Pharmacists are experts in helping patients get the most out of today’s complicated medications. They are an integrated member of the health care team and are directly involved in patient care. Pharmacists advise patients and health care providers on the selection, dosages, interactions and side effects of medications. Pharmacists have a significant role in assessing medication management in patients, and in referring patients to physicians, as they are often the first point-of-contact for patients with health inquiries. They have a passion for the profession and a strong commitment to patient safety.
American Pharmacists Month is a time to recognize pharmacists for the vital contributions they make to health care in the United States through improved medication use and advanced patient care. It is celebrated annually during October and serves to promote pharmacists as medication experts and an integral part of the health care team. APhM aims to educate the public, policy makers and other health care professionals about the role pharmacists play in the reduction of overall health care costs and the safe and effective management of medications. APhM is a time to Educate your patients, Motivate your staff, and Engage and Inspire your community to "Know Your Pharmacists, Know Your Medicine."