For those 98 years, NARD, the acronym, had stood as the initials and symbolism for its membership. At their 98th meeting of the association,in New Orleans, Louisiana, the independent retail pharmacy delegates, who gathered there, felt a high sense of purpose. Seldom had the House of Delegates seen so much symbolic change in the organization.
The new name, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), had been decades in the making. From time to time throughout its history, members had recommended a change in the name of the association to better reflect current directions of the profession. After nearly 90 years, delegates at the annual meeting in 1987 voted to cease the use of the name, National Association of Retail Druggists, in favor of the acronym, NCPA, which was synonymous with independent retail pharmacy.
When the new name of the association was ratified at the 1996 convention, Executive Vice President Calvin Anthony announced that "this is the culmination of a transition in our organizational identity that began nearly a decade ago. That transition is now complete, and we are prepared to move forward aggressively into the next century as the organization representing the professional and proprietary interests of the nation's independent community pharmacists."