Magazine article Drug Topics

APhA Name Change Gets Thumbs-Up

Magazine article Drug Topics

APhA Name Change Gets Thumbs-Up

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After 150 years, the American Pharmaceutical Association has proposed changing its name to the American Pharmacists Association. And that's just fine and dandy with the majority of pharmacists who participated in an on-line Drug Topics poll.

At deadline, APhA's proposed name change got a thumbs-up from 57% of the 554 respondents in the informal poll posted on the Drug Topics Web site. Another 28% didn't like the idea, and 15% didn't care one way of the other.

A new name for APhA would shift the focus away from drug products and onto the healthcare professionals who dispense the medications and help patients make the most of their therapies. Substituting the word pharmacist for pharmaceutical would also bring APhA into line with 32 state associations that have made the same switch in recent years. Associations in only six states and the District of Columbia still use the word pharmaceutical in their names.

Back when APhA was founded in 1852, compounding apothecaries were the pharmaceutical industry, so it was appropriate to use the word pharmaceutical in the association's name. But after World War 11, drug manufacturing exploded, and the word pharmaceutical changed to mean medications and the drug industry itself.

A "qualified Yes" vote came from Bill Morgan, but only if APhA vigorously promotes the pharmacist and independent pharmacies. The Paso Robles, Calif., R.Ph. feels the association has never promoted or backed pharmacists, who are "the backbone of the industry. …

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