The American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) is an organization of attorneys, pharmacists, pharmacist-attorneys and students of pharmacy or law who are interested in the law as it applies to pharmacy, pharmacists, wholesalers, manufacturers, state and federal government and other interested parties.

ASPL is a nonprofit organization with the purposes of

  • Furthering knowledge in the law related to pharmacists, pharmacies, the provision of pharmaceutical care, the manufacturing and distribution of drugs, and other food, drug, and medical device policy issues;
  • Communicating accurate legal educational information; and
  • Providing educational opportunities for pharmacists, attorneys, and others who are interested in pharmacy law

ASPL has become the premier source to engage with the entire spectrum of professionals at the intersection of pharmacy and legal matters. With my formal training, I approach our meetings with the assumption that I have grasped all of the components that contribute to the pharmacy profession. However, engaging with ASPL has placed context around the various, often overlooked, downstream and upstream factors that impact the law as it applies to pharmacy.
Monet Stanford, PharmD

Latest News

August 12,  2019

DRUGS AND CANADA

Canada drops US and Switzerland from list of countries used as drug price comparators
A CNBC report on August 9 noted that the Canadian government has announced new regulations governing price controls for drugs sold in Canada that are intended to lower the price of drugs in Canada and that will “lay the ground for a new national drug program.”

Under the new regulations, the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, Canada’s drug price regulator, will no longer consider prices paid for drug in the United States or in Switzerland when comparing Canada’s domestic prices to other countries. The rules will require drug makers to disclose certain confidential discounts to the PMPRB, and will also let the agency consider cost-effectiveness of new medicines. The rules are to take effect on July 1, 2020. [Martell A. UPDATE 3-Canada enacts drug price crackdown, in blow to pharmaceutical industry. CNBC 2019 Aug 9; https://cnb.cx/2N3Okwa]