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Oct. 3, 2006

UI Pharmacy Students Promoting American Pharmacists Month

Throughout the month of October, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy students will promote American Pharmacists Month with free diabetes screenings, a "Brown Bag" medication review and a health fair.

The next diabetes screening will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at the Hy-Vee Food Store at 310 North 1st Ave. in Iowa City. An additional screening will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Pharmacy Matters, 230 Scott Court, Suite 234, in Iowa City.

The "Brown Bag" event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Iowa City Senior Center at 28 S. Linn St. Individuals are invited to bring their prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements. UI pharmacy students, with assistance from faculty in the UI College of Pharmacy, will give personal consultations to ensure that individuals are not taking or storing expired medications or taking medicines that could cause adverse effects when taken together.

The pharmacy student-led health fair will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville. The event will feature information on smoking cessation and a presentation of the "Katy's Kids" program, which shows youngsters the benefits of medications when used appropriately, as well as the dangers of inappropriate use. The program, which features a pharmacy student dressed as a kangaroo named Katy, teaches children the role of doctors and pharmacists in safe medication usage.

For more information on American Pharmacists Month please visit the American Pharmacists Association website at www.aphanet.org.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu. Writer: Krystal Loewe