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AIHP National Pharmacy Association Sponsorship Program

The Institute is proud to announce the following Charter Members of the National Pharmacy Association Sponsorship Program:

Patron Level ($10,000)

  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Donor Level ($5,000)

  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy

Contributor Level ($2,500)

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American Pharmacists Association

The purpose of the National Association Sponsorship program is to build mutually supportive relationships between AIHP and the major pharmacy organizations in the United States, consistent with the Institute's role in serving the profession as a whole.

Call for Nominations for the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 2016 Glenn Sonnedecker Prize.  This prize honors the contributions of Glenn Sonnedecker to the field of the history of pharmacy and aims to encourage research in subjects central to his work.  The Sonnedecker Prize will be awarded for the best original article published in 2015 on the history of some facet of pharmacy practice or pharmacy education in the United States (including the Colonial period).  Submissions from multiple authors will be accepted.

The Glenn Sonnedecker Prize consists of a monetary cash prize of $1,000 and commemorative plaque.  If an awarded article has multiple authors, the monetary award will be divided among the authors.

Eligibility: Articles published in English in peer-reviewed journals and books between January 2015 and December 2015 will be eligible for consideration. Award winners will demonstrate originality of scholarship and clear contribution to the study of the history of pharmacy.

Submission of articles: Please submit a PDF copy of the published article by June 30, 2016 to Gregory J. Higby, Executive Director, American Institute of the History of Pharmacy (  Please write “Sonnedecker Prize” in the subject line of your email.  Self-nominations are welcome.



Happy 75th Birthday AIHP!


Members and friends of AIHP were invited to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the AIHP on 22 January 2016 with cake and coffee in the Board of Visitors Conference Room (rm. 1128, UW School of Pharmacy), at 1:30 pm. Greg Higby (l. to r.), Beth Fisher, Dean Steve Swanson, and Glenn Sonnedecker at the celebration.


1940 American Druggist, used on the cover of the new Pharmacy in History (2015) No. 1 & 2. The journal is at the printer and expected to mail in the first week of January.

AIHP Annual Business Meeting Teleconference/Webinar

18 November 2015

The AIHP Annual Business Meeting features reports from Institute officers, staff, and committees about activities during the last year.  An open comments period takes place at the end of the teleconference, which allows members to express their opinions on AIHP programming and future endeavors.

We look forward to your participation.

Minutes from the 2014 Business Meeting, as published in Pharmacy in History, vol. 56, no. 3 & 4 (2014): 100-105.

Meeting Agenda

1. Welcome & Request for New Agenda Items – William Zellmer, Presiding

2. Approval of Minutes from 2014 Business Meeting as posted on and published in Pharmacy in History volume 56, no. 3 & 4 (2014): 100-105.

3. Installation of AIHP President William Zellmer, Vice-President Arthur Daemmrich, Secretary Robert Buerki, Treasurer Clarke Ridgway, and Member-at-large David Herzberg.

4. Reports of Officers

  1. Executive Director Higby
  2. President Zellmer
  3. Secretary Buerki
  4. Treasurer Ridgway

5. Reports of Committees

  1. Membership
  2. Historical Studies
  3. Nominating

6. Report on National Pharmacy Association Sponsorship program

7. UW-Madison School of Pharmacy and George Urdang Chair

8. International Congress for the History of Pharmacy (USA, 2019)

9. Opportunities for Volunteers

10. Old Business

11. New Business

12. Open Comment Period

13. Adjournment


Professor Glenn Sonnedecker meets with visiting researcher Dr. Halil Tekiner


Dr. Halil Tekiner visited the AIHP in July 2015, with support from the Sonnedecker Visiting Scholar Program.  In addition to looking at the collection for representations of Turkish pharmacy in the American pharmaceutical press, Tekiner was able to meet with Dr. Sonnedecker (left, above) as well. He described this visit with Glenn Sonnedecker as, "a unique and unforgettable opportunity . . . to meet one of the most respected paragons in the field of history of pharmacy and to benefit from his valuable thoughts and recommendations for my future studies." Dr. Tekiner is the Head of the Department of the History of Pharmacy and Ethics, Erciyes University School of Pharmacy, in Kayseri, Turkey.


Visit to Wisconsin Historical Society

USP visitors examine documents at the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison.

Rice Circulars at WHS

Geeta Tirumalai (USP), Jon Nelson (WHS), Ron Piervincenzi (USP), Helmut Knies (WHS), Jeff Sturchio (USP), Ken Alexander (USP), Angela Long(USP), Gregory Higby (AIHP)


George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy

The first endowed chair in the United States dedicated to the history of pharmacy has been established at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy.  Through the efforts of Robert and Leslie Buerki plus friends of historical pharmacy, funds have been raised to endow the George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy.  The first holder of the chair will be historian Joseph M. Gabriel, author of Medical Monopoly: Intellectual Property Rights and the Origins of the Modern Pharmaceutical Industry (University of Chicago Press, 2014).  Prof. Gabriel received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2006.  His dissertation, “Gods and Monsters:  Drugs, Addiction, and the Origins of Narcotic Control in the Nineteenth-Century Urban North,” earned the 2009 Jack D. Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Award. 

ACPE Releases Accreditation Standards—Keeping History of Pharmacy in the Curriculum

On 2 February 2015 the ACPE released the Accreditation Standards and Key Elements for the Professional Program in Pharmacy Leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree ("STANDARDS 2016")


The history of pharmacy has retained a place in the curriculum, as noted here in the Appendix:

Appendix 1

Required Elements of the Didactic Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum: The following didactic content areas and associated learning expectations are viewed as central to a contemporary, high-quality pharmacy education and are incorporated at an appropriate breadth and depth in the required didactic Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. Where noted, content areas may be addressed in the pre-professional curriculum (i.e., as requirements for admission). Required content areas may be delivered within individual or integrated courses, and may involve multiple disciplines.

This appendix was purposely written at the level of broad learning outcomes. It was constructed to provide statements of concepts and understandings essential for pharmacists to master, rather than a list of required topics to cover in the didactic curriculum. The goal is to ensure that critical areas of learning are included in the curricula of all programs without dictating how the lessons are structured, organized, or delivered.
The clear expectation embedded within Appendix 1 is that students will develop the comprehensive knowledge base required to be ‘practice ready’ and that they will be able to retain, recall, build upon, and apply that knowledge to deliver quality patient care in a variety of entry-level practice settings. . . .

Social/Administrative/Behavioral Sciences. . .

History of Pharmacy

• Exploration of the evolution of pharmacy as a distinct profession, the transition from a focus on the drug to a focus on the patient and the drug (including pharmacist-provided patient care), and major milestones and contributors in the evolution of pharmacy.


Thanks to all those who submitted comments to ACPE to keep the history of pharmacy in the curriculum—Your voice was heard!



Innaugural AACP History of Pharmacy SIG Newsletter

The Newsletter put together by the AACP History of Pharmacy Special Interest Groug (SIG) is available on the AACP website and here as well.


History of Pharmacy SIG Newsletter

Also available from the SIG is a "Supplemental Inventory of Pharmacy Museums in the United States," as a PDF.




Pinchak's posters for drugstore front windows In 1954, pharmacist Frank Pinchak of Paterson, New Jersey, developed a series of 34 public relations displays for drugstore front windows.  As new laws and regulations of the mid-1950s restricted the professional scope of community pharmacy practice to routine prescription filling, public relations campaigns like Pinchak's stressed the role of pharmacists for properly dispensing powerful new drugs.

Save your place in the history of pharmacy.  Fill out a biographical questionnaire that will be preserved in the AIHP Kremers Reference Files.

Books are Great Gifts! Think about sending books or calendars to your favorite pharmacist or collector.  Some suggestions to consider:

  • History of Drug Containers and Their Labels (which can be purchased by mail from AIHP or online from
  • Drugstore Memories (also available from
  • The Inside Story of Medicines (also available for online purchase from
  • 2012 AIHP Pharmaco-Historical Calendar (only available from AIHP)
  • **All these publications are also available from AIHP directly by sending the filled-out order form.

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is a non-profit national organization devoted to advancing knowledge and understanding of the place of pharmacy in history. The mission of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is to contribute to the understanding of the development of civilization by fostering the creation, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge concerning the history and related humanistic aspects of the pharmaceutical field.

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