Beyond the prescription: McKesson celebrates heroes in white coats

October 01, 2018

Honoring pharmacy professionals during American Pharmacists Month

IRVING, TEXAS, October 1, 2018—Celebrating the expanded role of pharmacists across the nation, McKesson Corporation kicks off an entire month of celebrations for American Pharmacists Month, today. Launched in 2004, American Pharmacists Month honors pharmacists and the many hats they wear, and aims to recognize the work they do to improve patient care.

McKesson has launched a new interactive site for the pharmacists’ official month, and McKesson employees have also created a video, thanking pharmacists for their role in supporting patients throughout their treatment journey.

Continuous disruption in the healthcare industry has led to regulatory changes, drug shortages and rising drug costs – just a few of the challenges hospital pharmacists face today. “What makes me get up every day and come to work is that I know that we can make healthcare better,” said Amy Watson, Pharm.D., MBA, pharmacy service line director of Asante health system. Amy is one of the pharmacist leaders highlighted by McKesson this month.

Retail pharmacists play a crucial role in keeping communities safe and healthy. They focus on delivering quality patient care, while addressing reimbursement and regulatory changes. Retail pharmacists continue to expand their role as a provider, serving on the frontline to directly impact patient care and striving to be fully reimbursed for the care they deliver every day. “All of our Pharmacy Managers and Staff Pharmacists at H-E-B are tremendous professionals as well as leaders in the communities in which we operate,” said Craig Norman, R.Ph., senior vice president of pharmacy at H-E-B. “We directly attribute our success in pharmacy to their hard work and dedication to patient care.”

Specialty pharmacists play a critical role in pharmacy success and improving patients access and adherence to vital medicines. “Cancer patients are truly a unique segment of patients who look to pharmacists for encouragement, recommendations and invite you to be a part of their journey,” said Valerie Russo, Pharm.D., director of dispensing operations, McKesson. “There is a heightened level of trust in which you are able to give a higher level of care, so thank you.” By medically integrating pharmacy services into community physician practices, pharmacists help optimize prescriptions filled in-house and enhance the patient experience, offering medications and education conveniently onsite to patients from a care team they know and trust.

American Pharmacists Month also recognizes pharmacy technicians, pharmacy buyers and women in pharmacy:

  • On October 12, McKesson will honor the first-ever Women Pharmacist Day by highlighting women leaders in the field. The RxOwnership Women in Pharmacy program also commits to fostering more than 200 women in the mentorship program. More than two-thirds of the mentees are pharmacy school students and the Women in Pharmacy program will connect them with accomplished women pharmacy owners.
  • Ahead of October 16, National Pharmacy Technician Day, pharmacists can download the Four Reasons to Thank Your Pharmacy Technician infographic. Pharmacy technicians contribute by streamlining the dispensing process and helping patients receive financial support from manufacturer drug programs.
  • In support of pharmacy buyers, RxKnowledge HubTM will host a live webinar on October 25 in honor of National Pharmacy Buyer Day on October 26. RxKnowledge Hub is an online training program designed to provide relevant educational content for pharmacy buyers. The webinar will feature industry experts who understand the challenges of drug purchasing and inventory management.

“Pharmacists are an integral part in a patient’s journey,” said Gregory D. Wolfe, Pharm.D., BCOP, senior director, Pharmacy Operations, McKesson. “I am proud to be a pharmacist, and we at Biologics by McKesson are happy to celebrate those pharmacists who view their role as more than just a job, but an honorable duty to serve patients who need them.”

For more information about McKesson’s celebration of American Pharmacists Month, visit


About McKesson Corporation
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 6th on the FORTUNE 500, is a global leader in healthcare supply chain management solutions, retail pharmacy, community oncology and specialty care, and healthcare information technology. McKesson partners with pharmaceutical manufacturers, providers, pharmacies, governments and other organizations in healthcare to help provide the right medicines, medical products and healthcare services to the right patients at the right time, safely and cost-effectively. United by our ICARE shared principles, our employees work every day to innovate and deliver opportunities that make our customers and partners more successful — all for the better health of patients. McKesson has been named the “Most Admired Company” in the healthcare wholesaler category by FORTUNE, a “Best Place to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and a top military-friendly company by Military Friendly. For more information, visit

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