Magazine article Drug Topics

A 'Swelling Moral Force'

Magazine article Drug Topics

A 'Swelling Moral Force'

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150 Years of American Pharmacy

Editor's note: Throughout 2007, this column, which takes a look at some of the most important moments in the history of pharmacy, will appear in each issue as part of our sesquicentennial celebration. Tied with this column is a pharmacy history contest, which we are urging all readers to participate in. Monthly questions based on this column will be posted on the Drug Topics anniversary microsite. Contestants are eligible to win a Visa gift card of $250. For details about the contest, go to www.drugtopics.com.

In 1852 when APhA was formed, pharmacists had a single organization and voice. From its beginning, the association represented a wide range of interests, including retail pharmacists, hospital pharmacists, distributors, and even drug companies. Over the next 155 years as pharmacy evolved, pharmacists formed many more organizations to better represent their needs.

By the 1870s and 1880s, a growing number of pharmacists became frustrated with the breadth of APhA. In 1876, a wholesalers group was formed to represent the interests of wholesalers. In 1882, it became known as the National Wholesale Druggists' Association and inspired retail pharmacists to create their own organization the following year. …

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