Top 10 Reasons to Advocate for Your Pharmacy Profession

Rita Kasliwal, PharmD Candidate
Published Online: Friday, August 1, 2008

Ms. Kasliwal is a 2010 PharmD Candidate at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and a Howard Sternheim Summer Intern at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.


  1. You are the expert. It is your job to inform others about how much you know.
     
  2. Show pride in your profession! You have invested a lot of time into studying and building your proficiency in the field of pharmacy—let it show!
     
  3. Your patients are counting on you. You have contact with patients on a daily basis. Let legislators know that your job is to care for their constituents.
     
  4. The law does not stand still?neither should you! Be aware of changes to laws and regulations, and influence legislation by offering your opinion.
     
  5. Build your professional network. Advocacy efforts are great opportunities to network with professionals both within and outside of the pharmacy world.
     
  6. Have your voice heard. Legislators want your vote. They will listen if you speak up.
     
  7. Advocacy is personally rewarding. Teaching others about something you are passionate about can be very rewarding!
     
  8. Do not be left out! Keep up-to-date on health care issues by reading professional journals, newspapers, and association Web sites and newsletters.
     
  9. If you do not, who will? You cannot rely on others to advocate for you. All of us have the time—and responsibility—to contribute to the future of our profession.
     
  10. The future of your profession depends on you! Your leadership and initiative today will determine what you and your fellow pharmacists can and will do in the future.


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