Celebrated on January 12th
Coca-Cola was invented by a pharmacist named John Pemberton. He carried the jug of the new product down the street to Jacob's Pharmacy where it was sampled and pronounced "excellent" and placed on sale for 5 cents a glass as a soda fountain drink.
Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, is often also considered one of the founding fathers of pharmacy. He played a part in establishing one of the first public hospitals and hospital pharmacies in the United States.
One medicine might be a pink liquid, another medicine might come in a special mist, another might be a blue pill, and still another might come out of a yellow tube. But they're all used for the same purpose — to make you feel better when you're sick. Most medicines today are made in laboratories and many are based on things found in nature. After a medicine is created, it is tested over and over in many different ways. This lets scientists make sure it's safe for people to take and that it can fight or prevent an illness. Some new medicines actually are new versions of old medicines that have been improved to help people feel better quicker.