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Volume 2 Issue 1


Flu Fighters

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Discover 路 Learn 路 Care : Improve Health

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News in Brief 8 Will


News Briefs

Wingate Students Educate Expecting Mothers on the


Capitol Hill News

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Medication Use Research Conference a Success

Faculty News Faculty News


Record-Setting Flu Fighters


University of Minnesota The University of Georgia University of Illinois at Chicago Mercer University The University of Iowa The University of Kansas University of Maryland Wayne State University University of Connecticut The University of New Mexico Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Campbell University University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The University of Toledo The University of Oklahoma Wilkes University University of Pittsburgh Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center South Dakota State University Washington State University

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Page 10: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy Page 12: The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Page 13: headshot: Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University Evgeny Krynetskiy; saliva: Joseph V. Labolito/ Temple University Page 15: Washington State University College of Pharmacy Page 18: University of Southern California School of Pharmacy Page 19: University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Page 20: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, University of Washington School of Pharmacy Pages 28–39: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University, University of Connecticut, The University of Georgia, University of Illinois at Chicago - Kathryn Marchetti, The University of Iowa, The University of Kansas, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, The University of Oklahoma, University of Pittsburgh, South Dakota State University, The University of Toledo, Washington State University Pages 41–53: All photos in Faculty News are courtesy of their respective colleges or universities Back cover:

letter from the editor

Dear Colleagues:

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News Briefs Butler Pharmacy Poster Project Receives Prestigious Honors A poster by 2008 Pharm.D. graduates Alyson Kastner and Laura Mobley has received Abstract of Distinction honors from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. “This is a great honor for the students,” said study mentor and associate professor of pharmacy Dr. Jane M. Gervasio. “The distinction title is only given to the top 5 percent of accepted abstracts.” The study, which was part of Drs. Kastner’s and Mobley’s P4 project, compared the efficacy of 0.5 unit/ml versus 1 unit/ml of heparin in neonatal TPNs (or total parenteral nutrition that is passed through the veins). Heparin, a common anti-blood clotting drug, is used in neonatal TPNs to prevent line occlusion (or clogging). The results of this study have prompted Gervasio and affiliate professor of pharmacy Elaina Szesycki to continue this research with a prospective study, meaning they will look at current neonatal patients. Dr. Gervasio said a pharmacy student will work on this project as well.

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Medical Center Announce Partnership for New Fellowship Training Program The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Department of Pharmacy have joined forces to create a combined residency training program that will enhance the training of pharmacists. The new University of Maryland Pharmacy Residency and Fellowship Program will bring together resources of both organizations to broaden the residents’ patient care training in many specialty areas, including intensive care, trauma, cardiology, transplant and others. The program also will offer expanded training opportunities in research and pharmacy management.

Two Michigan Schools Partner to Offer Free Health Programs to Detroit Metropolitan Community Physician assistant students from Wayne State University (WSU) and College of Pharmacy students from the University of Michigan joined forces to provide an interprofessional Health Education Clinic at a Detroit-area Walgreens last October. The initiative provides healthcare education; screenings for high blood pressure, sugar levels and cholesterol; and reviews of medication. The students also help link uninsured individu-

als with healthcare providers who deliver services at reduced costs. WSU involvement in the interprofessional Health Education Clinic began Oct. 1 and continues through May.

University of Nebraska Medical Center Researchers Awarded $10.6 million NIH Grant University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) received $10.6 million from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to research nanomedicine, drug delivery, therapeutics and diagnostics. UNMC researcher Dr. Alexander V. Kabanov is the principal investigator on the $10.6 million COBRE (Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence) grant, which will be awarded by the NIH/NCRR over the next five years. Dr. Kabanov, the Parke-Davis chair in pharmaceutics at the UNMC College of Pharmacy, is the director of the Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine, a part of the regent-approved Center for Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine at UNMC.

Rutgers’ Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Receives $5 Million Gift Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc., a leading global contract research organization, announced that the Mario Family Foundation has pledged $5 million to Rutgers’ Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. Dr. Ernest Mario and his wife, Millie, established the foundation, and he serves as chairman of the board of directors at PPD. The pledge was the largest individual gift during the university’s 2007–2008 fiscal year and will be used to support graduate fellowships in the pharmacy school. Dr. and Mrs. Mario donated $5 million to the School of Pharmacy in 2001. The school was renamed the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy that year. Mario is a 1961 graduate of the Rutgers College of Pharmacy and is chairman and CEO of Capnia Inc., a development-stage pharmaceutical company based in Palo Alto, Calif.

Walgreens partners with The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy to increase diversity Walgreens has committed to a five-year, $42,500 sponsorship of the UT College of Pharmacy’s annual Pharmacy Summer Camp for high school seniors. This includes the five-year sponsorship of the Ursuline College/University of Toledo Pharmacy

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Partnership camp that was initiated in the Cleveland area in summer 2008.

University of Dallas to Establish North Texas Region’s First School of Pharmacy The University of Dallas in Irving announced that its plans to develop North Texas’ first doctor of pharmacy degree program. The university plans to enroll its first class in 2011. It is seeking appropriate approvals from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, as well as other accreditation and regulatory bodies. The fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United Sates, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is the largest market in the country without an academic pharmacy program, University of Dallas officials said. The university also named Dr. George E. MacKinnon III as founding dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy.

UIW Feik School of Pharmacy to Receive Antique Collection Worth $250,000 The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that the Pharmacy Museum Foundation of Texas plans to donate its inventory of more than 4,000 early pharmacy artifacts, dated from between 1850-1950, and valued at more than $250,000, to the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy. When the Feik School of Pharmacy was under construction, Billy Walker, chairman of the Pharmacy Museum Foundation of Texas, approached Dean Arcelia Johnson-Fannin about bringing the collection to UIW and she welcomed this partnership. Walker collected items related to Texas pharmacy during his nearly 34 year career in pharmaceutical sales. Many of these old drug stores had been in business since the early 1900s and were closing with the movement away from small town living and the growth of large, superstore pharmacies.

Post a job on the AACP Online Career Center! Visit to post and search for career opportunities in academic pharmacy. Simply click on Job Search or Employer Home to create an account and get started. Only one position is allowed per online career advertisement and must be no more than 2,500 words. Member institutions pay just $360 for a 30-day posting. The rate is $600 for nonmember institutions. To receive the member rate, contact Maureen O’Hara at or 703-739-2330 ext. 1022. Payment is by credit card only and must be made at the time the ad is submitted. 6

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Washington State University Professors Author Book on Diabetes Medications College of Pharmacy Professors R. Keith Campbell and John R. White are co-authors of a new book for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) titled, Medications for the Treatment of Diabetes. The ADA calls the 548-page book “The Most Authoritative Guide to Diabetes Therapeutics Available.” It is an updated edition of a book Campbell and White wrote that was released in 2000 and is part of the ADA’s Medical Management Series for healthcare professionals. Eight other WSU pharmacy faculty contributed to this edition, along with a faculty member from the College of Nursing and Campbell’s son, Lance K. Campbell, a pharmacist in Snohomish, Wash.

APhA Releases Two New MTM Books The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) recently published The Pharmacist’s Guide to Compensation for Medication Therapy Management Services and 100 MTM Tips for the Pharmacist. Both books are intended to help pharmacists in diverse practice settings implement and bill for MTM services. The Pharmacist’s Guide and 100 MTM Tips for the Pharmacist may be ordered online by visiting and clicking on Shop APhA, or by phone at 800-878-0729.

In Memoriam Christine M. Audette

Frances M. Brodie

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) Assistant Professor Christine M. Audette died July 4, 2008 after a long illness. Raised in Troy, N.Y., Dr. Audette resided there most of her life but had lived in Kinderhook, N.Y. for the past two years.

Frances M. Brodie dedicated her adult life to the support of her husband, Donald C. Brodie, Ph.D., a distinguished pharmacy educator. She frequently joined Dr. Brodie on his pharmacy travels to such places as New Zealand, Australia, Guatemala, Cardiff and once noted that she “had followed him across the country on three occasions.”

After earning both her B.S. and Pharm.D. degrees from ACPHS, she served as director of the pharmacy practice lab at the college and as a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, where she taught compounding, dispensing and counseling. “Christine had the ability to make everything in life an event,” said Dr. Darren M. Triller, a former faculty member at the college who now serves as director of pharmacy services for IPRO. Dr. Triller gave a moving tribute to his friend and former colleague at her memorial service in July. “The loss of such an energetic, vibrant young woman should challenge us to live every day to its fullest,” he said. In addition to her position at ACPHS, Christine worked as a pharmacist for CVS. She was a member of the American Pharmacists Association, Pharmacists Society of the state State of New York, NYS American College of Clinical Pharmacists and the Northeast New York Society of Health Care Pharmacists. Survivors include her daughter, Jessica Lynne Audette, who is following in her mother’s footsteps as a second-year student in the Pharm.D. program at ACPHS. Contributions may be made in memory of Christine M. Audette to: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Office of Institutional Advancement, 106 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY, 12208.

After Dr. Brodie’s death in 1994, she persistently followed and wanted to know the frequent use by others of his professional work and writings; she was extremely proud of his contributions to pharmacy and pharmacy education. Mrs. Brodie also strived to establish the Donald C. Brodie AACP Academic Scholar-in-Residence program with her financial support, as well as support from friends, past students and residents, and professional colleagues. She opened her home to pharmacy residents and students, and was a music teacher and active in the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Brodie was a lady of style and grace. She passed away on Nov. 29, 2008 at the age of 102. Services were held in Iowa and Southern California.

–reflected by Dr. and Mrs. William E. Smith, executive associate dean at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy

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Wingate Pharmacy Students Educate Local Community on Breastfeeding


n the spring of 2007, second-year pharmacy students at Wingate University were tasked with developing a community outreach project that would educate a specific segment of the Union County North Carolina population about an important healthcare topic. After much brainstorming, a group of students chose a unique topic that affects not just one part of the population, but two: mothers and their infants. The group decided to address the myths and misconceptions of breastfeeding. Wingate’s two-credit hour course titled Community Healthcare Outreach served as the template for their project, and Dr. Carolyn Ford, professor of pharmacy and assistant dean for students, was the group’s faculty advisor. The group first performed a needs analysis to determine if individuals in the community believed there was a void of this critical information. After interviewing local healthcare providers who are closely involved with expecting mothers, including representatives from H.E.L.P. (Helping Every Little Person) Pregnancy Crisis Center, a local center dedicated to


helping underprivileged women with their prenatal needs, the students found there was a tremendous need for this information. Their mission was clear: educate expecting and new mothers on breast milk’s importance and benefits; diet and nutritional requirements; common myths and facts; and over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements. “Getting information about taking medications out to the public and making sure consumers know that these medications can be passed on to their children is very important,” said Dr. Ford. Students then developed a pre-seminar survey that was administered to women at the H.E.L.P. Pregnancy Crisis Center to obtain their baseline knowledge about breastfeeding, proper diet and nutrition for nursing mothers, and unsafe medications for mothers who are breastfeeding. Armed with information, they hosted four educational seminars at the center, answering questions from participants about topics ranging from which medications should be avoided while breastfeed-

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ing to recommended herbal remedies for common maladies like gastrointestinal upset and nausea. For example, students informed participants that a teaspoon of mustard is a natural dyspeptic and could help alleviate an upset stomach. Following each seminar, students re-administered the survey, and participants’ responses indicated that their knowledge had greatly improved in all three topic areas. Other segments of population are being educated as well, thanks to Wingate’s Community Healthcare Outreach course. Cholesterol and bone mineral density screenings, along with improving women’s cardiovascular health, are just a few of the important topics on which Wingate students have educated their local community.

–Maureen O’Hara

Below: Students from Wingate University School of Pharmacy’s Community Healthcare Outreach course educated women in their local community about the myths and misconceptions of breastfeeding.

Capitol Hill News Will

by Will Lang

Pharmacy Schools Take the Lead in Providing Immunizations This edition of Academic Pharmacy Now provides clear examples that answer the old saw, “Does the Academy push the profession or does the profession push the Academy?” When it comes to creating models for caring for the underserved and developing the public health interventions that underpin those models, it is clear…the Academy pushes the profession. One strength of any educational experience is the manner in which individuals interact with society as a result of that education. As the articles in this edition reflect, our students and graduates are significant catalysts for change. Their enthusiasm and commitment is often the direct result of the role models their teachers provide through their teaching, research and service to the community. The provision of immunizations by pharmacists provides one of the best examples of academic pharmacy pushing the profession toward greater participation in clinical prevention and health promotion aspects of public health. Today, pharmacists are authorized to provide one or more types of immunizations in 49 states. This nearly universal authorization of pharmacist-provided service is a direct reflection of faculty influencing their students to accept a more active role in the provision of a critical public health clinical intervention. My AACP colleague, Dr. Jennifer L. Athay, director of student affairs, provides insight into how this occurred and she shares the writing of this article with me. At the American Pharmacists Association Dr. Athay helped develop and managed the APhA-ASP Operation Immunization patient care project– an immunization and education program for student pharmacists(1), which is referenced numerous times in the feature story. The program, recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supports students in the implementation, management and marketing of an immunization advocacy campaign in their local community. An integral part of Operation Immunization is preparing the student to actively engage in advocacy focused on creating or changing practice act law

to accommodate pharmacist-provided immunization. Students invariably ask, “Why are we learning this in school if we aren’t allowed to do this in practice in our state?” This is where the advocacy experience begins for many students. Through the advocacy efforts of pharmacists and student pharmacists, more than 2 million influenza vaccinations have been given, 60,000 pharmacists have been trained and 49 states now allow pharmacists to immunize (2). So what is the advocacy role of colleges and schools of pharmacy? As any innovation in pharmacy practice is implemented such as pharmacy-based immunizations, laws often need to be modified. Once a law is changed in a few states it becomes necessary for pharmacy colleges and schools to adjust their curricula to include the new innovation. Then as we have seen with immunizations, students begin to take up the advocacy effort and we see change in pharmacy practice that many deemed as impossible. Colleges and schools of pharmacy are an essential piece of this process and are often the driving force.

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to 18 years old receive an annual influenza vaccine. Even though the research described above reflected 2005–2006 data it is clear that the need to increase immunization rates requires increasing access to providers competent to deliver the care. The 111th Congress will provide academic pharmacy with many opportunities for advocacy. Healthcare reform efforts are expected to focus on access, quality, disparities and cost (7). The Healthy People objectives are currently being reviewed and rewritten, offering opportunity for comment and input from the Academy (8). Congressional action on legislation such as appropriations and reauthorization of programs will all require input from academic pharmacy for continued funding for education and research and creation of innovative ways of educating healthcare professionals. Advocacy will also focus on a pharmacist with a heightened role in public health interventions and an expanded, better compensated position within the healthcare system. The Academy needs to push a little harder.

As Dr. Athay describes above, the AcadReferences: emy can do so much to move students to 1. Operation Immunization: Student Pharmacists be active in their communities, caring for and Practitioners Protecting the Public Health. the less fortunate, and seeking to insert Accessed 01/26/09. Content/NavigationMenu2/PatientCareProjects/ themselves into our healthcare system in OperationImmunization/default.htm new and innovative ways. However, it is 2. Map of states where pharmacists can administer immunizations. Accessed 01/26/09 also apparent that the Academy can do only so much to create agents of change cfm?Section=Public_Health2&TEMPLATE=/CM/ that continue this path of caring through ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=15864 3. Westrick SC, Mount JK, Watcharadamrongkun S, innovation. Westrick, Mount, WatcharaBreland ML. Pharmacy stages of involvement in damrongkun and Breland (3) through pharmacy-based immunization services: results their research found that there is still a from a 17-state survey. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2008: 764-773. very low percentage of pharmacies that 4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recprovide immunizations either through ommended immunization schedules for persons an in-house pharmacist or through an aged 0-18 years---United States 2008. MMWR 2007;56(51&52):Q1---Q4. outsourced service. Surprisingly, the per5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reccentage of pharmacies that administered ommended immunization schedules for persons immunizations using their own in-house aged 0 through 18 years---United States, 2009. MMWR 2008;57(51&52). pharmacists was a dismal 24.7 percent 6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recof respondents. The CDC recommended ommended adult immunization schedule---United States, 2009. MMWR 2008;57(53). immunization schedules for 2008 (4) 7. Call to Action: Healthcare Reform 2009. Accessed and 2009 (5)(6) both include recom01/26/09. that increase the number of form2009/home.html 8. Developing Healthy People 2020. Centers for Disindividuals that should receive various ease Control and Prevention website. Accessed immunizations. For 2009, the recommenacademic Pharmacy01/26/09. now  Jan/Feb/Mar 2009 9 dation is that all children from 6 months

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UIC Pharmacy Students Help Break Down the Language Barrier


The course was intended to be offered every spring although a tragic fire at the College of Pharmacy in January 2008 prevented the class from happening that year. Initial plans are underway for a course in 2009.

“On rotation, students always see a Spanish-speaking patient who is waiting a long time for a translator because they can’t get some basic information,” described Felipe Perez, a fourthyear student who helped start and teach the course.

Said Mike Marquez, a current fourth-year pharmacy student who helped develop and teach the course, “Teaching forced me to look up words I don’t know. I know how to say things, but it’s another thing to teach it.” Now that he’s on rotations, he finds he is using his Spanish, which he spoke with his grandparents, more frequently.

wo years ago, second-year pharmacy students at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy saw a need to better communicate with Spanishspeaking patients at community clinics. So in the fall of 2006, they developed an experimental elective to teach Spanish to their peers.

Perez was born and raised in Peru, and came to the Chicago area with his family when he was in the eighth grade. Perez’s father worked as a physician at a clinic at Cermak and Western, where the vast majority of patients spoke Spanish. Because his dad could speak to them directly, “his relationship with his patients was amazing; they were so comfortable with him.” With a faculty sponsor and using a continuing education model, the team of students developed a semester-long course that met during the lunch hour once a week during the spring of 2007. Eight students volunteered to teach the 30 first- to thirdyear students who registered for the course. Because there were many levels of fluency, the course broke into four groups from beginner to advanced. Each group modified the curriculum based on the needs of the students, covering grammar, body parts and basic pharmacy conversation like collecting patient history and other data. The groups also used role playing in community pharmacies to build their fluency. At the end of the semester, students gave a final presentation on a topic such as asthma, hypertension or diabetes and then modeled a counseling session in Spanish. They received one credit.

Right: Fourth-year UIC pharmacy students Mike Marquez (left) and Felipe Perez.


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“Spanish is definitely the predominant language (in community pharmacies) around the UIC campus,” added Perez. “It’s great that students took an interest in learning a language and came up with a course to help patient relations. If a provider will try some Spanish, maybe patients will try to speak some English and not feel embarrassed. They can break through the language barrier. “If you can reach a little bit over to a patient, you will get the same back.”

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University of Texas at Austin Pharmacy Researcher Works to Lower Carbon Footprint of Pharmaceuticals


he eco-friendly green solvent ethyl lactate can be stabilized and used as a binding agent in the production and processing of pharmaceuticals, lowering the carbon footprint of the industry, a University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy researcher discovered. Dr. Jason T. McConville’s research will be published in an upcoming issue of Pharmaceutical Technology. “It is widely accepted that companies have a responsibility to take steps to manage their impact on the environment,” said McConville, who specializes in drug delivery and formulation design. “Many pharmaceutical companies are striving to lower their carbon footprint and one way of doing this is to use renewable ingredients in their products.” Ingredients produced from renewable crops, such as corn and sugar cane, have much less of an environmental impact than those derived from non-renewal sources such as oil, he added. A significant proportion of drug products marketed today include processing steps that use petroleum-derived products. Ethyl lactate is an organic solvent formed by the chemical reaction of lactic acid and ethanol, both of which may be naturally produced from the fermentation of corn. The compound has been used before in the cosmetic and food industries. McConville wanted to determine if ethyl lactate could be stabilized, so that it might be used for production and processing purposes in the pharmaceutical industry. By using a naturally occurring antioxidant, such as vitamin C, he found that ethyl lactate could be stabilized for several months at elevated temperatures. Ethyl lactate is biodegradable and hydrolyzes in the presence of water back into lactic acid and ethanol, its starting components. “This eco-friendly solvent is soluble in alcohol and water, but insoluble in paraffin oil,” said McConville. “These properties make it desirable as a functional pharmaceutical binding agent.” McConville has started looking at the use of other renewable ingredients for pharmaceutical drug delivery applications.

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Sweden to Base Pharmaceutical Study on University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Model Two representatives of the Swedish government visited The University of Arizona (UA) College of Pharmacy in November to discuss how to adapt techniques used in the college’s studies of the cost of drug-related problems to similar research in Sweden.

The UA College of Pharmacy studies found that the annual cost of drug-related morbidity and mortality resulting from drugrelated problems among outpatients in the U.S. were approximately $76.6 billion in 1995 and more than double that in 2000.

discuss with the experts at UA. For example, they were interested to know if the UA researchers had explored other methods for cost analysis, how survey instruments and protocol were developed and the differences and similarities in healthcare systems.

Anders Carlsten, research director for the National Corporation of Swedish Pharmacies (Apoteket AB, Sweden’s national pharmacy), and Hanna Gyllensten, Ph.D. student and clinical pharmacist, have been asked by the Swedish government to evaluate the cost of drug-related morbidity and mortality in Sweden.

In contrast to the UA studies, Sweden’s research will include costs incurred by patients in acute and long-term care, as well as by ambulatory patients. Moreover, the Swedish study will collect data from drug registers and medical records, as well as from panels and surveys.

The cost of drug-related morbidity and mortality is of intense interest to the Swedish government because the National Corporation of Pharmacies is being deregulated. Researchers have estimated that between 18 percent and 73 percent of drugrelated morbidity and mortality cases are preventable.

To begin their evaluation, Carlsten and Gyllensten researched previous studies, looking for a model. Their search turned up documentation of the 1995 and 2000 research done by Dr. J. Lyle Bootman, dean of the UA College of Pharmacy, and the Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic (HOPE) Research staff of the drug-related morbidity and mortality impact of pharmaceutical care in the U.S.

“It’s a little easier to do a more comprehensive study in Sweden than it is in the U.S.” says Carlsten, “because Sweden has only about nine million people.” To prepare for their study, Carlsten and Gyllensten compiled a list of questions to

“The HOPE center has done the most interesting research in this area,” said Carlsten. “No one else has done anything similar.”

Right: Anders Carlsten (left) and Hanna Gyllensten.


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Carlsten and Gyllensten will conduct their study over the next four years and report their findings to the Swedish government shortly thereafter.

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DNA Research at Temple Taking Guesswork Out of Finding the “Therapeutic Window” It is only spit, but what’s inside your saliva may help solve a dosing dilemma facing doctors and patients. By using DNA to customize prescriptions, researchers at Temple University’s School of Pharmacy are working to prevent adverse drug reactions before patients even take the first dose. Each year, adverse drug reactions kill or injure more than 770,000 people in this country, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Atop the list of problem drugs is Warfarin, (Coumadin®), the most widely prescribed anticoagulant. That is why Dr. Evgeny Y. Krynetskiy, associate professor and director of the Jayne Haines Center for Pharmacogenomics and Drug Safety at Temple, has focused his research efforts on that drug. “Prescribing this medicine is like trial and error in finding the right dosage that works best for you,” says Krynetskiy. “Five milligrams is a typical dose, but a little less or a

little more could have dramatic consequences or no benefit at all.” Doctors call this optimal dosage the therapeutic window, and Dr. Krynetskiy is trying to find it through pharmacogenomics, the study of a person’s response to drugs based on their genetic makeup. It’s a collaboration that crosses campuses that includes Krynetskiy and fellow clinical faculty at the School of Pharmacy, clinicians at Temple University Hospital and Jeannes Hospital. The researchers are studying why people process the same drug differently. In this case, they are trying to find the correlation between genotypes, or a person’s inner code of DNA, and the correct dosage of Warfarin. By collecting saliva samples and extracting DNA from 77 participants already on the drug, the researchers can look for variances, genetic clues that make people metabolize the same drug in very different ways.

“Our findings have confirmed there is a genetic variance of certain genotypes that correlate to how these participants respond to this drug,” said co-investigator Dr. Nima Patel, associate professor in the School of Pharmacy. “So, if you have this genotype, we can conclude what your risks may be, based on your DNA.” That would allow doctors to prescribe the correct dosage of Warfarin and decrease the risk of adverse drug reactions: too low a dose can increase the risk of dangerous blood clots, while too large can cause lifethreatening bleeding. What may be equally noteworthy about Drs. Krynetskiy’s and Patel’s research is that more than half the participants are either African American or Hispanic, two groups underrepresented in clinical trials. So, finding their therapeutic window, the place where they will safely get the maximum benefit of a drug, is particularly important in this personalized medicine quest.

Above: Dr. Evgeny Y. Krynetskiy, associate professor and director of the Jayne Haines Center for Pharmacogenomics and Drug Safety at Temple University Left: The medical community is learning how to use genetic information to tailor drug regimens for patients, and so are students, by genotyping themselves. Here, second-year pharmacy student Regies Cyriac is introduced to pharmacogenomics. All 153 students will extract their own DNA through collected saliva samples to see how they would react to the anti-tuberculosis drug Isoniazid.

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Washington State University Faculty, Students Play Key Role in Public Health District’s Emergency Response Team It was in the aftershock of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. that Washington State University’s Dr. Colleen M. Terriff became more widely known for her expertise. “The news was about anthrax and because I had some experience with it, I was contacted by the news media,” said Dr. Terriff, clinical associate professor at the WSU College of Pharmacy and clinical pharmacist at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane for the past 12 years. Today, she and a colleague teach a class in emergency preparedness and response to pharmacy students, and they have led the college to become an official member of the Spokane Regional Health District’s emergency response team. Two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, Terriff had been called upon to answer questions from hospital emergency department physicians when a Planned Parenthood clinic in Spokane was the target of an anthrax hoax. From there, the young faculty member was drafted to serve as the pharmaceutical coordinator on a citywide committee preparing Spokane for potential “Y2k” terrorism, so-named because a potential glitch as computers rolled over from the year 1999 to the year 2000 (Y2k) could have left the U.S. vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Dr. Terriff co-authored an article about that experience, “Citywide pharmaceutical preparation for bioterrorism,” in the American Journal of HealthSystem Pharmacists, and news reporters found it through Google after the Sept. 11 attacks. That propelled Dr. Terriff into a more public role. She gave many news interviews and lectured regionally and nationally after Sept. 11 and because she had completed a U.S. Department of Justice training a year earlier, she presented in-service trainings to emergency response professionals in Spokane. Always surrounded by pharmacy students on her day jobs as a professor and a hospital pharmacist, Dr. Terriff began including some of the students in the disaster exercises staged by the Spokane Regional Health District. Three years ago she teamed up with WSU colleague Dr. Brenda S. Bray, and the two professors developed an elective course for pharmacy students to teach them about the role of pharmacists in public health emergencies. “Pharmacists can be really instrumental in setting up a medication dispensing system and they have knowledge of the legal and regulatory aspects of such a system, as well as the therapeutic value of the medications,” Dr. Bray said. This past September, students in the class found themselves in the middle of a staged anthrax scare at a U.S. Post Office in Spokane. The students who played the roles of postal employees were decontaminated (sprayed


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down) with solution (warm water), bundled into blue hazardous materials protection jumpsuits, and bussed to an emergency clinic where other students and professionals screened them and dispensed oral medication in the form of pieces of candy. “I absolutely loved being a volunteer,” said pharmacy student Dalari Fales, a participant who donned a bathing suit to go through a mobile tripleshower system during the decontamination of the USPS building. “I feel that I really took away a lot from this course. I gained some skills to be more personally prepared for emergencies, and I am also more prepared to help out as a volunteer. The realism of this drill was great, too. I thought it was fun.” The so-called “SpokAnthrax” was the third such disaster exercise Dr. Terriff and pharmacy students had participated in, although the two previous exercises dealt with an influenza epidemic. New this time for the pharmacy team was an electronic alert system the College of Pharmacy created to improve their notification to team members and their response time. When the call for help came into the college from the health district, it went to a faculty administrator with access to the computer alert system. The administrator filled in a few blanks on a computer screen and within three minutes, the emergency response team had e-mails, text messages and in some cases, phone calls, depending on how they wanted to be alerted. The role of the college faculty and students has become more critical than when it started. It was a way to get pharmacy students volunteering alongside nurses, physicians, firefighters, Homeland Security personnel and news media during these disaster exercises. But now, the Spokane Regional Health District acknowledges in a signed agreement with the college that the faculty and students provide needed expertise and manpower when other healthcare professionals may not be able to get away from their jobs to answer the call for help. The college signed the agreement in August 2007, committing a response team of faculty and students to public health emergencies in any of the seven counties in eastern Washington. The health district, in turn, pledged to provide ongoing training. “It’s important for us to stay involved in planning and response for emergency efforts in the community,” Dr. Terriff said. Top: Dr. Colleen Terriff, a clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy at Washington State University, talks with pharmacy student volunteers during a staged anthrax scare in Spokane in September as part of an emergency response team’s practice. Below left: Pharmacy student Corinne Gavrun is still a little wet after going through a mock decontamination shower. Below right: Under the supervision of a public health nurse, WSU pharmacy students dispense antibiotics in the form of candy to victims in the staged anthrax drill.

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2009 AACP Interim Meeting

Academic Pharmacy’s Role in Value-Driven Healthcare February 22–25, 2009  Crystal Gateway Marriott  Arlington, Virginia Shaping the Future of Healthcare One Class at a Time Today more than ever, the public expectation of the pharmacist is undergoing a radical change. The need to find value in healthcare delivery mirrors the forward-thinking recommendations of the Commission to Implement Change. The recommendation to establish a professional degree created a new type of pharmacist with the knowledge and skills to meet what we now see as the increasing public value placed on medication safety, efficacy and management. These ever-changing public expectations require an extremely agile and resilient Academy. Today’s pharmacy faculty must work to prepare a healthcare professional who is competent to respond to the unidentified expectations and needs of society. Regardless of the roadblocks that practice acts can create, academic pharmacy is working across these boundaries to meet the public’s current expectations and engaging with communities to ensure their future expectations can also be met. Therefore, it is vital to research and examine what the public expects from those who educate the contemporary pharmacist. Three speakers at this year’s Interim Meeting will address some of the ways in which the Academy can prepare its students to meet the growing challenges facing today’s pharmacists through teaching, research and service. Speaking about his curricular change vision, one of three major initiatives of his tenure, AACP President Dr. Victor A. Yanchick will outline what he believes needs to be changed and how the Academy can overcome the curricular challenges that lie ahead. An expert panel of pharmacy educators follows Dr. Yanchick’s presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 a.m., during which they’ll offer unique perspectives on how the Academy is responding to external expectations of the pharmacist and what role the Academy can play. Dr. Yanchick continues the discussion of his platform with a Curricular Change Summit open to all pharmacy educators who share his passion for curricular reform. The Summit is scheduled for September 2009; more details to come.

Together with these experts, AACP is ready to help the Academy define its role in value-driven healthcare and prepare the next generation of competent healthcare professionals.


The importance of pharmacogenomics tests is the topic of Dr. Ralph J. Coates of the National Office of Public Health Genomics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Genomics research has led to rapid increases in the number of genetic and genomic tests being made available to practitioners and the public, including availability on the Internet. These pharmacogenomics tests are said to assist patients and practitioners in selecting medications and doses to increase the likelihood that the medicine will be effective and to reduce side effects. However, commentaries in science and health journals, as well as in the popular press, have raised numerous questions about what is known about the validity and utility of many of these tests. Through Dr. Coates’ work with a project at the CDC called EGAPP (Evaluation of Genomic Applications for Practice and Prevention) he seeks to address these questions by developing a sustainable process of evaluation. He will share his procedures, methods and findings regarding EGAPP with attendees during this stimulating panel on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president

emeritus of The George Washington University (GW), shares his views on the broader environment of higher education during a special “Higher Education Lunch” on Tuesday at noon. Mr. Trachtenberg was the 15th president of GW, serving the university from 1988 to 2007. During President Johnson’s administration, he was secretary for a White House Task Force on Education. He was also special assistant to the U.S. Education Commissioner, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Mr. Trachtenberg’s publications in academic journals and the national media have received wide acclaim. He has written five books, with his most recent being Big Man on Campus: A University President Speaks Out. Mr. Trachtenberg will offer his thoughts on the evolution of higher education and the changes he sees in the future. This session will undoubtedly stimulate a lively discussion about the state of higher education extending beyond pharmacy and the health professions.

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The PPRA conference was co-sponsored by AACP, USP, the Pharmacy Practice Research Alliance and the International Society of Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).

Successful Medication Use Research Conference Convened by AACP and Partners On Jan. 14-15, pharmacy educators from across the country and others interested in medication use research gathered at the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) headquarters in Rockville, Md. to engage in lively discussions with fellow colleagues who share their passion for medication use, research and quality. Drawing upon presentations by multiple panels of experts, attendees at the Conference on Enhancing the Rigor and Utility of Medication Use Research discussed the need for and opportunities to improve research on the outcomes of medication use in the healthcare system. The goal was to yield useful thoughts, recommendations and materials to help the research community, as well as the end-users of their research, appreciate how to strengthen the body of evidence on safe and effective medication use. Researchers and policymakers from various healthcare arenas spoke about the context, theories, methods and tools used in medication use research, and analyzed the equally important perspectives of consumers, regulators and stakeholders. Janet Corrigan, president of the National Quality Forum, kicked off the workshop by providing attendees with a broad context of what’s currently happening in the arena of medication use and quality. She outlined three major policy objectives to health reform but noted that these objectives don’t come without challenges. She assured attendees that high quality and affordable healthcare can be attained by constructing a data platform, utilizing essential regional and national collaboration and creating a learning system that incorporates personalized patient care, delivery system redesign, policy and population health initiatives. Wednesday afternoon tackled the theoretical underpinnings and critical multi-methodological considerations of practice-relevant medication use research. Dr. Susan J. Blalock, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discussed the role of theory in medication use research. She outlined the functions theories serve and provided eight guiding principles derived from behavioral science literature that are important to understand medication use.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Flynn followed with a discussion about human error and systems theories. Dr. Flynn, associate research professor at Auburn University, offered a case study of Dr. L.L. Leape et al., which analyzed the system failures that underlie errors causing adverse drug events. Drug knowledge dissemination was attributed in 98 errors, leading the authors to conclude that improving patients’ and providers’ information access at the point of care would reduce medication errors. Addressing the critical methodological considerations in conducting rigorous practice-relevant medication use research was the task of an expert panel later that afternoon. Dr. Kimberly A. Galt, associate dean at Creighton University, took attendees through the complex realm of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches to medication use research, and why each approach brings its own unique benefits that support its use. A pharmacoepidemiologist and professor at The University of Iowa, Dr. Betsy Chrischilles offered her perspective on the current underuse of observational study designs and indicated that these designs are uniquely suited to provide practice-relevant answers to medication use research questions. Improving the rigor of medication adherence and compliance research methods was the topic of Dr. Joshua Benner, a research director at the Brookings Institution. Current literature on these topics is not rigorous or transparent enough, he said, nor does it answer the important questions it should. Dr. Benner enlightened the group by sharing his perspectives on what the studies need to accomplish and how to do so methodologically. Day two of the conference brought attendees closer to the topic of translating sound research into evidence-based pharmacy and medical practice. Dr. Scott Smith, senior service fellow at AHRQ, spoke about why translating research into practice is an essential component of improved healthcare quality and reform. He identified funding opportunities to support such work including several new program announcements.

A variety of tools and guidelines with relevance to strong medication use research and evaluation have been developed by several groups who presented on a third panel. Diane Cousins, the US Pharmacopeial Convention staff member, discussed the common taxonomies and formats for the classification of medication errors. Dr. Diana Brixner, professor at The University of Utah, focused on issues associated with research using “real world data.” She emphasized the importance of providing decision makers with valid and reliable information to make healthcare decisions for large populations within defined budgets. Finally, former AACP Scholar-in-Residence and professor Dr. Earlene E. Lipowski from the University of Florida outlined the role pharmacybased practice research networks could play in expanding the scope of research on medication use and consideration for developing and using such networks effectively. The final panel highlighted three distinct perspectives of those who need to draw upon the findings of medication use research. Susan Winckler, chief of staff for the FDA, noted that the agency depends on rigorous research in every element of work they do but emphasized that much of the agency’s approach to their work is influenced by the regulatory framework imposed by law. Lee Rucker, policy analyst for AARP, provided insights into the role of the consumer, indicating the great importance of understanding consumers’ perspectives on medication use and their appreciation of the risk/benefit equation associated with safe medication consumption. Senior director of evidence-based strategies at Pfizer, Eleanor Perfetto offered the perspective of the regulated industry of pharmaceutical manufacturers who play the role of producer, funder and user of research in the medication use arena. Substantive resource materials, including each speaker’s presentation, were developed for the conference and were free to attendees thanks to the generous support of the Cardinal Health Foundation. To access these materials and view the complete presentations of workshop speakers visit the new AACP Web site.

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Called to Serve

Top academic pharmacy community service projects earn inaugural award Four student-led community engagement projects and one school of pharmacy will be recognized for their extraordinary commitment to community service during a special awards presentation on Monday, Feb. 23, at the 2009 AACP Interim Meeting in Arlington, Va. The University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy will receive the 2008–09 AACP Transformative Community Service Award. This award honors a college or school of pharmacy demonstrating a major institutional commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice and research. The award, consisting of a Steuben Beacon of Light and a financial stipend, highlights community service as an important element of the academic mission, and singles out institutions that can serve as examples of social responsiveness on the part of the academic medical community. Student-led groups from the University of Kentucky, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri–Kansas City and University of Washington will each receive the 2008–09 AACP Student Community Engaged Service Award at the 2009 Interim Meeting. The four groups were chosen for their outstanding programs delivering consumer education about medication use, expanding access to affordable healthcare and improving the public’s health. The award is sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals. In addition to receiving a Steuben Star Stream, the winning pharmacy college or school will also receive $10,000 to be used exclusively to support the expansion of the recognized program or new community engaged service projects at the school. Other prizes include a $5,000 financial stipend administered to participating students to be used for enhancing or sustaining the recognized program, or for travel support to attend and present their projects at professional meetings. Academic Pharmacy Now highlights the incredible work and dedication to community service on behalf of the USC School of Pharmacy and the four student-led groups.

AACP Transformative Community Service Award School: University of Southern California School of Pharmacy The Community Pharmacy Group of the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy transformed the provision of care in safety-net clinics in Los Angeles. The group identified a way to improve health outcomes for some of the neediest residents of LA in a cost effective way. USC did this in an environment that was unfamiliar with the role of the clinical pharmacist on the healthcare team, proving their value to clinic medical directors and administrators who had no previous experience with pharmacists managing chronically ill patients. The group created a new paradigm of care in the seven clinics they serve – expanding formularies, regularly caring for some of the clinics’ sickest patients and improving outcomes, while saving precious healthcare dollars. Further, they have embedded this practice setting into the curriculum, training the next generation of clinical pharmacists to meet one of our nation’s most challenging healthcare needs.


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Student Community Engaged Service Awards

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School: University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Team leader: Stephanie C. Gombos Team members: Emily C. Antony, Jordan R. Covvey, Joshua J. Elder, Kyle T. Harris Faculty advisor: Michelle DeLuca Fraley, Pharm.D. University of Kentucky pharmacy faculty and students are heavily involved in Faith Pharmacy, a faith-based program that has been providing prescriptions without charge to a needy population of Central Kentucky since September 2000. Three to four pharmacy students give up their Saturday morning each week to staff Faith Pharmacy as interns, part of the college’s “Adopt-aPatient Program.” They enroll patients into assistance programs, dispense medications and counsel patients at the pharmacy. Students also organize the pharmacy’s annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser. The college’s goal is to incorporate the program in fall 2009 so that students have the opportunity to provide a continuity of care for their patients over their four-year tenure. Students will not only gain knowledge and experience but will grow through participating in a service-based program.

School: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Team leader: Therese W. Swan Team members: Maria N. Henriksen, Jennie M. Walby Faculty Advisor: Robert J. Cipolle, Pharm.D. Terri Swan, a pharmacy student and the communications chair on the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC) Board, served as team leader of the project that garnered one of four community engaged service awards for their work with the clinic. The PNC project was started by the Epsilon chapter of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity with the goal of providing healthcare to the homeless members of the Phillips community. Kappa Psi’s members staff the pharmacy at the clinic every Monday night and are responsible for making therapeutic decisions, finding and solving drug therapy problems and ensuring the patient’s compliance with the recommended medication regimens. Students not only provide care in the clinic, but they are also involved in outreach, making sure potential patients know about the clinic and how to get there, and handing out free bus tokens. With this award, the college hopes to make several enhancements to the clinic, including expanding the clinic hours, providing immunizations and purchasing new computers. academic Pharmacy now  Jan/Feb/Mar 2009


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School: University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Pharmacy Team leader: Kristin G. Fish Team members: Michelle I. Campbell, Kara Miller, Danielle Nagel, Cassie J. Peters Faculty advisor: Cameron C. Lindsey, Pharm.D. The Patient Assistance Program (PAP) at the Jackson County Free Health Clinic has been in existence since August 2000. What makes this program exceptional is the vision of a pharmacy student organization and their faculty advisor over eight years ago, resulting in such an impactful activity that continues today. The clinic serves indigent patients in more than 20 zip codes. The PAP plays a significant role by providing assistance to low income patients who would otherwise go without needed medications to manage their chronic illnesses. Students at the clinic are responsible for obtaining medication histories and completing the necessary paperwork to apply and receive the no-cost drugs. The students plan to expand the program to education and instruction specific to asthma as well. Additionally, seasoned student pharmacists will conduct insulin injection training and glucose meter teaching as well as other device training. Since its inception, more than 300 patients at the clinic have received more than $2 million worth of medication donated by pharmaceutical companies as of December 2007.

School: University of Washington School of Pharmacy Team leader: Patricia “Petey” Sonnett Team members: Paul Algeo, Abby Frye, Joanna Ho, Tahnee Marginean, Kim Moody, Luis Ramos, Emily Schulze Faculty Advisor: Nanci L. Murphy, Pharm.D.


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The winning team’s projects included immunization clinics at McNeil Island Corrections Center, health-screening programs at Seattle’s Aloha House homeless facility, and health-literacy workshops at Seattle’s International Community Health Services Clinic, among many others. The program at McNeil Island Corrections Center serves as a prime example of University of Washington pharmacy students’ dedication to helping underserved populations and reducing health disparities. During the past several academic years, students have traveled to the facility located more than an hour’s drive from Seattle, accessible only by a 20-minute boat ride across the Puget Sound on a facility-run vessel. Under the direction of preceptor Nicole Klosterman, the students provided flu shots, tuberculosis tests and Hepatitis A and B immunizations to inmates. The college plans to expand this project as well as create a community-outreach resource center called Bridges to Health, in honor of Shirley Bridge, a long-time advocate for pharmacy outreach and School of Pharmacy supporter.

Get ready to experience the new news in brief

AACP is thrilled to announce the launch of our new, state-of-the-art Web site on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009. The new site is a clearinghouse of useful resources for curriculum, programmatic assessment, advocacy initiatives, as well as recruitment and retention services and tools, all available to you with easier navigation and usability. Take a look throughout the site and you’ll undoubtedly notice the fresh look-and-feel along with some new features such as enhanced graphics, a remodeled media room and additional teaching resources to use in the classroom. We hope you’ll find the newand-improved AACP Web site to be an essential part of your mission to prepare the next generation of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists!

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Academic Leadership Fellows Program

Deadline: March 13, 2009

The AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP) is a year-long program designed to develop the nation’s most promising pharmacy faculty for roles as future leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education. The four-session program includes in-depth leadership development; team building; exploration of legislative and public policy issues critical to pharmaceutical and higher education; and self and peer assessments. Application materials are available to download on the AACP Web site at All nominations materials are to be compiled and submitted to the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program as one complete packet. Packets must be received by AACP by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 13, 2009. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.


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Eight colleges and schools of pharmacy and their practice partners have been awarded the 2008 AACP Crystal APPLE Award for achieving excellence in providing exemplary experiential education. The AACP Crystal APPLE (Academic-Practice Partnerships for Learning Excellence) Award recognizes the contributions of faculty and administrators at colleges and schools of pharmacy, and the pharmacist practitioner educators and administrators who are their practice partners, in successfully conducting and supporting quality experiential education in exemplary patient care clinical teaching environments. Over the next year, Academic Pharmacy Now will feature profiles describing each awarded partnership. The profiles are located on the AACP Web site. All eight schools and their practice partners will receive their Crystal APPLE Award at the 2009 Interim Meeting, Feb. 22–25 in Arlington, Va. academic Pharmacy now  Jan/Feb/Mar 2009


University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

One FTE pharmacist shift per day is dedicated to providing direct patient care and precepting students. Students are involved in all aspects of patient care at this site. They gain experience writing SOAP notes, updating medication lists/problem lists, formulating action plans and composing notes/faxes to other healthcare providers.

Community Pharmacy Independent

The prescription distribution system is technician driven and the pharmacists utilize an advanced computerized dispensing system with automatic inventory control/ordering, scanning/imaging capabilities and automatic refills.

Bellevue, Ky. Dean: Daniel Acosta Jr., Ph.D. Professional Experience Program: Michael B. Doherty, Pharm.D. Preceptor: Michael A. Hegener, Pharm.D. Site Administrator: Don Ruwe, Pharmacist and Owner

Community Pharmacy Care Community Pharmacy Care (CPC) operates three independent pharmacies in urban northern Kentucky. This CLIA-waived site in Bellevue, Ky. offers medication therapy management to a variety of patients, and to seniors at their home through the Aging in Place (AIP) program. The AIP Program aims to keep older individuals in their homes by promoting health awareness and understanding. Community Pharmacy Care also serves as a provider under the Federal 340B program for Healthpoint Family Care, a non-profit health organization offering primary and dental care. The 1,800-square-foot. pharmacy processes an average of 145 prescriptions per day with four FTE pharmacists and six FTE pharmacy technicians. Each pharmacy has semi-private counseling areas with a desk, chairs and computers with Internet access. Care is documented using SOAP notes in paper patient charts. Pharmacy sales are 95 percent of overall sales.

Practice Site Mission and Vision Community Pharmacy Care is committed to further pharmaceutical healthcare in a professional manner. Our goal is to offer patients excellent prescription and health-related products, superior service, and accurate information regarding medications and related health issues. We will strive to manage chronic disease states to decrease overall health costs and increase quality of life.

Patient Care Model Meets Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Goals Patient-centered, interdisciplinary care is the practice focus at CPC.


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The pharmacy ownership encourages CQI; pharmacists and staff are encouraged to seek patient feedback. Patient surveys are used to gain feedback on patient care activities. Dispensing errors/omissions are documented and shared with pharmacy staff for process improvement. MTMS is provided to patients on an appointment, walk-in or homevisit basis. The AIP Program is the most widely utilized MTMS. CPC pharmacists and students travel to senior citizen living facilities providing pharmaceutical care monthly or biweekly to elderly patients. The AIP Program is partially supported by grants with the remainder subsidized by the pharmacy. CPC also contracts with Mirixa to provide MTMS. CPC offers immunization services under prescriber-protocol, including influenza, pneumococcal and herpes zoster vaccinations.

Practice Site is Committed to Education The pharmacy is committed to pharmacy education, encouraging and supporting advanced certification, teaching at the college and serving as a community pharmacy residency site. Thirty-two students completed this four-week rotation in 2007 that is offered 12 times a year. Pharmacists are encouraged and financially supported to attend CE programs, pharmacy meetings and advanced certification.

Preceptor Information/Preceptor SpecificCriteria Michael A. Hegener received his Pharm.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2005. Following graduation, he completed a pharmacy practice residency with emphasis in community care at the University of Cincinnati (UC) James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. He is an adjunct assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at UC and clinical coordinator at CPC. Dr. Hegener was recognized as UC Preceptor of the Year in 2007. He is an active member of the Nonprescription Medicines Academy (NMA), APhA and the Northern Kentucky Pharmacists Association. He serves as a peer reviewer for JAPhA and interests include self-care, immunizations, diabetes and geriatrics. Dr. Hegener actively pursues a wide variety of local and national continuous professional and preceptor development programs, including ASHP’s Residency Learning System and the Pharmacist’s Letter Preceptor Training and Resource Network.

Preceptor Demonstrates Leadership Dr. Hegener oversees CPC’s direct patient care programs, coordinating with staff and students to ensure the program and student education quality. He is considered a very knowledgeable practitioner who is passionate about the profession. He routinely solicits feedback from students and peers on his precepting and practice.

Role Model Practitioner Dr. Hegener is considered a consummate professional and role model practitioner who has excellent clinical skills and believes in life-long learning. A student says, “Mike has greatly influenced me in my career goals and aspirations. He has shown me what a great impact a pharmacist can have in the community setting.”

Effective Teacher Dr. Hegener believes in the “show one, do one, teach one” teaching model. He is considered an organized, caring teacher and care provider who communicates well with students, patients and their caregivers. Dr. Hegener tailors the rotation experience to each student to create an effective learning environment.

Academic-Practice Partnership Model The practice partners are independent entities operating with affiliation agreement/memorandum of understanding to conduct experiential education. The preceptor is employed by the practice site with non-salaried status at the academic institution. Michael B. Doherty received his B.S.Pharm from The University of Toledo in 1995, and a Pharm.D. from The Ohio State University in 1998, followed by an ambulatory care specialty residency. He became assistant professor of clinical pharmacy practice at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy at UC in 1999, where he developed clinical pharmacy services at the Cincinnati Health Department and coordinated the diabetes education program. In 2005, he became the director of experiential training. He serves as the faculty advisor for the University of Cincinnati APhA-ASP chapter. He has more than a decade of experience practicing, developing clinical services, teaching and precepting.

Experiential Program Characteristics In addition to the ED, the experiential department has one shared administrative assistant. Introductory experiences begin prior to students taking their first class in the professional program as the Longitudinal Patient Care Shadow Experiences, continuing with second-year professional students who are mentored by fourth-year students. Thirdyear students are required to complete an Introductory Full-Time Institutional Professional Experience and an Introductory Full-Time Ambulatory Professional Experience immediately prior to beginning their advanced practice experiences.

Characteristics and Development of this APPE Rotation The nine-year partnership began with co-funded faculty assisting committed, willing pharmacy owners in their quest to learn and create patient care services. The number of services has expanded, as has the number of students rotating at the site.

Goals and Objectives of APPE By the completion of this rotation experience, the student pharmacist will: • Increase working therapeutic knowledge of chronic disease states encountered by community pharmacists. • Refine patient counseling and interviewing skills to maximize patient outcomes. • Increase understanding of community pharmacy practice management issues. • Participate in the implementation or marketing of an innovative pharmacy service. • Gain experience providing medication therapy management services and performing physical assessment and documentation of encounters.

Lessons Learned/Advice for Others To move an academic-practice partnership for experiential education forward in a positive, successful direction, these partners suggest: • Identifying sites that are interested in developing unique services, and discussing candidly the financial and time commitment required to do is a key to a successful relationship. • Identifying a lead preceptor and creating opportunities for the preceptor to have a presence at the college throughout the program-not just during the APPE. • Continuous communication between partners. A unique attribute of this partnership is CPC’s participation in all aspects of the college’s experiential program. The partners collaborated to create a community pharmacy practice residency that has resulted in two graduates, including the site preceptor Dr. Michael A. Hegener.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy Hospital/ Institutional Asheville, N.C. Dean: Robert A. Blouin, Pharm.D. Professional Experience Program: Kim I. Leadon, M.Ed. Preceptor: Elizabeth L. Michalets, Pharm.D. Site Administrator: Joe Damore, CEO, and Ellen Williams, Director of Pharmacy

Mission Health Hospitals Mission Health and Hospitals, located in urban Asheville, N.C., is part of a health system that serves as a tertiary care center for western N.C. and surrounding areas. The hospital provides an extensive array of services and has been recognized among the nation’s top hospitals in endocrinology, orthopedics and cardiac care, keeping with its vision for a healthier community. The 71 FTE pharmacists and 67 FTE pharmacy technicians provide clinical and medication-related services to an average census of 550 patients in the 730-bed hospital. The NICU pharmacist documents care with SOAP notes in the patient’s medical record on the 14-unit ward. Pharmacy services are decentralized with extensive automation. The pharmacy department is responsible for dispensing more than five million medication doses annually.

Practice Site Mission & Vision Mission Health and Hospitals mission is “to improve the health of the people of western North Carolina and the surrounding region.” Mission Hospital’s Department of Pharmacy mission is: “Mission Hospitals Pharmacy services are dedicated to assure safe and effective use of medications to achieve the best outcomes possible.” Mission Health and Hospital’s Vision 2020 is for A Healthier Community. The Mission Hospitals Department of Pharmacy’s vision is “to be recognized as a vital member of the healthcare team, using our unique medication knowledge and technical expertise to provide unbiased drug information, collaborative consultation and safe medication systems.”


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Patient Care Model Meets Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Goals Mission Hospital’s trauma service has 2,100 admissions annually. Dr. Elizabeth L. Michalets, the NICU APPE preceptor, has a clinical pharmacist practitioner (CPP) license with the North Carolina Medical and Pharmacy Boards to provide drug therapy management under supervising physician and director of trauma and critical care medicine, Michael Buechler, M.D. Students on the NICU actively participate in all aspects of this collaborative care model. Pharmacists charge patients for physician-ordered, consultative services using levels based on the patient’s acuity level and consult difficulty. A 2006 internal study of a 10 percent consult sample demonstrated $165,000 in pharmacy department revenue. Most recently, Mission Hospitals pharmacists have documented 16,174 interventions per year, totaling $1,546,026 in savings. Mission Hospitals Director of Pharmacy and the Executive Leadership Team encourage CQI strategies. Students play a major role in CQI efforts with many completing annual research projects that examine a drug usage pattern, dosing or patient outcome.

Practice Site is Committed to Education The site is committed to education, offering 60 IPPE and APPE “months” to the college and six residencies. There is extensive, systematic staff development through weekly lunch/learn clinical meetings, life-support certifications, leadership training and coaching, in-house CE training and support for certificate and other programs. Students engage in rich, varied education projects. They read and discuss critical care articles, participate in a weekly Journal Club, present two formal cases, write one drug monograph, a P&T newsletter article, volunteer one evening a month at the local indigent care clinic, give nursing in-services and conduct one community service presentation.

Preceptor Information/Preceptor SpecificCriteria Dr. Elizabeth L. Michalets received her B.S.Pharm from Auburn University in 1989, her Pharm.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 1991 and completed a clinical pharmacy residency at Duke University Medical Center in 1992. She has precepted more than 100 pharmacy students. She is a clinical associate professor of pharmacy and practices in Mission Health and Hospitals NICU. She is responsible for the coordination of all UNC APPEs. She was named the 2004 AHEC Preceptor of the Year. She engages in numerous preceptor and continuing professional development activities. She is an active member in numerous state and national professional organizations, including ACCP, SCCM, ASHP and the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

Preceptor Demonstrates Leadership

Experiential Program Characteristics

Dr. Michalets is considered an exceptionally skilled preceptor, and regarded as a superior and tireless leader, manager, teacher and caregiver. She is viewed as a willing and able leader, who has taken on additional responsibilities during her 14-year tenure. Her peers state that she has “raised the bar for pharmacists and challenged them to become better clinicians in their decentralized areas.” A colleague states, “Everyone in our department regards her as a leader and role model.”

The PEP, within the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education, is led by a faculty director and supported by two administrative staff. The PEP partners with the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program, with full-time and shared faculty in nine regional AHECs. The experiential program has extensive interactive communication. A unique PEP feature is the Clinical Scholars Program that prepares students for postgraduate training.

Role Model Practitioner

Characteristics and Development of this APPE Rotation

Dr. Michalets models and advocates the important role of collaborative practice and the ultimate benefits to patients, according to colleagues. “Elizabeth sets a great example for her students, residents and colleagues. She is very passionate about pharmacy and shares her motivations with all of us, but allows everyone to develop their own personal philosophy and style.” Dr. Michalets says “My goal has been to model by action” and her philosophy is “example is the most powerful educator.” Colleagues say she is knowledgeable, organized, efficient, prepared and caring. Her personal mission is to advance the profession and enhance patient safety through the application of technology, expanding pharmacist involvement in medication therapy decision making and continuing the fight for compensation for the care.

Effective Teacher Dr. Michalets tailors the APPE to each student’s goals. She uses numerous teaching tools and styles to increase teaching effectiveness. She provides a high intensity rotation, setting high student performance expectations, but models the behaviors, tailors her teaching to their learning style and guides them every step of the way. This is her prescription for successfully empowering a student to achieve far beyond what they ever imagined they were capable of doing.

Academic-Practice Partnership Model The preceptor is in a shared faculty position with the university. The practice partners are independent entities operating with affiliation agreement/memorandum of understanding to conduct experiential education. Kim I. Leadon is a clinical assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and has served as PEP director since 2000. She received a Master of Education degree from North Carolina State University in 1997. She is an active member of several professional organizations, serves on several school committees, is the PEP course director and on-campus course coordinator for the 4th year seminar. She was the 2006-2007 Academic Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. She has significant, recognized leadership and involvement in efforts to advance education.

This 15-year partnership grew from a 25-year relationship and each partner shares the common mission of educating pharmacy students in the most advanced practice setting possible.

Goals and Objectives of APPE Upon completion of the NICU APPE, the learner will be able to engage in critical thinking and problem solving to provide pharmacotherapy management and appropriate documentation for all patients in the NICU.

Lessons Learned/Advice for Others To move an academic-practice partnership for experiential education forward in a positive, successful direction, these partners suggest: • Partnering with an excellent practice site committed to teaching, with a common mission of educating pharmacy students. • Engaging in continuous two-way communication between the campus-based, AHEC-based, and health-system based faculty is critical to the partnership’s success. • Taking a curricular approach to the experiential education program, with regional faculty mentoring a small group of students throughout the year. • Offering an advanced Clinical Scholars Program to prepare students for postgraduate education. A unique attribute of the partnership is the NC AHEC system that funds regional faculty, staff, classroom and library facilities to support experiential education and practitioner continuing education.

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Every year, approximately five to 20 percent of the population gets the flu, resulting in more than 200,000 hospitalizations due to complications. This, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is just one of the many reasons why it is critically important to be vaccinated to fight this deadly disease. Academic Pharmacy Now takes a look at what some of our member colleges and schools of pharmacy do to vaccinate thousands of people across the country and improve the public’s health. 29

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DAWGtoberfest: Rx for Good Health!

University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Scheduled on Herty Field

Students from the College of Pharmacy and School of Nursing joined the University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health Service, he University ofMinnesota GeorgiaVisiting College of AssoMedical Reserve Corps and the Nurses ciation in setting a Guinness World Record on Oct. 28 for Pharmacy is celebrating Americanthe most flu shots given in a single day. Their goal was to dispense 10,000 Pharmacists Month with the 6th free flu shots at four locations around the Twin Cities campus. The Rx for Good shatterfinalannual tally of theDAWGTOBERFEST: event: 11,538 flu shots were administered, ing the previous record of 3,271 shots given in one Health on Wednesday, October 15,day. 2008,


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“For students to be able to work together allows for a unique perscreenings, food, and free t-shirts to all spective that would free not have been seen through students in the sameattendees. profession,” said Laura Behm, a third-year pharmacy student. “For example, Free duringflu training, was discovered nursing and shotsitwill be giventhat to the pharmacy students had different training in regards to the injecUGA faculty and staff to occur tion.first This 300 allowed for astudents, lively and interesting discussion their UGA body fat that presenting brought up different issues ID thatcard. wouldFree not have happened otherwise.” analysis, diabetes assessments, and blood

pressure checks will also be available. Student health groups across campus willUniversity provide information on hypertension, The of Georgia asthma, breast cancer, diabetes, fad diets, College of Pharmacy immunizations, sexually transmitted Morediseases, than 700 people from health The University Georgia and the women’s topics,of pediatric Athens community attended this year’s Dawgtoberfest: Rx for health topics, and heartburn. Good Health event, which took place to mark October as American Dawgtoberfest is open to university Pharmacists Month. students, faculty, and staff and families in the Organized by students at the College of Pharmacy and sponsored Athens community. All aremore invited toexhibits bringperby Walgreens, the health fair included than 30 taining to healthcare, ranging information on HIV-AIDS a blanket, relax andfrom enjoy the festivities on and breast cancer to cholesterol and blood glucose screenings. Free flu Herty Field. Scheduled onpeople Herty Field shots also were available to the first 300 registered. Herty field is located on the University’s North Campus the of he University ofbetween Georgia College Law Library Annex andisthe CampusAmerican Chapel. Pharmacy celebrating Pharmacistslocated Month with theNorth 6th Parking is conveniently in the annual DAWGTOBERFEST: Rx for Good Campus Deck.

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Health on Wednesday, October 15, 2008, from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The event will be an afternoon of health promotion and relaxation on Herty Field on UGA’s North Campus. Sponsored by Walgreens, Dawgtoberfest will include a health screenings, free food, and free t-shirts to all attendees. Free flushots will be given to the academic Pharmacy now Jan/Feb/Mar 2009 first 300 UGA students, faculty and staff presenting their UGA ID card. Free body fat analysis, diabetes assessments, and blood

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feature story University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy In 2005, the state of Illinois found itself in an interesting predicament. The week of its annual influenza vaccination clinic in Chicago, the vendor it had contracted with pulled out. Lucky for them, with 48 hours notice, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy was ready to step in. Now in its fourth year of running the clinic, UIC College of Pharmacy taps into its most valuable resources to give flu vaccines to state employees and retirees—its faculty, residents and students. In October, 22 faculty and 80 fourth-year students administered 1,500 vaccinations over the course of two days. Drawing people from campus and beyond, the Illinois State Police is the largest state entity to take advantage of the clinic. In addition to providing flu shot clinics for the state, the college also has ample immunization opportunities through its seven outpatient pharmacies organized in association with the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago. Being in this unique position, the college recognized the learning experience available to its students. “We have worked immunizing into our curriculum,” explained Dr. Kristen L. Goliak, director of advanced pharmacy practice experience. “Fourth-year students can select an immunization rotation where they screen and counsel patients to make sure they are eligible, and administer the vaccination as well.”

Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences One of several initiatives for Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) students is to provide immunizations through the college’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Immunization Committee. Students who serve on this committee collaborate with the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Dunwoody, Ga. to provide flu immunizations. On Saturdays in October and November, Mercer student pharmacists administered shots and assisted with the paperwork associated with this service. The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy is a model practice site near Mercer’s campus that offers a variety of immunizations including those for flu, shingles and travel-related disease prevention. The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy has worked through the challenges that pharmacies and pharmacists have faced this flu season by calling doctors in advance for flu prescriptions, setting up immunization appointments with patients, as well as serving walk-in patients through the pharmacy’s in-house collaborative practice agreement.

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feature story The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Ask any strategist and they’ll tell you the keys to a successful campaign include a message that resonates, a highly skilled organization, coordinated team effort and turnout. That’s exactly the campaign that was mounted by University of Iowa (UI) College of Pharmacy students—but not for political office. UI students participated in 22 influenza clinics in eastern Iowa throughout October and the first week of November. These included locally owned and chain-store community pharmacies in the Iowa CityCedar Rapids corridor, as well as clinics on the UI campus held by the university’s Student Health Service. Working with practicing pharmacists and other healthcare providers, the students helped administer more than 2,500 influenza vaccinations and provided information to an additional 500 individuals. And through a unique election-year initiative that blends civic duty with public health, the UI students participated in the national Vote and Vax program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and SPARC (Sickness Prevention Achieved Through Regional Collaboration).

The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Since a tornado destroyed most of Kansas’ Kiowa County community on May 4, 2007, residents in the area have been without a local pharmacy. Members of the University of Kansas’ chapter of APhA-ASP have been fundraising this semester to conduct Operation Immunization: Greensburg, a one-day event providing about 400 doses of free flu vaccine to Greensburg-area residents. The pharmacy student group annually conducts Operation Immunization on campus. This year, Neil Young of Erie and Laura Mazur of Wichita, both fourth-year pharmacy students, suggested adding an immunization event to assist a Kansas community in need. To raise the $4,000 needed for the Greensburg project, the student pharmacists cleaned Memorial Stadium after home football games, sold T-shirts and textbooks, and requested donations from Kansas pharmacists. The group has about 250 members. Vaccinations were given by injection. Kansas allows licensed pharmacists to administer injections for clients age 18 or older and allows trained pharmacy students to do so under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Each of the 19 student pharmacists had learned to give injections during their first year in pharmacy school.


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feature story University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Since the passage of legislation in Maryland in 2005 authorizing pharmacists to administer influenza vaccines, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has been a leader in educating practicing pharmacists and its own students on how to administer the vaccine to patients. The School of Pharmacy first offered an elective course on immunizations for its third- and fourth-year students in 2006. Since then, 160 students have been trained. The course is led by assistant professors Drs. Lisa Charneski and Cherokee Layson-Wolf of the school’s Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. Many students take their immunization education a step further by participating in Operation Immunization, a student run outreach project at the School of Pharmacy. During the fall 2008 semester, student pharmacists from Operation Immunization participated in health fairs at private employers and homeless shelters where they distributed information on vaccines. The group hosted a flu shot clinic in November at the School of Pharmacy for faculty, staff and students where they administered 70 vaccines under the tutelage of certified preceptors.

Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences The Wayne State University (WSU) chapter of the APHA-ASP immunized more than 1,100 faculty and staff campus-wide during a six-day flu clinic this past October. In addition, the student chapter also immunized approximately 400 medical students from the WSU School of Medicine in November. Acknowledging the student pharmacists’ community service, the Southeastern Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists honored the WSU Chapter of APHA-ASP with the Innovation Award. The award was presented during the society’s annual Awards and Installation Banquet on Nov. 12. The WSU Department of Human Resources chose the APHA-ASP members to collaborate with WSU Total Compensation and Wellness and the university pharmacy. Following an extensive all-day workshop on immunization protocol, 75 student pharmacists were certified to inoculate against this year’s flu strain. Another 60-plus student pharmacists assisted their peers with paperwork, observation and education on diabetes, smoking cessation, heartburn and Hepatitis C.

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feature story University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy Thanks to recent changes in Connecticut, on Oct. 4, 2008 community pharmacists were able to administer flu vaccinations for the first time. Two University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy students were assigned to various Walgreens pharmacies throughout the state. The students were set up in the front of the store with hundreds of Vaccine Administration Record (VAR) Informed Consent for Vaccines forms. They reviewed these forms with those in the public waiting to receive the influenza vaccine. They also filtered out the eligible people, which helped them to sharpen their clinical judgment skills. The time they spent on this valuable learning experience helped them to fulfill some of their now-required 100 hours of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience, or IPPEs. The advantages of having the pharmacists provide vaccinations were evident at the Walgreens clinic. The store was so busy that they had two pharmacists issuing the vaccines instead of the originally planned one. They had 80 appointments scheduled and anticipated that, with the inclusion of walk-ins, more than 160 people were immunized in just four hours in that one Walgreens.

The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy From Sept. 15 to Nov. 21, The University of New Mexico (UNM) Hospital held flu shot clinics every day with the UNM College of Pharmacy students administering the shots every Wednesday. The clinic was originally for the UNM Health Sciences Center employees and students to get vaccinated, but the response to receiving the flu shot has been so tremendous throughout the state of New Mexico that the College of Pharmacy students vaccinated anyone 6 months and older wanting a flu shot. The UNM College of Pharmacy students administered an estimated 3,500 flu shots through its Wednesday clinic alone. Student participation was outstanding. Each Wednesday, more than 20 pharmacy students at a time worked at the clinic, administering flu shots and counseling patients. The UNM College of Pharmacy has also gone beyond hospital walls and the UNM Health Sciences Center to get people vaccinated for the flu season. Students and faculty have participated in several health clinics throughout the city of Albuquerque providing flu shots to anyone in attendance.


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feature story Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosted its Fourth Annual Health Fair on Oct. 29. This year’s event was the largest one yet, attracting more than 500 people from the campus and the local community. Students and faculty from the college provided attendees with health screenings and information in a variety of areas including allergies, blood pressure, nutrition, bone density, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, smoking cessation and sleeping disorders. Nearly 200 flu shots were administered during the course of the day. “There are many diseases and conditions that can be prevented through education and screenings. As future pharmacists, it is important that we do our part to alert people to potential health issues before they develop into more serious problems that require advanced care,” said fourth-year pharmacy student Kyle Guay, head of the organizing committee for this year’s Health Fair.

Campbell University School of Pharmacy Campbell University’s School of Pharmacy held its annual Dr. Joseph W. Baggett Healthcare Enhancement Seminar on Sept. 20. The focus of the free seminar for healthcare professionals was the efforts being made by scientists and clinicians to improve the availability of vaccines and the use of immunization services. This annual continuing education seminar is just one of the many facets of the School of Pharmacy’s Wellness Institute, a program endowed by the late Fayetteville physician Dr. Joseph W. Baggett for the prevention of disease. Toward that goal, the Wellness Institute not only offers free educational seminars for healthcare professionals, but also outreach programs in the schools and the community that emphasize wellness and encourage individuals to be more proactive about their own healthcare. Campbell pharmacy residents visit area middle schools several times a year to present educational programs on issues such as substance abuse, how to take medications properly and other health issues affecting their population. The September seminar drew approximately 60 healthcare providers, including pharmacists and physicians.

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feature story University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy Voters at three polling sites in Charlotte, N.C. rolled up their sleeves for a flu shot after casting their ballot on Nov. 4 thanks to students and faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and a local pharmacy. The clinics were part of Vote & Vax, a nationwide project that provided influenza vaccinations at hundreds of polling sites across the country on Election Day. Each site was staffed by students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as well as experienced pharmacists from Pike’s Pharmacy and the Charlotte Area Health Education Center who administered the injections. Participating pharmacy students were in their fourth year in the doctor of pharmacy program at UNC and are completing their clerkships at the Charlotte Area Health Education Center.

The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy For years pharmacy students in Ohio have been trained to immunize patients, but not until recently have they had the opportunity to practice their skill. A new law in 2007 allowed University of Toledo student pharmacists to expand their annual “Operation Immunization” to not only educate patients, but also immunize them. In years past, UT students set up an educational patient booth at a local Toledo community pharmacy and educated patients on why flu vaccines are so important, as well as answered questions and dispelled myths about the shot. With the help of Walgreens pharmacy, students were able to combine this educational booth with a flu shot clinic on Oct. 25 for the first time in the college’s history. Seven third-year pharmacy students immunized throughout the day, while other students helped educate. With the growing concern over vaccinations and possible adverse health implications such as autism, students focused their attention on not only explaining potential benefits, but also noting the lack of evidence to support the reasons for negative outcomes. Through this process, students were able to recruit three more patients to be immunized than were scheduled for that day. A total of 15 Toledo residents were immunized by UT pharmacy students.


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feature story The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy The College of Pharmacy at The University of Oklahoma has been extremely busy during this vaccination and immunization season. Michelle Lamb, Community Pharmacy Practice resident, led a flu shot clinic team for USA Drug. She, along with team members, coordinated and gave shots at seven Drug Warehouse locations in Tulsa, Okla. and at three sites in Missouri. Another pharmacist on the clinical team, Dr. Kimberly Mitchell, is going to start a shingles vaccine clinic as soon as the stock is available again from the manufacturer. Dr. Katherine O’Neal is investigating a travel vaccine service. In addition, several College of Pharmacy faculty participated by giving vaccinations at the Oklahoma Special Olympics. Drs. Gena L. Dupus, Nancy Brahm, Alice E. Kirkpatrick, Nancy E. Ray and Kelly A. Grober provided free flu vaccines to Greater Grace Church members immediately following church services on Nov. 16. Dr. Tracy S. Hunter and Kathleen Pittman coordinated intakes, with several first- and second-year pharmacy students. Addidtionally, Dr. Tracy M. Hagemann, faculty advisor, with Julie Beller, a third-year pharmacy student, and Ashley Nebbia, a fourth-year pharmacy student, led the ASP chapter program and along with other pharmacy students and residents, provided free flu shots to health science center students (medicine, dental, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant) as well as faculty, staff and administrators from across campus. This is the second year of this successful activity at the OUHSC campus.

Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Dr. Adam Welch, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been at the forefront of immunization training for Pennsylvania pharmacists since state law allowed them to deliver immunizations. Dr. Welch and his team have trained hundreds of Pennsylvania pharmacists and students to deliver immunizations. This is especially important given the large elderly population in the state who require flu shots. Dr. Welch has trained pharmacists in the Northeast Pa., Central Pa. and Philadelphia areas. He has been featured on WHYY (PBS Philadelphia), in the Harrisburg PatriotNews and The Times Leader as an expert on the topic of pharmacist-delivered immunizations. In 2008, Dr. Welch was one of six recipients of the immunization champion award, given by the Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition, recognizing his accomplishments in promoting timely and effective immunizations for Pennsylvania residents.

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feature story University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Several pharmacists within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and School of Pharmacy became certified in July 2006 to provide immunizations. In addition, an elective course to train future pharmacists in providing immunizations was also incorporated into the curriculum at the School of Pharmacy. Flu clinics were scheduled at various locations around the University of Pittsburgh campus and at UPMC Falk Pharmacy as a coordinated effort between UPMC Falk Pharmacy and the university employee benefits office. The sessions were held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout October and November 2008. A total of 1,556 individuals received the flu vaccination during these sessions.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy The Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy once again reached out to its local communities in 2008 and offered various immunizations through its Community Care Division. During 2007, the division collectively administered 19 different types of immunizations to 7,636 patient immunizations across all four campuses: Amarillo, Abilene, Lubbock and Dallas/Fort Worth. Influenza vaccinations accounted for 5,236 patient immunizations. In fact, the influenza vaccination services provided by the Community Care Division for spouses of veterans at the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center in Amarillo earned a national VA service award. “These immunizations provide a valuable patient service as well as a valuable experiential learning opportunity for our students,” assistant professor and community care division head Dr. Kenneth “Mac” McCall said. “I congratulate everyone in the division for these outstanding services.”


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feature story South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy Pharmacy students at South Dakota State University learn plenty about their profession in the classroom. However, there’s nothing like hands-on experience to finish it off and that’s exactly what took place at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on Nov. 5. The South Dakota Department of Health contacted the College of Pharmacy for help in administering flu vaccinations. The Sioux Falls Childhood Flu Shot Clinic provided free flu shots to all Sioux Falls public school students from kindergarten through high school. Free vaccinations were also offered to the first 4,000 parents who brought their children to the clinic. It’s the first year that Sioux Falls has done a citywide clinic on such a large scale. In addition to the flu shot clinic, Sioux Falls also held a point-of-dispensing exercise and all persons getting their flu shot received a bottle of candy in a prescription vial to simulate the dispensing of a medication. The exercise is designed to help cities respond to a public health emergency such as a terrorism attack or a large natural disaster. It tests local response time to see if vaccinations and medications can be distributed to 200,000 people within 48 hours of notification.

Washington State University College of Pharmacy Between the mobile flu shot clinics she did during her clerkship at a community pharmacy, and her Saturday job in a pharmacy at a chain department store, Alice Carvo figures she gave 300 flu shots before Thanksgiving. While on rotation at Jones Pharmacy in Spokane, Wash., Carvo helped two pharmacists with the mobile clinics, which meant packing everything that would be needed into a car and traveling to the particular business that had signed up to offer its employees flu shots on location. WSU’s second-year students concluded their outreach before Thanksgiving after administering flu shots to 864 people, including 187 student athletes. They gave 149 shots in 90 minutes during the largest of the two clinics, held in the lobby of the main gymnasium on a Tuesday evening. The third-year students also vaccinated about the same number of people and so the two classes together gave flu vaccine to approximately 1,700 people in the towns of Pullman and Spokane.

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Faculty News Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Appointments/Elections


• Stefan Balaz, chair of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vermont campus

• Thomas P. Lodise was named Young Investigator of the Year by the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists.

• Yougendra Bhatnagar, professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vermont campus • Brian J. Cowles, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Vermont campus • Hassan El-Fawal, chair of Department of Health Sciences, Albany campus • Joanna Schwartz, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Vermont campus

Grants • Shaker A. Mousa will receive $1,367,191 as part of a joint effort with researchers from the University of Toronto, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Biophage Pharma Inc. to develop an antitoxin for anthrax. The grant is being funded by the National Institute of Allergy And Infectious Diseases, with a total of $6.2 million allocated to the four institutions over the next five years.

The University of Arizona Appointments/Elections • John E. Murphy has been elected president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

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Auburn University Appointments/Elections • Raj Amin, assistant professor of pharmacal sciences • Brent I. Fox, assistant professor, pharmacy care systems

Grant from Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy for “Mt Shikimate Kinase ScreeningBased Lead Identification For Tuberculosis” for a total grant award of $5,000.


• Gordon S. Sacks, professor and department head of pharmacy practice

• Robert E. Smith, assistant to the dean for professional affairs



• Lea S. Eiland received the Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Pharmacist of the Year for 2007.

• Bill G. Felkey who is a professor of pharmacy care systems from Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy retired Feb. 1, 2009 after 31 years of service to Auburn.

Grants • Angela I. Calderon, as principal investigator in pharmacal sciences, has received The Discovery Research

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Appointments/Elections


• Joseph Paladino was elected chair of the New York State Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board.

• Patty F. Havard received $81,617.91 in funding support from Abbott for the study titled, “The Function of P-Glycoprotein in the Intracellular Disposition of Lopinavir/Ritonavir in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells between the Maternal and Fetal Compartments.”

• Joshua Sawyer was appointed as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Awards • William J. Jusko received the 2008 Paul Ehrlich Magic Bullet Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Promotions • William J. Jusko was promoted to State University of New York distinguished professor.

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New Quality Improvement Program for Educators Coming Soon

Butler University Awards • Laurie L. Pylitt was named a distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Dr. Terri L. Warholak, assistant professor at The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, says she was drawn to pharmacy because of her desire to help people. But a devastating medication error that occurred while she was practicing made her realize she wanted to help not only patients but pharmacists as well. As she began to investigate the error, she discovered that the same error had been made by pharmacists all over the country and she wanted to help prevent these types of errors from occurring. Improving quality and medication safety for the patient also meant decreasing stress for the pharmacist. After teaching a course at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy that focused on quality improvement, she teamed up with Dr. Donna S. West, associate professor at The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, and Dr. David A. Holdford, associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, and was awarded a grant from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) to create the Educating Pharmacy Students and Pharmacists to Improve Quality (EPIQ) program. The EPIQ program contains quality improvement educational resources and is intended to be used by pharmacy faculty and others to educate pharmacy students, pharmacists and other stakeholders about measuring, reporting and improving quality in pharmacy practice. The program contains 17 onehour sessions that cover topics such as quality and the future of healthcare, understanding problems in the medication use system, the business case for pharmacy quality, quality improvement, quality measurement, quality reporting and many more.

University of Charleston Appointments/Elections • Michael G. O’Neil was appointed by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin in October 2008 to the West Virginia Partnership to Promote Community Well-Being. He was appointed in October 2008 as chairman of the West Virginia State Controlled Substances Advisory Board.

Every session will include: •

educational objectives;

a case study or other student-centered activity (e.g., exercises, worksheets and case scenarios);

assessment and evaluation questions;

a coordinator’s guide;

supplemental readings;

discussion questions;

real-world project ideas, and other materials as deemed appropriate for the topic covered.

The EPIQ program was designed in a user-friendly, modular format that is highly adaptable and transportable so that other educational institutions and stakeholders can use the developed materials. Users will have access to the full curriculum or can select components that best meet their needs. Individual licensed practitioners also will have the capability to easily access any particular component for self-directed learning or ideas. Dr. Warholak and her team will be discussing the EPIQ program at the 2009 academic  Jan/Feb/Mar 2009Mass.43 AACP Annual Meeting and Pharmacy Seminars,now July 18-22 in Boston,

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University of Connecticut Appointments/Elections • Thomas E. Buckley has been appointed as assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. • Craig I. Coleman was selected to serve as a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s/ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL)” team. • Sean M. Jeffery was elected to the 2008-2009 ASCP board representing region one. • José E. Manautou was elected vice-president elect of the Society of Toxicology mechanisms specialty section. • Lauren S. Schlesselman has been elected chair-elect of the AACP curriculum SIG. • Marie A. Smith has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Pharmacy Services Corporation, a for-profit subsidiary of the CPA.

Awards • Debbie Cios, Bill Baker and Craig I. Coleman have received ASHP Foundation’s 2008 Student Research Award. • Craig I. Coleman is the recipient of the 2009 ACCP New Investigator Award.


• Craig I. Coleman and C. Michael White were selected for the 2008 Drug Therapy Research Award from ASHP. • Sean M. Jeffery and Nancy Kastner have been selected by the UConn School of Pharmacy “Class of 2008” as the recipients of the Dennis J. Chapron Preceptor of the Year Award.

Grants • Amy C. Anderson is the principal investigator on a subcontract for a new R01 that was recently funded to investigate methods to redesign proteins to bind novel ligands. • Urs A. Boelsterli received a research grant ($181,000) from Helsinn Healthcare S.A. for a project on the role of reactive intermediates in nimesulideinduced hepatotoxicity. • Bodhi Chaudhuri recently received funding by the Center of Pharmaceutical Processing Research (CPPR) for his proposal on “Quantifying Drying Performance of a Filter Dryer: Experiments and Simulations.” • Jill M. Fitzgerald received a $3,000 unrestricted educational grant from Bristol Myers Squibb for a co-sponsored continuing education program between UConn and the Connecticut

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Pharmacists Association. • Jill M. Fitzgerald received a $5,000 unrestricted educational grant from Eisai for the upcoming continuing education program titled “Meeting the JCAHO Anticoagulation Patient Safety Goals – Case Studies and Local Experience.” • Jill M. Fitzgerald has received unrestricted educational grants for the Anticoagulation CE program totaling $15,500. • Jill M. Fitzgerald has received unrestricted educational grants for the Henry A Palmer CE Finale totaling $6,000. • Michael J. Pikal has received a small grant from the FDA through National Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Education for a “Quality by Design (QbD)” project for development of freeze dried products. • Dennis L. Wright and Amy C. Anderson have a new R01: “Targeting Bacillus DHFR: Structural and Synthetic Studies.”

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University of California, San Diego University of California, San Francisco

Awards • Palmer W. Taylor has been awarded the 2009 Julius Axelrod Award in pharmacology by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Taylor also holds the Sandra & Monroe Trout Chair in Pharmacology.


• The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego will collaborate with APhA, ASHP and AACP to promote “PharmGenEd.” The “Pharmacogenomics Education Program: Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice” has been funded for just over $1 million for three years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)

• Lindsey Elmore and Evan Clemens were the winners of ASHP’s 13th National Clinical Skills Competition.

Creighton University Appointments/Elections • Samuel C. Augustine has been elected as president-elect of the Nebraska Pharmacists Association for 2009.

Loma Linda University



• Alekha K. Dash received a grant from the United States Pharmaopieal Convention for a project titled “Stability indicating HPLC method development and validation for both Ciprofloxacin HCI and Clonidine HCI oral suspensions and establishment of beyond-use dates for these compounded preparations.” She has also been selected as the next holder of the Gilbert F. Taffe, Jr. Endowed Chair.

• Jim Pinder, assistant professor • David J. Weldon, assistant professor

Promotions • Willie L. Davis, associate professor

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scriptional Repression.”

University of Maryland Appointments/Elections


• Lisa Lebovitz has been named assistant dean for academic affairs.

• James E. Polli has been named the School of Pharmacy’s Ralph F. Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in the Pharmaceutical Sciences.

• Raymond C. Love has been named associate dean for curriculum, instructional design and technology. • Mary Lynn McPherson has been named vice chair for education in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. • Paul S. Shapiro has been named associate dean for research and graduate studies. • Peter Swaan has been named editor-in-chief of the journal Pharmaceutical Research. • Shannon Tucker has been named assistant dean for instructional design and technology.

Grants • Thomas C. Dowling has received $299,355 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for “Evaluation of Biopharmaceutics Classification System Class 3 Drugs for Possible Biowaivers.” He has also received $20,000 from the Maryland affiliate of the American Heart Association for “Pharmacogenomics of Beta Adrenergic Receptors in Heart Failure.” • Alexander D. MacKerell has received $40,000 from Cornell University for “Program for Therapeutic Targeting of Tran-

• C. Daniel Mullins won a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant and will travel to the National University of Ireland at Galway to help develop a program in health technology assessment. He also has received $30,000 from the FDA for “Training on Advance Data Analysis Methods.” • James E. Polli has received $299,726 from the FDA for “Development of Immediate Release Oral Formulations Using the Concept of Quality by Design and Predicting In Vivo and In Vitro Correlations for Class 2 Drugs.” • Bruce C. Stuart has received $53,196 from the University of Florida for “Drug Coverage and Cost-Offsets: Two-Part Models with Endogenous Treatment Effects.” • Peter Swaan has received $1,580,575 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Structural Biology of the Apical Bile Acid Transporter.”

Grants • David S. Forbes received $134,400 from HRSA to establish the Western Montana Area Health Education Center. • Andrij Holian received $141,000 from the National Science Foundation for correlation among physicochemical properties, photochemical fate and toxicity of Ti02 nanoparticles.

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• David J. Poulsen received $762,350 from the Office of Naval Research for cell type specific, viral mediated gene delivery/expression to enhance hair cell regeneration within the murine cochlea.

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Mercer University

• Ajay K. Banga received a grant in the amount of $100,000 from Transport Pharmaceuticals for “Transdermal drug delivery by a combination of microneedles and iontophoresis.” Dr. Banga has also been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Drug Delivery Science & Technology. • Nader H. Moniri received a grant of $10,000 from the AACP New Investigators Program for “Uncovering the molecular mechanisms behind Beta2adrenergic receptor mediated generation of reactive oxygen species.” He also received a grant

of $15,000 from the Diabetes Action Research Foundation for “The role of omega-3 fatty acids in regulation of GPR120 expression.” • Nader H. Moniri and Rebecca L. Neal received a grant of $6,000 for “Pharmacological characterization of the recently discovered proinsulinotropic free fatty acid receptor GPR120,” from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. • Chalet Tan received a grant of $10,000 from the AACP New Investigators Program for “Micellar Nanocarriers for targeted cancer therapy.”

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Awards


• Jennifer Goldman-Levine received a Recognition of Teaching in Family Medicine, AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians; she also received the Long-Term Faculty Service Award at MCPHS.

• Monica Chuong (PI) received $24,745 from NASA Johnson Space Center and Wyle Lab, Houston, Tex. for a study: “Evaluation of the Stability of Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6 in Space Retrieved, and Orbital Environmental Simulator Retrieved Centrum Silver and OneADay Women’s Vitamins and Mineral Supplements.”

• Catherine L. Simonian has been appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing as the Pharmacist Member.

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University of Nebraska Medical Center Appointments/Elections • Yazen Alnouti, assistant professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences • Courtney V. Fletcher was elected to a three-year term as a Trustee of the Research Institute of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. • Charles H. Krobot, associate dean for student affairs • Joseph Vetro, assistant professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences • Gary C. Yee, associate dean for academic affairs

Awards • Tatiana (Tanya) K. Bronich has been awarded the FY2008 JSPS Invitation Fellowship Program for Research in Japan to conduct research with Professor Yukio Nagasaki. • Daniel P. Flaherty is the 2008 recipient of the Nancy and Ronald Reagan Alzheimer’s Scholarship Fund. • Jong oh Kim won the Cash Prize Award at the 35th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Controlled Release Society in New York. • Kyle R. Peters was awarded the MidWest Clinicians’ Network


Inc. Award of Excellence for 2008.

is for two years with a total of $275,000 in direct costs.

• Jayashri Sankaranarayanan was awarded the 2008 Study Grant from District Five National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for the project titled “Developing and Assessing an Innovative Model of Student Led Education.”

• UNMC received funds from the Department of Defense. Four million was awarded to help Alexander Kabanov develop a new vaccine to fight respiratory infections as part of a joint project with investigators from Iowa State University.

Grants • Elena V. Batrakova has been awarded an R01 in the amount of $292,359 for five years, totaling $1,461,795. • Yuri L. Lyubchenko received a Department of Energy grant for Nanoimaging to Prevent and Treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases. The projected period will be from July 2008July 2011, with funds totaling $1,913,000. • Jonathan L. Vennerstrom received a $56,000 grant from the World Health Organization for a project titled New Antischistosomal Heterocycles. He also received a $203,791 grant from the NIH for a project titled Trematocidal Synthetic Peroxides. • Serguei V. Vinogradov received a new R21 grant for Nanodelivery of active NRTI to the central nervous system: humanized HIV murine models. The grant

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• The University of Nebraska Medical Center is one of five research institutions that will share $54 million in federal funding recently awarded by the National Center for Research Resources, a part of the National Institutes of Health. Alexander V. Kabanov is the principal investigator. College of Pharmacy investigators involved include: Elena V. Batrakova, Tanya K. Bronich, Courtney V. Fletcher, Joseph A. Vetro, Serguei V. Vinogradov and Dong Wang.

Promotions • Serguei V. Vinogradov was promoted to research professor of pharmaceutical sciences. • Dong Wang was promoted to associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences with tenure.

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The University of Oklahoma Appointments/Elections


• Michael J. Miller, associate professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences-Tulsa.

• Phil Coburn and Kasturee Daw were awarded travel fellowships to attend the International Conference on Gram-Positive Pathogens.

• Hariprasad Gali received a seed grant for $30,000 from the Presbyterian Health Foundation for “Development of F-18 labeled human IAPP analogs for imaging pancreative islet amyloid dropouts by PET.”

• Jack L. Coffey received the 2008 NCPA Lifetime Academic Achievement Award by the National Community Pharmacists Association at the association’s 110th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition.

• Peter N. Johnson received the 2008 Advocacy Award at the fall 2008 meeting of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group meeting in Baltimore, Md.

Grants • David Bourne was awarded $9,000 as co-investigator on an NIH R21 grant “Cochlear therapy through magnetic targeted drug delivery” awarded to the Hough Ear Institute in Oklahoma City.

University of Pittsburgh Appointments/Elections


• Billy W. Day was elected to a two-year term (2009– 2011) as the member-at-large of the executive committee of the American Chemical Society division of chemical toxicology.

• Song Li received $1,515,000 from the National Institutes of Health for “Nonviral Gene Therapy for Lung Injury.”

• Randy P. Juhl was named to the rank of distinguished service professor of pharmacy. • Ty A. Ridenour has been named first chair of the newly created Database Taskforce, a collaborative effort of the Society for Prevention Research and the Early Career Preventionist Network.

Awards • Wen Xie was selected to receive the ASPET Division for Drug Metabolism Early Career Achievement Award for 2009.

• Randall B. Smith and the DM Educate® team (Shelby L. Corman, Scott R. Drab, Cheri L. Hill and Janice L. Pringle) received $293,350 from Novo Nordisk to provide for updates and enhancements to the DM Educate® online course. • The research team of Margie Snyder (PI), Karen S. Pater, Janice L. Pringle, Randall B. Smith and Cheri L. Hill, along with Richard Lennox, Coleen Kayden and Bradley Langford received $34,000 from the Community Pharmacy to support their research, “Who Is at Risk?: Identifying Patients in Need of Medication Therapy Management.”

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Samford University University of the Pacific

Appointments/Elections • Paula A. Thompson is the interim chair of pharmacy practice.



• Patricia Baldone Naro has been promoted to IPPE director.

• Robert F. Halliwell; The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing; $33,000; Evaluation of human stem-cell derived neurons for developmental neurotoxicity studies.

• Roger D. Lander has been promoted to vice chair of pharmacy practice.

The University of Texas at Austin Appointments/Elections • Jamie C. Barner has been named chair-elect of the economic, social and administrative sciences section of the American Pharmacists Association. • Daniel R. Hernandez has been appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Medicaid Vendor Drug, Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee. • Jeri J. Sias has been named associate dean of the UTEP College of Health Sciences.

Awards • Carolyn M. Brown has been


named recipient of the 2008 Texas Excellence Teaching Award for the College of Pharmacy. • Carlton K. Erickson and Andrea C. Gore were recognized for works they have published during the 12th annual Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards Program sponsored by the University Co-op. • Andrea C. Gore is one of 486 scholars to be named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. • Nathan P. Wiederhold received the best poster award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2008 meeting in Louisville, Ky.

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Grants • Shawn B. Bratton and Edward M. Mills have received grant funding to examine separate studies related to hyperthermia. • Maria A. Croyle has received $2.6 million to develop a vaccine against Ebola virus infection. • Walter L. Fast received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of General Medicine for his investigation of nitric acid.

Retirements • Creed W. Abell retired from the college in June after a long and distinguished career as a scientist, educator and mentor.

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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

The University of Tennessee

Appointments/Elections • Lisa A. Lawson was named interim dean for Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. • Russell J. DiGate was named provost at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Promotions • Bernd Meibohm has been appointed associate dean for basic research and graduate programs. • P. David Rogers has been appointed associate dean for translational research.

L. Kunze, Sidney D. Nelson, Wendel Nelson, Allan E. Rettie, Kenneth E. Thummel and Ann Wittkowsky.

University of Washington Appointments/Elections • Danny D. Shen was recently named president-elect of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. • Sean D. Sullivan was named a member of the editorial board of The European Journal of Health Economics. • David Veenstra was named a member of the working group for the Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention group.

Awards • Rodney J. Ho was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. • Matt McDonald won third prize


• The Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP) is part of a research team that has received a $1.6 million grant from Ventura Healthcare Systems and the U.S. Department of Defense to study bariatric surgery outcomes and economic savings. Sean D. Sullivan is the co-principal investigator and David Flum is the principal investigator. PORPP has also received a predoctoral fellowship award for $130,000 from Abbott Laboratories that will provide a research assistantship and tuition to a graduate student.

• A group of School of Pharmacy faculty has been awarded $5 million in direct costs from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health to continue their study of fundamental mechanisms of drugdrug interactions. Participating faculty are William M. Atkins, Kent

• Annie Y. Lam is among a team of UW health sciences faculty members who recently received a $429,000 National Institutes of Health grant for a two-year project called “Improving Medication Adherence for Patients with Low Functional Health Literacy: An Intervention with Talking Pill Bottles.”

in the postdoctoral category at the North American Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX) conference for his poster. • Stanley S. Weber was the recipient of the 2009 Judith J. Saklad Memorial Lecture Award from the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists.

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Appointments/Elections • Gretchen M. Brophy was appointed vice-chair of the 200809 ACCP credentials committee. • Peter Byron has been named guest professor of State Key Lab of New Drug and Pharmaceutical Process at Shanghai Institute of Pharmaceutical Industry, a two-year appointment. • Annie Cheang was elected as 2008-09 chair-elect for the ACCP Women’s Health PRN. • Keith C. Ellis is assistant professor for the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. • Kelly Goode was appointed as a steering committee member for the Coalition to Expand Pharmacist Medication Administration, American Pharmacists Association. • Mary Jayne Kennedy has joined the Department of Pharmacy as an assistant professor. • Lisa B. Phipps has joined the Department of Pharmacy as an assistant professor. • Evan Sisson was appointed chair of the AADE planning and development committee.


• Tyler Stevens has joined the Department of Pharmacy as an assistant professor. • Douglas H. Sweet is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics.

Awards • Donald F. Brophy was the recipient of the Fourth Annual Jerry Siegel Clinical Achievement Award from The Ohio State University Residency. • Dr. Lemont B. “Monty” Kier is the 2008 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Research Achievement Award winner in drug design and discovery. • Benjamin W. Van Tassell received the 2009 Young Faculty Research Award, Southern Section of American Federation for Medical Research Southern Society for Clinical Investigation.

Grants • Patricia W. Slattum is the director of an $18,121 project, “Expanding the Workforce to Provide Medication Therapy Management for Older Adults,” awarded by the Geriatric Training and Education Fund, Virginia Center on Aging. Jeffrey

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C. Delafuente and Kimberly A. Cappuzzo are co-investigators. • Gretchen M. Brophy is a coinvestigator with faculty from the University of Florida Department of Surgery on an NIH grant, “Biomarkers of Mild and Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury.” She will receive $98,990 over five years. • Edwin J. C. G. van den Oord is the principal investigator on an NIMH RO1 grant, “Genomewide association study to detect genes for schizophrenia.” Coinvestigators from the Department of Pharmacy include: Joseph L. McClay, B. Todd Webb and Jozsef Bukszar. This threeyear grant has total costs of $2,800,000.

Promotions • Kelly Goode was promoted to professor of pharmacy.

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West Virginia University Appointments/Elections


• Jennifer Confer, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, with a joint appointment at Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc. (CHHI) as a Critical Care Specialist.

• Terry L. Schwinghammer is an editor on a pharmacotherapy textbook that has been named the winner of a 2008 Medical Book Award from the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA).

• Betsy L. Elswick was elected to the West Virginia Association of Diabetes Educators Nominating Committee for 2008-09.

• Douglas C. Slain has been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

• Joel Halverson, research assistant professor, WVU Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy.


• Charles D. Ponte is the immediate past president and chair (Nominating Committee) for the West Virginia Association of Diabetes Educators (20082009). • Diana Vinh, assistant professor and director of the Health Education Center. • Jon Wietholter, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, with a joint appointment at Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc. (CHHI) as an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist.

• Peter M. Gannett, co-investigator on a National Science Foundation International Research Experience for Students grant.

Promotions • Michael J. Smith has been promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure.

Retirements • Calvin C. Brister was bestowed the honor of emeritus professor in recognition of his 37 years of dedicated service to West Virginia University by the WVU Board of Governors.

Faculty News from emerging schools Husson University Appointments/Elections • Ahmed Abdelmageed, director of experiential education • Leslie L. Devaud, chair, basic pharmaceutical sciences • Danny R. Huff, chair, pharmacy practice • Eric J. Jarvi, associate dean • William J. Lindblad, professor of pharmacology • Kara L. Shirley, associate professor of pharmacy practice

College of Notre Dame of Maryland Appointments/Elections • Terri L. Meekins, director of philanthropy • John Michael O’Brien has been appointed assistant professor, clinical and administrative sciences.

Awards • Nicole Sparano Culhane has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

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2008–09 Average Full-time Pharmacy Faculty Salaries by Rank for Calendar-year Appointments $208,675 (SD ± $45,597)


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