The mission of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association (MPhA) is to promote and enhance the profession of pharmacy, the practice standards of all its practitioners, and the health and welfare of the general public.

Since 1883, we have represented our profession in Massachusetts. Through our Association Staff, Board of Directors, and Committee Members, we endeavor to represent you in your efforts to serve your patients. We invite you to become an active participant in our efforts through committee involvement, maintaining your expertise through our Continuing Education programs, or by networking with your fellow pharmacy colleagues.

President's Message Spring 2018

Greetings from the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association Board of Directors! We hope that you, your family, and your friends are enjoying the warm weather and escape from the Winter. It is once again my pleasure to provide you with some insight on how your Association is working to support all of you in the Profession.

This Spring, the Board of Directors has been hard at work to begin the execution of the output from our Strategy Session in February. One major initiative has been the addition of more networking opportunities for members through events such as Dinner Programs sponsored by several pharmaceutical organizations. These programs have been well attended, offer an opportunity to learn about particular products or disease states, and give attendees time to meet other members and learn more about their area of practice. We are truly appreciative of the dinner program sponsors to date, and look forward to bringing more events like these in the future.

I have written in the past on the Association’s mission to provide high-quality continuing education to members and non-members. We were incredibly excited by the turnout and the presentations at our Spring Conference in Norwood, Massachusetts. We’d like to thank the great speakers for providing great content to the attendees. With the success of this event, we look forward to sponsoring a Pharmacy Technician Training course in conjunction with Northeastern University this Summer, as well as a Compounding Program this Fall. And of course, we hope you’ll join us at the 2018 New England Pharmacists Convention this September at Foxwoods!

Part of our way to facilitate change in the profession is through our MPhA Foundation. The Foundation once again hosted a fundraiser at the Boston Winery, and was able to raise funds to continue the great work they do to support student initiatives and other initiatives. Thank you to all who attended this fantastic event!

Communication is a critical element of our strategy to build better relationships with members. We recently launched our Instagram account for the Association, and have been able to add hundreds of followers in a short time. Consider following @masspharmacists to get updates from us and learn more about where we are. Our team continues to look to other ways to connect with membership, and we invite you to let us know how we can best serve your needs.

While the Association has had an internet presence for years, we recently have made significant updates and upgrades to our website and its member portal. This new site allows better communication, a cleaner design, and is formatted for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. We are truly appreciative of our EVP Lindsay De Santis’ efforts on this initiative.

MPhA continues to work to advocate for the profession in legislative activities, and we continue to work towards health care provider status, MAC pricing, and more. As always, we encourage you to be involved in these discussions and efforts. Please consider reaching out to your representatives to discuss the importance of these bills on the profession, and share personal stories that show the impact that change can make on our service to patients!

As I reflect on my experience as President of the Association, and the fact that my term is more than half way complete, I continue to be humbled by the honor it is to serve and represent each of you. We are working diligently to increase the collaboration of pharmacy associations in our Commonwealth, and we were able to host a highly successful session with the Massachusetts chapter of ASCP this Spring. If we truly want to elevate the profession to better serve our patients, it is critical that we begin to work more together to align on activities and efforts. I am encouraged by our discussions to date, and the future these collaborations can lead to for our profession.

Thank you for your support of MPhA!

With warm regards,
Paul Larochelle, Jr., Pharm.D.