In a world where access to quality healthcare is increasingly challenging, pharmacists have emerged as unsung heroes, working tirelessly alongside physicians to ensure patients receive the care they need. Despite their extensive training and vital role in the healthcare system, pharmacists often face unwarranted criticism and dismissal from organizations like the American Medical Association (AMA). Read the AMA article here.

Pharmacists undergo rigorous doctoral-level education, with many completing additional years of postgraduate residency and fellowship training. They are highly skilled in comprehensive patient assessment, medication management, and direct patient care across various specialties. Their expertise and dedication have been instrumental in addressing the growing shortage of primary care physicians, particularly in underserved rural areas.image (3)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, pharmacists stepped up to the plate, administering millions of life-saving vaccines and tests, demonstrating their ability to provide essential care when it matters most. They continue to be a crucial resource for patients, offering prompt treatment for time-sensitive conditions like influenza when physician appointments are scarce.

It is disheartening to see the AMA resort to unprofessional and misleading statements about pharmacists, undermining the value of interprofessional collaboration. The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) have both issued responses defending the vital role of pharmacists. [Read ASHP's response & APhA's response] It is time for the AMA to recognize the indispensable role pharmacists play in patient-centered care and to work together to improve healthcare access for all.

Pharmacists are not competitors but invaluable partners in the healthcare journey. Their tireless efforts, often behind the scenes, have touched countless lives and made a profound difference in the well-being of communities across the nation. It is time we acknowledge and appreciate these unsung heroes for their unwavering commitment to patient care.


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