Monday marked the first day of October and the start of American Pharmacists Month, a celebration in support of pharmacists around the country. The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) celebrates the accomplishments of pharmacists throughout the year but commemorates it during October by recognizing pharmacists’ contributions to health care and all they can do for their communities.

The 2018 American Pharmacists Month campaign theme and central message, Easy to Reach and Ready to Help, will highlight the wide array of services pharmacists provide, emphasizing pharmacists’ accessibility and expertise in patient care. Examples of these services include pain management; over-the-counter and supplement suggestions; seasonal and lifespan immunizations; medication reviews to assess safety, effectiveness, interactions and adherence; and care management and counseling for chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

This summer’s historic natural disaster that hit parts of North Carolina and other areas in the southeast region has also focused attention on the role pharmacists play in public health planning and emergency preparedness. Whether it was distributing vital medications, setting up mobile pharmacies, or providing patient care, pharmacists in the immediate and surrounding affected areas answered the call to help those in need.

Get more details about the American Pharmacists Month campaign at, which also has ideas for celebrations in all practice settings, including printable posters and signs, buttons, logos, and preplanned social media images and content.