Morrissey declares October to be ‘American Pharmacist Month’

Staff Report

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) has proclaimed the month of October to be “American Pharmacist Month.”

As part of the recognition, the mayor urges all citizens to acknowledge the services of pharmacists as health care providers who provide safe, affordable and beneficial pharmacist-delivered, patient-centered care.

The president of The American Pharmacists Association — Academy of Student Pharmacist UIC chapter in Rockford requested the proclamation to highlight the value of pharmacy and pharmacists in the Rockford area.

David Bartels, PharmD, vice dean at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy Rockford campus, said: “Pharmacists are one of the most respected and accessible of all health professionals. Pharmacists should be used by patients for information about how and when to take their medications, potential side effects and drug interactions, and recommendations on over-the-counter and herbal medications. Don’t just know your pharmacist, use your pharmacist.”

Pharmacists, as health care providers, are specifically educated with a focus and level of expertise on medication therapy. They are ideally suited to work collaboratively with other health care providers and patients to improve medication use and outcomes by providing services through medication therapy management.

More than 254,000 pharmacists are licensed in the United States, and nearly 18,000 pharmacists in Illinois provide service and health care counseling to assure the rational and safe use of all medications. Pharmacists are best positioned to be the health care providers who ensure patients take their medications as prescribed, and provide patient care that ensures the best medication therapy outcomes.

Pharmacists ensure the safety of drug use; diligently working to reduce medication abuse, discontinuing medications with no indication and advocating for the safe use of all medications. This is important because today’s powerful medications require greater attention and safety to the manner in which they are used by different patient population groups, both clinically and demographically.

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest and most respected colleges of pharmacy in the United States. The UIC College of Pharmacy has been training pharmacists to ensure the health and medication safety of patients for 155 years. With campuses in Chicago and Rockford, the UIC College of Pharmacy attracts students from throughout the state of Illinois to help improve access to quality patient care provided by pharmacists.

Posted Oct. 7, 2014

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