Canadian Pharmacists Association

Canadian Pharmacists Association

January 11, 2007 15:19 ET

Canadian Pharmacists Association Celebrates its Centennial

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 11, 2007) - The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2007. This Centennial is a major milestone for the association and for all pharmacists, as we celebrate the progress and change that have occurred within our profession over the past 100 years.

Pharmacy had its beginning in Canada with the arrival of Louis Hebert at Port Royal, Nova Scotia around 1604. Hebert, a second-generation French apothecary, may in fact have been the first apothecary in North America. In 1907, Canadian pharmacists decided that a national organization was the solution to the issues that faced the profession, which included Sunday closing and the prevalence of "quack" drugs. Later that year, pharmacist delegates from all the provinces met in Toronto to establish the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association, with a mandate to safeguard the public welfare and the interests of pharmacists. Funding for the association was provided by an annual membership fee of 50 cents. The officers of CPhA were all volunteers from across the country at a time when the only way to get from Vancouver to Toronto for a meeting was to travel five days by rail.

CPhA is celebrating its Centennial with a full year of events and special projects. A commemorative book on the history of CPhA and the profession of pharmacy will be published in June 2007. CPhA is also recognizing leaders and builders of both the association and the profession of pharmacy over the past 100 years, with the CPhA Centennial Pharmacists Award. To make this Centennial truly memorable, one of the 2007 legacies is the Kids and Medicine Program, which is designed to help pharmacists promote the safe use of medicine to Canadian schoolchildren. As the most accessible health professional in the community, pharmacists are often asked to speak to children about medication use. While education on poison prevention and drug abuse is common in the classroom, little effort has been made to teach children about medicine in general; this is fundamental to children understanding both the potential benefits and harm caused if drugs are not used properly.

Ron Elliott, St. Thomas pharmacist and chair of the Centennial Committee, commented, "CPhA represents all Canadian pharmacists and this is a very special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate. Pharmacy is a profession that makes an impact in the lives and health of Canadians and we are proud of our accomplishments."

The Canadian Pharmacists Association is the national organization of pharmacists, committed to providing leadership for the profession and improving the health of Canadians.

Contact Information

  • To arrange an interview:
    Canadian Pharmacists Association
    Louise Crandall, Manager, Public Affairs
    613-523-7877 #267
    lcrandall@pharmacists.ca