What is National Check Your Meds Day?
National Pharmacist Day is an annual holiday celebrated on January 12. Our pharmacists have one of the most important jobs within the health industry. On this day, we take a moment to let them know how much we appreciate them managing our medicines and making sure we take them correctly
The third full week of October is National Health Education Week. The Society for Public Health Education along with the U.
History of National Check Your Meds Day
National Check Your Meds Day timeline
Take two and call me
Germany's Bayer introduced aspirin.
United States v. Doremus court case determines the government can regulate how doctors provide prescription drugs.
Prescription vs OTC
The Durham Humphrey Bill was passed to define all drugs as either prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs.
Drug Czar created
The U.S. created the position of "Drug Czar" to better regulate the dispensing of prescription drugs.
National Check Your Meds Day FAQs
Are my medications safe to take together?
What pills should you not mix with alcohol?
Consult a doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication with alcohol. There are many medications that should never be mixed with alcohol and getting educated by a professional is crucial.
How long should you wait between medications?
Always refer to your medication’s instructions and/or pharmacist for information as to how long to wait between medications, as the time period differs depending on the prescription.
How to Observe National Check Your Meds Day
Get 'em checked
Individuals who take prescription drugs should take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time with their local pharmacist and get their meds checked. Don't miss the opportunity to develop a closer relationship with your pharmacist and become better educated about the drugs you're taking.
Round up friends and family
Especially for those with elderly friends and family members who rely on prescription medications, encourage them to participate in National Check Your Meds Day and visit their local pharmacist. They will be reassured about their prescriptions (often a source of anxiety) and be more confident when taking their meds.
Hey pharmacists, do everything you can to participate in National Check Your Meds Day and to promote it through an event or other type of marketing effort. Put a banner up outside the pharmacy and set up a table in the parking lot to let patients know you're fully participating in the day.
3 Reasons To Always Take Your Meds
Keeps you healthier
Those who follow their meds regimen reduce risk of getting sick by 26 percent.
Keeps you alive
Those with similar conditions who consistently take their meds live longer than those who don't.
Those who strictly follow their regimen are also more likely to live healthier by eating better and exercising.
Why National Check Your Meds Day is Important
National Check Your Meds Day ensures that consumers are safely taking the right doses and the right prescriptions. By participating, consumers can be reassured that their meds are in good hands and that they're doing the right things to maintain good health.
Consumers should be curious about their meds, be as educated as possible about the effects the meds are intended to have, and what warning signs to look for. By participating in National Check Your Meds Day, consumers can maintain a good relationship with their pharmacist and get answers to important questions.
Good outreach for pharmacists
By participating in National Check Your Meds Day, pharmacists send the message that they want to look out for the best interests of patients and be proactive in helping to maintain consumer health.