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Publish Date: 10/20/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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College of Pharmacy Brings Experts to the Community

Cincinnati—In honor of National Pharmacy Week, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center's College of Pharmacy is sponsoring a free public information program on Wednesday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Westin Hotel atrium terrace area in downtown Cincinnati. The purpose of this program is to promote the practice of pharmacy and give information about the different services available at pharmacies around the area. Information will be available on high blood pressure, epilepsy, diabetes, first aid at home, pediatric dosing, and poison prevention. Licensed pharmacists, college faculty members, and students can answer questions to ensure that individuals understand the proper uses of their medications.

"By understanding the proper uses of medication, people can improve their health," says Barbara Harmon, BS, field services assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the College of Pharmacy. "We hope this event will encourage better communication between pharmacists and the public."

National Pharmacy Week is October 24-30. The theme this year is "Educate Before You Medicate—Talk to Your Pharmacist." According to the American Pharmaceutical Association, thousands of people every year end up in the hospital, fail to improve their health, or spend more money than needed because they do not take their medications properly.

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