American Institute of the History of Pharmacy

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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Recent AIHP News

AIHP Membership Special Offer for 2017 AACP Meeting

AIHP is pleased to announce a special membership offer for attendees of the 2017 AACP meeting in Nashville. Join AIHP for a special introductory rate of $50 and receive two free books: Drugstore Memories: American Pharmacists Recall lLife Behind the Counter, 1824-1933 and American Pharmacy: A Collection of Historical Essays.  Download and return the special offer application form. Mail the completed form to AIHP / 777 Highland Avenue / Madison, WI  53705 or email the completed form to

Sawyer Wins 2016 Sonnedecker Prize

AIHP is pleased to announce that Laura Phillips Sawyer, assistant Professor at Harvard Business School, has been selected to receive the 2016 Glenn Sonnedecker Prize for her article, “California Fair Trade: Antitrust and the Politics of “Fairness” in U.S. Competition Policy” [pdf] (Business History Review, 2015, doi:10.1017/S0007680515001063).

This $1,000 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 is awarded annually for the best original article published on the history of some facet of pharmacy practice or pharmacy education in the United States (including the Colonial period).

The article by Prof. Sawyer focuses on the efforts of California pharmacist Edna Gleason to combat unfair competition in the sale of medicines by organizing her fellow retail pharmacists during the 1930s. The article demonstrates how community pharmacy is fertile ground for case studies in American economic history.  

For the full press release, click here.

AIHP Announces Guidelines on Teaching History in Pharmacy Education

The Historical Studies Committee of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy announces new AIHP Guidelines on Teaching History in Pharmacy Education to meet the “Standards 2016” of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Documents from 2016 AIHP Annual Business Meeting:

Summary Minutes of 30 November 2016 Business Meeting

Agenda for 30 November 2016 Business Meeting

2015 AIHP Business Meeting Minutes

All Documents for 2016 AIHP Business Meeting (ALL DOCS PDF)

Table of Contents for ALL DOCS PDF


Charter Members of the National Pharmacy Association Sponsorship Program
  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, Patron, $10,000
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Patron, $10,000
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Donor, $5,000
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Contributor, $2,500
  • American Pharmacists Association, Contributor, $2,500