher in the pharmacy and medical industry, discovered penicillin by accident.
Penicillin is now the one of the most popular prescribed antibiotics.
Last year through the EVNIRx program, members of the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) collected over 100 tonnes of expired drugs. This is equivalent to roughly 15 male African elephants.
Pharmacist and WWII veteran, Benjamin Green, wanted to develop a product to protect himself and fellow soldiers from sunburn. This product would later become Coppertone suntan lotion.
Benjamin Franklin was a pharmacist and Agatha Christie was a pharmacy technician.