Florence sheds light on pharmacists' work and role in public health

APhA is taking advantage of October being American Pharmacists Month by highlighting pharmacists' role and contribution to public health, especially in light of this summer's intense weather events.

APhA is taking advantage of October being American Pharmacists Month by highlighting pharmacists' role and contribution to public health, especially in light of this summer's intense weather events. Pharmacists took many measures before and after Hurricane Florence to ensure that people in impacted areas were safe physically and in good health, in some cases dispensing emergency prescription refills and staffing temporary mobile pharmacies. "The anguish is unimaginable, and APhA sends its sympathy and support to them," said Thomas E. Menighan, APhA executive vice president and chief executive officer, in a blog post. "Pharmacists play an important role in both emergency preparedness and coming to aid those in the midst of these difficult times." The theme of this year's APhA campaign, "Easy to Reach and Ready to Help," aims to educate the public on what pharmacists do outside of filling prescriptions. During the summer, for example, pharmacists around the country were tasked with health-planning initiatives and emergency-preparedness protocols for storms and other events, as well as distributing medications, setting up mobile pharmacies, and providing care to affected areas. APhA will host various activities in October, including a briefing on Capitol Hill on October 17, where several pharmacists will speak to Congress on how the pharmacy industry can help with the opioid crisis.