Pharmacy in Alberta: Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence

1. True or False: It used to be illegal for Alberta pharmacists to print the name of the drug on a patient's prescription label.1

2. To begin your pharmacy education at the University of Alberta in 1914 you had to be at least how old?2
a) 14 b) 15 c) 16 d) 17 e) 18

EDMONTON, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - This year marks 100 years of regulated pharmacy in Alberta. The Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) and the Alberta Pharmacists' Association (RxA) have joined together to celebrate the occasion - and all the changes the profession and patients have seen!

"For a century, pharmacists have made invaluable contributions to the health and well-being of Albertans through their work in rural and urban communities, hospitals, academia, and research," says Jeff Whissell, Chair of the Centennial Committee. The committee is jointly supported by ACP and RxA.

What do we have to celebrate?
Alberta is a world leader in pharmacy practice. Our province is home to:

  • pioneers and pillars of communities, such as practice leaders in diabetes, anticoagulation, geriatrics, and drug development.
  • the first pharmacists in Canada, and first health professionals in Alberta, to formally recognize the importance of professional development and implement mandatory continuing education requirements.
  • an outstanding Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta. Their graduating classes have placed first on the written national pharmacy exams in 18 of the past 20 years.
  • the first pharmacists in North America, in 2007, to gain prescribing rights.

How are we celebrating?
The party officially begins this Thurs., Jan. 27, with the White Coat Ceremony at the U of A (5:30 p.m., Myer Horowitz Theatre). Other projects include:

  • A website at
  • A Facebook page at
  • The Alberta Pharmacy Centennial Award of Distinction, recognizing the individuals who are advancing and/or have advanced pharmacy in Alberta to the leadership position it holds today. Winners will be announced in early 2011.
  • A commissioned artwork, to be unveiled at the Centennial Conference (May 20 and 21, Jasper Park Lodge).
  • The Alberta Pharmacists' Centennial Leadership Award, an endowment that will provide one year's tuition to a U of A pharmacy student each year.

Centennial website:

1 True
2 14 - Apprenticeship in pharmacy required Grade 10 and a minimum of age 14. The curriculum consisted of a three-year apprenticeship followed by a two-year course at the University of Alberta.

The Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) supports and protects the public's health and well-being by governing the practice of pharmacists, pharmacies, and soon pharmacy technicians. ACP, and its precursor the Alberta Pharmaceutical Association, have effectively governed pharmacists and pharmacies in Alberta for 100 years.

The Alberta Pharmacists' Association (RxA), formed in 2000, is a not-for-profit membership-based association, which promotes the value of pharmacists in supporting and advancing the health of Albertans.

SOURCE Alberta College of Pharmacists

For further information:

Karen Mills
Communications Leader
Alberta College of Pharmacists
780-990-0321 / 877-227-3838
                    Cynthia Rousseau
Director of Communications
Alberta Pharmacists' Association

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