Pharmacist Awareness Month

March 1 to March 31, 2017

Each year in March, we celebrate Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM) across Canada to raise awareness about the contributions pharmacists make in the delivery of health care. 

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and use #PAM2017 to join the conversation.

Pharmacists do a lot #MoreThanPills

For 2017, our theme will continue to focus on the services community pharmacists in B.C. deliver beyond dispensing, such as immunizations, adaptations, med reviews, travel medicine, health coaching, pharmacogenomics testing, telepharmacy and much more.

Pharmacists are a key point of access to primary care, particuarly in rural and remote communities throughout B.C. 

And, we know that patients embrace pharmacy services when they’re made available. Since gaining the authority to offer immunizations in 2009, pharmacists in B.C. now give more than 500,000 flu vaccines annually. 

Watch: Rural pharmacy in B.C. - Michael Ortynsky

Watch: Rural pharmacy in B.C. - Colleen Hogg

Patients: How can you get involved with PAM 2017? 

Tell us about your great experience with your pharmacist. Email communications@bcpharmacy.ca to tell us what your pharmacist does to go above and beyond in patient care.

Learn more about what pharmacists are doing that is #MoreThanPills here

Pharmacists: How can you get involved with PAM 2017? 

  • Talk to your patients. Help inform patients in B.C. about the expanded services you offer in your pharmacy, whether that's compounding, injections or diabetes coaching.
  • Join the conversation online. Follow @BC_Pharmacy on Twitter and re-tweet our messages, images and infographics. Add your own voice to the discussion.
  • Take one of BCPhA's eTraining programs. Take advantage of one of the many professional development opportunities available for the month of March to help develop your expertise and deliver more services to your patients. 
  • Make sure you're on the Flu Clinic Locator. If you offer immunizations, make sure your clinic information is up to date on the ImmunizeBC Flu Clinic Locator.
  • Share your story. Email communications@bcpharmacy.ca to tell us about what you're doing to get involved in PAM 2017! Or, let us know about the great work you always do so we can promote it online. Even better, consider putting your name forward for one of the 2017 BC Excellence in Pharmacy AwardsNominations close March 17.
  • Access CPhA resources. CPhA has also developed a wide variety of tools and resources to help you promote Pharmacist Awareness Month to your patients and the public.