The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), founded in 1898 as the National Association of Retail Druggists, represents the pharmacist owners, managers, and employees of more than 24,000 independent community pharmacies across the United States. The Nation’s independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains dispense nearly half of the nation’s retail prescription medicines.
- NCPA is dedicated to the continuing growth and prosperity of independent community pharmacies in the United States.
- NCPA is the national pharmacy association that represents the professional and proprietary interests of independent community pharmacists and vigorously promotes and defends those interests.
- NCPA is committed to high-quality pharmacist care and to restoring, maintaining, and promoting the health and well-being of the public they serve.
- NCPA believes in the inherent virtues of the American free enterprise system and will strive to ensure the ability of independent community pharmacists to compete in a free and fair marketplace.
- NCPA values the right to petition the appropriate legislative and regulatory bodies to serve the needs of those they represent.
- NCPA will use their resources to achieve these ends in an ethical and socially responsible manner.
The nation’s independent pharmacists are small business entrepreneurs and multifaceted healthcare providers who represent a vital part of the United States’ healthcare delivery system. They have roots in America’s communities. They are community leaders actively involved in community-oriented public health, civic, and volunteer projects. Many hold local elected offices; others serve as state legislators.