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Get Involved in American
Pharmacists Month

Throughout the month we will be recognizing important dates and timelines.

Here are some tips to get involved:

  • Follow APhA on Facebook (@aphapharmacists), Twitter (@pharmacists), and LinkedIn to spread the word about your role as a care provider.
  • Like, share, and retweet our posts.
  • Tag APhA in your APhM2020 social content.
  • Use the official APhM hashtags: #APhM2020 and #pharmacistsmonth

Dates & Details to Remember

September 25: World Pharmacists Day –
#worldpharmacistday

October 1: The Start of APhM!
Make sure you update your social media profiles with APhM Facebook frame and graphics.

October 12: Women Pharmacist Day:
#womenpharmacistday

October 20: National Pharmacy Technician Day
#rxtechday

  • Community Settings

    • Schedule special health events that encourage patients with the message, “Talk to your pharmacist today.” Examples include promoting vaccinations, a flu shot clinic, or health screening day (e.g., cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis screenings).

    • Hold one or more Medication Check-Ups. Invite your patients to bring all their medications—prescription and nonprescription—to the pharmacy during a specified time, so pharmacists can examine them for expiration dates, potential drug interactions, and other medication-related problems.

    • Conduct “OTC tours” geared to the needs of specific groups—parents of young children, older adults, athletes, and others. Help each group understand how to select appropriate products for the conditions most likely to affect them. Emphasize the importance of reading product labels, knowing the active ingredients in certain medications, and consulting with the pharmacist when questions arise.

    • Provide Medicare counseling to the seniors in your community. List information about your Medicare events in the local newspaper or send the information to the local radio station. You can also provide personalized counseling in your area by contacting your local office on aging. For the telephone number, visit www.eldercare.gov.

    • Host a visit for your senator or representative. Provide your legislators with an invaluable view of the contemporary roles of pharmacists. Be sure they see a pharmacist in your facility conducting valued patient care services that warrant compensation, such as immunizations, comprehensive medication reviews, blood pressure screening, OTC counseling, and other clinical activities.

    • Celebrate National Women Pharmacists Day on October 12.

    • Celebrate technicians on October 15, #RxTechDay. Thank them for their support and the invaluable contributions they make to the profession.

  • Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy

    •Coordinate patient care and community outreach projects such as free health screenings that offer medication check-ups or consider other community education events for area businesses and civic organizations.

    •Connect with your state pharmacy associations. Look for ways to participate and make suggestions for additional events.

    •If you work part-time in a pharmacy, help plan activities and events for American Pharmacists Month.

    •Celebrate National Women Pharmacists Day on October 12.

    •Celebrate technicians on October 15, #RxTechDay. Thank them for their support and the invaluable contributions they make to the profession.

    •Hold a celebratory lunch for all student pharmacists. Invite an honored local practitioner to discuss the importance of leadership and professionalism in pharmacy.

    •Encourage other student pharmacists to get involved online. Use a hashtag #APhM2019 along with photos from APhM events to be posted on APhA–ASP chapter social media accounts.

    •Reach out to local, regional, or national news outlets to cover your event and get pharmacists and student pharmacists recognized.

  • Hospital Settings

    • Visit patients in their hospital rooms. Introduce yourself and answer any questions they may have about pharmacy services or drug therapy.

    • Talk to your administrator(s). Explain the goals and the patient education benefits of American Pharmacists Month to help build a sense of teamwork within the health system.

    • Schedule an open house. Invite all hospital employees to visit the pharmacy. Conduct brief tours that showcase daily pharmacy operations and describe how medications move from the initial physician order to the patient.

    • Celebrate National Women Pharmacists Day on October 12.

    • Celebrate technicians on October 15, #RxTechDay. Thank them for their support and the invaluable contributions they make to the profession.

  • Ambulatory Care Settings

    • Schedule special health events. Use this time to encourage patients with the message, “Talk to your pharmacist today.” Examples include a flu shot clinic or health screening day (e.g., cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis screenings).

    • Hold one or more medication check-ups. Invite your patients to bring all their medications—prescription and nonprescription—to the pharmacy so pharmacists can examine them for expiration dates, potential drug interactions, and other medication-related problems.

    • Arrange “curbside consultations” for patients and caregivers. Encourage them to talk with pharmacists about medication therapy issues. Hold the sessions in a conference room or other relatively private area and allot 5 to 10 minutes per person.

    • Celebrate National Women Pharmacists Day on October 12.

    • Celebrate technicians on October 15, #RxTechDay. Thank them for their support and the invaluable contributions they make to the profession.

  • Long-Term Care Settings

    •Visit individual patients in their rooms and give them your full attention.

    • Schedule informational programs for residents and/or their families. Possible topics include the pharmacist’s role in medication regimen review, the 10 most common and/or hazardous drug interactions among older patients, and basic medication safety. If possible, use this opportunity to explore launching a long-term monitoring program for residents.

    • Celebrate National Women Pharmacists Day on October 12.

    • Celebrate technicians on October 15, #RxTechDay. Thank them for their support and the invaluable contributions they make to the profession.

  • Into the Community

    • Obtain a proclamation from your legislator designating October as American Pharmacists Month. Use our Proclamation Guide for tips and a sample letter.

    • Remember to engage the community at large when planning events to promote and celebrate American Pharmacists Month. It’s a natural time for pharmacists to increase their visibility and the public’s awareness of their contributions to community health. Patients of all ages can benefit from discussions and information about how to use medications safely and effectively.

    • Approach the management of a local shopping mall about sponsoring a health fair or staging an exhibit or booth at which pharmacists and student pharmacists can answer shoppers’ questions about their medications.

    • Create a medication information and education display for your local library, YMCA, or other suitable community site.

    • Promote health and wellness in your community by hosting vaccination clinics, Medication Check-Ups, and disease screening and management activities.

    • Visit elementary, middle, and high schools to talk with students about medication safety, the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and careers in pharmacy.

    • Conduct Medication Check-Up reviews or offer medication information seminars at senior citizen centers and housing complexes.

    • Give educational talks and presentations to civic, neighborhood, and church groups. Consider distributing patient education brochures and small American Pharmacists Month–themed giveaways.