The first MPhA meeting was held on May 28, 1871. At the time, our organization was called the Mississippi State Pharmaceutical Association.
Mississippi was the 6th state to organize a state pharmaceutical association.
Matthew W. Ash, the first president, was vice president of the American Pharmaceutical Association.
The first law requiring a license to practice pharmacy was enacted in 1892, and the first Pharmacy Board of Examiners was appointed.
In 1908, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy was opened.
MPhA was incorporated in 1912, and in 1919 dues were raised to $3.00. In 1925, pharmacists earned approximately 35 cents per hour. Membership reached 750 by 1957.
In 1996 the Mississippi Pharmacists Association (MPhA) was asked by the Mississippi Department of Public Health to have pharmacists help with severe disparities in adult influenza and pneumococcal rates. MPhA contacted APhA for assistance, leading to the development of a national training program for pharmacists based on core competencies learned by public health nurses and military medics.
Today, the membership of MPhA is over 1200.
The four pillars of MPhA membership are its legislative advocacy, continuing education classes, networking opportunities, and partnerships.
Legislative Advocacy MPhA is the voice for pharmacy in the federal government and United States Congress as well as the Mississippi executive office and Legislature. We have a Government Affairs committee, which introduces legislation in support of pharmacy and testifies against legislation in opposition of pharmacy. As a member your interests are well represented in all aspects of government.
Continuing education is offered through many opportunities such as the annual convention, pharmaceutical care certificate programs, Mid-Winter meetings, Last Chance seminars, CE at Sea cruises, district meetings, and journal continuing education articles.
Networking At our annual convention and various meetings, seminars and events throughout the year, pharmacists can socialize, meet new friends, receive continuing education, and recognize outstanding practitioners in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Networking and socialization between fellow pharmacists is a strong aspect of our organization.
Partnerships MPhA has a comprehensive membership package, which includes discounts on many personal and professional items such as professional liability and other insurance available to members and student-members. Click here to learn more about what MPhA can offer you!