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Published on Monday, March 14, 2022

APhA reaffirms its support for pharmacists and their ability to serve all patients

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Board of Trustees issued the following statement in support of pharmacists and their ability to serve all patients, no matter of their race, creed, or identity:

As we prepare to travel to San Antonio, TX, for our first in-person meeting together in 3 years, we want to reaffirm our support for pharmacists and our oath which calls us to serve all patients, no matter their race, creed, or identity. The Pharmacist’s Code of Ethics has multiple statements that note “pharmacists promote the good of every patient, protect the dignity of the patient, and respect personal and cultural differences among patients.”

Furthermore, APhA does not support any discriminatory practices, policies, behavior, or work conditions that impair the professional judgment of pharmacists and compromise their dedication to the best interests of all patients. This includes any policy designed to halt the provision of competent care to patients who are transgender.

Last March, APhA, along with the Human Rights Campaign, released “Providing Inclusive Care and Services for the Transgender and Gender Diverse Community: A Pharmacy Resource Guide” in an effort to guide pharmacies on how to support inclusivity for patients who are transgender, nonbinary, and/or gender nonconforming.
 

About APhA
APhA 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 and advocate for changes that benefit them, their patients, and their communities. For more information, please visit www.pharmacist.com.


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