Pharmacy Fun Fact: May 22 – Pharmacy Times

By | May 22, 2020

Which English king started the first recognized pharmacy organization in the western world?

Answer: King James I

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London was granted a charter in 1617. Previously, apothecaries had been grouped together with grocers.

After its founding, the society made itself invaluable in the coming centuries, treating the sick during the Bubonic plague, winning the right to give medical advice in 1704, and working to help found the National Health Service in 1948. Just a few years ago, in 2017, the society celebrated its 400th anniversary.

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