The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) recognizes October as being American Pharmacists Month. But what does this mean? It’s a month focusing on pharmacists (and the pharmacy team) and all the ways they contribute to healthcare. It is a way to raise awareness and to recognize all they do for their communities. The role pharmacists play in our health, our communities, and our lives has never been more crucial, more heroic, or more appreciated. Let’s be honest, pharmacists are one of the most accessible members of the health care team and because of this, they are able to make a significant impact on the patients that they serve.
Take a moment this October to reflect on your accomplishments, thank your peers and colleagues, share your stories, and spread the word about the valuable services pharmacists provide. We celebrate your courage and thank you for standing by your patients throughout the pandemic and beyond.
What is the APhA?
APhA was founded in 1852 and is the largest association of pharmacists in the United States. They focus on advancing the pharmacy profession and brining awareness to the role of pharmacists in patient care. In 2004, APhA launched American Pharmacists Month as a way to recognize pharmacists and their contributions to health care. They have set dates to recognize the following:
- September 25, 2021: World Pharmacist Days #worldpharmacistday
- October 12, 2021: Women Pharmacists Day #womenpharmcistday
- October 19, 2021: National Pharmacy Technician Day #rxtechday