It’s National Pharmacy Week!

October 18, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

The third full week of October is annually celebrated as National Pharmacy Week — giving the organization a chance to celebrate all the work that pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others that support safe medication use do at Michigan Medicine. 

Additionally, we celebrate Pharmacy Technician Day on Oct. 18. Pharmacy Technician Day recognizes the amazing services provided by pharmacy technicians to advance safe and efficient health care. They are critical to our mission.   

From medication provision and monitoring of care, novel therapy preparation and distribution, research, sterile products compounding and stocking essential medications, pharmacy team members help provide outstanding patient care. 

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can be found in all areas of U-M Health, from hospitals to ambulatory care clinics to infusion centers to community pharmacies. In executing their various roles, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians may be seen at the bedside of patients or in a pharmacy.

The Michigan Medicine Department of Pharmacy supports medication use for 2.3 million annual clinic visits, 106,000 emergency department visits, 53,000 discharges from the hospital and much more each year. Its mission is to assure overall safe, timely and appropriate use of medications. 

A sampling of clinical services for inpatients includes patient care rounds, cardiac arrest team participation, pharmacokinetic dosing, and sepsis, antimicrobial management. In the outpatient setting, pharmacists provide chronic disease state management, infusion services and prescription filling at community pharmacies. 

The department strives to provide quality service to patients and aid the other functional areas of the Michigan Medicine community.

Pharmacy Services at a glance:  

Please wish your pharmacy colleagues a Happy Pharmacy Week!