Happy American Pharmacists Month

October is American Pharmacists Month and this is the time to recognize pharmacists and share information about the positive impact they make on their communities. Every third Tuesday in October, we also recognize National Pharmacy Technician Day to show appreciation for the work they do to support community health. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are valuable members of a person’s healthcare team. These professionals safely provide medications that help people live healthier lives.

Rich heritage

The history of pharmacy can be traced back to the early days of human existence. Ancient man used water, leaves, dirt and mud as soothing applications for injuries. Through trial and error, experience and time, these crude treatments gave way to the use of healing herbs, barks and roots. The world’s first recorded prescriptions were etched on clay tablets in Mesopotamia around 2600 B.C., according to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences History. During ancient times, the role of apothecaries (pharmacists) was complex. In some cultures, they served as a combination of doctor, apothecary and spiritual healer. As knowledge of the human body and its processes was limited during these early days, the practice of pharmacy was very experimental. Some medicines were ineffective or even contained ingredients that did more harm than good. In later periods, there was a desire for more specialization and formal education for the pharmacy profession.

In 1821, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy was established as the first college of pharmacy in North America. Today, there are more than 120 pharmacy schools across the nation. Modern-day education of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians is based in proven science and thorough understanding of the human body. The practice of pharmacy has also evolved as a medical profession with strict regulations and standards to ensure that it supports health and safety.

Accessible professionals

In the community, pharmacists are some of our most accessible healthcare professionals. Their expertise is invaluable and speaking with a pharmacist can make a big difference in helping a person understand a health issue or medicine. From advising on medication instructions and allergies to diabetes and heart disease and more, pharmacists simplify care with easy access to answers that bring relief. Pharmacy technicians collect the information needed to fill prescriptions and package them. They also organize inventory and deal with payments and insurance claims. But, technicians also serve in a customer service role by answering questions and helping connect people with their pharmacist.

Our deepest gratitude

Turenne PharMedCo is fortunate to have a great team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Their hard work and dedication is vital to ensuring we can serve our customers with pride. We thank them for everything they do to make us a little bit better each day.

Happy American Pharmacists Month and Happy National Pharmacy Technician Day!

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