American Pharmacists Month

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October is American Pharmacists Month

Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine


American Pharmacists Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the pharmacy profession, recognize your pharmacy staff and reach out to your patients. We’ve filled this site with ideas for activities and events that spotlight pharmacists’ contributions toward improving medication use and advancing patient care in all practice settings. Use these ideas throughout October—and all year long—to inspire your celebrations!

Remember: Email any coverage, clips, and event photos to and use #APhM2017 on social media. 

Above and Beyond

Get inspired by other APhA pharmacists and the great work they are doing in their community. 

Morgan Payne, PharmD
Over time, I have developed memorable relationships with patients, but one moment in particular left a lasting impression on my current and future pharmacy practice. I work within a federally qualified health center (FQHC) family medicine clinic, which provides comprehensive outpatient services for under-served patients of Colorado. Together with a multi-disciplinary team, I had been providing care to a woman with diabetes for just over 6 months. Through all of her hard work and dedication, she was able to significantly improve her diabetes control. One day, she arrived to clinic with her daughter who had taken off work to accompany her to the appointment. Her daughter told me that she wanted to come in person and thank the woman who had made such an impact on her mother's health and hope for well-being, which in turn positively improved their family dynamic. In that moment, I was immediately taken back to why I chose this profession. As pharmacists, it is usually apparent how you are helping the patient in front of you, but this experience was a great reminder of how your actions can have rippling effects on family members and loved ones of ill-burdened individuals. 
Mary Teresi Milavetz, PharmD, FAPhA
During my initial years at the University of Iowa, I taught the Oncology therapeutic courses as well as supervised a Pediatric Oncology clerkship.  I heard rumors that my clerkship was “tough” and the preceptor (me) was quite demanding. This is not necessarily the glowing feedback one desires…BUT fast forward several years. The comments I have received from past students are that my rotations may have been tough, but they learned A LOT.  Not just about oncology, but a thought process on evaluating drug therapy.  The time/turmoil was worth it!



American Pharmacists Month Planning Guide

This guide will help you increase community consciousness about the care provided by pharmacists. You will find ideas for special activities and events that spotlight pharmacists' contributions toward improving medication use and advancing patient care in all practice settings. We have included many exciting tips and real-life examples of successful activities for every practice setting. There are more ways to celebrate American Pharmacists Month than there are days in October. You just need to choose what works best for your community.




Selfie Day

October 4 is American Pharmacists Month Selfie Day! We encourage all pharmacists and student pharmacists to share their selfie photos expressing their love of the profession. Be sure to use #APhMSelfieDay.

Pharmacy Technician Day

October 17 is Pharmacy Technician Day and is an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions technicians make in all practice settings throughout the year. Pharmacists: Take a moment this month to acknowledge the work of the technicians at your practice site and thank them for all they do for you and your patients. Pharmacy technicians: Promote American Pharmacists Month with your fellow technicians and pharmacists in your practice setting! For additional information, go to