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Alexandria's Historic Pharmacy Offers Open House, New Programs

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum joins Market Square Farmer's Market and offers new Lunchtime Learning series.

In honor of October’s designation as National Pharmacy Month, the is offering a free open house and other public programs beginning this weekend.

The apothecary also will participate in the and host a new Lunchtime Learning series, thanks in part to support from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.
 
The annual open house is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street. Visitors can participate in curator talks and explore the apothecary and its collection, including a letter from Martha Washington, original bottles and labels, and a medicine manufacturing room filled with original supplies. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, in cooperation with Howard University, will provide free health and wellness screenings.
 
Also each Saturday in October, join the Apothecary Museum from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Farmer's Market. Stop by the apothecary booth and learn about historic medicine, cures, and manufacturing techniques through hands-on activities and highlights from our collection, and meet a modern pharmacist to discuss medical issues of today. Pharmacy students will promote the “Script Your Future” program with information and handouts to help patients more effectively manage their medicine.
 
The new Lunchtime Learning Series, also supported by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, will be held at the Apothecary Museum, from noon to 1 p.m., starting Oct. 5. The brown bag workshops are free.
 
Wednesday, October 5: Teen Influencer Workshop
Presenter: Ray Bullman, Executive Vice President of the National Council on Patient Information and Education
This workshop equips those who come in contact with teens with credible information addressing the growing problem of prescription drug abuse by teens and provides effective strategies to take action to prevent it.
              
Wednesday, October 19: Safe and Sound Presentation
Presenter: Suzanne Mintz with the National Family Caregivers Association
Caring for family members can be challenging, and all the more when managing their health care. This presentation will give practical tips for family caregivers to help their loved ones avoid medication errors and manage their prescriptions.
 
Wednesday, November 2: Medication Adherence Presentation
Presenters: Edith Rosato, President, and Alex Adams, Director of Pharmacy Programs, with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Nearly three out of four Americans don’t take their medications as directed, resulting in serious health consequences. This presentation can help you understand ways to manage your medicines and will provide sample questions to help start a conversation with your doctor or pharmacist about your medicine.

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