Every day, your pharmacy is filled with patients, staff, and community members — picking up scripts, getting seasonal vaccines, and trying to optimize their health. But even with so many people around you every day, you may find yourself feeling alone in pharmacy-related struggles.
Whether it’s a never-ending to-do list, a chaotic workflow, or financial concerns, it’s no secret that independent pharmacy can be a tough line of work. If you want to be successful, you need resources to support you.
Enter the state pharmacy association, an unsung hero in the world of pharmacy. State pharmacy associations are dedicated to advancing the interests of pharmacists at the state levels, and as a professional, they’re your number-one resource.
If you’re looking to advance your practice, network with other professionals, and ensure you always have someone on your side, your state pharmacy association is essential.
Here are just a few reasons why you should join.
1. Legislative Support
Behind every pharmacy bill that gets passed, every law that gets signed, and every positive change that gets made is a state pharmacy association that made it happen.
State associations advocate for the profession, work closely with legislators, and influence decisions that affect your practice. In many states, pharmacy associations won provider status for pharmacists. In others, they made it possible for pharmacists to perform tests, give vaccinations, and treat patients. Now, they’re at the forefront of fighting abusive PBM practices.
By joining your state pharmacy association, you're not just using your voice — you're actively shaping policies that help you serve your community better and advance your profession.
2. Networking Opportunities
Your state pharmacy association is more than just an organization. It's a dynamic community of people who share your passion for pharmacy.
Naturally, when you join your state pharmacy association, you open up many networking opportunities. You’ll meet fellow pharmacists, build relationships with industry experts, and connect with others who understand the unique challenges and opportunities of independent pharmacy practice.
Whether it's through local events, conferences, or online forums, these connections can open doors to collaborations, mentorships, and the exchange of valuable insights.
In this case, networking isn't just about making connections — it's about building a support system that can help you navigate your practice and better serve your patients.
3. Continuing Education
In the world of pharmacy, staying up-to-date isn’t just an option — it's a necessity.
State pharmacy associations understand this and they offer many opportunities for members to receive ongoing education and professional development.
Your state pharmacy association may host seminars, workshops, webinars, and conferences featuring the latest advancements and best practices in pharmacy. They can also connect you with other opportunities doing the same.
In addition, many state pharmacy associations offer continuing education credits — which are mandatory to maintain your license. Continuing education can help you stay up to date with clinical services, operations and organization, and community outreach.
4. Access to Resources
When you join your state pharmacy association, you gain access to a wealth of information, guidelines, and tools that positively impact your practice.
Many state associations provide comprehensive practice guidelines, keeping you updated on the latest standards and best practices in pharmacy. You can also tap into research, publications, and databases that can aid in clinical decision-making and patient care.
Aside from educational resources, many state pharmacy associations also offer legal and regulatory resources. These are especially important when you’re trying to navigate compliance and licensing.
5. Strengthen the Pharmacy Community
The fifth and final reason you should join your state pharmacy association is also the most meaningful — it’s the opportunity to be a part of something greater than yourself and to strengthen the pharmacy community as a whole.
By becoming an active member, you can play an important role in strengthening your state’s pharmacy community. Together, with your fellow pharmacists, you can contribute to a collective voice that advocates for positive change, ensures quality patient care, and shapes the future of pharmacy.
Joining your state pharmacy association isn't just a career investment; it's an investment in the greater good of pharmacy itself.
If you want to make a positive impact on your profession, you should join your state pharmacy association. It’s a choice that not only benefits you — it benefits your patients, your staff, and your community.
Find your state pharmacy association below to find out how you can sign up and get involved:
Pharmacy Associations by State
- Alabama: Alabama Pharmacy Association
- Alaska: Alaska Pharmacists Association
- Arizona: Arizona Pharmacy Association
- Arkansas: Arkansas Pharmacists Association
- California: California Pharmacists Association
- Colorado: Colorado Pharmacists Society
- Connecticut: Connecticut Pharmacists Association
- Delaware: Delaware Pharmacists Society
- Florida: Florida Pharmacy Association
- Georgia: Georgia Pharmacy Association
- Hawaii: Hawaii Pharmacists Association
- Idaho: Idaho State Pharmacy Association
- Illinois: Illinois Pharmacists Association
- Indiana: Indiana Pharmacy Association
- Iowa: Iowa Pharmacy Association
- Kansas: Kansas Pharmacists Association
- Kentucky: Kentucky Pharmacists Association
- Louisiana: Louisiana Pharmacists Association
- Maine: Maine Pharmacy Association
- Maryland: Maryland Pharmacists Association
- Massachusetts: Massachusetts Pharmacists Association
- Michigan: Michigan Pharmacists Association
- Minnesota: Minnesota Pharmacists Association
- Mississippi: Mississippi Pharmacists Association
- Missouri: Missouri Pharmacy Association
- Montana: Montana Pharmacy Association, Montana Family Pharmacies
- Nebraska: Nebraska Pharmacists Association
- Nevada: Nevada Pharmacist Association, Nevada Pharmacy Alliance
- New Hampshire: New Hampshire Pharmacists Association
- New Jersey: New Jersey Pharmacists Association
- New Mexico: New Mexico Pharmacists Association
- New York: Pharmacists Society of the State of New York
- North Carolina: North Carolina Association of Pharmacists
- North Dakota: North Dakota Pharmacists Association
- Ohio: Ohio Pharmacists Association
- Oklahoma: Oklahoma Pharmacists Association
- Oregon: Oregon State Pharmacy Association
- Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association
- Rhode Island: Rhode Island Pharmacists Association
- South Carolina: South Carolina Pharmacy Association
- South Dakota: South Dakota Pharmacists Association
- Tennessee: Tennessee Pharmacists Association
- Texas: Texas Pharmacy Association
- Utah: Utah Pharmacy Association
- Vermont: Vermont Pharmacists Association
- Virginia: Virginia Pharmacy Association
- Washington: Washington State Pharmacy Assoc.
- West Virginia: West Virginia Pharmacists Association, West Virginia Independent Pharmacy Association
- Wisconsin: Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
- Wyoming: Wyoming Pharmacy Association