The Philippine Pharmacists Association, Inc. (PPhA) was founded on 29 August 1920 and is the only Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) - accredited, integrated national organization of licensed Filipino pharmacists with 83 regional and local chapters, 10 affiliate organizations and about 15,000 individual members.
The Philippine Pharmacists Association, Inc (PPhA) was born out of crisis that besieged the profession in the middle of the 1920's. It all began when complaints where filed against a few pharmacists who were accused of dispensing substandard medicines. Realizing the need to address the crisis as a group, several pharmacists met on 29 August 1920 at the original site of the Manila College of Pharmacy (now the Manila Central University). This paved the way for the foundation of the Philippine Pharmaceutical Association - the formidable fortress of Filipino pharmacists and defender of professional rights.
Since the beginning, the PPhA aimed to raise the standards of pharmacy practice in the country. Research activities were highly promoted by the Association as most of its leaders were respected educators and scientists. The first issue of the Journal of the Philippine Pharmaceutical Association (JPPhA) was published in September 1928. The very first National Pharmacy Week was celebrated on 11 - 17 October 1931. It was also the PPhA which promoted the development of the local pharmaceutical industry during the 1950's.
The Association has been an active member of the Federacion Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP) since 1957. It was also one of the founding members of the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA) in 1964. In 1975, the PPhA was accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and in 1994 became the first recipient of PRC's "Outstanding Accredited Professional Organization of the Year". It was in 2008 that the name of PPhA was changed to Philippine Pharmacists Association to emphasize that it is an organization of pharmacists in the country.
Through the years, the PPhA has been very much involved in issues concerning pharmacy profession. It has established local and international partners and linkages with various government and non-government organizations as well as other professional associations. In all of its decades of untainted commitment and service to the profession and to the nation, the PPhA continues to keep itself true to the vision and legacy of its trail-blazing founders.