Pharmacists' Defence Association

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Pharmacists' Defence Association
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HeadquartersThe Old Fire Station,
69 Albion Street,

Birmingham B1 3EA

United Kingdom
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
ServicesLegal defence
Professional indemnity insurance
Professional advice
Pharmacy agenda influence
Members28,000+ (2018)

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the needs of individual pharmacists, pharmacy students and pharmacy undergraduates in the United Kingdom. Membership of the PDA includes insurance, union membership and defence association benefits, which all aim to assist and support pharmacists in their working lives. In November 2018, the PDA reported having more than 28,000 members.[1] in the United Kingdom.

The PDA Union[edit]

The PDA Union is an independent trade union.[citation needed] that runs parallel to the PDA and has its own democratic structure and rules. The union exists to give pharmacists an independent voice at work.

Safer Pharmacies Charter[edit]

The Safer Pharmacies Charter was produced by PDA members and consists of seven commitments to improve patient safety through better working conditions for pharmacists.

Elizabeth Lee[edit]

Elizabeth Lee was a pharmacist who was given a 3-month suspended prison sentence for an inadvertent dispensing error at a Tesco pharmacy in 2007, reduced to a £300 fine on appeal in 2010.[2] Her case received national media attention and was the catalyst of a substantial national effort in the UK to decriminalize inadvertent dispensing errors. She was defended by the Pharmacists' Defence Association between 2007 and 2010.[3] The case has been used since that time in pharmacy education as an aid to explain the legislation applicable to the supply of medicines by pharmacists in the UK.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pharmacists' Defence Association Response to Independent Patient Safety Investigations Service (IPSIS) Consultation" (PDF).
  2. ^
  3. ^ "PDA Insight Magazine Summer 2010 - Hospital Edition"

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