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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Virginia Pharmacists' Month

WHEREAS, pharmacists are health-care professionals licensed to dispense prescription medications, monitor drug interactions, administer vaccines, and counsel patients regarding the effects and proper usage of drugs and dietary supplements; and,

WHEREAS, pharmacists deliver critical services to patients and contribute to the health and well-being of all people; and,

WHEREAS, there are over 16,000 licensed pharmacists and over 13,000 licensed pharmacy technicians in Virginia who improve patient health outcomes through their role as medication experts; and,

WHEREAS, pharmacists are specifically educated with a focus and level of expertise on medication therapy and are ideally suited to work collaboratively with other healthcare providers and patients to improve medication use and outcomes through medication therapy management; and,

WHEREAS, as front-line providers in the healthcare system and community, pharmacists and pharmacy personnel ensure the public is cared for, even at the risk of exposure to illness or disease; and,

WHEREAS, pharmacists are ideally suited to work collaboratively with other health care providers to help patients overcome illness and live healthier lives through chronic disease management and effective use of medicines; and,

WHEREAS, Virginia Pharmacists Month is an opportunity to recognize the valuable services of pharmacists to provide safe, accessible, affordable, and beneficial patient care services and products to all residents and protect the public health throughout the Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize October 2022 as VIRGINIA PHARMACISTS' MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.