How to Transform Your Pharmacy into a “Green Pharmacy”

As the spotlight turns towards the pharmaceutical sector’s commitment to environmental sustainability, individual pharmacists emerge as catalysts for change. In anticipation of Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Eastern Australian Time), the call is clear: it’s time to make your pharmacy a green pharmacy. While large pharmaceutical companies undoubtedly play a significant role, recognising the potential for impactful contributions from individual pharmacists through small, everyday changes becomes imperative.

  1. Sustainable Packaging: A Lighter Load on the Earth

Start by minimising packaging waste, using only what is essential, and ensuring proper disposal methods. Actively encourage the adoption of eco-friendly packaging within the pharmacy, complemented by the initiation of recycling programs. Small changes here amplify the collective impact on waste reduction.

  1. Medication Disposal Programs: A Beacon of Responsible Practice

Be a champion of responsible medication disposal within your community. Educate patients on proper disposal methods and take the lead in organising local disposal programs. These initiatives not only align with environmental stewardship principles but also create a ripple effect, fostering a sense of collective responsibility.

  1. Energy-Efficient Practices: Illuminating a Greener Tomorrow

Contribute to energy efficiency by adopting simple practices—turn off lights and electronic devices when not in use. Encourage colleagues to follow suit and implement energy-saving measures within the pharmacy. Showcase how minor changes can make a substantial impact in reducing energy consumption.

  1. Digitalisation and Paperless Practices: Lighting the Path to Efficiency

Embrace digital platforms for prescription management and documentation to significantly reduce paper consumption. Transitioning to online systems such as e-scripts and email not only enhances efficiency but also demonstrates how individual pharmacists actively contribute to a more sustainable future, one digital record at a time.

  1. Pharmacist and Patient Education: Enlightening Minds for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Engage in ongoing education to stay informed about environmentally friendly practices within the pharmaceutical field. Become a catalyst for change by sharing this knowledge with patients, colleagues, and the community. Each pharmacist, through collective efforts, no matter how small, becomes an integral part of a sustainable healthcare landscape.

In conclusion, this article reinforces that while large pharmaceutical companies lay the groundwork for sustainability, the transformative power to make a difference lies in the hands of individual pharmacists. As Earth Hour beckons a symbolic dimming of lights, let every pharmacist illuminate the path to a greener future. These collective efforts, no matter how small, contribute significantly to environmental stewardship in pharmaceutical care, showcasing the immense impact that individual actions can have on our planet.

Overcoming Classroom Jitters: Navigating Pharmacy Roleplays

Pharmacy school can be a thrilling journey filled with classroom lectures, laboratory work, and clinical experiences. Yet, there’s one aspect of this educational adventure that often strikes fear into the hearts of many students – the dreaded pharmacy roleplays. I remember the first time we were asked to practise our medication counselling and history taking: it was a nerve-wracking experience.


While it’s normal to feel nervous, these are some strategies I have used to overcome these anxieties in class to perform the best I can in my assessments:

Preparation is Key: Prepare thoroughly for the roleplay by reviewing relevant material from lectures, tutorials, and workshops. Ask for help from your teachers and your classmates – they may be struggling with the same concepts as you! The more you know beforehand, the more confident you’ll feel in class.


Seek Feedback: After the roleplay, ask for constructive feedback from peers and professors. This is especially helpful for communication adjustments, such as the speed in which you are talking and the language that you use. Use this feedback to improve your skills and confidence (and remember not to take it personally).


Don’t Fear Failure: Failure can be a stepping stone to improvement, so don’t let it deter you. Shift your mindset from fearing roleplays to seeing them as valuable learning opportunities. Remember that making mistakes is part of the learning process. Plus, it is better to make mistakes in class than in the exam and in real life!


Practice, Practice, Practice: The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll become. I found it easier to roleplay with my friends outside of class for more practice as it was a more comfortable environment to talk through content without feeling like others were listening.

Pharmacy roleplays may be anxiety-inducing, but they are an essential part of your education. They provide the practical skills and experience necessary for your future career, firstly in internship and then beyond. Overcoming the nervousness associated with roleplays takes time, practice, and a shift in mindset. With determination and a commitment to learning from your experiences, you can navigate these challenges and come out a more confident and capable pharmacy student, ready to take on the world of pharmacy practice!