A pharmacist prepares and dispenses medicinal drugs associated with modern medicine, rather than traditional forms of treatment. Drugs include simple pain killers and re-hydration salts, and more complicated prescriptions such as anti-retroviral drugs that can suppress HIV.
The largest number of pharmacists in the world work in the territories with the biggest populations: India and China. 42% of all pharmacists live in these two territories. The territories with the fewest pharmacists are in Asia Pacific, Central Africa, Northern Africa and Southeastern Africa.
By region the most pharmacists per person work in Japan: 121 for every 100 000 people.