Our History

ASHP Early YearsPrior to the 1920s, hospital pharmacy was not a strong, well-organized component of the profession. By 1936, a subsection of hospital pharmacists was formed in the American Pharmaceutical Association (APHA), and for the first time, hospital pharmacists had a voice in a national organization. In 1942, hospital pharmacists established the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, affiliated with APhA. In 1947, ASHP and APhA jointly established a hospital pharmacy division with permanent staffing. Since then, ASHP has progressed from 153 charter members to 40,000 today.

Special Occasion: Looking Back at 50 Years of Excellence in Clinical Pharmacy

At the 2015 Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition, ASHP celebrates the 50th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. Starting in 1966, this meeting was formed to bring together ASHP members, pharmaceutical industry representatives, educators, and other healthcare provides. See how a meeting with nearly 250 attendees grew into the largest gathering of pharmacy professionals in the world.

History of ASHP



Photo Collection

This is a small sample of photographs from the Donald E. Francke Memorial Library (DEFML) Photo Collection. For additional questions on specific photographs or interest in using photographs in personal works please contact the DEFML Archives. 


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