NATIONAL PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DAY
The third Tuesday in October recognizes National Pharmacy Technician Day. The day is an opportunity to thank technicians for their invaluable support and contributions throughout the year. However, the day also explores the technician’s role and how vital it is to maintain a safe and efficient health system.
Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of environments. Depending on education and training, they manage dispensary supply at hospitals and clinics, retail pharmacies, prisons, and veterinary clinics. Their roles may include the supervision of other pharmacy staff. Under a pharmacist’s guidance, a technician may supply medications to patients, prepare prescriptions. They also provide patient education and communicate with physicians.
HOW TO OBSERVE PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DAY
Give a pharmacy tech you know a shout-out. Join or promote events supported by pharmacy organizations. Use #PharmacyTechnicianDay to post on social media. And be sure to shout-out to friends and family who work in the pharmacy field.
NATIONAL PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DAY HISTORY
In 2015, Lindsey Ahrens submitted National Pharmacy Technician Day and the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT) and the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council (PTEC) endorse the day. The observance coincides with National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week, also endorsed by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Additionally, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has named October American Pharmacists Month.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared National Pharmacy Technician Day to be celebrated annually on the third Tuesday in October.
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