Igniting the fire within: a primer on political advocacy for pharmacy professionals

J Pharm Pract. 2013 Jun;26(3):165-70. doi: 10.1177/0897190013482333. Epub 2013 Apr 3.


Due to the expanding role of pharmacy in health care, it is imperative that pharmacy professionals work together to advocate for the profession. An English-language only literature search was conducted of the PubMed and Medline databases using the key words advocacy, grassroots, political action committee, lobbying, politics, political action, legislation, letter writing, pharmacy, pharmacist, Capitol Hill. Up-to-date information regarding pharmacy-specific advocacy was limited and difficult to locate. Information from the literature search was supplemented with interviews of professionals actively engaged in advocacy, personal experience, and Web sites of national pharmacy organizations. This primer ignites the fire for political advocacy within pharmacy professionals by reinforcing the significant impact that advocacy has on the profession and by providing information on how to become involved. The primer provides a comprehensive "pocket guide" of resources combined into an easy-to-use reference for pharmacy professionals and outlines a structured approach on how to become a pharmacy advocate, ranging from a minimal level of involvement to master political activist, and to promote interest among pharmacy professionals to become more engaged with advocacy. Even a small act of advocacy or volunteerism can transform a spark into a raging fire.

Keywords: grassroots; pharmacy; political advocacy; politics.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Lobbying
  • Pharmaceutical Services / organization & administration*
  • Pharmacists / organization & administration*
  • Politics*
  • Professional Role