Punch & Judy: Long live us all!

March 19, 2007

You heard about it last December, when I announced that we would be coming out with a commemorative issue to celebrate our 150th anniversary. So, drumroll please! Ta-da-here it is! A departure from our usual format, this issue takes a look at not only Drug Topics' storied history but also the past, present, and future of pharmacy.

You heard about it last December, when I announced that we would be coming out with a commemorative issue to celebrate our 150th anniversary. So, drumroll please! Ta-da-here it is! A departure from our usual format, this issue takes a look at not only Drug Topics' storied history but also the past, present, and future of pharmacy.

Also included is a congratulatory letter from President George W. Bush (see below).

At a recent NCPA annual meeting, one speaker observed that there are three types of future: possible, probable, and preferred. If we want to see our preferred future come to pass, it's incumbent on us to make it happen. I thought about some things I'd like to see come to fruition in pharmacy. To borrow from David Letterman, here are my top 10 wishes, in no particular order:

For this vision to become a reality, let's work together to achieve it.

A year in the making, this issue marshalls the efforts of our staff, our former editors, and our stable of freelancers. We are very proud of the end result and we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to it.

A historic keepsake, this issue will be one of the items going into a time capsule that we have procured as part of our sesquicentennial. To be stored at the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, this time capsule will be saved for posterity and opened 50 years hence. What other pharmacy memorabilia do you think should go into this repository? Please e-mail your suggestions to drugtopics@advanstar.com
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Finally, we would be remiss if we didn't pay homage to you, our readers. We realize that Drug Topics' fortunes are inextricably tied to your fate. May your practice last forever. Long live pharmacy and long live Drug Topics!