This is a segue on the column below (3-24-2005 Eating Our Young)
I’ll take both sides about the APhA and I want your guys to say at least one nice thing about the American Pharmacists Association when you click on the Comments Button and start lambasting the organization with the golden name.
Remember that the mission of the APhA is both ambitious and weak at the same time for an organization that has PHARMACISTS in its name. The name American PHARMACY Association works better for what the organization does. Why the name change?
The stated mission is: Improving Medication Use. Advancing Patient Care. I’ll leave it to others to tell us if the APhA is living up to that mission. For you others, how in hell can you have expectations from that mission. I know, I know, it is the American PHARMACIST Association. The APhA does not give a shit that you worked three 12 hour shifts back to back to back. The APhA won’t even read your letter when you write and present the idea that patients are in danger when you do not get a rest period during a shift when you and 3 technicians put out 400 Rx.
But, as far as the mission goes, they are spot perfect for me. I have avoided anything APhA for 30 years. For the last 5 years, right here, I have done nothing but snipe, make fun of and denigrate the American PHARMACISTS Association.
Last month, my company asked me to get re-certified as an immunization provider. My first certification was in Washington State in 1998. Not good for Texas, so I did the APhA’s program at no cost to me. I got 20 hours of CE and was paid for the 8 hour class room. It was spot perfect. Certainly not a walk-over. I had to go over the material carefully and the two exams required frequent reference to the written material. As far as I am concerned, this program does Improve Medication Use and it does Advance Patient Care.
So, why do I expect more from the American PHARMACIST Association? Because of the name. The golden name. They need to either live up to it or change it. I do not see either happening any time soon.
The discussion took a quantum leap when the premier pharmacy news magazine published a brilliant article by David Stanley, R.Ph. (The Drug Monkey).
David entitled his column: YOU TALKIN’ FOR ME? (Drug Topics, January, 2010).
The 3 full pages of Letters to the Editor that followed (Drug Topics, February, 2010) represent only a fraction that were sent to the editor. All except one was like the letter from Myron Bryant, R.Ph, Tennessee. “Hallelujah and amen to David Stanley.
Drug Topics is finally back on track. The truth will set us free.”
And the letter from Morris Lloyd, R.Ph., Kentucky. “Your article was right on. You stated all the reasons that I dropped my APhA membership and unless they get their act together, all pharmacists should do the same.” That may be unfair, Morris, remember the mission of the American PHARMACISTS Association.
The last letter was an act of bravery. It was written my Tom Menighan, BPharm MBA, Executive Vice President/CEO of the American Pharmacists Association.
If you have not yet, you need to read all of this, especially students. Look to the right. You will find the link to Drug Topics under “A Section For Pharmacy Matters”
To find David’s column, enter DAVID STANLEY where it asks for Key Word and click. The column is #3 on the list.
To find the Letters to the Editor, enter LETTERS DRUG TOPICS for Key Word. The letters you want are #5 on the list.
Semantics is an interesting pursuit. If you name it right, you are half way there. George W. Bush’s “Clear Skies Initiative” allowed more pollution than ever.
The American PHARMACIST Association has the name. All pharmacy school students have got to think, “This is the organization for me. It will address every concern I might have in my career. It will take initiatives that will protect me.”
Oh yeah, Charley, that’s what I’m talkin’ about. Yeah, sure, Yuck Yuck Yuck.
Perhaps THE PHARMACY ALLIANCE needs to change the name to THE AMERICAN PHARMACISTS’ ALLIANCE. It is the only organization with a mission of assuring that the JOB of working in a pharmacy includes DIGNITY, SELF-RESPECT & INTEGRITY. So simple. So vitally important. www.thepharmacyalliance.com. I have a pony in this race.
In the end, the dignified thing to do.. the expression of integrity ..would be for the American PHARMACIST Association to CHANGE THE NAME so that thousands of young people, students with a long futures, who want dignity, self-respect and integrity on the job, will not put all their eggs in a basket full of holes.
I tried really hard to present a positive lean on the APhA. How’d I do? Help me out. Jay Pee.