Online - From Snake Oil to Vaccines: Pharmacy History in Washington State
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Travel through time with pharmacist John Oftebro as he describes the history of pharmacy—the art or practice of preparing and dispensing medicinal drugs—from prehistoric to modern times. Learn what Pacific Northwest Native American tribes used for remedies, and follow the course of pharmacy as a science through settlement, discoveries, practice changes, and the storefront pharmacies in Washington State. Find out what was really in that snake oil—and how our state led the way for pharmacists to vaccinate across the United States. On April 10, 2021, pharmacist and Redmond Historical Society President John Oftebro presents the history of pharmacy in Washington State at the Society’s Virtual Saturday Speaker Series. What did prehistoric man use for salve wounds? Was there really snake oil in those patent medicines? What were early pharmacies like? Where did the soda fountains go? What happened to Pay ‘n Save? Who invented Blistex? Was penicillin the first antibiotic? How did pharmacy education develop ? Learn how progressive Washington State has been a leader across the country in practice changes that have affected healthcare, and what lies ahead for pharmacies and pharmaceutical practices. In addition, learn how local pharmacies have driven the initiative to administer COVID-19 vaccinations statewide.