Recognizing Pharmacists’ Contributions During American Pharmacists Month

American Pharmacists Month represents a celebration of pharmacists across the country to appreciate their hard work, dedication, and their contributions for improving patient health outcomes. Pharmacists provide massive contributions to health care and the well-being of communities. They are the most patient-accessible primary health care professionals. This year more than ever, front-line pharmacists are of particular importance to patients and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether filling medications in community pharmacies, managing patient regimens in the ICU, or working to develop and deliver a vaccine, pharmacists continue to play an important role in managing and preventing the spread of COVID-19. The American Pharmacist Association (APhA) aims to commemorate and bring awareness to the wide array of traditional and new services pharmacists provide.

These are just a few of the ways pharmacists are fighting COVID-19:

  • Offering Point-of-Care testing for COVID-19 to help alleviate future surges of infections
  • Providing and advocating for immunizations
  • Encouraging patients, especially those with an increased risk of severe illness, to use curb-side pickup and home delivery services
  • Compounding hand sanitizers
  • Managing medications and ensuring quarantined patients have adequate supplies
  • Educating communities
  • Checking in on patients with chronic conditions who struggle to access their primary care providers during the pandemic

The challenges of the pandemic allow pharmacists to showcase their skills and shine a light on their importance in the healthcare system. The emergence of new roles and innovative practices for pharmacists will likely arise post-pandemic to further improve patient and population health.

To get involved in recognizing and celebrating the pharmacists of our country, use the link below to access ASHP’s engagement calendar of National Pharmacist Month events:

https://www.ashp.org/Pharmacy-Practice/Resource-Centers/Public-Relations/National-Pharmacy-Week/Engagement-Calendar

 

Posted October 2020

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