NATIONAL PHARMACY BUYER DAY - Friday of Last Full Week in October

NATIONAL PHARMACY BUYER DAY – Friday of Last Full Week in October


National Pharmacy Buyer Day recognizes the professionals who help keep the pharmacy shelves stocked. The observance takes place each year on the Friday of the last full week in October.

While a doctor prescribes a medication and a pharmacist dispenses it, a pharmacy buyer makes sure a sufficient and current supply is available.

When is National Pharmacy Technician Day?

Pharmacy buyers are the men and women who manage the changing inventory of pharmacies across the country. They keep the shelves stocked with the necessary medications, supplies and small durable medical equipment. Pharmacies rely on them to be able to dispense their orders on a daily basis. Pharmacy buyers shop wholesale markets and are in charge of managing inventory as well as costs for hospital pharmacies and large clinics.

It’s a complex role requiring knowledge of the healthcare system as well as the ability to balance supplies efficiently. A pharmacy buyer is a key component to a safe supply of necessary medications in local and hospital pharmacies.

HOW TO OBSERVE #PharmacyBuyerDay

Throughout the day, pharmacies and hospitals will recognize their pharmacy buyers. If you’re interested in a career as a pharmacy buyer, attend a career fair and learn more about the career path and training. Discover more about the job demands, opportunities and prospects. Use #PharmacyBuyerDay to post on social media.


Beth Meese, a former Pharmacy Purchasing Agent for Provena United Samaritan Medical Center in Danville, IL, promotes the recognition of National Pharmacy Buyer Day. The idea for the day came to her in 2005.  

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