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Published on Friday, October 8, 2021

APhA joins pharmacy associations to offer condolences to families of pharmacist and two others killed in Maryland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Pharmacists Association joined the leaders and members of 16 other pharmacy organizations to extend its deepest condolences to the families of Brian and Kelly Robinette, of  Ellicott City, Md., and Rebecca Reynolds of Cumberland, Md. Police say Mr. Robinette, a community pharmacist, was killed by a sibling who was upset that Mr. Robinette was administering COVID-19 vaccines.

As the first line of care for millions of Americans, pharmacists have been under incredible pressure since the start of the pandemic. In an extremely polarized environment, they have heroically stepped forward to provide vital services – COVID testing and vaccinations, regular immunizations, complex and chronic disease care, and much more. All of these efforts are important collaborative roles that pharmacists play as vital members of health care teams focused on protecting the public health of individuals and communities. As we begin American Pharmacists Month, we remind our fellow citizens that in this challenging time of uncertainty and fear, pharmacists have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We stand by them all.

Supporting Organizations

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American College of Apothecaries

American College of Clinical Pharmacy

American Pharmacists Association

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists

Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association

Maryland Pharmacists Association

National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

National Community Pharmacists Association

National Pharmaceutical Association

Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy


About the American Pharmacists Association

The American Pharmacists Association is the only organization advancing the entire pharmacy profession. Our expert staff, and strong volunteer leadership, including many experienced pharmacists, allow us to deliver vital leadership to help pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians find success and satisfaction in their work, while advocating for changes that benefit them, their patients and their communities. For more information, please visit


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