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Release: Oct. 24, 2000

MEDIA ADVISORY: National Pharmacy Week at UI College of Pharmacy

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As part of National Pharmacy Week, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy students will take part in events to emphasize the role of pharmacists in health care. The theme for this week is "Educate Before You Medicate – Knowledge is the Best Medicine – Talk to Your Pharmacist." Included among the activities:

-- From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, pharmacy class officers will distribute red ribbons outside the Pharmacy Building. The students plan to help raise awareness about drug, alcohol and tobacco use and prevention. Ryan Flugge, class president of the fourth-year pharmacy students, is coordinating the effort.

-- All week, pharmacy students, faculty and staff will collect non-prescription medications and other "over-the-counter" products for the Crisis Center in Iowa City. UI members of the Student National Pharmacy Association (SNPhA) and the Pharmacy Student Ambassadors Network will collect the daily contributions in Room 127 of the Pharmacy Building and store them in Room 115. Jason Egge, the student chairperson for the project, will be available Thursday, Oct. 26, to explain the project.

For more information on these and other events part of National Pharmacy Week, contact Lois Garland-Patterson, director of educational opportunity at the UI College of Pharmacy, at (319) 335-8974.