PBS Show Explores Role of Pharmacists

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A one-hour program exploring pharmacists’ role in the health care system will be broadcast on West Virginia Public Broadcasting at 10 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31. Pharmacists: Unsung Heroes will air on WPBY, WNPB and WSWP, all PBS affiliates in West Virginia.

The program traces the history and developments of pharmacy, while also providing a deeper understanding of the resources provided by pharmacists.  The goal is to raise public awareness for the modern practice of pharmacy and generate increased interest in a career in pharmacy among young people.

“This is a great program to introduce the profession of pharmacy to potential students and their parents,” said West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Dean George Spratto. “The program is being promoted by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, so it gives a very practical and realistic perspective on what a pharmacist does.”

Based on statistical predictions, the need for pharmacists will increase in the coming years.  By 2010, the number of prescription drugs taken is expected to nearly double as individuals live longer and new drugs become available.  According to a recent Department of Health and Human Services study, more than 225,000 pharmacists will be needed nationwide in the next five years to meet the demands of the growing population.

Pharmacists: Unsung Heroes was produced by WLIW New York Public Television, in association with Parenteral Drug Association Foundation for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Inc.

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For more information:
Shelly Stump, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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