WVU School of Pharmacy celebrates American Pharmacists Month

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Each year, medications help save millions of lives, but these substances can be harmful – even deadly – when improperly used with other medicines, food, alcohol or herbal supplements. This October, the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy encourages people to participate in the American Pharmacists Month campaign, “Know your medicine, know your pharmacist.”

Your relationship with your pharmacist is a factor in your health and safety. Take an active role in your healthcare by speaking with your pharmacist about any questions or concerns you have about your medications.

For a trip to the pharmacy, bring in your bottles or write down the names and dosage amounts of your medications. Also list over-the-counter medication, vitamins, herbal supplements and medications that you do not take orally such as eye drops, ointments or suppositories.

When speaking with your pharmacist, ask the name and purpose of your medication and whether there are side effects. You might also want to ask:

  • If the medication should be taken with food or at a particular time of day
  • What to do if you miss a dose
  • How to store your medication
  • If you will need any further tests or monitoring while on the medication

Talking with your pharmacist can help ensure that all benefits are received and potentially harmful side effects avoided.

The American Pharmacists Association established National Pharmacy Week in 1925 to celebrate the contributions of the nation’s pharmacists to America’s health, and in October 2004, it launched American Pharmacists Month. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to pass a resolution designating October as American Pharmacists Month.

For more information about the WVU School of Pharmacy, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/













For more information:
Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy, 304-293-7192
an: 10-06-08

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