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Capitol Hill health fair puts pharmacists in spotlight
November 21st, 2013
WASHINGTON – More than 75 pharmacists and student pharmacists from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area performed free health screenings on Capitol Hill this week.
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) said the screenings — including bone density, body composition, glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and medication consultations, dubbed "Ask the Pharmacist" — were given on Tuesday to more than 200 members of Congress, staff, aides and the public in the Rayburn Foyer of House of Representatives.
The screenings were held to highlight the value of pharmacist-provided patient care and to demonstrate the health screenings and medication services that pharmacists are already providing daily in drug stores nationwide.
"Pharmacist-provided patient care is an important service for many people throughout the country," APhA executive vice president and chief executive officer Thomas Menighan said in a statement. "Pharmacists are the most accessible health care provider, with pharmacy locations in almost every community in America. Pharmacists demonstrated knowledge and training, combined with this accessibility, makes them a valuable member of a patient’s health care team. APhA thanks all of the pharmacists and student pharmacists who participated in yesterday's health fair and demonstrated the services they provide every day and their value as health care providers."
The Capitol Hill health fair was hosted by the Congressional Community Pharmacy Caucus, the APhA, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association. Several D.C.-area pharmacies and pharmacy schools also provided time and support to showcase pharmacist services.
"Our community pharmacists play a critical role in our health care system," stated Rep. Austin Scott (R., Ga.), co-chair of the Congressional Community Pharmacy Caucus. "For many in rural towns and cities in Georgia and across the country, community pharmacies not only provide life-saving prescriptions, but they also provide a number of important preventative health services for their patients. Thanks to the participating pharmacists and pharmacy students for providing these critical services and free health screenings on the hill today."
Companies and educational institutions partnering on the Hill health fair included
Albertsons Inc., Rite Aid Corp., Walgreen Co. and the Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy.
"Community pharmacies play a critical role in keeping Americans healthy," commented Rep. Peter Welch (D., Vt.), co-chair of the Congressional Community Pharmacy Caucus. "By providing life-saving medicine, medical supplies and in-person counseling, these small businesses help maintain the viability of rural and small-town life. This health fair was a great way to demonstrate the invaluable services they provide every day in rural America."