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UK College of Pharmacy Faculty and Students Provide Service Programs During 2002 National Pharmacy Week

By Jill Holder

 

During National Pharmacy Week, pharmacists and pharmacy students from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy want to remind everyone to “educate before they medicate.”  To prevent drug interactions ask the pharmacist before taking over-the-counter medicines with prescribed drugs or before taking more than one prescribed medication.

 

Oct. 24, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Each year, thousands of people end up in the hospital or fail to get better when they are ill because they failed to take their medications properly.  By working with a pharmacist, patients can make sure medicines are taken safely and correctly.

During National Pharmacy Week, through Oct. 26, pharmacists and pharmacy students from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy want to remind everyone to “educate before they medicate.”  To prevent drug interactions ask the pharmacist before taking over-the-counter medicines with prescribed drugs or before taking more than one prescribed medication. 

During the week and throughout the month of October, pharmacists and students have several special events and activities planned to help educate the public on how to improve their health and be better medication consumers.

CLEAN AIR PROGRAM --  Pharmacy students educated other UK students during the week of Oct. 14-18 on secondhand smoke and encouraged them to sign a pledge not to smoke in their dorm rooms.  Displays were set up in the College of Pharmacy student lounge and at dormitories.

RECOGNIZING PROFESSIONALS – Pharmacy students will honor their peers by taking cards, balloons and candy to local pharmacists on Oct. 21 to kick-off National Pharmacy Week.

KUHN’S KLUES – Pharmacy students will  present skits and provide educational materials about poison prevention to young patients and their parents at UK Children’s Hospital.

IMMUNIZATION PROGRAMS – Pharmacy faculty members and students will be assisting with community immunization programs and providing educational information about the importance of vaccinating against preventable illnesses and diseases.

EDUCATE BEFORE YOU MEDICATE – Pharmacy faculty will be featured on TV and radio encouraging citizens to learn more about prescription and over-the-counter medications before taking them.


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