MILWAUKIE, Ore., Oct. 4, 2016 — Senator Barbara Ann Mikulski (D-Md.) recently received a Legislative Excellence Award from the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP), the U.S. trade association for the manufacturers of homeopathic medicines. Presented during a special ceremony at the association’s bi-annual conference in Baltimore, Md., the prestigious award recognizes the senator’s support of policies that safeguard homeopathic manufacturers and medicines, as well as Americans’ right to choose complementary health care.
The longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. Congress, as well as a member of the Subcommittees on Children and Families and Primary Health and Aging, the senator has been a proponent and supporter of homeopathic medicines throughout her long career. Among other contributions, she has worked with Senate colleagues to promote funding for alternative medicines and has sought to require insurance companies to cover state-licensed alternative medicine providers. In 2013, the senator sponsored a resolution that designated the second week of October as “Naturopathic Medicine Week,” recognizing the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective and affordable health care.
Senator Mikulski is only the second recipient of AAHP’s Legislative Excellence Award, which was first bestowed upon Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) in 2013.
“Given the senator’s long-standing congressional support of homeopathy, AAHP’s decision to recognize her with this award was not difficult,” said Mark Land, AAHP president. “Our members, and the industry as a whole, have benefited from her enduring commitment to advocating for homeopathy and health care choice.”
“I applaud your dedication to be a driving force of healthcare and health related service,” wrote senator Mikulski in a letter that was read to the AAHP membership by her representative. “As you continue to meet the ever growing demands of healthcare in the 21st century, you are also continuing to promote the excellence of homeopathic medicine through education and outreach.”
In addition to honoring the senator, AAHP members who attended the meeting addressed the state of the homeopathic industry, networked, and discussed strategies for moving the association forward in its mission to promote excellence in the practice of homeopathic pharmacy, manufacturing, marketing and distribution. The conference took place on Sept. 23, 2016 in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East, the largest natural, organic and healthy products trade show on the East Coast.
Founded in 1923, the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP) is the leading industry association for the manufacturers, distributors and marketers of homeopathic drugs. AAHP promotes excellence in the practice of homeopathic pharmacy, manufacturing, marketing and distribution by supporting the requirements, criteria and published guidelines in the HPUS, relevant Federal statutes, as well as other industry regulations/compendia—all to help members provide safe, effective homeopathic medicines to consumers, retailers and healthcare practitioners.