Vallejo’s Touro University kicks off American Pharmacists Month

Vallejo Times-Herald
By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen | October 7, 2015

Pharmacists are basically what stands between many of us and a life of pain and other symptoms, Solano County Supervisor Linda Siefert said. It's one of the reasons why she was at Vallejo's Touro University on Wednesday to mark October as American Pharmacists Month.

An estimated at least 75 students, faculty and others joined Touro University California's College of Pharmacy on campus Wednesday to celebrate the annual event that recognizes "the significant contributions to health care and the commitment to patient care by pharmacists in all practice settings from around the country," university officials said.

Seifert, a member of the Touro board, presented a proclamation on the steps of the College of Pharmacy to the assembled heads of the pharmacy department.

"We're honored to participate in American Pharmacists Month as a way to recognize the work our pharmacists do to counsel and assist patients on a daily basis," College of Pharmacy Dean Rae Matsumoto said. "This is a wonderful example for our future student pharmacists as they begin to take an active part in the pharmaceutical treatment of their patients in the communities we serve."

Wednesday's event kicks off a month of pharmacy events, including immunizations, pharmacy seminars, alumni highlights and an open house on Oct. 23, officials said.

Touro's pharmacy program was launched in 2005. Students and faculty are witnessing an evolution of the role of the pharmacist in society, school officials said.

"The pharmacist's role in the health care system is constantly changing," they said. "Pharmacy has expanded its role from a profession focusing on preparing and dispensing medications to patients, to one in which pharmacists provide medication therapy management services to maximize the medicine's effectiveness and patient's outcome."

"It's more than just pouring pills into little containers," school provost and COO Marilyn Hopkins said Wednesday. "It's pharmacy management, it's working with patients in the community, there's a health education role and that’s the way of the future."

Modern pharmacists also are an expert resource for health care providers and are engaged in research and helping form public policy, she said.

"It's an exciting, evolving profession," she said. "And that's what we're celebrating. It's a happy and upbeat day for us."

Pharmacy Month Proclamation