About Us

pharmacists taking stock and checking inventory
pharmacists taking stock and checking inventory

Our

VISION

The profession of pharmacy should be in the hands of pharmacists and their support staff. Pharmacy workers, who work for large companies, have nearly no voice in their profession.

Independent pharmacy owners are being undercut by corporate giants. Pharmacy students are becoming burdened by debt from high college tuition rates. Pharmacy has become overrun by businessmen who are good at creating profits, while the industry should be run by the experts – pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and interns.

Our vision is to use the power of numbers to build our own support system which puts the profession of pharmacy back in the hands of pharmacy professionals.

TOGETHER – WE ARE PHARMACY.

WHO

We Are

The United Pharmacy Association (URPhA) is a grassroots movement and support system for pharmacists, interns and technicians made up of pharmacists, interns and technicians.

We are the pharmacy professionals who play an integral role in the healthcare system, and we have this association that supports and makes our views known to important organizations like APhA, BOPs, state pharmacy associations, representatives and any other parties our members want to reach. We seek collaboration.

Founder

Cristina Manos Rph.

Cristina Manos RPh. has been a licensed pharmacist since 1998. A graduate of the University of Toledo, she started her career as a community pharmacist in Lakewood, Ohio where she was also introduced to Reiki and the concepts of Integrative Medicine. Cristina moved to Tucson, AZ at the end of 1999 and became a Reiki Master, Ordained Heaking Minister and studied Meditation, Kadampa Buddhism, Wing Ching Kung Fu, Mixed Martial Arts, Yoga, Sign Language, Counseling and Journalism during her 18-year residency in Arizona.

Outside of her pharmacy career, Cristina was Vice President of  a nonprofit called Spirit of Service between 2006 and 2008. Spirit of Service provided alternative healthcare treatments to low income members of the community. Cristina started mentoring a 12 year old, Krystal McCown, in 2006 through Spirit of Service, and is still actively mentoring her. Cristina became a freelance journalist in 2014 and became publisher of her own magazine called The Tucson Edge LLC. and entered the world of Marketing, Graphic Design, Photography, Videography, Editing and Producing on a local level. Cristina was also a performing musician in Tucson from 2007 to 2017. She moved to Colorado Springs in 2018 and enrolled in a Yoga Teacher Training Program, making her a Certified Yoga Instructor after 20 years of practicing Yoga. She also became a Substitute Teacher at Globe Charter School during her stay in Colorado Springs, and taught ages K-12 briefly. 

Cristina moved back to Ohio in 2019 to support her mother. She is an alumni of Struthers High School and is now teaching Yoga, Meditation, Workshops and is Mentoring & setting up Community Wellness programs and packages in Ohio. Cristina has been mentoring girls ages 12 and up for over 15 years and believes in giving back to her community and paying it forward to others who need support. She knows how hard the struggles are for a kid growing up in a low income situation as an underdog. After moving back to Ohio, Cristina also founded United Pharmacists Association, a 501(c)3 created for the purpose of Pharmacy Professionals having an opportunity to rally and create positive change and support for pharmacy students and technicians in the profession. At present, she is shifting her focus to Community Outreach and being available to help with guidance to total wellness in her own community, at the local level, to directly reach and engage those who need it the most. 

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Support Your Community

When you help people around you succeed, you automatically make your world a better place.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Write to your Governor, Representatives in Congress, and your BOP.

Professional Support

Supporting each other results in support for the profession. This leads to better work conditions, breaks, and more.

IMPROVE PHARMACY

Fundraising for initiatives adds excitement. Being able to give back and pay it forward to the future of pharmacy

WE ARE NOT A UNION

URPhA is a nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of organizing and advocating for pharmacists and their staff. URPhA works on behalf of all pharmacy colleagues, and relies on the pharmacy professionals to best communicate what is needed to protect the profession. URPhA can’t and won’t stage strikes, and it will not work with unions. Pharmacy professionals want a voice and they want it to be their own voice.