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October 3rd Tweet-a-Thon: Pharmacists Helping Patients
Happy American Pharmacists Month! October is American Pharmacists Month, so spread the message to everyone and encourage them to “Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine!”
ATTENTION TWEEPLE! Thursday, October 3, 2013, pharmacists, student pharmacists, pharmacy staff, and pharmacy advocates from around the world will join together to tweet about the ways they work to improve the lives of their patients, their communities, other health care professionals, and the overall health care system.
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) is joining forces with many other state, national, and international pharmacists associations to celebrate the service and contributions of pharmacists to our patients, our health care system, and our communities. As the medication experts, pharmacists work every day to positively affect the health outcomes and quality of care for patients, resulting in a higher quality of life and adding significant value to our health care system. October 3 is a great opportunity to showcase this through a large-scale social media campaign.
CLICK HERE [[https://www.ncpanet.org/index.php/tweet-a-thon-a-day-in-the-life-of-a-pharmacist]] for more information about the October 3 Tweet-a-Thon
CLICK HERE [[https://www.ncpanet.org/index.php/tweet-a-thon-a-day-in-the-life-of-a-pharmacist/october-3rd-tweet-a-thon-participants]] for a complete list of participating organizations
HOW TO PARTICIPATE: On Thursday, October 3, send one or more tweets from your Twitter account describing an action you took that day to help a patient, a health care professional, the health care system, and/or your community. Be sure to tweet, retweet, follow @tnpharmacists and include this hashtag: #Pharmacist
APhA is challenging pharmacists and student pharmacists to send out a tweet every day during American Pharmacists Month. Hashtags for American Pharmacists Month include: #Pharmacist #APhM2013
CLICK HERE to access the new American Pharmacists Month logo. Show your support by changing your Facebook profile photo for the entire month of October.
Not on Twitter? Signing up is free and easy. Visit https://www.twitter.com or CLICK HERE for a brief how-to manual to get started.
What is a tweet? A tweet is a 140-character message posted via Twitter.
What is a hashtag? The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a tweet. People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their tweet to categorize those tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search. Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other tweets marked with that keyword. Hashtags can occur anywhere in the tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
Need help with tweets? No problem! CLICK HERE for a list of tweets created by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).
Examples of tweets (REMEMBER not to disclose any Protected Health Information [PHI] in your tweets):
- I just saved a patient $78 by switching to a generic version #Pharmacist
- I taught a mother an easy way to give liquid antibiotics to her daughter #Pharmacist
- I delivered an emergency medication to my patient in the nursing home at 10 pm last night #Pharmacist
- I answered a dr’s question about the best treatment option for allergies #Pharmacist
- I spent 20 min. on the phone w/an insurance company to help my patient save money on his prescription #Pharmacist