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Published on Monday, April 4, 2022

Pharmacist's Fundamental Responsibilities and Rights

APhA and NASPA call for organizational support

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) call for support of the Pharmacist's Fundamental Responsibilities and Rights (Fundamentals), a set of principles focused on pharmacists’ responsibilities and the workplace expectations needed to fulfill those responsibilities.

The Fundamentals serve as a road map to engage in meaningful discussion about the pharmacy practice workplace across practice settings.

Recognized organizations (e.g., national and state professional associations, pharmacy and pharmacy-related companies, single and multiunit independent pharmacies, hospital/health systems, and the pharmaceutical industry) are invited to support the Fundamentals by completing an online attestation. At this time, individual support is not being sought.

To date, the following 11 organizations have expressed their support:

  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (October 2021)
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (July 2021)
  • American College of Apothecaries (October 2021)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (November 2021)
  • American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (October 2021)
  • American Pharmacists Association (June 2021)
  • Bay Street Pharmacy (March 2022)
  • College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (August 2021)
  • Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (November 2021)
  • National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (June 2021)
  • National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (January 2022)

"We believe the principles in the Fundamentals can be used to facilitate meaningful dialogue and action among pharmacists, pharmacy personnel, and pharmacy employers to enhance the pharmacy workplace and patient safety," said Scott Knoer Scott J. Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, APhA executive vice president and CEO. "Organizations that publicly support the principles outlined in the Fundamentals show their willingness to engage in that meaningful dialogue."

"Pharmacy personnel cannot care for patients if their well-being is in jeopardy. The principles outlined in the Fundamentals serve as an important road map for addressing their well-being by improving the pharmacy workplace and enhancing patient safety," said Joni Cover, Acting NASPA CEO.

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

NASPA, founded in 1927 as the National Council of State Pharmacy Association Executives, is dedicated to enhancing the success of state pharmacy associations in their efforts to advance the profession of pharmacy. NASPA's membership is comprised of state pharmacy associations and over 70 other stakeholder organizations. NASPA promotes leadership, sharing, learning, and policy exchange among its members and pharmacy leaders nationwide. For more information, please visit


Updated: April 6, 2022

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