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Celebrating National Pharmacy Month

by Christopher W. Crank, PharmD, MS, BCPS; ICHP Executive Vice President

October is National Pharmacy Month. In addition, the third full week in October, the 17th through the 23rd, is National Pharmacy Week and Tuesday, October 19th, is National Pharmacy Technician Day. Make sure to recognize all technicians for the critical role they play in patient care and in the pharmacy. What this really means is that you have approximately 2 months to decide how you and your team are going to celebrate!  We all deserve a party after making it through the last 15 months of this pandemic!

Below are just a few ideas of how you can make your co-workers feel special.  

Ideas for Pharmacy Week
  • Food (using proper precautions)
    • Meals delivered to the department
    • Potlucks
    • Cake and other deserts
      • Bonus points for pharmacy themed treats!
  • Games/competitions
    • Guess the number of tablets in a jar
    • Crossword puzzles where the answers are members of the pharmacy team
    • Pharmacy trivia
    • Pumpkin carving contest
  • Cafeteria tents
    • Describing what pharmacists and technicians do
    • Providing pharmacy trivia
  • Giveaways and drawings

  • Decorate the pharmacy

  • Ask someone from your C-Suite to visit the pharmacy

  • Host an open house in the pharmacy

  • Develop a pharmacist and technician of the year award for your system/hospital

  • Invite a legislator to come tour your pharmacy department

Let us know what you plan on doing at your workplace and don’t forget to send in pictures! 

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