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  • 09 Apr 2018 4:03 PM | Sharonjit Sagoo (Administrator)

    Tickets for the June 2nd Puerto Rico Charity Banquet are now available via Eventbrite. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • 27 Feb 2018 12:00 PM | Sharonjit Sagoo (Administrator)

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    The Maryland Pharmaceutical Society pays our respects to the memory of a woman whose life was full of love, and ended on February 15, 2018, when Ramona McCarthy-Hawkins (affectionately known as, “Ms. Ramona”) was called to join God in Heaven.

    Ms. Ramona was born on July 31, 1928, in Columbus, Ohio, the fourth of five children born to Ethel Foree Smith and James O. Smith. Ms. Ramona developed her interest in pharmacy from an early age after seeing a grandfather, three of her mother's siblings, and an elder brother have successful careers in the business. Through her God-given intellect and determination, Ms. Ramona completed undergraduate, graduate, and fellowship training in pharmacy, chemistry, and biochemistry, at a time where such academic achievement was difficult to attain for African-Americans.

    Ms. Ramona encountered and overcame a myriad of obstacles in navigating a distinguished 44-year career in federal government service, including sexism and racism. In adversity, Ms. Ramona saw opportunity, becoming the founding member of Federally Employed Women (FEW), an organization created out of a need to support professional women like herself in Federal Government. Ms. Ramona also fought against racism in the federal government through her involvement with Blacks in Government (BIG), which she joined as a founding member, and served as the first president. During her career, Ms. Ramona went on to hold various board positions and memberships in her dedication to mentor and promote equality and excellence in the profession.

    Ms. Ramona found her calling as a leader through her service with the Maryland Pharmaceutical Society, the Maryland Pharmacist Association, the National Pharmaceutical Association, the NPhA Foundation, the National Council of Negro Women, Montgomery County Chapter of NAACP, Citizens Minority Relations Committee, Montgomery County School Board, the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Alumni Association, and a number of other church and community organizations.

    Ms. Ramona consistently embodied a philanthropic spirit in donating endowment funds to a number of pharmacy schools and colleges of pharmacy, including Howard University, Florida A&M University, Xavier University, Texas Southern University, Ohio State University, University of Toledo, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, as well as a $15,000 scholarship endowment with the NPhA Foundation. She also contributed funds to A Bridge to Academic Excellence Middle/High School Mentoring and Tutoring Program. Furthermore, Ms. Ramona shared her wisdom by providing mentorship and guidance to generations of students and professionals that followed her footsteps.

    Ms. Ramona was an icon and inspiration in the profession of pharmacy. Her loving and gentle spirit will truly be missed. While her passing has left us deeply saddened, we take this moment to reflect upon and celebrate her glorious and fulfilled life in the service of God.

  • 11 Oct 2017 9:45 AM | Sharonjit Sagoo (Administrator)

    SNPhA chapters of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Maryland-Baltimore, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and Howard schools of pharmacy have launched a T-Shirt fundraiser to benefit the University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy (UPR SOP). 

    As many of you are aware, Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 hurricane, caused catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.  As a result of the destruction, the UPR SOP has been forced to send their students to the US mainland to complete their APPE rotations. 

    Please consider buying a t-shirt, which features the 2017 Top 200 drugs and the flag of Puerto Rico, or donating on our fundraising page:

    100% of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to the UPR SOP to benefit student pharmacists affected by Hurricane Maria.  The fundraiser will be open until November 1, 2017.  Your t-shirt will ship directly to your home around November 14, 2017.  SNPhA’s goal is to sell 100 t-shirts, so please pass this message along to your co-workers, preceptors, and pharmacy friends!   

  • 30 Sep 2016 7:53 PM | Sharonjit Sagoo (Administrator)

    Dr. Shauna White, University of Maryland-Baltimore alumna and executive director of the DC Board of Pharmacy, provided an informative CE presentation on the DC Board of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Division at our Kickoff Meeting.  Her slides are available online.

  • 26 Sep 2016 12:31 PM | Sharonjit Sagoo (Administrator)

    Haiti Medical Missions Charity Event 

    Please come out and support the Inaugural Charity Banquet Benefiting Haiti Medical Missions on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 6-10:30 pm at New Fortune Restaurant, located at 16515 S. Frederick Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877. The event includes a multi-course dinner, karaoke, performances, dancing, and auctions of Haitian arts. The event and is being organized by MPhS Board member Hoai-An Truong and students at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy, in partnership with St. Francis of Assisi Church's long-standing medical missions led by Dr. Frank Nice for over 20 years.

    The 2017 Haiti Medical Mission welcomes participation from pharmacists across practice settings and students from all schools of pharmacy in Maryland. The next Haiti medical mission will be in February 2017. For more information on the missions or to buy tickets, please contact: 

    Hoai-An Truong: htruong@abcforyourhealth.org240-401-4284

    Frank J. Nice: FJNCat@hotmail.com301-840-0270

  • 06 Sep 2016 11:32 PM | Sharonjit Sagoo (Administrator)

    We are very excited to announce that Shauna White, UMB SNPhA alumna and executive director of the DC Board of Pharmacy, will be presenting a CE session at our Annual Kickoff Meeting! This event will take place on Sunday, September 18th at Linwoods (25 Crossroads Drive, Owings Mills, MD) at 6:00PM. This will be a 1.0 credit hour presentation eligible for ACPE credit. For full details, please visit

  • 10 Jul 2016 11:12 AM | Sharonjit Sagoo (Administrator)

    A total of twelve SNPhA students from the University of Maryland and Howard University are interested in attending the 69th Annual NPhA Convention. Traditionally, MPhS members financially assist SNPhA students with their registration fees for the convention. The NPhA National Convention allows students the opportunity to network with fellow pharmacy students, professional pharmacists, and various exhibitors from across the nation, and also celebrate the hard work and dedication of every SNPhA chapter. If you are interested in sponsoring a student's registration, please contact our President, Ashley Bivins.  The registration amount is $155

  • 01 Jul 2016 11:05 AM | Sharonjit Sagoo (Administrator)

    The 69th NPhA Annual National Convention is July 29-August 1, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. Registration is open, and rooms are available at the NPhA discounted rate. Actor Laz Alonso will be the keynote speaker! Please see the link below for convention details:

    69th Annual National Convention

  • 13 Mar 2016 7:06 PM | Sharonjit Sagoo (Administrator)

    A community health fair, hosted by the St. Luke United Methodist Church in Sykesville, MD, took place on Saturday, March 12th. MPhS pharmacists and SNPhA pharmacy students from Howard University and the University of Maryland performed medication regimen reviews and counseled patients on proper use of their medications and compliance. We worked alongside a group of nurses, who provided blood pressure screenings, and education on breast health. The event was a great opportunity for community members to receive their blood pressure reading, and much needed health information. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success!

    View more pictures from this event here.

  • 07 Jul 2015 11:27 AM | Sharonjit Sagoo (Administrator)

    University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is hosting a reception on July 24th at the NPhA meeting in Orlando. Please submit your RSVP to We look forward to seeing you there!

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