Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Status of Pharmacists in the Government Service and under Selective Service

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Status of Pharmacists in the Government Service and under Selective Service

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For many years each of the three national associations, American Pharmaceutical Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, had a standing or annually appointed a committee on the Establishment of a Pharmaceutical Corps in the United States Army. The committees were appointed for the purpose explained by the committee title.

After fifty years of futile effort and the expenditure of much time in legislative endeavor, the associations decided to drop their insistence on a separate corps for pharmacists and adopted another plan for improving the pharmaceutical service in the army by legislation which would grant a certain number of commissions to qualified pharmacists in the Medical Administrative Corps.

This proposal was approved by the then Surgeon General Reynolds and the bill, introduced by Senator Sheppard of Texas, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Military Affairs, was passed and signed by President Roosevelt June 26, 1936.

The committees of the three associations worked together very effectively to obtain passage of this legislation.

As one objective, commissions in the army, had been reached, it was decided that due to the opposition of the army to a separate corps for pharmacists it would be wise to drop that proposal until the value of pharmacist officers in the army was shown by the work of those inducted into the service. Therefore the name of the committee no longer applied.

At this time it was decided to broaden the scope of the committee's work and charge it with a similar duty with reference to the navy. Likewise it was instructed to obtain places for and improve the status of pharmacists in all branches of the government service such as Civil Service appointments, Veterans Bureau and Public Health Service.

Therefore the committee of the A. Ph. A. at the Dallas meeting in 1936 made among others the following recommendations:

1. That the committee be continued.

2. That the name be changed to the Committee on Status of Pharmacists in the Government Service.

3. That it be made a standing committee of the Association.

4. That through arrangement with the A. A. C. P. and N. A. B. P., the committee members be appointed as members of the corresponding committee of those associations and function therein so that one committee can represent and speak for organized pharmacy about the status of pharmacists in the government service.

5. That it be instructed to continue its efforts to improve the pharmaceutical service in the federal and state governments and thereby obtain for pharmacy the recognition and status to which it is entitled."

All of the recommendations were adopted.

The A. A. C. P. and N. A. B. P. approved the recommendations and since 1937 one joint committee, the Committee on Status of Pharmacists in the Government Service, composed of three members from each association under one chairman has been charged with carrying out the wishes of the three associations.

The committee operates chiefly by personal interviews with the heads of departments in Washington. Secretary Kelly is in daily contact with one department or another following up proposals.

The Chairman and Secretary Kelly are in regular communication by telephone or post. The Chairman goes to Washington whenever matters of importance require his presence which is rather frequently. The committee is called to Washington only when absolutely necessary. The personnel of the joint committee follows:

Committee on Status of Pharmacists in the Government Service

Representing the American Pharmaceutical Association:

B. Tappan Fairchild

F. L. McCartney

H. Evert Kendig

Representing the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy:

Henry S. Johnson

James H. Kidder

Carson G. …

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