American Pharmacists 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.

American Pharmacists Association
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

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.


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


  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. "APhA publications".
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