American Pharmacists Association

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American Pharmacists Association
American Pharmacists Association Logo
FormationOctober 6, 1852[1]
TypeProfessional Association
HeadquartersAmerican Pharmacists Association Building
Washington, DC
United States
More than 62,000[2]
Key people
Michael Hogue (Immediate Past-President)

Sandra Leal (President) Theresa Tolle (President-elect)

Mary Munson Runge (Past-President)
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.

Mary Munson Runge became the first woman and the first African-American elected president of this association in 1979; she was president for two terms, from 1979 to 1981.[4][5][6]


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.[citation needed]


The Association publishes two peer-reviewed journals:[7]

It also publishes:[7]

  • 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. ^ Metta Lou Henderson; Dennis B Worthen (8 March 2002). American Women Pharmacists: Contributions to the Profession. CRC Press. pp. 120–. ISBN 978-0-7890-1092-6.
  5. ^ admin (2014-01-08). "Mary Munson Runge 1928 ~ 2014". Kappa Epsilon. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  6. ^ "LIttle Known Black History Fact: Mary Munson Runge". Black America Web. Interactive One, LLC. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  7. ^ a b "APhA publications".

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