Pharmacy organizations take a stand against racial injustice

Thirteen national pharmacy associations, including APhA, have signed onto a joint statement against racial injustice. The National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA), the professional organization of pharmacists that is committed to serving the underserved and promoting minorities in pharmacy, led the effort in issuing the joint statement.

“The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others have ignited strong emotions and continue to shed a glaring light on the day-to-day experiences of Black Americans,” says the statement. “Sadly, racism and discrimination are a thread that has been woven into the fabric of this country for far too long. Adding to the challenges of the global pandemic of COVID-19, which disproportionately impact communities of color, there is a greater public health crisis plaguing our country: racism and discrimination. People of color and other marginalized groups experience a continuum of systemic racism, discrimination, and injustices that result in ongoing health inequities created by numerous factors impacting social determinants of health.”

The statement lists specific actions for pharmacists to take to uphold the highest standards. The actions include, but are not limited to:

  1. Working together to provide opportunities to address health care disparities and strengthen affected communities.
  2. Providing pharmacist, student pharmacist, and pharmacy technician education on social injustices and systematic challenges impacting health care.
  3. Delivering strategies that focus on change through communications, partnerships, and solutions to address health care disparities.
  4. Continuing dialogue among pharmacy organizations and stakeholders to identify and implement change.

The full statement can be read here.

Supporting organizations of the joint statement include: NPhA, APhA, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American College of Apothecaries, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, and the National Community Pharmacists Association.