Alexandria, Va. Oct. 3, 2013 - Pharmacists around the world have taken to Twitter today and generated thousands of tweets using the hashtag #Pharmacist to document some of the many ways in which they help patients and their communities and improve health care.
Fifty-one international, national, and state pharmacy membership organizations have been encouraging their members to participate in this global "tweet-a-thon." Twenty other organizations also have become involved. (The full list of documented participants and their Twitter handles are posted here.)
More than 5,000 tweets have been sent so far today by pharmacists, and include the following:
"Every day, pharmacists in different practice settings not only fill prescriptions—they counsel and educate patients, consult with physicians, monitor patient histories, lower health care costs, provide vaccinations, and help individuals live healthier lifestyles," the participating organizations said jointly when they announced the tweet-a-thon, calling the tweet-a-thon a "day to honor the profound impact that pharmacists have on their patients' everyday lives through an easy and accessible medium: Twitter. We encourage pharmacists and their patients all over the world to take a moment on Oct. 3 to share their positive stories."
Pharmacists are among the most trusted professions, according to annual surveys by the U.S. polling firm Gallup. The most recent Gallup poll found that a record high 75 percent of respondents rated pharmacists as very high/high in honesty and ethics.
October is American Pharmacists Month in the U.S.
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $88.5 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 300,000 individuals, including over 62,000 pharmacists. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com/.
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