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hird-year students at the College took part in the annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 30, symbolizing their commitment to professionalism. The 242 students were surrounded by family, friends, faculty, and staff during the ceremony. Tricia Berry, Pharm.D., BCPS, ’94/’95, professor and interim senior associate dean of pharmacy, addressed the students at the event. “As you don your white coats tonight, I hope you will reflect on the responsibility the coat symbolizes,” she said. “By entering covenantal relationships with patients, you will need to place their needs before your own. It will also be important to recognize the need to not only care for your patients, but to care about them, as well.” Kevin Colgan ’77, corporate director of pharmacy at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and the vice chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, also spoke at the ceremony. After the students received their coats, they recited the Pledge of Professionalism, led by class of 2017 President Jeffrey Pasucal. The pledge, signed by all of the students, is displayed in Jones Hall. The class of 2017 will spend the next four years gaining knowledge and skills to prepare them to become leaders in the pharmacy profession.

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Fahad Al-Dhahri left his position as inpatient pharmacy supervisor in Saudi Arabia and moved his family halfway around the world to study at STLCOP. He had never set foot on campus—or in the United States— before a College faculty member picked him up at the airport.

Finding the Final Frontier Advancements in technology, health care, and science are happening rapidly and changing life as we know it. We asked alumni and STLCOP faculty what inventions and discoveries the future has in store.

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Mindful Medicine Psychiatric pharmacists treat patients with mental health conditions not only with complicated medications but with care, respect, and understanding. They must see the patient behind the illness and break through barriers to help improve lives.

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Script Your Future A team of students from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) won two awards as part of the national Script Your Future campaign sponsored by the National Consumer League to raise awareness about medication adherence. STLCOP and WUSM were selected from among more than 80 participating schools to receive the Script Your Future Campaign Award. Additionally, the group received a Focused Activity Award, specifically the Creative Inter­professional Team Event Award. St. Louis College of Pharmacy fourth-year student Sonalie Patel led the Script Your Future Interprofessional Team. Fellow STLCOP students,

STLCOP Named “ Great College to Work For” St. Louis College of Pharmacy has once again been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. “It is an honor to receive this prestigious recognition for the second straight year,” says College President John 2

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includ­ing fifth-year Libby Herman and third-year Patrick Hyatt, joined her on the organizing committee, along with WUSM stu­dents of medicine, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Faculty mem­bers from both St. Louis College of Pharmacy and WUSM assisted the team in their efforts. “We’re teaching students the importance of interprofessional collaboration,” says group advisor Gloria Grice, Pharm.D., interim director of experiential pro­grams and associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. “All health care professionals, including pharmacists, physicians, and physical and occupational therapists, are working together more.”

A. Pieper, Pharm.D. “I know every one of our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping shape future pharmacy leaders who are positioned to make a positive impact in their community.” For the second year in a row, the College was recognized for its fairness of compensation and the ability of its benefits to

Lynnette Bradley-Baker, director of professional alliance development, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; WUSM student Lincoln Muhoro; STLCOP student Sonalie Patel; Dr. Gloria Grice; Surgeon General Regina Benjamin; and Sally Greenberg, executive director, National Consumers League.

“This is an incredible honor,” Patel says. “I’ve been blessed to work with excellent students from both St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University. Forming these bonds now will help all of us in our careers and in the health of our future patients.” In St. Louis, 48,000 residents received STLCOP and WUSM’s adherence message “See it, Hear it, Write it, Understand it, Share it” through an appearance on KSDK Channel 5, at health fairs, and through social media. STLCOP student pharmacists stressed the importance of using pill boxes and medication lists, while physical therapy students talked about appropriate exercises based on med­ications and conditions. Occupational therapy students educated the public on how to remember to take medications, such as setting alarm clocks or smart phone reminders, and medical students ensured that patients understood their medical conditions and the importance of taking medications. The group received the Creative Interprofessional Team Event Award for their phrase and for en­suring that each profession had a unique adher­ence message for the patients. “I could not be more proud of Sonalie and all of the volunteers,” Grice says. “Students have precious little time outside of class, and they used every moment to improve the health of St. Louis.”

meet the needs of employees. The results are primarily based on faculty and staff feedback through a survey. “It is very satisfying to know the recognition is driven by the opinion of the College’s faculty and staff members,” says Dan Bauer, director of human resources. Compensation and benefits at the College are reviewed

annually. They are also compared to other employers in the St. Louis area, state­ wide, and nationally in the public and private sector. “Great Colleges to Work For” is one of the largest and most respected higher edu­cation workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all of the results of the survey, visit the Chronicle’s Web site:

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Campus Master Plan Over the next two years, the College will be undergoing a physical transformation to better meet the needs of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. A new campus master plan­ning process began in February 2012, and the master plan was adopted by the Board of Trustees in March 2013. Cannon Design was charged with the completion of the master plan and design of the project, and Paric was chosen as construction manager. Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014 and will include a new, six-story aca­demic/research building in Phase 1. The new academic building will house faculty and staff offices, classrooms, teaching laboratories,

Old Medicine Tonnage The St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative collected a record 16,311 pounds of medication from the St. Louis area this year. On April 27, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, the city of St. Louis, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) partnered to safely dispose of unwanted medications. There were 97 disposal locations in the metropolitan area, including local churches, community centers, senior housing facilities, and four Walgreen’s pharmacies in the city of St. Louis. This year’s metro-wide collect­ion of 16,311 pounds is a 30 percent increase over last year. In the past three

The Medication Disposal Initiative hit record numbers this year. Here’s how the stats stack up against the animal world. (You’ll never look at a hippo the same way again.) st. louis 16,311 pounds / 2.5 hippos (average hippo = 6,500 lbs.)


800 pounds / 6.1 gray wolves (average North American gray wolf = 130 lbs.)

u.s. total 742,497 pounds / 2.9 blue whales

(average blue whale = 250,000 lbs.)

three-year 52,000 pounds / 4 African elephants st. louis total (average African elephant = 13,000 lbs.)

years, the Medication Disposal Initiative has collected more than 52,000 pounds of unwanted medication in the

St. Louis area. The DEA collected 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of medication across the country this year.

research laboratories, the library, enrollment services, and auditorium spaces. After Phase 1 is completed, Phase 2 will begin, which will include spaces for residential life, dining,

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a student center, recreation center, and gymnasium. The new construction will be critical in meeting the College’s program­­matic needs. With the beginning of the seven-year program, student growth will increase to 1,650 students, an 80 percent increase in student population in two decades. Subsequently, this growth will require an 80 percent increase in space needs. “These new buildings will help St. Louis College of Pharmacy attract and retain the best and brightest stu­dents, expand teaching and research opportunities for faculty, and create a welcoming environ­ment for everyone living and working on or visiting campus,” says College President John A. Pieper.

Top keyword searches for the College’s new Web site—not surpris­ingly—are “calendar,” “academic,” and “tuition” since the site is designed to communicate what’s happening on and around campus. A Google maps-powered “In the Neighborhood” application and an “Upcoming Events” slider are just some of the new features. Check out how visitors are using

From July 24 to Sept. 24: 157,153 people visited the site 5,077 visitors visited the site on Monday, Aug. 19—the first day of school 93,153, or 59.9 percent, accessed the site directly

20,045 visitors linked to the site from social media such as Facebook and Twitter 372,989 pages were viewed (repeated views of a single page count)



Here is the study lounge you saw in the basement of Whelpley Hall during your college visit. Is this where you decided?

The Corners of STLCOP Do you remember why you decided on these 8-acres for the biggest step of your life? Most STLCOP students choose to come here after visiting our small, friendly campus. It starts with the quality of programs, sure. Maybe it was proximity to home that helped you decide, or the fact that hospitals and major research labs lay literally across the street. Perhaps you chose to become a pharmacist years ago when you met a family friend who owned the local pharmacy in town, and you chose to follow that path to Parkview Place. What was it that helped you decide? 4

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There’s a nice view of the Arch and St. Louis from the top of the parking garage. You watched a two-star flick (that you can’t seem to remember the name of now) during movie night up here and hoped one of those medical helicopters wouldn’t drown out the sound or accidentally land on the roof during intermission instead of at Children’s Hospital next door. And you prayed that, just once, you’d make it to class on time, so you could park below level four.

Here is the original, concrete campus moniker on Jones Hall, where you lined up in stiff photo rows with classmates before an all-out road trip to Indy and Eli Lily—where you built lifelong friendships, met future spouses, found career inspiration. Remember? SCRIPT MAGAZINE


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Here is the kitchenette at the end of the third floor of Residence Hall, where, standing in front of a microwave waiting for burnt popcorn for dinner (ah, some things never change) halfway through your first year here, you felt you were not only going to survive but thrive.


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The Carlisle Rooms, in the student center, are named for the Carlisles, one of the legendary STLCOP families who seem to have the pharmacy gene in every generation’s DNA. Is this where you chose?

On Campus

Here is the library nook where you studied for days at a time with your roommates, leaving only to go to the bathroom or to make a Ted Drewes run. And where you bumped into your old boyfriend/girlfriend after your Holiday Dance date with him/ her didn’t end well. Ok, maybe there’s less actual studying in the O.J. Cloughly Alumni Library than you remembered.

As a student, you remember when the old residence hall was here in all of its 70s-era glory. You’ve returned years later and that building has been replaced by the campus’s coveted swath of green grass with its endless uses: bashing fruit of some sort; building things out of snow; taking shortcuts between classes; tossing Frisbees; and fighting off nods in the sunshine caused by lack of sleep studying for organic tests. Oh, and for seeing how that white coat will feel for the first time and for the rest of your career.



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Faith in Practice Fahad Al-Dhahri left his position as inpatient pharmacy supervisor in Saudi Arabia and moved his family halfway around the world to study at STLCOP. He had never set foot on campus—or in the United States—before a College faculty member picked him up at the airport.

It’s Ramadan*, the month-long Islamic holy observation in which most Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Fahad Al-Dhahri’s parents and siblings will be practicing with prayer at night and increased recitations of the Quran. Usually, Al-Dhahri and his parents have breakfast together every day during the observation. But this is Al-Dhahri’s first time separated from his parents at Ramadan. It’s his first time in the U.S. It’s his first year at STLCOP—even though he is an experienced pharmacist. Al-Dhahri, who already has a pharmacy degree, accepted a scholarship and left his position as supervisor of an inpatient pharmacy at a government-run hospital, took his two oldest children out of school, packed up his family’s belongings, said goodbye to his parents, and flew his family halfway around the world to a foreign country with prevailing customs much different than those of his own. Al-Dhahri, now a fourth-year student, was one of four pharmacists from Saudi Arabia to enroll in the College’s professional program in January. He comes to STLCOP with a wealth of pharmacy and medical experience, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from King Saud University in 1997 and a master’s degree in medical education from King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in 2010. But his goal has always been, and will always be, receiving a Pharm.D. “It’s good to get the Pharm.D. in the U.S.,” he says. He applied for a matching program at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Saudi Arabia, in which select students apply to one of three pharmacy schools in the U.S. The program is coordinated by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and is highly competitive. He made it through the screening process and was paired up with STLCOP. Then came the process of telling his family. Al-Dhahri comes from a large, tight-knit family. He has 10 siblings, as well as four children of his own. His family of six lived in a small bungalow down the street from his parents, and he saw them often. Although they never told him directly, Al-Dhahri says that he thinks his parents weren’t enthusiastic about his 8

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decision to move to America for three and a half years for pharmacy school. “If you ask me, my father and mother didn’t want me to come here,” he says. “But they said, ‘This is your decision, and we don’t want to interfere. We are happy because you are happy.’” Al-Dhahri says it was especially difficult for him to be so far away from his parents during Ramadan. This year, the holy observation took place from July 10 to Aug. 8, but observing Ramadan didn’t have an effect on Al-Dhahri’s studies. He used the College’s faith and meditation room, which is located on the first floor of Residence Hall and is open to students of all denominations, to pray. Even though his parents might not have been excited about him studying abroad, his wife, Khloud, was fully supportive. Khloud, who has a bachelor’s degree in social work, stays at home with their two youngest children, Aljazi,

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a four-year-old girl, and Mohammed, a baby boy, while Al-Dhahri studies. His two oldest children, Ali, an 11-year-old boy, and Almaha, a six-year-old girl, go to school in Creve Coeur, close to where the family lives. Eternally grateful for the support that his wife has given him, Al-Dhahri gives her much of the credit for his success so far at STLCOP. “She has helped me a lot,” he says. “I told her, ‘I wouldn’t be able to do this without your help.’” Al-Dhahri says that he spends most of his time studying. As he explains, it’s the reason he’s here. “I sacrificed everything to come here,” he says. Yet he has found time to play soccer every week with some neighbors at a nearby stadium. He also takes his family to Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park often, and he has even taken them on weekend trips to Lake of the Ozarks. At some point, he plans to travel out of state. But, for now, he’s focused on studying.

“Fahad and the other Saudi pharmacists who decided to come here to study have done a great job,” says Ken Schafermeyer, director of the Office of International Programs. “They have assimilated well, made friends, and are an important part of the College community. I think we are learning as much from them as they are from us.” Al-Dhahri enjoys St. Louis and has been surprised by how welcoming everyone has been. “The good hospitality, I didn’t expect,” he says, “especially from the faculty, students, and staff at STLCOP.” He hopes to get placed in a nearby residency after grad­ uating from STLCOP in 2016. Then he will return to Saudi Arabia to work as a clinical pharmacist. * Editor’s Note: Fahad Al-Dhahri was interviewed during the Islamic holy observation of Ramadan in July. SCRIPT MAGAZINE


Reading about migraines is giving me a migraine. #OTC

I have so much respect for Dr. Zebroski. Such a good man and served for our country. #thankyou

I wish it was publicly acceptable to sing in the cafe while studying. #nothighschoolmusical


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My goal before I graduate from STLCOP is to make it up the 5 flights of stairs in Jones Hall without feeling like my chest will explode.

The pharmaceutics exam is basically common sense, which scares me because I just painted my toes and then put socks on right after.

What an eventful day in chem lab. Managed to break two test tubes AND spill nitric acid on my leg. Lol love my life 10

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Twitter recently celebrated its seventh birthday. From humble beginnings, the social network, cofounded by St. Louisan Jack Dorsey, has grown to an estimated 200 million active users who send 400 million tweets a day. Those tweets come from every corner of the globe, including the campus of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Students had plenty to say so far this year. Some messages were profound, many lighthearted, but all are a window into the life of a student at the College.

Even though school can be demanding and grueling at times with studying, I think of my future patients and everything seems to make sense.

If only I were half as enthusiastic as Mr. Moylan at 8 am every MWF.

I can’t believe I’m already a third year and that I’m getting my white coat today. #timefliesfast

There’s a car in the parking garage taking up three spots. THREE SPOTS. This is not the time people.

Wow…all this studying made me forget that tomorrow is my birthday.

Had fun pricking myself in physio lab. #blood

I’m 99% sure someone is sleeping/snoring in the cubicle next to me.

Well hot dog! I actually know how to do chemistry.

I don’t understand why STLCOP always smells like burnt popcorn.

Twitter basics: Tweet: A message of 140 characters or less sent on Twitter. Feed: List of tweets delivered straight to a user’s account. Follower: User who chooses to have another user’s tweets delivered to his or her feed. Hashtag: The # sign. It is used to highlight a key word or phrase to make it easier for other users to join in on the conversation.

Three quizzes tomorrow, quiz and paper due Friday, and two exams and two quizzes next week. I can do this. I can do this.

Trying so hard to like coffee, not going as planned.

It’s strange how going away to college has made me so much closer with my parents. I can’t wait to see them on Friday!

Going to get my fingerprints done for my pharmacy intern license this week! #excited

My favorite part about test days is after they are over I can close about 96 word documents and files that I had open on my computer.

Am I committing a crime by eating a sandwich in the basement of Whelpley? I swear you’d think I committed a crime by the looks I’m getting.



Finding the Final Frontier

Advancements in technology are happening rapidly and changing life as we know it. What inventions and discoveries does the future have in store? by blaire leible garwitz


What’s the most underrated discovery of your lifetime?

One of the least glamorous and underrated discoveries was the microchip and integrated circuit by Jack Kilby bob zebroski:


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and Robert Noyce respectively. These made all of the information technologies we rely on possible, including personal computers, cell phones, tablets, etc. For better or worse, these technologies have had a profound impact on how we live

our lives. They have made possible instantaneous communication on a global scale to be easy and cost effective. As an inventor, I am biased on this one. My latest patent is a device that allows pharmacists to test for the identity and concentration of single-active injectable drugs on-site before they are administered to the patient. The device (marketed as the DVx) helps to significantly reduce the amount of injection errors committed by hospital pharmacy staff. It weighs about two pounds, is highly michael pruett:



ince the beginning of time, humans have demonstrated their ingenuity—cavemen discovered fire in prehistoric times, Alexander Fleming developed penicillin in 1928, and Apple created the iPhone in 2007. These developments have forever changed our world, but there is still much left to be discovered. We talked to STLCOP alumni and faculty to find out what they think has been the most important scientific discovery so far and what they hope will be the next big finding.

portable, and is completely selfcontained (includes spectrometer, DynaLabs’ mathematic algorithms, onboard PC, touch screen control, and wireless connectivity). The test takes seconds to perform and costs a fraction of what a traditional lab would charge for the same test. As far as biological science is concerned, the ability to reliably sequence the DNA of individuals is now so ubiquitous that the processes are taken for granted. The polymerase chain reaction [a process that enables researchers to produce millions of copies of a specific DNA sequence in a short period of time] and automation of genetic sequencing are leading to a better understanding of genetic sequences associated with particular cancerous disease states and the ability to identify individuals through their unique genetic “fingerprints.” margaret weck:


What do you think was one of the most important drugs to

hit the market in your lifetime?

In the last 13 years, I have seen so many cancer-related drugs become commercially approved (Cetuximab, Sorafenib, Tykerb, Zometa, Bortezomib, Pertuzumab, Ofatumumab, Avastin, Provenge, and Gleevec to name a few), and the amount of money and effort that continues to pour into cancer research just amazes me. dana kelley:

During my lifetime there were two drug discoveries that had a huge impact on our lives. The birth control pill developed by Gregory Pincus and others came on the American market in 1960 and immediately exercised a profound impact on American life. The transformational social, political, and economic changes that bz:

emerged in the 1960s and 1970s came about, in part, by the ability of couples to plan their families. The most underrated drug to be discovered was the beta blocker propranolol by Sir James W. Black in 1964. Heart disease was the No. 1 killer of Americans then and still is, but beta blockers allowed people to live longer by controlling hypertension. Black’s discovery paved the way for other such discoveries to treat cardiovascular disease. Immunosuppressive, or anti-rejection, drugs used in preventing rejection of transplanted organs and tissues are very important. The idea of someone who needs a new heart, who is able to get one, and who then continues living a relatively normal life is something that was impossible only a few decades ago. richard mccall:

Insulin as a clinically available therapy was developed during my lifetime. This was important not only for saving the lives of many people with diabetes, but also for helping us understand the different causes and courses of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. mw:


What are you hoping will be the next big scientific


The cure for cancer, of course! I’ve been involved in oncology research for almost 13 years, so my view is skewed. The genomic decoding of cancers is so exciting— the fact that one day we will be able to tailor cancer treatments for each patient based on cell analysis is really amazing. dk:

The next frontier in the treatment of diseases seems to be gene therapy [the use of genes to treat or prevent disease], especially for bz:

chronic illnesses. We have wonderful drugs that treat symptoms, but the promise of a lasting cure will transform medicine and all of our lives. Some futurists foresee a day in which people could live to be 120 years old with such therapies available. Affordable 3-D printing [a process that makes a 3-D solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model] would solve so many problems and would be a definite game changer. If we can eventually use it to create organs and other body parts for transplants, cells for gene therapy, and food for malnourished nations, maybe it can also breakdown our gas emissions into molecules and we can recycle them for the above uses and help with the issue of global warming as well. fred gattas:

I am hoping for a major advance in energy storage systems so that more of the electricity generated by any means can be stored for later use. This would allow discontinuous energy sources (such as wind and solar power) to be more efficient. In general, longterm sustainability of our current technology will demand that we figure out how to become more energy efficient. mw:

An invisibility cloak would be very interesting, and some progress has been made in this area. A small amount of success has been recently demonstrated in the radiofrequency, microwave, and infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum—but in the visible range, not so much. It has been a fascinating idea for a long time. I’m not sure that “hoping” is the word that I would use, but perhaps we have all wanted to be “a fly on the wall” at one time or another. rm:

Contributors Bob Zebroski, Ph.D. associate professor of history; interim senior associate dean of arts and sciences; interim director of the Division of Liberal Arts and Administrative Sciences, St. Louis College of Pharmacy Michael Pruett ’81, MBA managing partner, Dynalabs LLC Margaret Weck, D.A. director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; associate professor of biology, St. Louis College of Pharmacy Dana Kelley ’93/’94, Pharm.D. pharmacist in charge, Investigational Drug Services, Washington University Infusion Center Pharmacy Richard McCall, Ph.D. interim chair of the Department of Basic Sciences; professor of physics, St. Louis College of Pharmacy Fred Gattas, Pharm.D. pharmacy quality manager, Triad Isotopes, Inc.; adjunct assistant professor of nuclear medicine, St. Louis College of Pharmacy



Q&A with Tricia Berry The 2012-13 academic year was filled with accolades for Tricia Berry ’94/’95, Pharm.D., BCPS. Berry, interim senior associate dean of pharmacy, interim chair of the pharmacy practice department, and professor of pharmacy practice, was honored with the Alumni Association’s 2013 Joe E. Haberle Outstanding Educator Award for her commitment to educational excellence. In addition, she also received the 2013 Student Enrichment Award, a Byron A. Barnes Excellence in Education Award that recognizes her outstanding service to students outside the classroom. Berry shares her thoughts on her career in pharmacy, her time at the College as a student and an educator, and how receiving these awards has brought her full circle in her career. What motivated you to choose the pharmacy profession? My mom first planted the seed in

were doing, and I absolutely loved it.

of their health. After I graduated, I

That experience solidified that

was accepted into a residency at the

pharmacy was the career for me.

Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System. At the time, it was one

my head. I remember going to the community pharmacy in my hometown of Sullivan, Mo., with her and seeing how the pharmacist there helped people. As we were leaving, my mom told me, “I could see you doing that—talking to people and finding out how you can help.” Shortly after that, a STLCOP student who had graduated from my high school returned to make a presentation to my high school chemistry class. She shared details about the College’s curriculum as well as what her career options were down the road. That was another little seed that was planted. While I was enrolled as a pre-pharmacy major at the University of Missouri, I worked at University Hospital as a pharmacy technician for about a year. During that time, I saw firsthand what pharmacists


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How did attending St. Louis College of Pharmacy influence your career path? I transferred to STLCOP as a secondyear student, and I enrolled with the intention to earn my Doctor of Pharmacy degree and apply for a residency. I had seen pharmacists at University Hospital in Columbia working with the physicians in the critical care units. Seeing the difference that they were making with their patients’ health care motivated me to pursue a clinical track. But as I went through my rotations, my career path shifted. I discovered ambulatory care, and I became interested

of the few residencies in St. Louis that incorporated ambulatory care. As a resident in the program, I was actually an employee of the College, and I was given teaching responsibilities. I soon realized the different dimensions of teaching. I really enjoyed precepting, especially the one-on-one interaction with students at the practice site and the small group discussions we had on campus. These experiences redirected me to a faculty position.

The College helped you discover your passion for teaching. I think that passion always existed,

in the longer-term relationships

but it took time for me to discover

pharmacists develop with patients to

it. When I was in high school, I was

help them with the chronic management

a vacation Bible school teacher. The

Faculty Profile coordinator for the program was an

of respect for him. He held people to

elementary school principal, and she

high standards, but we knew he cared

10-year-old son. He said to tell the

worked closely with me and my group

so much for us and would do just about

graduates that if “they find a job they

of kids. At the end of several summers

anything to help his students succeed.

love, then they will never work a day in

working together, she said to me, “If you

It is amazing to me that people would

their lives.” I thought that was kind of

ever want to be a teacher or need to be

think I’m worthy of being recognized

an idealistic phrase, but I understood

convinced that you should be a teacher,

for that award. I didn’t expect to receive

his message. It’s important to find the

come talk to me.” At that time, I was

the Byron A. Barnes Award either. It’s

things that you’re passionate about, and

focused on my interests in medicine.

been hard to believe it’s all happening in

if you can’t find them, then create them.

But when I began my residency, I

the same year.

started getting excited about the

I received the Haberle Award at

teaching aspects that were involved

Commencement, and it was a special

in my work. I realized I could blend

moment for my mom and me. My

pharmacy and teaching together.

mom had attended my Bachelor of

During my first year or two as a

Science and my Doctor of Pharmacy

faculty member at the College, some

graduations and was also there when

students and I were volunteering at a

my sister, Tara Schreit ’97, graduated

community health fair at a local school.

from the College. Attending the 2013

I also included advice from my

That seems to be your educational philosophy. You are a role model for your students. You’ve found your passion, and you are helping your students discover their passions. I do enjoy my role as a faculty member. Since I first began teaching, role modeling has been essential to my

My 10-year-old son said to tell the graduates that if “they find a job they love, then they will never work a day in their lives.” While I was consulting with some of the

graduation brought back really great

visitors at the health fair, I looked up

memories for both of us. My mom, who

and saw the principal I worked with

had first encouraged me to pursue

years ago! I had not seen her since I was

pharmacy, was incredibly proud to see

a senior in high school. I ran over to her

what I had achieved.

immediately, gave her a big hug, and told her I still remembered how she had encouraged me to be a teacher. Then I told her that I am a pharmacist and a teacher. I introduced her to my students and explained some of the topics I taught. It felt like I had come full circle.

What advice did you give to students during Commencement? There were several different messages that I wanted to drive home. One is that we need to be grateful to the people who helped us to get where

You have been honored with two teaching awards. What does it mean to you, as an alumna and a faculty member of the College, to receive these awards?

we are. I acknowledged my family,

When I learned I had been nominated

help each other to do great things.

for the Haberle Award, I reflected on my memories of Dr. Haberle as an educator at the College. I had several pharmacy courses with him, and I can still vividly see him in front of the classroom. The students had an unbelievable amount

the faculty, and the students because they are ultimately the reason I do what I do. My faculty colleagues are incredible. We push each other and In my role in the experiential office, I have the opportunity to get to know students and learn what their career interests are. I enjoy helping them pursue their passions.

teaching philosophy. If I want the students to treat people with respect and to demonstrate professional behavior, I have to do it. Role modeling is critical.

How has receiving these awards influenced your goals for the future? These awards have helped me set new and higher goals. I have been reflecting on new ways I can help the College and make a difference in my students’ lives. In my roles at the College and within the experiential office, I’ve been fortunate to have been exposed to many different kinds of pharmacy settings. It gives me an interesting perspective to work on health care issues on a systems level. We have the ability to make changes to improve patient care. We are finding solutions, and pharmacists are key to those solutions.



Seeing the patient behind the mental illness. BY CONNIE MITCHELL


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Ismar Karadzic ’10 has treated the president of the United States, who was also a medical doctor. Well, not really. But Karadzic’s patient definitely believed he was both of those things.


nd so Karadzic, along with the attending psychiatrist, “consulted” with “Dr. Patient” about the proper course of treatment. When they agreed on the correct drug, the patient took it. A couple of months later, the patient admitted he wasn’t really a doctor…or president, for that matter. Medication and counseling were finally breaking down the patient’s delusions and bringing him back into the real world. Even now, the patient has occasional “breakthrough” delusions, but Karadzic encounters and helps treat such difficult cases on a daily basis. As he walks the halls of the Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center, a 300-bed psychiatric hospital located in Farmington, Mo., and operated under the auspices of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Karadzic encounters a huge range of psychiatric patient profiles—from people who are new inpatients to those who have made this facility a virtual home for years at a time. Some, like the doctor and president, are delusional. A few are paranoid, sure that Karadzic and anyone else they encounter is working against them. Some patients see things that aren’t there. And some seem perfectly fine, until they break with reality and begin talking as if they live on another planet—one that only they can imagine. Nothing here can be taken at face value. Every case is unique, and many are complex. Medications are intrinsically woven into both short- and long-term care for these individuals. And as pharmacy clinical manager, Karadzic plays a key role on the health care team that manages each patient’s illness. Practicing psychiatric pharmacy involves a delicate dance of clinical expertise, interpersonal finesse, communication skills, and persistence. Not only are the drugs themselves unique in their potency and potential for side effects and interactions, but the patients who take them are unpredictable and may be resistant to treatment. Off-label uses are not uncommon, and maintaining a firm grasp of pharmacy research and new drug profiles is critical for patient safety. In addition, it is important to be able to think outside the box, delivering medications in doses and formulations that work for each individual patient. Not only do the drugs need to be delivered in very individualized ways, but they also can sometimes induce or worsen other medical conditions, like high blood pressure or diabetes, leading to the need for additional medications to control those problems. Potential drug interactions are a primary concern, and cost can be another major factor in a patient’s determination regarding whether or not to take a recommended drug. Keeping current on all of these factors is crucial for the psychiatric pharmacist.



A DELICATE AND COMPLEX BALANCE Karadzic’s practice encompasses a range of duties, which is fairly typical for pharmacists who care for psychiatric patients. One important component of his job involves daily rounds with the rest of the interdisciplinary team overseeing each case. Physicians, nurses, social workers, and therapists work together to coordinate patient care. In many ways, the psychiatric setting is one of the most cooperative settings for health care, with each professional providing valuable input and appreciating the contributions of colleagues. “Rounds involve on-site interaction between the team and the patient,” Karadzic says. “Advising on the appropriateness of specific medications and dosages is a very important part of the discussion.” Karadzic considers his work to be largely educational. Sitting in a small conference room around an oblong table, he faces one to a half-dozen patients suffering from any number of mental illnesses. Some are depressed, some manic, and some psychotic. Without medication, they would all be unable to function in the outside world. Thus, these small-group educational sessions, designed to help individuals understand why they need a particular drug, how it will affect them, how to take it, and why they must follow directions are crucial to creating longterm treatment success. “Compliance is a big issue,” Karadzic says. “The ultimate goal here is to get patients well enough so that they can leave the hospital and stay out of the inpatient setting. When they feel better and decide it’s time to stop taking their medications because they don’t think they need them anymore, we have problems with return visits. So the trick is to think outside the box and find ways to help the patient feel comfortable about taking the medication.” Vito Sansone ’77 serves in a similar capacity at SSM St. Joseph Health Center-Wentzville, which includes a 77-bed inpatient psychiatric ward. He earned an MBA following graduation from STLCOP and served as director of pharmacy at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis and at the Wentzville facility when it was Crossroads Regional Medical Center, prior to purchase by SSM Healthcare in 2005. In addition to the type of interprofessional collaboration described by Karadzic, Sansone manages the psychiatric formulary for all behavioral health units at SSM facilities in the St. Louis area. “Because of the cost of many psychiatric drugs, not every hospital can carry them all,” he says. “So we look at which medications have the most evidence-based efficacy and develop an appropriate formulary. Some of the drugs are beginning to go generic, which helps with cost, and we offer a good range of quality medications for our psychiatric patients.” In working with health care professionals, Sansone says he serves as the “drug information headquarters.” To help behavioral health nurses understand the nuances of psychiatric drugs, Sansone developed special learning modules that are included in nurses’ orientation. The modules provide information on a range of psychiatric drugs from antipsychotics to antidepressants and stimulants used for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Psychiatrists, too, rely on Sansone for formulary and dosing information. “Psychiatrists have knowledge of psychiatric medicines but aren’t as well versed on other types of medication,” Sansone says. “Since many psychiatric patients are on a slew of other medications, the psychiatrists need to know about potential interactions or other issues,”. Electronic health record systems, like the one used at SSM St. Joseph Health CenterWentzville, certainly provide a degree of safety in flagging potential drug interactions, but Sansone notes that every newly admitted patient requires a personalized medication review, sometimes involving calls to their community pharmacists to ensure all listed medications are 18

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current and correct. “We need to help make sure that the medicines the patient was taking prior to admission are continued and that any new medications are considered in light of the existing regimen,” he says.

FINDING NORMAL Yet it is the patient interaction that truly makes psychiatric pharmacy unique. For most people, following a doctor’s advice for a chronic condition, such as diabetes or high cholesterol, seems like common sense and is adhered to fairly well. Patients listen to their physicians and, for the most part, take their medicine as prescribed. Psychiatric patients, however, realize that the medications being recommended to them are not necessarily crucial to their physical wellbeing. They weigh the pros and cons of taking medications and often need special counseling to understand the reasons for specific prescriptions and the potential side effects in relation to the potential benefits. “There’s a big role for pharmacy but also a human aspect to what I do,” Karadzic says. “We’re always taught to consider the pharmacy standpoint in terms of the drugs, how they work and if they’re appropriate, but it’s through personal interaction that you really start to relate to patients. You see where they’re coming from. You see that the medications with which we’re treating them—and there are a lot—is not an easy decision for them in terms of wanting to take it.” Sansone notes that it’s important to see the individual behind the disease. “No one wants to have a mental illness,” he says. “People just want to feel better, and they’re counting on their doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to help them lead a normal life.”

BOARD CERTIFICATION Psychiatric pharmacy has been a board-certified specialty since 1992. It is one of eight specialties recognized by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, and it focuses on the pharmacist’s role in monitoring patient response, patient assessment, recognizing drug-induced problems, and

Robert Schmitt ’00 has an acute awareness of the need for the pharmacist to “set aside judgement and bias.” He manages four psychiatric facilities administered by the Missouri Department of Mental Health as part of a regional pharmacy team. Two are forensic care centers specially designed for inmates or those being assessed for fitness to stand trial, one specializes in pediatric cases, and another is an acute care psychiatric center.

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Although Schmitt has never been attacked or overtly threatened, he is always aware of the possibility. Patients sometimes act out aggressively against staff members. In these cases, medication is often a lynchpin to calming the patient adequately in order to proceed with counseling and further treatment.

with at least 50 percent of their

“Some of our clients have committed violent crimes, even murder. But we can’t focus on that. We have to set our sights on treatment and restoring individuals to the community,” he says. Still, Schmitt exercises caution, knowing that some of his patients may become agitated and aggressive.

treatment plans. Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist Certification may be pursued by graduates who have completed four years of practice time devoted to psychiatric pharmacy services or completion of a psychiatric pharmacy residency followed by one additional year of practice. The board exam covers patient management, information

Extreme mental illness may require creative treatment plans, he adds, noting that medications often need to be adjusted over time. Patient history, comorbidities, and careful tracking of patient response to various combinations of medications and therapies all come into play when deciding how to proceed. “Understanding patients is really important,” he says. “Pharmacists are crucial here. Psychiatric pharmaceuticals are a unique subclass of medications, and the potential for drug interactions is certainly a concern.”

management, and health policy

Karadzic finds that some patients feel as if they are giving in to the fact that they have a mental illness when they agree to take a psychiatric drug. Admitting their diagnosis to themselves can be difficult, and complying with medication therapy makes it all real. or www.bpsweb.

and practice management. Recertification is issued based on passing a recertification exam or earning 100 hours of continuing education credit. For more information, see www. org/specialties/psychiatric.cfm.

“In any pharmacy practice, patients choose whether or not to take the medication, so it is a choice-driven process,” he says. “The difficult part of psychiatry is that it can be hard to relate the message of benefits outweighing drawbacks. And that’s why pharmacists play a really crucial role—we’re able to break it down to the human level to get the message across.” For instance, he may have to explain that, “This medicine might make you a little drowsy, but it will also make you feel less depressed, so you can enjoy your grandchildren when they come to visit.” SCRIPT MAGAZINE


Another technical challenge to treating the psychiatric population involves the slow efficacy of many psychiatric drugs. Unlike medications for high blood pressure or other medical problems, psychiatric drugs can take weeks or months to create noticeable improvements. Again, Karadzic notes that the pharmacist-patient relationship is crucial to explaining this process and ensuring that the patient complies with the medication dosing even if they’re not seeing any immediate results. Patients who exhibit paranoia are especially challenging in this sense, and the challenge is that medications must begin working to control paranoid symptoms in order to help increase compliance. To practice successfully in a psychiatric setting, Karadzic says that listening is a key skill. Many psychiatric patients have been treated for a long time, he notes, and over the years have dealt with a string of physicians, therapists, and other health care professionals. Because of the nature of their illnesses, patients who have been admitted for treatments multiple times often learn what to say and do in order to convince others of their progress. Realizing this potential, teasing out real concerns, and working together to solve them is the crux of the pharmacist-patient relationship. “We have a big arsenal of medications to draw from,” Karadzic says. “By listening to patients and determining what they are worried about, we can often recommend substitutions that will make them more comfortable with the treatment.” For example, some patients are hesitant to take a pill every day. Instead, Karadzic may recommend a long-acting injection. Expertise in various formulations and strengths of medications is key.

BREAKING THROUGH “Eventually, the patients begin to ask more realistic questions, and you can see they’re getting on board with their therapy,” Karadzic says. “But the process can be frustrating for everyone. We all want to be rewarded with a positive outcome—sooner rather than later. If the patient simply refuses to take a drug, we’re all stuck until we can get through to him or her.” Sansone agrees that compliance issues are the most time-consuming discussions he has with patients. “Eighty percent of the patients who are admitted here end up as inpatients because they stopped taking their medications at home,” he says. “Maybe they experienced side effects. Maybe the drugs cost too much. Maybe they felt better and thought they didn’t need to continue taking the medicines. We need to figure out the cause. If patients really want to stop taking a medication, we can work with their physicians to wean them off safely or substitute a different type of drug.” Schmitt finds noncompliance leading to recidivism one of the most frustrating aspects of his practice. “It’s a step backward when we see them return,” he says. “Patients who are delusional may think there’s nothing wrong with them, and that’s a real barrier to compliance.” Outpatient education offers a different experience, but one that is equally important. As patients “matriculate” to group homes or other outpatient settings, their therapy continues, and medication education is an important component. Pharmacists who have developed relationships with long-term inpatients can follow them in the outpatient setting, helping to ensure that they don’t need additional inpatient treatment. The world of psychiatric pharmacy also combines with the community pharmacy setting, particularly surrounding the many prescriptions for anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication written by primary care physicians. “Community pharmacists have the opportunity to review patients’ full complement of medications when dispensing prescriptions to help identify any potential problems,” Sansone notes. “They can make the patient aware that some psychiatric medications, like anti-anxiety meds, can cause drowsiness or weight gain.” 20

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TRANSFORMATIVE PRACTICE Karadzic became interested in psychiatric pharmacy during a clinical rotation in a psychiatric inpatient setting. “My interest evolved because it takes some time to really understand what this specialty is all about,” he says. “It’s unlike anything else we’re taught to handle. It’s very different in that this patient population is something not many people have exposure to. You have to understand this special subset of patients, and you can only really obtain that by being immersed in it.” Since graduating, Karadzic has found support and resources through the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) and is pursuing board certification in psychiatric pharmacy. Sansone is board-certified and says the continuing education requirements help him stay on top of the specialty. “There is a good collegial network through the CPNP,” Karadzic says. E-mail communication, articles about new types of psychopharmaceuticals, information on off-label uses, and an annual conference help psychiatric pharmacists stay current and informed. Passing on his knowledge to future pharmacists in psychiatric pharmacy also is important. He precepts students on a regular basis. “We cover this material to some extent in school, but it’s just not enough to fully appreciate what psychiatric pharmacy is about,” he says. “I would encourage students with an interest to look into the CPNP and seek out rotations at psychiatric sites.” Schmitt, too, welcomes students and believes that psychiatric pharmacy should have a central role in the curriculum, especially considering the increasing number of people who take some type of psychiatric medication. He also wants students to know that this specialized aspect of the pharmacy profession may yield some of the greatest rewards. “We see transformation happen all the time,” he says. “A patient who is unstable and combative may come in. Within a year of starting treatment, that person may be completely different. While not everyone that leaves our care is a success story, we make every attempt to contribute to each patient’s improvement.” Yet the inside view of psychiatric pharmacy can be shocking and initially unsettling for students. Karadzic eases them into it by starting with less complex patients and gradually introducing students to those with more severe mental illness. “I ask them frequently if they’re comfortable and what they think,” he says. “At first, the students seem to want to appear unfazed, but by the middle of our five weeks together they usually admit that some cases freak them out. It comes with the territory, and they begin to appreciate the complexity of psychiatric illness and treatment.” Karadzic admits to being somewhat numb to the unique nature of his patient base. “I tell people about some of my cases, and then I realize they’re sitting there with their mouths hanging open. I forget how extreme it all sounds. But that’s what makes it fascinating to me.” SCRIPT MAGAZINE



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T he Vintner

Pharmacy and winemaking are two seemingly unrelated careers, but they both require knowledge of chemistry and microbiology. Paul Nobbe ’75 juggles these two professions, and he has the balancing act down to a science. At his winery, Schorr Lake Vineyards, success is sweet.




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Paul Nobbe is involved in the vineyard operations from begining to end. Below, he pours a crisp glass of one of Schorr Lake’s white wines.

Paul Nobbe became a vintner in college—if you can call winemaking in your college apartment a legitimate operation. In a world where beer was the beverage of choice among the student population, Nobbe had more sophisticated tastes. It was an unassuming start to a second career—he’s also a practicing pharmacist—and Nobbe’s winery, Schorr Lake Vineyards in Waterloo, Ill., which he opened in 1998, carries the same low-key vibe. Take, for example, the sign he hung above the wine-tasting bar. It includes a list of lingo for the patrons who might be tasting for the first time—a way to introduce the art of winemaking to newcomers and make them feel comfortable in an arena that can have a reputation for, well, snootiness (a reputation Nobbe refutes). “Aroma: the smell of a young wine,” the sign reads. “Body: weight of a wine. Finesse: literally ‘fine-ness,’ refers to overall character of a good wine.” Nobbe’s hope is that patrons to Schorr Lake will like the wine they taste and be armed with a language to describe why they like it. Schorr Lake is a relatively small operation, but one of only a few wineries in the area that grows the grapes and manufactures and sells the wines it produces.

From the vine to barrels, to bottles, to the glass, Schorr Lake Vineyards in Waterloo, Ill., carries a wide variety of wines.


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Nobbe bought a house near a Waterloo reservoir 22 years ago and started making wine in the basement for friends and family. When a 7-acre parcel of land opened up next door, he bought it and began growing grapes and blackberries. Schorr Lake’s blackberry wines are big sellers. These days the winery grows 22 varieties of grapes and two varieties of blackberries and offers up to 42 different wines on any given weekend—the only days of the week the winery opens its doors to visitors. “If you like wine at all,” Nobbe says, “you are probably going to be able to find one that suits your taste.” The tastings are still run out of Nobbe’s basement, which opens up onto a deck where novice and high-end wine tasters alike can sit back, sip, and look off toward the water. Some folks like to walk the nearby Waterloo City Park at Schorr Lake before stopping at the winery for a tasting, a snack, or to stock­pile some of Schorr Lake’s wines. It is, as the saying goes, a true labor of love for Nobbe, who opened the winery because he found the industry both interesting and romantic.

Nobbe is a familiar face around the area. For 30 years, he owned and operated Waterloo Pharmacy before joining Walgreens just a few years ago. He spends his afternoons in the pharmacy and his mornings and weekends with the grapes. A handful of part-time staffers help run the winery, which frees him up to leave the property for a vacation now and again. Even so, the winery is a full-time job—one that he hopes to pursue in “retirement,” and one that takes a lot of foresight. “Grapevines take three to four years to bring into production,” Nobbe says, “so a planting is a carefully planned event.” Harvesting takes place in mid-August and September. Then there’s the processing and pressing of the grapes, the cooling, the filtering, the fermentation. That’s all before the wine is sent to a “resting tank” and refined. “Sweet wines can be consumed in six to 12 months,” Nobbe says, “with the dry wines sometimes being aged as long as five years before release.” If it sounds as if a vintner is an unlikely second career for a practicing pharmacist, think again. Winemakers need to know their chemistry and microbiology. “We owe it all

to Pasteur,” Nobbe says, citing Louis Pasteur, the French scientist who discovered the conversion of glucose to alcohol through fermentation, and the man whose brain was needed to solve a national crisis: the spoiling of wine in a country known for perfecting the beverage. (Pasteur discovered that yeast cells made wine very tasty, but sometimes microorganisms crept into a batch and produced lactic acid—not a good thing in the wine industry. His suggestion? Heat it, kill off the bacteria, sip, and repeat.) Just as one would expect, the summer months bring in visitors to the area. And Nobbe pours wine for new patrons as well as his regulars. The winery is known for its blackberry wine, which comes in a 2011 Port and a 2012 Vidal. They also have a raspberry wine this year. Served chilled, the fruity wines are perfect for finishing a tasty meal with a dessert. Other favorites include the white wines on Schorr Lake’s wine list, such as the Riesling for those who like a sweet touch to their wines and Cayuga for those on the drier side. They also carry a High Prairie Blush, a semisweet wine that seems a perfect match for a cool day.

WINE LINGO: WHAT IT ALL MEANS Wine tasting can be intimidating. Vintners are always telling you what you should and should not be tasting in any given glass, and it takes a little practice to figure out how to put it all into words. Residual sugar? Huh? Wine with a bouquet? What? That’s why Nobbe hung a sign near the tasting area to assist patrons in describing the wines they may taste.

WINE MYTHS: BUSTED Wine drinkers are snobs: Not according to Nobbe, who’s been in the industry for nearly two decades. They’re actually among the nicest groups of folks he’s met (and that’s not just the wine talking). He often gets together with other vintners in the area to trade

secrets—and sometimes grapes. White with white, red with red: It’s an easy tip to keep in mind: pair white wines with white meat, like chicken, pork, and fish; and pair red wines with red meat, like steak. But don’t feel obligated to keep the colors together. Schorr

Lake is currently carrying a 2011 Vidal Blanc that would be very tasty with beef. Its 2002 Chambourcin Rose is easily paired with chicken or fish. The more expensive a bottle, the better it is: Nobbe cautions against doling out big money every time you want

to impress a guest. The big wineries can charge a great deal more because they’re banking on their reputation, but Nobbe reminds us that there are plenty of small wineries that carry similar wines for half the price. And remember: It’s good if you like it—no matter the price.



Alumni News Letter from the Alumni Association President


I hope this issue finds you well as the cooler weather comes upon us. The Alumni Association has many great activities planned for this season, including Saint Louis Art Museum tours and Elf at The Fox. For those outside St. Louis, we hope to see you at our regional receptions or Midyear. Over the summer, the Alumni Association has made a few changes. At May’s annual meeting, we approved extending the term of the officers of the board of directors from one year to two years. With this change, I am excited to lead this important organization for another year. The board has approved reduced term limits for elected board of directors from three years to two years, with a maximum of three consecutive terms. We also have added the position of second vice president. Please extend a congratulations to Zachary Stacy ’02/’03, who has been appointed to second vice president, and to Larry Caruso ’85, Dan Winkelmann III ’85, and Adam Bradshaw ’10, who have joined the alumni board. There have also been changes and additions to the Advancement staff to help further the mission of the College and meet the needs of our alumni, students, and our profession; as alumni, we interact with members of this team on a regular basis. Perhaps you have received a call or met with one of them. They are invaluable to us as an association. While the College moves forward to become the leader in pharmacy education, the Alumni Association is moving along with it, increasing participation on many levels. We greatly appreciate and will continue to need your support to provide the energy and resources to support the mission, vision, and future of the College, to which many of us owe our professional success. Bill Reed

Bill Reed ’67 President

On Aug. 20, students, faculty, staff, and alumni spent the afternoon celebrating the beginning of the new school year at the Welcome Back BBQ, hosted by the Alumni Association. The barbeque featured music, food, and Student Affair’s campus resource fair. We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of this year’s barbecue: CVS/Caremark, Dierbergs, PFoodman, Sam’s Club, Schnucks, and Shop ’n Save/ SUPERVALU Pharmacies.


IRA ROLLOVER Don’t miss the opportunity to make a significant gift to the College and witness the benefits of your generosity! The charitable IRA rollover is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2013. This popular giving tool allows STLCOP alumni and friends who are at least 70 ½ years old to make tax-free charitable contributions of any amount up to $100,000 to the College from

their traditional or Roth IRA account. Qualifying gifts may be counted toward satisfying the minimum distribution requirement for the tax year in which it is given. For more information on this program, or other ways to give to the College, please contact Brett Schott, CFRE, at brett.schott@stlcop. edu or 314.446.8389. You may also visit

Alumnus Sam Tadrus ’63 received the College’s Distinguished Service Award at the annual Mortar and Pestle Society Dinner on April 19 at Norwood Hills Country Club. Established in 1990, the Distinguished Service Award honors exemplary leadership and philanthropy in support of the College and is the highest honor presented to Mortar and Pestle Society members. Tadrus began practicing as a hospital pharmacist for several years before opening his own store, Sam’s 26

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Health Mart Pharmacy, which has two locations in his hometown of Moberly, Mo., and another location in Fayette, Mo. After he opened his own pharmacy, Tadrus quickly became a pillar of his community due to his ability to relate to people on a variety of levels, build their trust, and understand their needs. A tireless advocate for community pharmacy, Tadrus is described by his colleagues as innovative and always looking ahead to the future of pharmacy.

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Sam Tadrus ’63 Honored with Distinguished Service Award

Alumni News The Alumni Association board of directors has recently named three new directors. Adam Bradshaw ’10 Working as a pharmacist at CVS since the company’s expansion into the St. Louis market, Bradshaw is now pharmacist-incharge at CVS/pharmacy. His goal is to make every experience positive for his patients and to make himself and his team available to answer patients’ questions. During the winter season, Bradshaw heads up CVS’s flu clinic program for the St. Louis area. As an adjunct faculty member at the College, Bradshaw also instructs student pharmacists during experiential rotations with CVS/pharmacy. Bradshaw was inspired professionally during his time at STLCOP by a mentor, Randy Thompson ’68. He credits Thompson for helping him understand the value of giving, patient care, and customer service. He hopes to extend these values as a member of the board of directors and to extend these ideals to STLCOP alumni and students. Larry Caruso ’85 During the past two years, Caruso has served as the honorary president of the Alumni Association. A senior consultant pharmacist for Interlock Pharmacy Systems, he is

also a member of a nursing facility’s interdisciplinary team, focusing on medication management, cost-containment strategies, regulatory compliance, and optimizing health outcomes. Caruso is a past president of the Missouri chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. As the parent of a current STLCOP student, Caruso is looking forward to building a stronger connection between students and alumni and fostering the idea that graduation does not end one’s connection with the College but is the beginning of a new relationship with it. Dan Winkelmann III ’85 A fifth-generation independent pharmacist, Dan is pharmacist-incharge and co-owner of Winkelmann & Sons Drug Company in St. Louis. In addition, he provides long-term care to a variety of facilities, from pediatric psychiatric homes to traditional nursing homes. Winkelmann was instrumental in gathering his classmates together for their 25th reunion and coordinating his class’s scholarships fund, “25K for 25 years.” He says the coming together of his classmates during Reunion energized him because of their passion for their chosen career paths and patients. His goal is to bring other alumni together to share their experiences and knowledge and to provide them with additional learning opportunities.

Alumni Association Committees Reconnect with the College by joining one of the Alumni Association’s committees! Committees hold two meetings per year. Sign up by emailing Stephanie Hoffmann, director of alumni relations, at or online at ALUMNI AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Plans and coordinates educational, social, and networking events conducted by the association for the benefit of the members of the Alumni Association and students. Includes sub-committees: Young Alumni, Gold Alumni, African-American Alumni Chapter and Ladies in Pharmacy. AWARDS AND RECOGNITION COMMITTEE Plan and coordinates the nominations and selection process for the Alumni Association’s Joe E. Haberle Outstanding Educator Award and Distinguished Alumni Awards. COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Works with alumni relations staff and student groups to advise and recommend opportunities for alumni to become engaged in their communities. DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Helps plan and oversee events that support the Alumni Association, including the annual Golf Classic, alumni benefits program, and Welcome Back BBQ.

The College’s Advancement team is here for you! Meet the team, find out their areas of responsibility, and see who can best assist you with your needs at You can also call the main office number at 314.446.8394 with

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Cards Game Alumni and friends cheered for their favorite team from our suite at Busch Stadium on Aug. 10 when the Cardinals hosted the Cubs. Photography by Stephanie Hoffmann

Ladies in Pharmacy This spring, the Ladies in Pharmacy alumni chapter held a conference in St. Louis for women pharmacists to network and build on their leadership skills. Women from throughout the U.S. attended. Photography by Eric Pan, third-year student

Scholarship Awards Dinner With the support of alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and organizations, the scholarship committee was able to award 204 scholarships totaling $401,756 to 175 students for the 2013-14 academic year. Photography by Mark Gilliland

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More than 200 alumni and friends joined us over Reunion Weekend Oct. 4-5. Highlights included 1 the young alumni gathering at International Tap House; 2 welcoming the class of 1963 into the Gold Alumni Club; 3 the class of 1988 celebrating its 25th reunion; and 4 honoring this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award Winners J. Gregory Boyer ’76 for Service to the Profession, Alicia Forinash ’00/’01 for Service to the Community, Christopher Herndon ’97/’98 for Outstanding Achievement, and Leah LaRue ’10 as the Outstanding Young Alumnus. Kendra Holmes ’99, Michael Railey ’72, and Doris Byron ’57 were honored in February and also recognized this weekend. 5-8 At the new Reunion Gala, alumni dined, danced, had caricatures drawn of themselves, captured the night in a photo booth, and recalled College memories at The Chase Park Plaza. Photography by Mary Butkus

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Thank you to all of the sponsors and donors of the 17th annual St. Louis College of Pharmacy Alumni Golf Classic. Due in large part to their support, we have raised more than $35,000 for student scholarships and initiatives for the 2013-14 academic year. Presenting Sponsors Cannon Design Express Scripts, Inc. Paric Corporation Diamond Sponsor Rx Systems, Inc. Players’ Party Sponsor Schnucks Pharmacy Lunch/Beverage Cart Sponsor Jeff & Randy Baumgarth, in memory of Wilbert K. Baumgarth ’42 Million Dollar Shot Sponsor U.S. Bank Hole in One Sponsor Shop’n Save / SUPERVALU Pharmacies

Joe Daugherty ’00 and teammates took home first place at the Golf Classic.


Cart/Scorecard Sponsors Alberici Constructors, Inc. Dynalabs, LLC Foundation Care, LLC Longest Drive Sponsors Copying Concepts Lockton Companies Virtual Rx Solutions, LLC Liberty Mutual Insurance Closest to the Pin Sponsors Bellevue Pharmacy, St. Louis, Mo. Metro-East Pharmacists Association 250-yd Start Sponsor MMS, A Medical Supply Co. Hole Sponsors Kevin ’77 & Mary ’78 Colgan

Copper Bend Pharmacy, Belleville, Ill., Stephen Clement ’74 (x2) Creative Printing Services, Inc. Dicks Pharmacy, Arthur, Ill. Garth K. Reynolds ’00 on behalf of the Illinois Pharmacists Association Dogwood Promotions Inc., Larry ’69 & Linda Martin Tom ’71 & Gerrie Meyer Missouri Pharmacy Association Moneta Group Morris & Dickson (x2) Bill ’67 & Nancy Reed Standing Partnership Stanley’s Pharmacy, Marshfield, Mo. Universal Business Supply

Class Notes 1950s Al Hitt ’52 retired from Walmart Pharmacy on Oct. 31, 2012, after 24 years of service. Prior to his employment with Walmart, Al spent 33 years representing E.R. Squibb in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. He and his wife, Mary, live in Cape Girardeau, Mo. 1960s William Fitzpatrick ’65 enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to Alaska in July 2012. He was able to take his five daughters and their families, which included 12 grandchildren. Bill retired as corporate compliance officer from Omnicare, Inc. in 2009. He enjoys fishing bass tournaments and traveling to Texas to visit his daughters. Bill resides in Wildwood, Mo. 1970s Frank Nuber ’70 has co-authored Surviving the Fog, Sweat, and Tears of

Perimenopause (Dog Ear Publishing, 2013). Frank is the owner of Medicine Shoppe of St. Peters. Arthur Perry ’72 received the 2013 Lifetime Achiever Award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 13th Annual Salute to Excellence in Health Care Awards Luncheon on April 26. Arthur and his wife, Carolyn, live in St. Louis. James Hutchins ’77 was recognized for 25 years of service as a staff pharmacist by the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. James and his wife, Jeannie, live in Elk River, Minn. 1980s Glenn Williams ’87 is one of eight pharmacists nationwide chosen to participate in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation’s 2012-13 oncology patient


care traineeship. Glenn is a clinical oncology pharmacist with SSM Cancer Care at St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis. He and his wife, Kristin, and daughter, Audrey, live in St. Louis. 1990s Sandra (Spurgeon) Mitchell ’90 celebrated the grand opening of her pharmacy, Sinks Pharmacy, in St. Clair, Mo., on Sept. 19. Joel Hennenfent ’96/’97 started his new position as system director of pharmacy services at Truman Medical



Serving the Community and the Profession Worldwide Ken Schafermeyer ’76 received the Missouri Pharmacy Association’s 2013 Bowl of Hygeia Award. Schafermeyer was chosen for his exceptional community service and civic involvement, his service to pharmacists, and his support of the Missouri Pharmacy Association. He is professor of pharmacy administration and director of the Office of International Programs at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. This past summer, Schafermeyer traveled to Africa, where he was working with the Ministry of Health in Swaziland to expand pharmacy technician education. He was also


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among a small group of College faculty who are establishing a similar program at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. “I accept this award with the hope that in some way more pharmacy students may be inspired to serve,” he says. “And with the hope that more students will be willing to be immersed in another culture, develop a world view, and think broadly about issues affecting humanity.” The Bowl of Hygeia, established in 1958, is considered one of the most prestigious awards in pharmacy. It is given annually by all 50 state

pharmacy associations, as well as the associations in Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Recipients are selected for their civic leadership and encouragement of pharmacists to become involved in their communities.

Class Notes Family-owned Pharmacy Celebrates Centennial

Center in Kansas City on June 10. Joel and his wife, Kristin, live in Kansas City, Mo. 2000s Alicia (Birdsell) Forinash ’00/’01 has been elected Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). The awarding of Fellow status is the highest honor that ACCP can bestow on its members. Alicia was inducted at a special ceremony at the ACCP Annual Meeting in October in Albuquerque, N.M.

Winkelmann Sons Drug Company in St. Louis recently celebrated 100 years of service to the community. Ernst A. Winkelmann, along with his brothers, Henry and Christopher, incorporated the pharmacy on July 8, 1913, in St. Louis. At that time, it was known as Winkelmann-Kirka Drug Co. and has also been known as Winkelmann and Sons Drug Co. and Maryville Pharmacy. Dan Winkelmann ’58 runs the pharmacy today—following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Ernst, and his father, Daniel ’27. The shop, located at the corner of Meramec and Virginia in the Downtown Dutchtown area of St. Louis, has remained a pillar in the area because of its focus on personalized service. The Winkelmanns know all of their customers’ names and remember things like birthdays and pet names. They offer a 24-hour call service, free delivery, and discounts to senior citizens. The Winkelmann family is also very involved with the community and participates in Operation Brightside– a nonprofit dedicated to cleaning and greening St. Louis­– and a variety of neighborhood business associations. Business continues to grow, and the Winkelmanns have opened a second location on Lemay Ferry. In keeping with the Winkelmann family tradition, Dan’s son, also named Dan ’85, operates the family’s newest location.



Zachary Stacy ’02/’03 received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s highest award when he was named a Fellow of the ACCP. In October, Zachary was inducted at a special ceremony at the ACCP Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. UNTHANK

Adam Riney ’06 and his wife, Jennifer (Williams) ’08, welcomed their second child, Leah Michelle, on March 13. She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 20 ¾ inches. She joins big brother, Lucas, who is 3. Adam is a staff pharmacist for Dierbergs Markets, and Jennifer is a unit-based pharmacist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The family resides in Arnold, Mo. Danielle (Adams) Redecker ’07 and her husband, Adam, welcomed their second child, Kallie Jo, on June 26. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 20 ¾ inches. She joins big sister, Kayelyn. Danielle is

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Class Notes a pharmacy manager for Walgreens. The family lives in Bonne Terre, Mo. Trisha (Smith) DeBose ’08 and her husband, John, welcomed their second child, Cohen Harrison, on April 28. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 19 ½ inches. He joins big brother, Lincoln. Trisha is employed by Walmart. The family resides in Eldorado, Ill. 2010s Adam Bradshaw ’10 was awarded the CVS Caremark Paragon Award, the highest honor given within the company to recognize those who make remarkable contributions on their job or in their community. Adam received this award at the CVS Caremark Retail Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Morgan Gray ’11 and Lauren (Gilbert) Gray ’11 were married on April 20 in Austin, Texas. Lauren is a pharmacy manager at Walgreens, and Morgan is a staff pharmacist at Seton Northwest Hospital. The couple lives in Austin. Katie (Sudkamp) Unthank ’13 and Carey Unthank were married on Dec. 28, 2012, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Teutopolis, Ill. Katie is a pharmacist at CVS in St. Louis. Carey is a fifth year student at the College. The couple resides in St. Louis. In Memoriam Mario J. Cirio ’41 died Sept. 7 in St. Louis.

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Richard C. Pratt ’51 died May 13 in New Haven, Mo.

Joseph F. Bolin ’65 died Sept. 17 in Chatham, Ill.

Charles E. Alsup ’52 died Feb. 10 in Redmond, Wash.

Edward J. Horejs Jr. ’65 died May 15 in Fort Collins, Colo.

John H. Green ’56 died May 9 in Villa Park, Ill.

James M. Forbes ’81 died April 18 in Houston, Mo.

F. William Small ’56 died May 7 in Newton, Mass.

Stephen P. Bethea ’85 died March 13 in Bloomington, Ill.

Jerome Rabin ’57 died Jan. 30 in Wilmette, Ill. Bruce N. Zuckerman ’59 died July 28 in St. Louis. John P. Winkelmann ’60 died May 11 in St. Louis.

Daryl L. Winter ’85 died April 9 in St. Louis. Joe Bartholomew ’86 died June 16 in Lebanon, Mo.

Mike Schultz ’78 and Laura Minnick-Poppe ’09 co-authored “Intranasal Theophylline Treatment of Hyposmia and Hypogeusia: A Pilot Study,” which appeared in the November 2012 issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. The study’s objective was to determine whether intranasal theophylline, a drug used in therapy for respiratory diseases, could correct hyposmia (loss of smell) and hypogeusia (loss of taste). The results indicated that intranasal theophylline treatment is safer and more effective in improving hyposmia and hypogeusia than oral theophylline treatment. Schultz and fellow pharmacist Dan Blakeley ’79 founded Foundation Care Pharmacy in 2004, a retail pharmacy in St. Louis. Foundation Care also assists drug and device manufacturers with product launches, clinical trial support, distribution, and reimbursement strategies. In 2009, the company became the first pharmacy in Missouri to earn the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board’s Seal of Accreditation. The accreditation demonstrates that Foundation Care meets the highest quality and safety standards in pharmacy.

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Wilbur R. Bruner ’63 died April 2 in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Millard A. Randoll ’50 died Feb. 17 in Herculaneum, Mo.

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