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October is American Pharmacists Month

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October 10, 2017

MONTGOMERY – Every October is American Pharmacists Month and the Alabama Pharmacy Association (APA) celebrates the accomplishments of pharmacists and educates patients, the public, policy makers, and other health professionals about pharmacists’ expanding role in patient care as integral members of the health care team. Earlier this fall, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey proclaimed October as Pharmacists Month in our state and declared that October 17, 2017 would be recognized as Pharmacy Technician Day in Alabama.

Whether a pharmacist cares for patients in a chain pharmacy or a hospital, an independent local pharmacy or a long-term care facility, the month-long observance recognizes the impact that pharmacists have on improving medication use and advancing patient care throughout all practice settings. It is a way to motivate and galvanize the pharmacy profession, while also inspiring the community to “Know Your Pharmacist—Know Your Medicine,” the theme for American Pharmacists Month. The APA message is based on one essential fact seen in pharmacies, clinics and other health care sites every day: The more patients interact with their pharmacist, the more they understand about their medications.

During American Pharmacists Month, APA members make special efforts to promote awareness of the wide range of services that pharmacists offer - beyond the safe distribution of medication - such as education, prevention and general wellness. Examples of these services include immunizations, medication therapy reviews, counseling for disease states such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and smoking cessation counseling. The fall is also the time for open enrollment in Medicare Prescription Benefit programs, and pharmacists serve as a valuable resource for helping consumers make good choices in regards to their healthcare options.

“APA encourages Alabama residents who have questions about their medications to talk with their pharmacist,” says APA Executive Director Louise Jones. ‘”Your local pharmacist is there to help you understand how to use your medications safely and effectively.” APA is interested in educating the public about medication safety, poison prevention, disease prevention, medication interactions and adherence and other topics related to the proper use of medicine and good health.  If you are interested in having someone speak to a group, please contact the APA office at 334.271.4222.

The Alabama Pharmacy Association is a nonprofit professional organization with over 2,500 members statewide. The APA offers continuing education programs for pharmacists and technicians, and members take a leading role in lobbying for pharmacy at the state and national level. Established in 1881, APA is the oldest professional organization for pharmacy in Alabama. APA members represent all practices of pharmacy and are committed to their profession and their patients.



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