American Pharmacists Month (APhM) is celebrated annually during October. APhM is a time to recognize pharmacists for the vital contributions they make to health care in the United States through improved medication use and advanced patient care. It serves to promote pharmacists as the medication experts and an integral part of the health care team. APhM aims to educate the public, policymakers, and other health care professionals about the role pharmacists play in the reduction of overall health care costs and the safe and effective management of medications. APhM is a time to Educate your patients, Motivate your staff, and Engage and Inspire your community to "Know Your PHARMACIST, Know Your MEDICINE." (1)
Be sure to watch out for t-shirt sales during September! There will be designated days during October for students to wear their shirts. Patient materials will also be available for students to take to their pharmacies and on rotation to promote APhM during October.
Pharmacy Fun Facts:
• Pharmacists can administer vaccines (immunize) in all 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Be sure to get your flu shot this fall!
• The earliest known records for the practice of the art of the apothecary originate from Ancient Babylonia (2600 BC). Inscriptions containing entire treatment plans have been discovered.
• The symbol "Rx" is actually a corruption of the ancient symbol for the Roman god Jupiter, whose blessing was invoked upon every prescription to ensure its purity. (2)