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American Pharmacists Association

The American Pharmacists Association is a professional association for members of the pharmacy profession and other interested individuals. Members include practicing pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists, and pharmaceutical scientists.

Historical Development

The American Pharmacists Association was initially known as the American Pharmaceutical Association. It was established on October 6, 1852, in Philadelphia at a time when most drugs used in the United States were imported from abroad, and these were often adulterated or of poor quality. The American Pharmacists Association is concerned with professional aspects of pharmacy, while the National Community Pharmacy Association, which spun off in 1898 and was then known as the National Association of Retail Druggists, is more concerned with commercial concerns.

In the latter half of the 19th century, the American Pharmacists Association, particularly ...

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