Pharmacies are busy places. Pharmacy technicians perform important tasks that support pharmacists. For example, counting pills, entering patient data, servicing customers, explaining the use and benefits of medicines and medical devices. We couldn’t operate our pharmacy without them. Here’s how to celebrate the ladies and gentlemen behind the counter on October 18. Yes, we need your help!
NATIONAL PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DAY ACTIVITIES
- Buy a giftIf only we could tip pharmacy techs! Failing that, a teddy bear, balloon, box of chocolates, or a nice flower to brighten up their workplace (artificial, so as to keep things clean) is sure to light up their day.
- Get a flu shotNational Pharmacy Techs Day happens to land right in the run-up to flu season, and most pharmacies offer flu shots. Seeing your pharmacy tech for a flu shot now is a great way to ensure you don’t have to see them under less happy circumstances later.
- Just say “thanks”!Pharmacies can have hundreds of people in and out in a single day, and most of those customers aren’t there to socialize. Simply taking the time to tell a pharmacy tech you appreciate them can make a pharm tech’s day.
3 FUN FACTS ABOUT PHARMACIES
- The “Rx”symbol is actually an abbreviationIn medieval medical texts, which were, of course, mostly written in Latin, “Rx” was short for “recipe,” or the imperative form of the verb “recipere,” meaning “to take.” It literally means “take this!”
- Agatha Christie’s “other” careerAgatha Christie, the best-selling author of all time, worked during World War I as a pharmacy tech for a hospital, dispensing medication to wounded soldiers.
- Many soft drinks were once medicinalAmong the many modern soft drinks originally developed by pharmacists and sold in pharmacies are Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, and tonic water.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DAY
- Pharmacy techs do grueling workIt is usually the pharmacy techs who actually count out and/or measure our medication. If it were not for their tireless attention to detail, our health could be in danger.
- Pharmacy techs work long hoursThe average pharmacy technician works long shifts — eight, 10, even 12 hours — on their feet. And because many pharmacies are open 24 hours a day, pharmacy techs often work nights and weekends, all so that we can have our medication as soon as we need it.
- Pharmacy techs are unflappable when we’re feeling badLet’s face it — no one goes to the pharmacy because they’re feeling good. More often than not, we’re sick, cranky, and we want to get out of there. Pharmacy techs know this, and provide us with the service we need and the smiles we want on our worst days.
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