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October is American Pharmacists Month—a time to recognize pharmacists’ contributions to health care and all they can do for their communities.
It all started in October 1925. For one week, radio stations across the country broadcasted special programming to highlight the profession of pharmacy. In 2004, after celebrating National Pharmacy Week for nearly 8 decades, APhA recognized October as American Pharmacist Month and has so ever since.
A spoonful of sugar doesn’t always help the medicine go down. Did you know that more than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and more than 96 million U.S. adults have prediabetes?
You can prevent—or manage—diabetes with help from your health care team, including your pharmacist. Pharmacists use their expertise to help you get your blood glucose under control and reach your goals.
You’re not alone in managing your diabetes. Visit your pharmacist.
You have medication questions; your pharmacist has answers.
Pharmacists can help you maximize the benefit and minimize the risk of your medications.
Did you know your pharmacist can explain a medication label, tell you about interactions with other drugs or foods, package your tablets, and be a bridge between you and your prescriber? Pharmacists are easy to reach and ready to help.
Make sense of your medications. Visit your pharmacist.
There are more than 360,000 immunization-trained pharmacists in the U.S. As part of your immunization neighborhood, pharmacists are there for you. In fact, pharmacists plausibly accounted for more than 50% of all COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S.
Your pharmacist also can talk about other vaccine-preventable diseases, such as pneumonia, shingles, or HPV, and help determine which immunizations are appropriate for you or a loved one.
Protect your health. Visit your pharmacist.
It’s time to breathe easier.
Did you know that more than 25 million people in the United States have asthma, of whom about 4 million are children? Or that 15 million people are currently diagnosed with COPD?
You can control your asthma or manage your COPD with help from your pharmacist, including instruction on how to use your inhaler properly to maximize your benefit.
Pharmacists provide care to improve your quality of life. Visit your pharmacist.
Cough and cold. Pain. Fever. Upset stomach. Did you know that more than 300,000 OTC products are on the market to treat these and more?
Pharmacists are trained in both prescription and OTC medications. They can tell you about potential interactions with foods, other drugs, or dietary supplements. They can also help you pick the perfect product.
The right remedy is just a pharmacist away. Visit your pharmacist.
Before you choose and use a dietary supplement, talk with your pharmacist.
Did you know that FDA does not regulate supplements as it does with prescription and OTC medications? Pharmacists can tell you whether a supplement is from a reputable manufacturer that follows quality standards. They can also tell you how supplements, medications, and foods may interact.
Team with your pharmacist to live your best life. Visit your pharmacist.
Did you know that high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke? About one in two U.S. adults has high blood pressure.
Measure up to your health and wellness goals by controlling your blood pressure. Pharmacists can help you prevent and manage high blood pressure through team-based care and ensure your blood pressure is tested and documented on a regular basis.
Don’t stress about your blood pressure when pharmacists can save the day. Visit your pharmacist.
If you have pain, you want relief. Pharmacists can take an active role in your pain management and help you make the best use of your medications.
Pain is the leading cause of adult disability.
Manage pain safely with a plan from your care team, including your pharmacist. Visit your pharmacist.
In addition to safely administering immunizations and providing medicine, pharmacists offer lots of different services as part of their commitment to helping patients live healthier lives. Beyond treatments for everything from asthma to diabetes and heart disease to providing personalized counseling and care, pharmacists can simplify your care with easy access to answers that bring you relief. Pharmacists can also help address known barriers to care and, as scope of practice expands, so does the recognition of the pharmacist as the central support of a patient’s health care team optimizing patient health and wellbeing.
Building a relationship and getting to know your local pharmacist can make a big difference in your health. Visit your local pharmacy today and see what your pharmacist can do for you!
of the U.S. Population live within 5 miles of a pharmacy
COVID-19 vaccines administered
of COVID-19 vaccinations were delivered at pharmacies
of flu vaccines take place at pharmacies
of vaccines are administered at a pharmacy
* More than 90% of COVID-19 vaccinations provided through either medical centers or pharmacies were delivered at pharmacies (Excluding temporary, government public health sites and sites where a claim would not be generated)
** 60-70% of vaccinations during flu season (third and fourth quarters) taking place at pharmacies (2018-2021)
*** (influenza, shingles, pneumococcal)
Get involved and help us spread awareness around American Pharmacists Month and to celebrate all the contributions pharmacy professionals make every day to healthcare in our communities.
Inside the toolkit, you’ll find:
The strength in social media lies with its influence and its power to engage and inspire people. Social media creates a digital platform that gives you the power to elevate the pharmacy profession and all you do.
Download our toolkit to get some ideas on how you can engage with your networks to help raise awareness around American Pharmacists Month and SHARE pharmacy’s impact.
American Pharmacist Merchandise is now available to order! Whether you’re looking for something for yourself, your team, or just want to show a pharmacist how much you appreciate them, we have several items available to do just that!
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