Pens for Pharmacy Charity

Dear Pharmacy colleague,

Now in existence for over 1/7 days, Pens for Pharmacy Charity continues to strive to expand its programs and offerings to the community. We hope that you will be able to take part in one or more of the many exciting events that we are offering this year and experience first hand the pride we take in supporting our cause.

It is our mission to ensure that every pharmacy has enough pens. We have had reports of some pharmacies sharing one pen. Clearly, this is unacceptable. In order to meet our mission and provide services in our community, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, we wouldn’t be able to help those in our pharmacies each year.

We ask that you make a commitment to support our annual appeal by making a pen donation. This year our goal is 5 pens for each pharmacy, and we hope that you will be able to make a contribution. Your generosity will make a difference in our pharmacies by allowing us to continue in our work. If you give one pen to a pharmacy, then research shows that they will lose it within 20 minutes. If you give them 5 pens, then it will be 5 x longer before they lose it.

We have enclosed a donor envelope for your convenience. Remember that every pen makes a difference, regardless of colour, size or drug name. The look on the faces of the techs when you give them a pen is heart-warming.

Thank you in advance for your support!


Mr Dispenser, CEO


One thought on “Pens for Pharmacy Charity

  1. Here in the ‘States, every corner drugstore, every retail apothecary, every pharmacy had a plethora, in all shapes, sizes, with whistles, whizz-bangs, and bells, usually lasted a week as ‘my favorite pen’ until either a customer absconded with it, or it leaked in the jacket pocket, or heaven forbid it actually ran out of ink.

    That is, until the pharmaceutical representatives influence peddlers as an industry decided to police themselves in offering ‘freebies’ to those so easily influenced i.e. the doctors, and that meant no more free pens for the pharmacies either.

    Or, free clocks. I work somewhere where a free clock on the wall is set to every time zone, twenty-four free clocks, in every shape, color, hand arrrangement possible. (Drug companies noticeably did not provide battery refills so the clocks only register the correct time twice a day.)

    Here’s a question for the Burroughs-Wellcome folks. Remember when they made brand name Lanoxin? When I graduated pharmacy school I received a little blue pocket-size looseleaf notebook for an ‘auxiliary’ brain full of quick facts and algorithms, equations, normal lab values, etc. What did you pharmacists in the UK receive from B-W at graduation?

    Roche provided a nice wooden-handle spatula, and Abbott gave a turquoise blue counting tray to use with the Roche spatula (or was it Pfizer). Those are items I remember, not the pink and yellow pen with just the right weight and type of ink to provide a tired weak hand with a firm commanding ‘John Hancock’ signature.

    Part of my pharmacy residency was held with medical students. It was rather disturbing that medical residents were invited to a weekend of pheasant hunting and spouses, too, while the pharmacy residents were simply ignored. I didn’t particularly think hunting quail or pheasants was a pleasant excursion, but at least we pharmacy residents might have been offered free cameras or camcorders so we could document the fun that the med students were having running after birds.

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