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Founded in 1852, APhA is the largest association of pharmacists in the United States, with more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians as members.

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The American Pharmacists Association inspires, innovates and creates opportunities for members and pharmacists worldwide to optimize medication use and health for all.

Adopted by the APhA Board of Trustees – June 2017

As the voice of pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association leads the profession and equips members for their role as the medication expert in team-based, patient-centered care. APhA will accomplish this by:

  • Advancing pharmacists' optimal roles in team-based, patient-centered care.
  • Providing opportunities for professional development, recognition, differentiation, and leadership.
  • Disseminating timely relevant information and state-of-the-art tools and resources.
  • Raising societal awareness about the role of pharmacists as essential in patient care for optimal medication use.
  • Creating unique opportunities for members to connect and share with peers across practice settings.

Adopted by the APhA Board of Trustees – June 2017

APhA Board, staff, and volunteers are committed to living the following Core Values to create an environment conducive to the enhancement, development and support of our APhA community.

  • Accountability: We hold ourselves to the highest standards of performance toward reasonable and achievable goals. We accept responsibility for the outcome of our work, as well as the process that leads to it.
  • Collaboration: We are unified by a common purpose. We encourage communication, coordination and team-based approaches to address clearly stated goals and objectives.
  • Integrity: We operate with honesty, fairness, and the highest ethical standards to sustain a community of professionalism and trust.
  • Respect: We promote a culture of inclusiveness, celebrate our diversity by treating all people equally, value individual contributions and encourage open and effective communication.
  • Quality: We strive for excellence in everything we do, and continuously look for innovative ways to improve our work.


Approved by the APhA Board of Trustees, June 2010.

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October 17, 2017
October 17, 2017
APhA Executive Vice President and CEO Thomas E. Menighan, BSPharm, MBA, ScD (Hon), FAPhA, testified in a hearing about drug prices held by the...
Gag clauses, lack of provider status hinder cost-effective care, importation is no solution, APhA CEO says
August 14, 2017
August 14, 2017
Tennessee saw major provider status legislation take effect on July 1. “Pharmacists as Providers” (HB 405/SB 461) gives Tennessee pharmacists formal...
‘Pharmacists as providers’ legislation went into effect July 1
July 13, 2017
July 13, 2017
The Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives health care committee held a hearing on legislation that would expand the scope of practice...
Hearing held last month included testimony from pharmacists and physicians