A Salute to the American Pharmacist
Coast2Coast Rx applauds the efforts of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in recognition of American Pharmacists Month. APhA, a nonprofit professional organization representing more than 62,000 pharmacists and others in related professions, organizes the annual awareness campaign to serve as a reminder that pharmacies play an important role in helping consumers maintain their health, and that pharmacists make vital contributions to health education in their communities.1
The dedicated work of pharmacists is essential to the overall health and wellness of American consumers. Pharmacists often serve as a point-of-contact for patients, helping them understand the proper use of medications and offering referrals. Oftentimes, a pharmacist is “the first line of defense” for a patient.
Community pharmacists in particular can play an important role for their customers. In many communities, an independent pharmacy may offer not only prescription fills but also vital health services such as blood pressure monitoring, diabetes training and immunizations, says the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), an organization that helps to represent and advocate for the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies.2
Are you planning a visit to your local chain or independent pharmacy? Pharmacists and their patients are encouraged to have open dialogue about previous medications and health conditions, and the recommended use of their current prescriptions. The providers of the Coast2Coast Rx card encourage consumers to thank their pharmacist for their insight and professionalism.
Do you have a story about your favorite pharmacist or pharmacy experience? Share it with us on Facebook and Twitter. To print a card and to find participating pharmacies in your area, visit the Coast2Coast Rx website today.
1 American Pharmacists Association“October is American Pharmacists Month – Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine,” October 1, 2012 http://www.pharmacist.com/october-american-pharmacists-month-%E2%80%93-know-your-pharmacist-know-your-medicine
2 National Community Pharmacists Association “Independent Pharmacy Today” http://www.ncpanet.org/index.php/independent-pharmacy-today