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
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
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.