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National Catholic Pharmacists Guild of the U.S.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC PHARMACISTS GUILD OF THE U.S.

An association of Catholic pharmacists organized in 1962. Before that date there were some diocesan associations of Catholic pharmacists in various parts of the U.S. One of these, the Catholic Pharmacists Guild of St. James of the Diocese of Fall River, MA, presented to its bishop, the Most Rev. James L. Connolly, a plan for a national pharmacists' organization. With the bishop's approval, and with the cooperation of officers of other diocesan guilds, the St. James Guild sponsored a national membership campaign that resulted in an organizational meeting in New York City on Sept. 19, 1962, with 21 diocesan representatives present. The decision was reached to form a national guild. Today the Guild is based in St. Louis, Mo. The group focuses on ethics, morals, medical missions, and drug donations. Its members periodically contribute to public policy advocacy, especially with respect to pharmaco-therapies and vaccine development.

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