The History of Pharmacy
By: Gabby Camilleri and Hayden Thompson
The development of the term Pharmacist
The word 'pharmacist' was first used in England in 1834, in a novel by Lytton called The Last Days of Pompeii. But, it was also used from in 18th century with the meaning of someone who prepared and dispensed medicines. Despite that, at the beginning of the 19th century most people working in this area would have called themselves chemists and/or druggists. The terms pharmacist and pharmaceutical chemist, came later in the 1800s.
The Pharmacy and Medicines Act repealed the old medicine stamp duty. It forbade the general advertisement of products claiming to treat a number of specific illnesses including Bright's disease, cataract epilepsy and TB, or to be effective in procuring an abortion. For the first time manufacturers were required to list the active ingredients of products on their packaging.