The Pharmaceutical Society of Trinidad and Tobago (TPSTT) will be celebrating Pharmacy Week from October 14-21, 2012, under the theme:
“Let’s Get Better Together, To Build A Healthier Nation, Talk to Your Pharmacist”.
We have planned a week of activities and invite you to participate in this celebration so that together we will move the pharmacy profession forward in Trinidad and Tobago. The focus of these events is to educate pharmacists, say thank you to our clients, as well highlight health tips to the general public. Together we can make a great team, if we support Pharmacy Week 2012.
Programme of events: Pharmacy Week October, 2012
|Saturday 13th, 6:00am||Walk around the Queens Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain Pharmacists, Industry Partners, Friends & General public Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Health.
Starting /Ending point- Opposite All Saints Church/ American Embassy.
|Saturday 13th, 2:00pm||Health Fair
Valpark Shopping Plaza, Valsayn
|Sunday 14th 8.30am||Pharmacy Assistant Seminar
|Sunday 14th, 4:30pm||Launch of Pharmacy Week
Amphitheatre A, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt. Hope
|Monday 15th- Saturday 20th||Pharmacy week observances and celebrations at Pharmacies & Institutions throughout Trinidad and Tobago.|
|Monday 15th||Pharmacy Assistant Day|
|Tuesday 16th||Continuing Education Session
Courtyard by Marriott
|Wednesday 17th||Continuing Education Session
Royal Hotel, San Fernando
|Thursday 18th||Continuing Education Session
|Pharmacy Students Day
School of Pharmacy, EWMSC
|Friday 19th||Special individual Celebrations in-house Pharmacies|
|Saturday 20th||Tobago celebrations.|
|Sunday 21st||Pain management workshop am Pharmacy Students*
*free for students
** Contribution $150.00 for all attendees (Students can attend this if they desire)
Sponsorship/ Partnership Opportunities
- Advertising space on polos
Commerative polo shirts with the society’s logo and company ad. (Optional). Cost – $100.00 per polo. This includes breakfast at the Savannah walk.
- Media Advertisements, (Radio, Newspaper) for the week’s activities. Cost $2,500.00 per ad
- Printing of Patient Information leaflets/bookmarks. Cost $750.00 per 1000
The Society (PSTT) acknowledges your invaluable contribution to patient care in our nation and would like you to observe and celebrate Pharmacy Week at your pharmacies or institutions throughout the country. Attached find suggestions to help plan your Observance/Celebration.
We also plan to provide you with patient information leaflets for distribution during the week’s activities.
Polo shirts and leaflets will be available at strategic locations throughout Trinidad and Tobago, see the attached list.
If you have any further questions regarding our Pharmacy Week celebrations do not hesitate to contact any one of the persons on the below list.
The Executive Committee
The Pharmaceutical Society of Trinidad and Tobago
Contacts for Information:
Locations for Polos and Leaflets:
|Sean Bhagan||Bhagan Drugs
|Pamela Townsend||UWI Pharmacy
|Kishore Maraj||Eastern Pharmacy
|Jasmine Ali||Starlite Drugs
|Joanne Jordan||Benmah Drug Mart
High St. Princess Town
|Nizam Asmath||Central Drugs
|Leela Bhagwat||Bhagwat’s Pharmacy
Main Rd. Chaguanas
|Sarvy Ragbir||Southzone Pharmacy
|Gemma Martin||Tobago Regional Hospital,
|Leela Tilluckdharry||Mt. Hope Women’s Hospital
|Clinton Sahadeo||Mayaro District Health Facility|
Suggestions and Ideas for Observances / Celebrations
- Press releases/ Newsletter Articles e.g. Congratulatory messages
- Patient Handouts/Posters
- Avoiding Counterfeit Medications
- Using Antibiotics wisely
- Preventing medication errors
- Ensuring medication safety while in the hospital
- Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about your medicines
- In house lectures
- Open House/Pharmacy Tours
This activity will allow you to give your institution’s administrator and other staff a glimpse into the daily operations of the pharmacy. During the tour, describe the range of pharmacy activities and share success stories about improved patient outcomes and enhanced medication safety. You can also:
- Provide statistics about the number and types of calls received from the medical and nursing staff, or
- Point out any technological advances, such as automated dispensing machines, and discuss their impact on your ability to provide clinical services.
- Meet & Greet
Invite patients and their caregivers to meet the pharmacy staff and ask questions about their medication therapies. Because some patients may be unable to leave their rooms, caregivers may appreciate a quick diversion and can bring materials back to patients. Plan to give a short introduction at the Meet & Greet that includes:
- An introduction of the pharmacy staff in attendance,
- A description of the pharmacists’ activities at your facility,
- An explanation of how those activities benefit patient care, and
- An invitation to ask questions about medication use.
- Brown-Bag Workshops
Host a brown-bag session at ambulatory care clinics, health fairs, or when speaking to senior citizens groups. Encourage patients to bring their prescription and over-the-counter medications and discuss their drug therapy regimens with a pharmacist. During your brown bag session be sure to:
- Have drug information references, such as AHFS-Drug Information or ASHP’s Medication Teaching Manual, available to share with patients.
- Provide participants with handouts on safe medication use and giveaways such as pens, bookmarks, or magnets that will remind them of the pharmacy staff’s role in their health care.
- “Take Your Legislator to Work”
Hosting a site visit for your senator or representative will provide them with an invaluable view of the contemporary roles of pharmacists. Make sure that a pharmacist in your facility is conducting high-level patient care services that warrant compensation, such as drug therapy management, participation in patient education and wellness activities, and other clinical activities.
- Pharmacy Assistant DayHere are some suggestions on how to celebrate Pharmacy Assistant Day:
- Make a poster/banner to hang up in your pharmacy.*
- Provide brochures or flyers to patients explaining the role of CPhTs in providing care.
- Host a luncheon for the pharmacy technicians…or plan an after-work get together.
- Give every Certified Assistant a silver star helium ballon and certificate.
- For anyone who is not a Pharmacy Assistant, give a certificate with info on the next classes available in your area.
- Go speak to students at a local pharmacy technician program.
- Get an official proclamation from your mayor or Regional Corporation
* The poster or banner can:
- Depict the Certified Assistants in your pharmacy as they perform their normal duties.
- Or it can be a poster mad by the Assistants on the theme for the week.
- You can use this poster to inform the public about the difference in the duties of the pharmacist and the assistant.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Trinidad & Tobago
Address: TT Post, Box 958, Couva