House recognizes October 2019 as Pennsylvania Pharmacists and Pharmacy Month

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that House Resolution 524, which designates October 2019 as “Pennsylvania Pharmacists and Pharmacy Month,” was adopted unanimously by the House.

“With the current opioid crisis reaching epidemic proportions, many healthcare professionals are doing their best to reduce substance abuse and encourage treatment,” Hill-Evans said. “With an estimated 23,394 licensed pharmacists in PA, there is tireless work being done to improve the usage and effectiveness of our medication. Pharmacists are saving lives and helping Pennsylvania fight the opioid epidemic. This is a part of my effort to thank them for all they do.”

Hill-Evans said independent community pharmacies play an important role in healthcare and for many people, a pharmacist is the most accessible healthcare provider.

There are currently about 22,500 independent pharmacies in the United States, and these pharmacies dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines. They fill 1.38 billion prescriptions a year - about 201 a day, per pharmacy - and employ 314,000 people on a full- or part-time basis, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association.

More information is available by calling Hill-Evans’ district office at (717) 848-9595.

Attention News Editors: A video of Hill-Evans’ remarks on the House floor can be found here.

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CONTACT: Daniel Bixler
House Democratic Communications Office
Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221
Email:
dbixler@pahouse.net