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02 FEBRUARY 2014

E-NEWSLETTER OF THE NATIONALLY RANKED UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

this issue Love Connection

Life After the BSPS Degree P.2

Making connections and lifelong friends is inevitable during college. Over the years, many pharmacy students have also found and fallen for the loves of their lives. Alumni John Clark, PharmD ‘00 and Angela Clark, PharmD ‘02, shared their experience finding love, in honor of Valentine’s Day. As president of the Pharmacy Student Council, John was presiding over a council meeting when Angie walked in and caught his attention. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, they are a family of six. The teamwork doesn’t end there. John is associate director of the Department of Pharmacy Services for University of Michigan Health Systems, where Angie is a board-certified clinical pharmacist; They are also on the faculty of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, John as a clinical assistant professor and Angie as an adjunct clinical assistant professor .

Honor for alumna Deb Saine ’79 P.2 Cappelletty’s Shining Star Award P.3 UT Research at APhA 2014 P.4 Upcoming Events P.5

UT student pharmacists work toward medication adherence Medication non-adherence is a rising problem in health care today. Three out of four people do not take their medications as directed, and one third of all hospital admissions can be linked back to poor adherence. Students from The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have taken on the challenge of spreading awareness about this issue. During the Month of February, University students will take part in Script Your Future, a national campaign that strives to raise awareness about the importance of medication adherence while promoting open lines of communication between patients and pharmacists, doctors and other health care professionals. Nearly half of all Americans suffer from a chronic disease such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or hypertension. Finding the source of medication non-adherence is the first step in tackling this problem that costs Americans $290 billion per year. Non-adherence can lead to poor health outcomes, an increase in medical procedures and an increase in hospital visits. Many factors contribute to medication nonadherence including cost, patient perceived unimportance, side effects, and forgetfulness. One out of three people do not take their prescriptions to the pharmacy,

missing the opportunity to have their medications filled or ask important questions about their medical conditions. If alerted to issues, pharmacists and other health care professionals can answer these questions, help find cost effective alternatives to more expensive medications, change medications that are causing unwanted side effects, show the patient how to use medication reminder devices, and even identify Patient Assistance Programs for those who are eligible. Pharmacy students from The University of Toledo have planned Script Your Future events throughout the month of February. They will be passing out wallet-sized personal medication lists and discussing issues every Saturday at various Kroger locations around Toledo. Student pharmacists will also collaborate with other healthcare professional students to host events around the city. The goal of the Script Your Future campaign is to raise awareness about medication nonadherence. It is through these events that UT healthcare students, who are all future medical professionals, hope to foster good communication between patients and health care providers. Raising awareness is essential to reducing health care costs and preventing future disease state complications. The University of Toledo is proud to have its students engage the local community by participating in events like Script Your Future.


Saine ‘79 honored by ISMP Deb Saine, MS, RPh, FASHP, who earned her bachelor's in pharmacy at UT in 1979, is a recipient of the Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. The Cheers Awards honor individuals, organizations, and companies that have set a standard of excellence for others to follow in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events. Saine is the Medication Safety Manager at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA and was the 2012 Distinguished Alumna of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Deb Saine was honored as a nationally recognized patient safety expert who has created several invaluable safety tools. She co-authored the 2013 Medication Safety Officer’s Handbook, which is used in more than 15 different countries and has led numerous national-level committees working to improve medication safety. She spearheaded the creation of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Medication Safety Section Advisory Group and served as its first chair; that group’s efforts culminated in the first annual Medication Safety Collaborative. Deb has mentored students, residents and peers, which has produced new safety leaders in the U.S. and abroad.

Three alumnae of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program and their pursuit of their educational and career goals

The B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program is nearing 20 years old. Over the past two decades, the program has garnered recognition in the pharmacy and pharmaceutical science communities because of its well prepared graduates and its unique offerings. Meet these graduates, in various stages of their careers, who have used their degrees to reach their goals and embark on competitive and fulfilling careers.

Jasmine (Lawrence) McFarland, BSPS ‘11, majored in pharmacology/ toxicology as an undergraduate student. Now a research analyst in the pediatric pharmacy department at the University of Toledo Medical Center, she is using her degree to research drug safety for infants with colic and tuberculosis. Jasmine’s knowledge of pharmacology and chemistry, gained during

her undergraduate coursework, has helped her transition to the important work of creating drug doses in concentrations that are safe for infants. In addition to her work as a research analyst, Jasmine is completing a master’s degree in pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University. She will earn her degree in May of 2014. After she completes her master’s degree, Jasmine would like to work in the Toledo area as a

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UT’s Shining Star Award

forensic toxicologist. Erika (Parker) Naddaf, BSPS ‘06, majored in Pharmacy Administration and entered the pharmaceutical industry after graduation. Her first job, as a territory sales representative at Forest Pharmaceuticals, required her to educate physicians in an outpatient setting. Her outstanding work earned her a promotion. As an institutional specialty sales representative, Erika was responsible for market

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share growth of a specific product portfolio in her territory. She educated clinicians, analyzed data and used the business analysis skills she learned as a Pharmacy Administration major. In 2013, Erika married Dr. Mark Naddaf in Columbus at the Ohio Statehouse. She has returned to Toledo and is continuing to advance her career in pharmaceutical science as a hospital account manager for Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Brandy Farmer, BSPS ’04, who majored in Pharmacology/Toxicology, earned a doctor of pharmacy degree at University of Tennessee in 2009. Farmer is now part of the Pharmacy Specialist Team at Sanofi, the world’s fourth largest pharmaceutical company (based on prescription sales).

The Pharmacy Specialist Team includes pharmacists and clinical experts who support community pharmacies, state associations and colleges of pharmacy to help advance the leadership of pharmacists in patient care – from medication management to resources and programs. L-R: McFarland, Naddaf and Farmer

This year’s Shining Star Awards have been announced by the university, and once again, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is represented among the award winners. Dr. Diane Cappelletty, associate professor of clinical pharmacy and co-director of the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory, earned the award, which recognizes above-andbeyond commitment to student centeredness. Award winners are selected through a nomination process, and recipients are presented with a trophy, a gift card and premiere parking for a month. In the past two years, the Shining Star Award has also been presented to other members of the college’s faculty and staff, including Dr. Steve Peseckis, associate professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, and Deb Sobczak, director of student services for the pre-professional division.


UT research will be prominent at 2014 APhA meeting The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will make a tremendous impression at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) meeting in March 2014. Among the posters that were accepted for talking poster presentations, 25 percent feature UT students and faculty members. Several other poster presentations represent the work of UT faculty members, recent alumni and students. In particular, the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research and the master’s program in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences will be well represented. Kelly Gaffney, a P2 PharmD student, will present a poster derived from her research in the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research. Coauthored by Dr. Sharrel Pinto (MS ’01) and Robert Bechtol (BSPS ’05, MS ’07), the paper is entitled “Evaluating patients’ perceptions of blister packs dispensed in a community setting and its impact on their adherence.” In addition to this oral presentation, Gaffney will present a poster entitled “Patients’ perceptions of medication organizing systems and their level of adherence using these systems.”

Kevin Omerza, a P3 PharmD student and first-year MS graduate student in the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences program, will present his poster, “A qualitative analysis assessing patients’ perceptions of services offered in an adherence pharmacy program.” Omerza is a graduate research assistant in the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research, and the paper is co-authored by Dr. Sharrel Pinto and Robert Bechtol. A paper entitled “Cost of intermittent participation in medication therapy management,” co-authored by Dr. Sharrel Pinto and Robert Bechtol and graduate student, Tessa Conner, will be presented by Conner. Conner is a first-year graduate student in the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences program and a graduate research assistant in the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research. Nilesh Gangan, a 2013 graduate of the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences master’s program, will present his thesis research on “Predicting factors leading to primary medication nonadherence and its effect on health

service utilization among Medicare beneficiaries with cardiovascular disease” as a podium presentation at the APhA meeting. The abstract was co-authored by Drs. Varun Vaidya, Sharrel Pinto, and Aliaksandr Amialchuk. “Identifying pharmacists’ perception, knowledge, and perceived barriers towards providing care to patients taking antipsychotics” will be presented by Neha Gangal, MS ’13. The paper, which was derived from her thesis research, is co-authored by Drs. Monica Holiday-Goodman and Varun Vaidya, and Robert Bechtol. Recent graduate Surbi Shah, MS ’13, will present a paper derived from her thesis research, entitled “Assessing medical students’ awareness towards pharmacistprovided counseling services and their intent to collaborate using a modified Theory of Planned Behavior.” Co-authors are Robert Bechtol and Drs. Sharrel Pinto and Gregory Stone. The leadership and expertise among the faculty, and the education of future researchers, creates a promising future in the arena of health outcomes research.


RxImpact and Pharmacy Advocacy By Zachary Henz The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences welcomed Heidi Ecker from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) on January 13th. Ms. Ecker traveled from Washington, D.C. to provide student pharmacists a presentation on “Grassroots Advocacy” and explained how student leaders can influence their elected officials to promote the profession of pharmacy. The 90-minute presentation was attended by about 30

student leaders, many of whom have advocated the profession of pharmacy at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus and on Capitol Hill in D.C. Several students will be utilizing the presentation material at the Ohio Statehouse in February during OPA’s Student Legislative Day. One student will also be traveling to Washington to meet with U.S. congressmen and senators during NACDS’s RxIMPACT. The event exemplified the desire and need for student pharmacists to get involved in the legislative process to impact the future of pharmacy. The event was organized by the student leaders of APhA-ASP and Phi Lambda Sigma.

Upcoming Events LAW CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM Tuesday, March 11, 2014 6:30 reception, 7:00 p.m. CE Program Collier Building, room 1000B on the Health Science Campus Register online today.

SAVE THE DATE: PHARMACY GOLF OUTING Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Bedford Hills Golf Club


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