WHEREAS, pharmacists are vital members of healthcare teams and are directly involved in patient care; and
WHEREAS, pharmacists are among the most accessible healthcare providers in the community; and
WHEREAS, there are nearly 8,600 licensed pharmacists in Virginia’s workforce, 92% of whom are employed in the profession, improving the healthcare outcomes, and reducing healthcare costs of more than eight million Virginians through pharmacists’ roles 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 by providing services through medication therapy management; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth’s schools of Pharmacy, including Appalachian College of Pharmacy, Hampton University School of Pharmacy, Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, are leading the way to educate the pharmacists of tomorrow; and
WHEREAS, the use of medication, as a cost-effective alternative to more expensive medical procedures, is becoming a major force in moderating overall healthcare costs; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Pharmacists Month is an opportunity to recognize the hard work of pharmacists throughout the Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2018 as VIRGINIA PHARMACISTS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.