OptiMed Honors Susan Hayhurst During Women’s History Month

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In honor of Women’s History Month, OptiMed acknowledges Susan Hayhurst as one of the first female pharmacists in the U.S.

Hayhurst was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Quakers. She attended school in Wilmington, Delaware and excelled in mathematics. Taking an interest in chemistry and physiology, she enrolled at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. After graduating in 1857, Hayhurst served as a staff member and ran its pharmaceutical department for many years.

In 1876, Hayhurst became the head of the pharmaceutical department at the Woman’s Hospital of Philadelphia. To broaden her knowledge of the subject, she began attending lectures at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. It was rare for the college to admit women and Hayhurst was the only woman in her class of 150. The college administration did not offer any resistance, however, and granted her a diploma in pharmacy when she completed her courses in 1883 at the age of 63.

Hayhurst remained in her post at the pharmaceutical department of the Woman’s Hospital for 33 years. She supervised the purchase and manufacture of supplies, assisted missionaries to foreign countries, and acted as mentor to 65 women pharmacists. She was a member of organizations such as the American Academy of Political and Social Science and Woman’s Suffrage Society of Philadelphia. During the Civil War, she was chairman of the Committee of Supplies of the Pennsylvania Relief Association.

Hayhurst died in Philadelphia on August 7, 1909, after an illness. The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy held a memorial service in her honor on November 15, 1910 and commissioned a painting of her to be hung in its museum.

Source: WikiPedia

March 12-18 is Patient Safety Awareness Week

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week, an effort of the National Patient Safety Foundation to help raise awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public. In observance of this important effort, OptiMed would like to highlight the “five rights” of medication administration along with the steps we take to ensure safe, appropriate medical treatment for our patients.


Before talking to a patient or doctor, editing a patient’s medication profile, or filling a PatSafetyLogo2013prescription, our staff cross-checks two unique patient identifiers (such as patient name/address or patient name/date of birth) to ensure the right patient is receiving the right medication.


Many medications look and sound alike so OptiMed takes steps to avoid errors. OptiMed uses “tall man” lettering, a special lettering system to identify and differentiate look-alike and sound-alike medications. In addition, an up-to-date list of potentially confusing drug names is maintained and referenced throughout the pharmacy. Lastly, to maximize outcomes and effectiveness, OptiMed ensures that patients are taking the most appropriate medication for their particular disease state.


Making sure each patient receives the correct dose of medication is important to ensure that patients receive enough medication for it to be effective, but not so much that there is an increased risk of side effects or adverse reactions. OptiMed takes many factors into consideration when determining the correct dosage of a medication: the patient’s age, weight, medical history, sex, other medications, and more.


The route of administration refers to where a medication enters the body. The most common route is by mouth but other routes such as through the skin (topically), inhalation, and injection are also frequently utilized. Our pharmacists work closely with patients to teach them how to properly administer their medications and to ensure that they are comfortable with the route of administration that’s been chosen.


Some medications must be given at specific times to be effective such as before meals, immediately after meals, or at bedtime. In other cases, it is essential that certain medications be taken separately from others to avoid interactions. OptiMed’s pharmacists educate patients on precisely when to take their medications, what to expect, and what can happen if medication is skipped.

In summary, OptiMed has strict safeguards in place to ensure safe, appropriate treatment for our patients. For more information about our services, call 877-232-2857.

OptiMed Honors First Female Pharmacist During Women’s History Month


To honor Women’s History Month, OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy acknowledges women who contributed to the advancement of the pharmacy profession.

Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf (1681-1762) is recognized as the first female pharmacist in America, according to the American Pharmacists Association. She was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1681 and married Daniel Greenleaf in 1699, a minister, pharmacist and graduate of Harvard. The couple had 12 children.

In 1727, Elizabeth moved to Boston to open a pharmacy, according to the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. Though this was a role traditionally filled by men, Massachusetts did not have laws prohibiting women from practicing.

Her husband joined her shortly after and together they ran the pharmacy for several years.

The American Pharmacists Association honored Greenleaf in 2012 for “contributions to the profession and advancement of women in pharmacy.”