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​National Pharmacy Technician Day

Today is National Pharmacy Technician Day - thank your local technicians for their hard work and dedication to providing quality healthcare!
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Celebrate National Pharmacy Technician Day on the third Tuesday in October by showing your appreciation to all of the hard-working pharmacy technicians out there! This day was created to commemorate and recognize the important contributions of pharmacy technicians, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure patients receive their medications safely and accurately. The role of a pharmacy technician is an integral part of any healthcare system, and it's important to take some time to appreciate all that they do. So join us in celebrating this special day and show your support for pharmacy technicians everywhere!

History of ​National Pharmacy Technician Day

​National Pharmacy Technician Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1821</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Pharmacy Practice</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Apothecaries Act was passed in the UK, which established the apothecary as the general practitioner of pharmacy, beginning of the journey to modern-day pharmacy practice.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1951</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>American Society of Hospital Pharmacists</div><div class='timeline-text'>Formed to represent hospital pharmacists, this society was one of the first to recognize the role of the pharmacy technician in their guidelines.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Pharm Tech Certification Program</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) was founded in the USA, offering the first certification program for pharmacy technicians to validate their competency.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1994</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pharmacy Technician Day Originates</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Pharmacy Technician Day was started by the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT) to recognize and celebrate the contributions of pharmacy technicians.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Development and Expansion</div><div class='timeline-text'>PTCB launches specialized certifications for pharmacy technicians to continue their education and provide more specialized care to patients.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate ​National Pharmacy Technician Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a pharmacy</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local pharmacy and offer to volunteer for the day. This is a great way to give back and show your appreciation for all the hard work of pharmacy technicians.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather up some fellow pharmacy technicians and throw an epic party complete with food, drinks, and games to celebrate the day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a pharmacy</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to visit your local pharmacy and thank the pharmacy technician on staff for all their hard work.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write thank you notes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Send out thank you notes to pharmacy technicians who have helped you in the past or who you admire for their hard work.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share stories</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share your stories of the amazing pharmacy technicians in your life on social media or through word of mouth to bring awareness to this important role in healthcare.</p></div></div>

Why ​National Pharmacy Technician Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pharmacy technicians improve patient safety</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By ensuring that medications are dispensed correctly and in a timely manner, pharmacy technicians play an important role in patient safety. They are responsible for double checking prescriptions and maintaining accuracy in the preparation of medications, which helps reduce the risk of incorrect dosages or dangerous drug interactions.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pharmacy technicians save time and money</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Because they are experts in medication dispensing and handling insurance forms, pharmacy technicians can effectively reduce wait times at pharmacies. They also help cut down on costs by ensuring that correct information is obtained regarding insurers and drug coverage plans.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pharmacy technicians provide excellent customer service</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The friendly and knowledgeable staff of a pharmacy are essential for creating a pleasant shopping experience. Pharmacy technicians are often on the front lines providing customers with answers to their questions about medications and offering advice about different treatment options.</p></div></div>

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