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The History of Pharmacy

The pharmacy industry in the United States has been growing and changing in the United States for over 150 years, apothecaries have been around since long before that. Prior to the term pharmacist, individuals around the world have been responsible for dispensing remedies and offering front-line medical advice to the ill in their communities.

Edward Parrish of American Pharmaceutical Association made the first efforts to standardize the pharmaceutical fields. Up until the 1950s pharmacists made and prescribed medicines while serving as community medical counselors. Since then, there has been an increase in legislation and restrictions limiting the role of pharmacists and requiring a physician’s prescription for more medications including narcotics.

One thing that has not changed is the critical role pharmacists play in counseling patients and providing advice that is key to the safe use of both over the counter and prescribed medications. As a partner in accreditation, we provide the tools and resources pharmacy providers need to deliver the best patient care. Through CHAP Accreditation, we strive to help pharmacies navigate the future and adapt to changes in the industry. 

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