American Pharmacists Association

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American Pharmacists Association
American Pharmacists Association Logo
MottoImproving medication use. Advancing patient care.
FormationOctober 6, 1852[1]
TypeProfessional Association
HeadquartersAmerican Pharmacists Association Building
Washington, DC
United States
More than 62,000[2]
Formerly called
American Pharmaceutical Association

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA, previously known as the American Pharmaceutical Association), founded in 1852, is the first-established professional society of pharmacists in the United States.[3] The association consists of more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in the profession. Nearly all U.S. pharmacy specialty organizations were originally a section or part of this association.


All members choose one of these three Academies :

  • American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA–APPM)
  • American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA–APRS)
  • American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA–ASP)

The Annual Meeting & Exposition provides a forum for discussion, consensus building, and policy setting for the pharmacy profession. The association's Board of Trustees is responsible for broad direction setting of the; Association;. Policy is developed by the APhA House of Delegates that meets each year at the association's Annual Meeting & Exposition. The House of Delegates has representatives from all major national pharmacy organizations, state pharmacy associations, federal pharmacy and APhA’s three academies.


The Association publishes two peer-reviewed journals:[4]

It also publishes:[4]

  • Student Pharmacist, intended for pharmacy students,
  • Transitions, an online newsletter
  • APhA DrugInfoLine, a website with summaries of current developments and new drugs
  • Pharmacy Library, a series of approved textbooks.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History of APhA". American Pharmacists Association. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Who We Are". American Pharmacists Association. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  3. ^ "About APhA". Archived from the original on September 29, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "APhA ppublications".

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