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Gov. Ivey Proclaims Alabama Pharmacists Month and Pharmacy Technician Day

Thursday, October 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
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October 4, 2018


MONTGOMERY, Ala. - On October 3, 2018, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed two official proclamations declaring the month of October 2018 as Alabama Pharmacists Month and Tuesday, October 16, 2018 as Alabama Pharmacy Technician Day.

In the state of Alabama, there are currently more than 6,200 pharmacists licensed to practice along with more than 12,500 pharmacy technicians. Pharmacists today continually strive to expand the services they offer their patients to help in overall healthcare and medication adherence. As one of the most accessible health care providers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play a critical role in their communities.

"APA is honored that Governor Ivey recognizes the important role that Alabama pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have in our community," said APA Executive Director Louise Jones.

Alabama pharmacists are a valuable health care resource. They offer services such as vaccinations, patient counseling on prescriptions, smoking cessation, and disease management (i.e. Diabetes - diet, exercise, blood sugar monitoring, foot care) as well as offering helpful information on Medicare and Medicaid plans which can often be confusing to patients.

Pharmacy technicians play an important role in assisting pharmacists to meet the demand for prescription medications by the citizens of Alabama. Pharmacy technicians have become a major link in today's healthcare chain.

 APA is interested in educating the public about medication safety, poison prevention, disease prevention, drug interactions, compliance and other topics related to proper use of medicines 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 2,400 members statewide. The APA offers continuing education programs for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and members take a leading role in lobbying for the profession at the state and national level. The APA was established in 1881 and is the oldest professional organization for pharmacy in the state. APA members represent all practices of pharmacy and are committed to their profession and their patients.