Update: National Pharmacy Organizations Take Action Against Racial Injustices

AACP Article

For Immediate Release

Contact: Stephanie Fouch, 703-739-2330 ext. 1006

Washington, D.C. – On June 5, 2020, 14 national pharmacy organizations released a joint statement recognizing the critical issues we are facing with the presence of two national pandemics, COVID-19 and racism and discrimination. Unfortunately, both issues persist – COVID-19 has resulted in high death rates that disproportionately affect people of color; and the persistence of systemic racism and discrimination continues to contribute to racial and health inequities.

The joint statement brought much needed and overdue awareness and attention within the pharmacy profession to the longstanding manifestations of racism on social determinants of health and the persistent health disparities that exist in our country. Accordingly, the statement has been urgently acted upon by all signatories. We have engaged in intentional dialogue, listened and learned from one another, and committed to addressing the crisis of racism directly.

As we celebrate American Pharmacists’ Month, we are reminded of the oath we took, "I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of suffering my primary concerns." In carrying out this oath, we assume responsibility to care for those who are disproportionately suffering. Advocating against racism and all forms of discrimination will improve that care. As professional societies, we seek to be accountable to our words by taking action to promote social justice, peace, and healing within our communities.

For the full, updated list of actions already taken and future commitments made, see Update: National Pharmacy Organizations Take Actions Against Racial Injustice (PDF).



About AACP

Founded in 1900, AACP is the national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education. AACP is comprised of all accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs, including more than 6,500 faculty, 60,600 students enrolled in professional programs and 4,400 individuals pursuing graduate study. To learn more about AACP, visit www.aacp.org.