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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 29, 2005

Events Set For American Pharmacists Month

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy students will participate in a number of events in October to promote American Pharmacists Month.

UI students who are members of the Pharmacy Student Council and the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) have planned many of the events. These include:

--A "Celebrating Diversity" poster project. Each week in October, ASP students will feature a College of Pharmacy faculty or staff member who has traveled to another nation or region to practice pharmacy. The posters, which will highlight differences in pharmacy practice around the world, will be displayed outside Zopf Auditorium in the UI Pharmacy Building.

--A Student Council-sponsored float in the UI Homecoming parade Friday, Sept. 30. The theme of the float is "Know Your Medicine, Know Your Pharmacist."

--An immunization clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Osco Drug at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Osco pharmacists will provide influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations. ASP students will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and assist with the screenings. 

--An all-day collegiate visit by Melissa Fitch, a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) candidate and national ASP member-at-large officer, on Monday, Oct. 3. Fitch will address students at 12:30 p.m. and discuss legislative advocacy related to pharmacy.

--The College of Pharmacy's annual Student vs. Faculty Softball Tournament, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Pearl Field, the UI's softball complex.

--"Operation Diabetes," a free glucose screening to identify individuals at high risk of developing diabetes, from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Hy-Vee Food Store, 1201 N. Dodge St. in Iowa City.

--A question-and-answer session on where to find information on the Medicare prescription drug benefit roll-out, and heartburn awareness, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Iowa City Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St. in Iowa City.

--An ASP-sponsored blood drive, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Banker Student Activity Center in the UI Pharmacy Building.

--"Operation Diabetes," a free glucose screening to identify individuals at high risk of developing diabetes, from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Osco Drug, 2425 Muscatine Ave. in Iowa City.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu. Program: Barb Kelley, 319-335-7301, barbara-kelley@uiowa.edu.