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American Pharmacists Association Names Building Annex in Honor of John A. Gans, 11th CEO of APhA

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced at its annual meeting this week that its building annex in Washington, DC, has been named for John A. Gans, the association’s executive vice president and chief executive officer from 1989 to 2009.

“This building became a reality because of Dr. Gans’ visionary thinking, and constant and tenacious leadership,” said Scott J. Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, the current executive vice president and CEO of APhA. “Today, this building is the home of American pharmacy, and provides the association with a solid financial foundation to continue its work on behalf of our members and the profession of pharmacy.”

John A. Gans, PharmD, was APhA’s 11th executive vice president and chief executive officer for 20 years. During his term, membership tripled and revenues increased eight-fold, and he was a major catalyst in the transformation of the pharmacy profession. He is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences.

APhA: NBC News Story Illustrates the Need for Fundamental Pharmacy Payment Reform

WASHINGTON, DC – The NBC News story, “Overworked, understaffed: Pharmacists say industry in crisis puts patient safety at risk,” is a compelling demonstration of the need for fundamental payment reform in pharmacy, according to Scott J. Knoer, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Call for Comments on Pharmacist’s Fundamental Responsibilities and Rights

APhA and NASPA collaborate in development of document to facilitate discussions for change

WASHINGTON, DC -- The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) have released the Pharmacist’s Fundamental Responsibilities and Rights  (Fundamentals) for public comment. The Fundamentals principles focus on pharmacists’ responsibilities and workplace expectations by addressing pharmacists’ professional responsibilities as outlined in the Oath of a Pharmacist, the Pharmacist Code of Ethics, and scopes of pharmacy practice, along with addressing essential rights to which pharmacists are entitled so that their responsibilities can be fulfilled. 

The Fundamentals principles reflect the issues of concern national and state pharmacy organizations have heard expressed by pharmacy personnel. The Fundamentals principles can be used to facilitate meaningful dialogue and action among pharmacists, pharmacy personnel, and pharmacy employers to enhance the pharmacy workplace and patient safety.

APhA, Physicians and Nurses Urge Bolstered Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data During COVID-19 Vaccinations

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Pharmacists Association today joined two other leading national health care advocacy organizations to urge urged all health care professionals to redouble efforts to collect and report race and ethnicity data when administering COVID-19 vaccinations. 

In an open letter, APhA, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association noted that improved data collection is critical to ensure access to vaccines in vulnerable populations and improving vaccine confidence.  The full text of the letter:

American Pharmacists Association Comment on Authorization of Janssen Vaccine: “We are Ready to Continue this Work”

WASHINGTON, DC – Statement from Scott J. Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, executive vice president and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association, upon the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision today to authorize emergency use of Janssen Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine: