National Pharmacy Buyer Day recognizes the professionals who help keep the pharmacy shelves stocked. The observance takes place each year on the Friday of the last full week in October.
While a doctor prescribes a medication and a pharmacist dispenses it, a pharmacy buyer makes sure a sufficient and current supply is available.
Pharmacy buyers are the men and women who manage the changing inventory of pharmacies across the country. They keep the shelves stocked with the necessary medications, supplies and small durable medical equipment. Pharmacies rely on them to be able to dispense their orders on a daily basis. Pharmacy buyers shop wholesale markets and are in charge of managing inventory as well as costs for hospital pharmacies and large clinics.
Beth Meese, a former Pharmacy Purchasing Agent for Provena United Samaritan Medical Center in Danville, IL, promotes the recognition of National Pharmacy Buyer Day. The idea for the day came to her in 2005.