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New Research Could Help Reduce Chemotherapy Side-effects

Tom Anchordoquy, PhD, hates cancer. And, for most of his professional life as a professor and researcher with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, he’s been focused on new ways to deliver drugs to tumors. His latest research, however, is taking a different approach.

Faculty    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives   

Undergraduate Diversity Program Celebrates Ten Years of Stellar Outcomes and Opportunities

According to the National Science Foundation, a small percentage of underrepresented minorities (URM) pursue post-secondary studies in STEM fields. Of those who do, only 12 percent go on to receive a doctoral degree in the sciences. Ten years ago, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CU Pharmacy) Professor Jared Brown, PhD, decided to do something about that.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date June 13, 2024
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Faculty    Pharmacy

Pharmacy Dean Supports International Campaign

“Think Health, Think Pharmacy” is a new global campaign launched by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). It aims to raise awareness of pharmacies as places of primary health care provision, and to advocate for pharmacists as healthcare professionals, primarily in the minds of policymakers but also of several other target groups.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date June 13, 2024
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy    Careers    Clinic-Based Pharmacy

CU Pharmacist's Patent-Pending Invention Helps Animals

Dr. Patrick Smith's career journey has included a transition from retail pharmacy to the largest compounding pharmacy for food-producing animals; and his innovative development of a solubilization method for an insoluble NSAID. He looks back on his journey from student to seasoned professional, marked by a growing confidence, a commitment to innovation, and a dedication to showcasing the value of pharmacy. 


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date June 04, 2024
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Faculty    Alumni    Students

Congratulations Class of 2024

Hats off to the CU Pharmacy Class of 2024! This year, 123 students from the traditional PharmD program and 23 from the Distance Degrees program received their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. Five students received their Doctor of Philosophy, and six students received their Master of Science in a ceremony held at the CU Anschutz Graduate School.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date May 30, 2024
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Faculty    Pharmacy Perspectives

And the Award Goes to...

Excitement was in the air at the annual Awards and Scholarships Convocation, where CU Pharmacy recognized outstanding team members. 


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date May 28, 2024
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Alumni    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives

Working Her Way to Serve Others

Since an early age, Hannah Work has been on a mission to dive into the healthcare world and lend a hand to those who need it most. Not as a bedside doctor – she doesn’t have the stomach for what doctors see every day, she says. So, instead of scrubs and stethoscopes, she went down a different road, one that will still let her make a big difference in people's lives.


Author JT James | Publish Date May 19, 2024
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Alumni    Students    Pharmacy    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Collaboration Leads to Breakthrough in Pharmacokinetics

In the fall of 2022, Sydney Broyles found herself at CU Pharmacy getting a Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences, on the Pharmacokinetic (PK) and Pharmacodynamic (PD) track. PK studies a drug’s course of action in the body, and processes of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion; PD examines a drug’s effects and mechanism(s) of action. PK and PD are crucial to understanding every stage of drug development.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 18, 2024
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Alumni    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

Connecting the World to Improve Health Care

For many, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may seem very distant, both in geography and culture. However, for one newly graduated Doctor of Pharmacy, bridging the gap between nations feels as natural as chatting with a neighbor next door.


Author JT James | Publish Date May 17, 2024
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

A Pharmacist for the Patient, A PharmD for Herself

“I’ve been a practicing pharmacist for thirty-three years,” Sarah Merbach recounts. “I am in this for the patient, I am not in this for any
other reason.” Merbach is a pharmacist at the Mayo Clinic where she does a weekly day-night rotation, seeing patients with urgent needs that she must dose immediately.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 16, 2024
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

The Class of 2024 Showed Up. Now, They Are Ready to Create Change

When are you reading this? Maybe it’s Wednesday, just after lunch. Maybe it is Saturday morning, and you have some free time. Wherever you are, or whenever it is, at this very moment, the CU Pharmacy class of 2024 is creating change. They started at CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy in the fall of 2020, the same year the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. It would have been easy to change their mind, to stay in their comfort zone, and to just not. Instead, they showed up because the class of 2024 believes in something bigger than themselves.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 15, 2024
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Students    Pharmacy

2024 Skaggs School of Pharmacy Student Awards

Each year, CU Pharmacy shines a spotlight on high-achieving students with the annual Awards Convocation Ceremony. You can watch the full event, click through the photos, and see the full list of award and scholarship winners below:


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date May 15, 2024
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Stories

Toxicology Student Presents at Annual Meeting

"Forever chemicals” is a mostly accurate – and semi-ominous – way to describe one of the most discussed environmental topics of recent years. When thinking about the thousands of years it takes per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to break down, it’s easy to think we might as well be talking about forever.  


Author Kristin Goosen | Publish Date May 10, 2024
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy    Careers    Clinic-Based Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumna Unleashes Her Potential on a Journey of Impact from Residency to Policy Leadership

Embarking on a dynamic career trajectory as a Pharmaceutical Program Assistant Manager, Dr. Anh Rongish addresses her journey as a healthcare professional, including residencies in Pharmacy Practice and Solid Organ Transplant. The rigorous training led to specialized roles in kidney and pancreas transplants to her current role, immersed in the realm of public health and policy within the state Medicaid program.



Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date April 30, 2024
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Faculty    Pharmacy

Dr. Kimberly Stultz Named Assistant Dean for Experiential Programs

The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is excited to welcome Kimberly Stultz, PharmD, as the new Assistant Dean for Experiential Programs. Dr. Stultz’s commitment to the transformative power of hands-on learning and her wealth of experience in developing experiential opportunities will ready clinical pharmacy students to deliver exceptional patient-centered care.


Author Brad Bobel | Publish Date April 30, 2024
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Education    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Recognized with State Future Health Professionals Award

Each year more than 1500 high school students from across the state of Colorado gather for the annual HOSA State Leadership Conference. HOSA is a global student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, and several federal and state agencies. HOSA’s mission is to empower its members to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience. The competitive events at the HOSA Conference are always a student highlight. In activities ranging from emergency preparedness to biotechnology, sports medicine to behavioral health, student competitors flex their healthcare knowledge and skills to move on to the national HOSA Conference and Competition in Washington, D.C.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date April 15, 2024
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Pharmacy    Awards    Academia

CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy Climbs to 15th in the Nation

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is ranked as the 15th top school of pharmacy out of the 141 ranked programs comprising the “2024 Best Pharmacy Schools” by US News and World Report. This recognition secures CU Pharmacy’s position in the top 10% of all such schools in the nation 


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date April 09, 2024
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Research    Faculty    Pharmaceutical Sciences    Research Pharmacy

Lampe Team Garners $6.2 Million in Grants to Support Antibiotic and Drug Toxicity Research

Enzymes are ubiquitous in nature and present in every cell of our body, running life’s molecular machinery and acting as the first line of defense against cancer causing chemicals and other toxicants. Associate Professor Jed Lampe, PhD, and his team of researchers at the CU Anschutz Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are focused on gaining a better understanding of the role of these minuscule yet potent molecules and the chemical reactions that they catalyze. Their goal is to harness their knowledge of how enzymes function to enhance the safety and efficacy of medicines critical for human health and well-being.


Author JT James | Publish Date April 01, 2024
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy    Careers    Clinic-Based Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumnus’ Professional Journey Makes a Meaningful Impact in Patient Care

Doctor of Pharmacy Jacob Beyer reflects on his journey to becoming the critical care clinical pharmacist he is today and his continued pursuit of excellence with a passion for making a positive impact on patient well-being. Traversing various roles in critical care since the completion of residency, his honed skills have deepened his understanding of the intricate dynamics within this specialized field. The result is a career showing commitment to optimizing patient outcomes and ensuring the highest standards of pharmaceutical care.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date March 31, 2024
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Alumni

In Memoriam: Class of '53 Alumna Metta Wickstrom Remembered

The CU Pharmacy family is saddened by the recent passing of 1953 alumna Metta E. Wickstrom (nee Kossler) and husband, Phillip, of Bothell, Washington. Metta passed Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024. Phillip passed days later on Tuesday, Feb. 13.  


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date March 28, 2024
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Faculty    Pharmacy    DOPS Faculty

Dr. Blake Hill Takes the Helm as Chair of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department

The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is thrilled to introduce Blake Hill, PhD, as Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (DOPS). Dr. Hill’s passion for making a difference in health, coupled with an eagerness to face the challenges posed by environmental and climate-induced changes, will propel the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences to new heights at CU Pharmacy.


Author Brad Bobel | Publish Date March 25, 2024
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Patient Care    Mental Health   

ADHD Medication Shortage Continues as Diagnoses Surge

The continuing shortage of controlled stimulants, such as Adderall and Ritalin, has created a frustrating “yo-yo scenario” of providers and patients trying to find the right medications when they’re needed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The crisis has no clear end in sight.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 18, 2024
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Faculty    Pharmacy

Preparing the Next Generation of Pharmacists

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is excited to welcome Jennifer Trujillo, PharmD, as the new Associate Dean for Education. With a wealth of experience in education and a career marked by a commitment to curricular innovation, Dr. Trujillo is bringing new energy towards advancing pharmacy education at CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy. 


Author Brad Bobel | Publish Date March 05, 2024
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Faculty    Clinical Research

Nair Appointed to ICER California Technology Assessment Forum Evidence Appraisal Council

Dr. Kavita Nair, PhD, Professor, has been appointed to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) California Technology Assessment Forum independent evidence appraisal council. Over the last decade her primary research interests lie in evaluating the treatment of neurological diseases. Primarily in examining the comparative effectiveness of disease modifying agents used in the management of multiple sclerosis using a combination of several measures to include brain atrophy measurement, clinical cognition, blood biomarkers and patient reported outcomes.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date March 05, 2024
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Alumni

In Memoriam: Class of '20 Alumnus Tyler Reed Remembered

The CU Pharmacy family is saddened by the recent passing of 2020 alumnus Tyler Justin Reed, 30, of East Sandwich, who passed Friday February 23, 2024, leaving family, friends, colleagues and all whom he encountered heartbroken. 


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date March 04, 2024
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Patient Care    Pharmaceutical Sciences   

Nicotine Trend Spreading on TikTok Packs a Potentially Dangerous Punch

The latest nicotine trend touted on social media could be the stealthiest and most dangerous yet. TikTok influencers are targeting teenagers with promises that nicotine pouches, a discreet way of getting a nicotine jolt, can do everything from enhancing masculinity to providing a powerful “buzz.”


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date March 04, 2024
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy    Careers    Hospital-Based Pharmacy

Seasoned CU Pharmacy Alumna Goes Beyond Dispensing Medications, Making a Meaningful Impact on Patients

For 10 years in her role at a specialized pharmacy focusing on Oncology, Dr. Kris O’Malley, PharmD ’14, has actively engaged in assisting patients with the management of oral medications.  The scope of her work emphasizes the profound influence pharmacists can have on patients' lives, reinforcing the belief that impactful pathways exist when healthcare professionals invest time and effort in compassionate care.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date March 04, 2024
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Patient Care   

Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety: Can Ashwagandha Help?

With a growing number of studies suggesting that ashwagandha does fulfill its marketed claims of reducing stress and anxiety and improving sleep, the herb’s popularity has boomed, gaining the attention of consumers and healthcare providers alike.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 27, 2024
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Research    Drug Development    Quantum

Quantum Leap: CU Anschutz Set to Pioneer Advancements in Medicine

Although a search for “quantum” in the popular media turns up mostly references to a revived TV series (“Quantum Leap”) and a recent superhero film (“Quantumania”), in the science world, the actual technology is creating quite the buzz.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 15, 2024
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Research   

Shared Resources Pilot Grant Opens New Frontiers in 3D Cell and Tissue Printing

University of Colorado Cancer Center leader Daniel LaBarbera, PhD, has received an innovation pilot grant from the cancer center’s Shared Resources program to develop complex 3D tissue and organoid models for high-throughput drug discovery and high-content imaging.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 14, 2024
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Faculty    Alumni    Pharmacy    Clinic-Based Pharmacy    Academia

Got the Sniffles? Our Pharmacist Has Herbal Suggestions

It’s February, it’s cold and flu season, and by now you know the drill and you’ve got your go-to feeling-ick over-the-counter (OTC) medication. But what about supplements and herbal prevention remedies?


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date February 12, 2024
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Community    Pharmacy

Pharmacy Admissions Guru Builds a Winning Team

In the dynamic intersection of academia and sports, Bri Maestas emerges as an uncommon force.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date February 01, 2024
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Alumni    Careers    Hospital-Based Pharmacy

From Active Duty to Resident Pharmacist

Arjay Mendoza graduated from CU Pharmacy's award-winning International-Trained PharmD program in 2022 and went on to pursue a residency with the United States VA and teach classes at his alma mater, The University of Manila in the Philippines. He made time to chat with the Orange County Pharmacists Association (OCPhA) podcast about his  remarkable career journey.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date January 04, 2024
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Research    Press Releases    Cancer    Pharmacy   

The Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine Highlighted as a Leader in Precision Medicine in Research and Clinical Care

A new peer-reviewed study in the American Journal of Human Genetics highlights the work of the biobank at the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM), a world-class site for precision medicine in research and clinical care created in partnership with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and UCHealth.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date January 04, 2024
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy    Careers    Clinic-Based Pharmacy    Hospital-Based Pharmacy

Mentoring and Work-Life Balance Factor into 2014 Alumna's Success

Over the course of a decade, Christine MacBrayne, PharmD '14, has found a fulfilling and enriching life experience in balancing her career and family. Dr. MacBrayne reflects on her student days and the valuable lessons she learned that have contributed to her growth as a thriving pharmacist, both personally and professionally.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date December 21, 2023
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Research    Community    Public Health   

2023 State of Research Address Highlights Growth, Innovation, Partnerships

Record funding, a growing workforce and new collaborations were among the highlights of the Dec. 12 annual State of Research address. Presented live over Zoom, Vice Chancellor for Research Thomas Flaig, MD, shared the 2023 research landscape and the many ways his office is partnering with investigators to advance scientific discovery.


Author Staff | Publish Date December 19, 2023
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Faculty    Alumni    Students

The Ultimate 2023 Roundup

What happened in 2023? At Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, a lot. Our alumni shared their experience with students and future pharmacists, our faculty continued to get creative in their teaching methods, our graduates had one of the highest NAPLEX pass rates in the nation, and we continued to find innovative ways to make pharmacy school more accessible and interactive.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date December 18, 2023
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Research    Innovation    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast    Cell and Gene Therapy

CU Anschutz Harnesses Technology and Innovation to Speed Drug Discovery

In the best of cases, taking a new drug from lab to clinic takes about six to eight years, a vast improvement over the roughly 20-year timeline decades ago. Drug development pace and efficiency are leaping even farther ahead, courtesy of quantum computing, artificial intelligence algorithms and 3D tissue printers, especially at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date December 15, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Pharmacy    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacy Researchers Find the Right Groove in the Lab and on the Stage

Most biomedical researchers are more comfortable working toward scientific breakthroughs in their lab than working a crowd on a performance stage. But, James Roede, PhD, and his research colleagues are not your average lab rats. In fact, Dr. Roede, along with senior professional researchers John Marentette, PhD, and Cole Michel are part of Uncle Beef’s Band, an Americana rock group that is gaining a growing following in the Denver area.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date December 12, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Students

Pharmacy Research Conference Underscores the Value of Team Science

The spirit of collaboration and achievement was front and center at this year’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Research Conference. The conference, in its 27th year, was under the direction of Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Manisha Patel, PhD. 


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date December 05, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

2023 Alumni Highlights! A Year to Remember

It was a tremendous year with a variety of activities that kept alumni returning back for more. In addition to alumni featured in spotlights each month, a robust schedule of events drew alumni back to their alma mater. Here's what 2023 had to offer:


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date December 04, 2023
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Faculty    Students    Careers    Academia

Mentorship Leads to New Opportunity and National Spotlight

Let’s get a few things clear about a PharmD. It’s a doctoral degree in pharmacy, and since 2000 it has been required of all new practitioners. Many PharmDs do practice in clinical or community settings, such as a neighborhood pharmacy, hospital, or care clinic, but others also research or work in industry or academia.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date November 28, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Education    Community   

State of the Campus 2023: At the Forefront

Chancellor Don Elliman delivered his annual State of the Campus Address on Nov. 16 to nearly 750 community members online and in-person, highlighting the campus’s strong stance at the forefront of innovation in health and medicine.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 17, 2023
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Press Releases    Mental Health    Pharmacy    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Hundreds of Clinics May Be Guilty of False or Misleading Claims in Ketamine Advertising

Hundreds of clinics may be using false and misleading statements in online advertising campaigns by offering off-label and unapproved ketamine to treat a variety of mental health and pain conditions, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campusand Johns Hopkins University.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date November 07, 2023
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Research    Patient Care   

Can You Use Medicine and Prescriptions Past the Expiration Date?

When a headache calls and the only ibuprofen in the house is a bottle that is expired, is it worth a trip out to replace it? 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date October 24, 2023
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Press Releases    Pharmacy    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Burning Sugarcane Possible Cause of Mystery Kidney Disease in Agricultural Workers

The burning of sugarcane and rice husks may be releasing a toxicant causing a mysterious kidney disease in agricultural workers, according to a paper out today in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date October 23, 2023
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Faculty    Podcast    Careers    Academia

'Why Didn’t the Script Writers Just Call Me?'

You’re watching "Bridesmaids." Maybe you know the scene? The bridal party is going dress shopping, but first, they check out a local steakhouse for lunch. That afternoon in the middle of a very posh bridal salon, the unthinkable happens – foodborne diarrhea. Sample wedding dresses are destroyed, and the ladies leave the day on a much different note than they started.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date October 17, 2023
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Community    Faculty    Clinical    Careers    Community Pharmacy

Community Outreach Brings Pharmacy Care to Where It's Needed Most

The world watched as pharmacists across the globe played a pivotal healthcare role during the COVID pandemic. But engaging in public health is nothing new for the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. In any given year CU Pharmacy faculty and students are on the front lines of education and access to community care.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date October 17, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Pharmacy   

New Research May Make Future Design of Nanotechnology Safer with Fewer Side Effects

A new study may offer a strategy that mitigates negative side effects associated with intravenous injection of nanoparticles commonly used in medicine.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date October 05, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy    Careers    Community Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy 2018 Alumnus Fulfilled a Promise in Pursuing His PharmD Degree

2018 alumnus Richard Dziallo joined the Alumni Association Board in 2022. As one of its newest leaders, Dr. Dziallo recalls his years as a student, leading up to his career today as a Pharmacy Manager.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date October 01, 2023
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Students

Welcome, Class of 2027. The Future of Pharmacy is Here.

So. Much. Potential.

Each year, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences assembles photos of its incoming class. The composite, a time-honored tradition to capture the class exactly as they are on their first day of pharmacy school. Each face brings with it ambition, courage, curiosity, and a rich lived experience.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date September 26, 2023
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Research    Patient Care   

What Is Kratom? Is the Herbal Extract a Safe Alternative to Opioids?

Is kratom a welcome respite for those with chronic pain? Or is it a different style of opioid that can be addictive? 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date September 25, 2023
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Research    Pharmaceutical Sciences   

It’s Cold Season, and Your Decongestant Doesn’t Work. Now What?

Phenylephrine is the most popular oral decongestant in the country, but further scrutiny by scientists has found that the ingredient is actually no better than a placebo.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 19, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Students    Research Pharmacy

Students Invited to Help Solve Some of Science’s Biggest Challenges

You’re attending an international conference. The workshops have been carefully vetted, and rehearsed speakers are ready to share their cutting edge solutions to world problems.

What about the problems without solutions? What about the issues we can’t solve… yet?


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date September 18, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy    Careers    Hospital-Based Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy 2018 Alumnus Credits Mentors in Shaping His Career Path in Pharmacy

When entering the lobby of the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2018 alumnus Lee Amaya can be found immortalized in rap video he created while a student in the PharmD program, representing the diverse talent among the CU Pharmacy Alumni. Now just a few years later, Dr. Amaya recalls his student experience and those moments that impacted his learning and contributed to his success as a pharmacist today working in the specialty area of Infectious Diseases.

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15th, we celebrate Dr. Amaya and other CU Pharmacy alumni of Latina/Latino descent for their significant contributions in the field of Pharmacy and to the community.



Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date September 01, 2023
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Patient Care    Community    Opioid Research   

‘It Will Save Lives’: Students ‘Keep the Party Safe’ With Fentanyl Overdose Awareness Effort

The nation’s fentanyl overdose crisis appeared within a few steps of Eduardo Ornelas at a recent music festival in Colorado.


Author Chris Casey and Ryan Wuller | Publish Date August 30, 2023
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Faculty    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Careers    Academia

Setting the Bar for Pharmacy, One Legislative Session at a Time

Colorado is one of the most progressive states in the nation in which to practice pharmacy. The state was one of the first in the nation to allow pharmacists to prescribe HIV medications, removing a barrier for the 15,000+ Coloradans living with HIV; one of the first to allow pharmacists to give immunizations, something that helped prevent severe disease and death during the COVID emergency; and one of the first states to grant pharmacists provider status, which allows pharmacists to effectively work with a greater healthcare team to optimize patient-centered care.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date August 30, 2023
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Alumni    Clinical    Careers    Community Pharmacy

Alumna Highlighted for her Work with Walmart

This article was originally featured on Walmart Health and Wellness Linkedin. Alumna Elizabeth Piehl, PharmD '22, has been working in community pharmacy as part of the Walmart team since she was a student. 


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date August 14, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Clinical    Careers    Research Pharmacy

Pharmacy Faculty are Movers and Shakers

This spring, Assistant Professor Kelly E. Anderson, PhD, MPP, watched as drug maker Ely Lilly slashed insulin prices – a move to make insulin more accessible to millions of Americans.

“It was a watershed moment,” she said. 


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date August 08, 2023
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Clinical Research    Child & Adolescent    Research Pharmacy

New HIV Drug Formulation Could Improve Treatment Outcomes for Children Worldwide

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have helped confirm the dosing, safety and effectiveness of a drug formulation designed for treating children with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date August 03, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumni Association Names 2023 Board Member

The alumni association for the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences recently selected it newest board member to begin a three year term this July. As a member of the Class of 2003 and a faculty member, Dr. Monika Nuffer brings a broad perspective to help direct the goals of the association.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date July 30, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Announces 2023 Alumni Awardees

The Alumni Association for the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is proud to unveil the recipients for the fourth annual alumni awards. This year's honorees are Susan Finstrom, RPh '86, Kristin Holmes, PharmD '13, and Paul Limberis, RPh '79. The awardees will be honored Friday, Nov. 3, 2023 during the 4th Annual CU Pharmacy Alumni Awards as part of Homecoming weekend. 


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date July 30, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy 2014 Alumnus Concentrates Pharmacy Knowledge in Academia to Prepare Future Pharmacists

2014 alumnus Norman Fenn recently joined the Alumni Association Board. As one of its newest leaders, Dr. Fenn explores his career since graduation and the lessons learned in that time.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date July 30, 2023
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Community    Students

Drug Take Back Provides Invaluable Education

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. In April, the scheduled Drug Take Back Day was organized at CU Anschutz students from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) American Student Pharmacists chapter, over the counter medicine safety group and led by two PharmD students, Daniel Donovan and Benjamin Abraham.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 24, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Cancer

New Research Could Help Reduce Chemotherapy Side-effects

Tom Anchordoquy, PhD, hates cancer. And, for most of his professional life as a professor and researcher with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, he’s been focused on new ways to deliver drugs to tumors. His latest research, however, is taking a different approach.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date July 13, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Pharmacy

2023 Skaggs Scholars Program Award Recipients Announced

It's been said that two heads are better than one. That adage is especially true when it comes to scientific research and harnessing some of the most brilliant minds in the field. That collaborative spirit of discovery is the inspiration behind the Skaggs Scholars Program established in 2011.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 06, 2023
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Students    Clinical Research

Student Team Top 5 in National Clinical Research Challenge

A trio of PharmD students set a record this spring, taking fourth place at the American Colleges of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Clinical Research Challenge (CRC) and clinching the highest win for any CU Pharmacy team in the history of the competition.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date July 01, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy    Careers    Pharmaceutical Industry

2013 CU Pharmacy Alumnus Contributes to Healthcare Through Data

Dr. Andrew Webb, a 2013 alumnus of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is an example of excellence and innovation in the field of pharmacy. Since graduating, Dr. Webb has embarked on a remarkable journey marked by his unwavering commitment to patient care and health informatics. This month's alumni spotlight provides a glimpse into his career path, highlighting his growth as a professional. 


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date June 30, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Pharmacy Perspectives    Careers

A New Research Pharmacy Opens on Campus, Ushering in New Possibilities

Clinical pharmaceutical research. Drug trials. Pharmaceutical trial patients. These medical buzzwords have a new home at CU Pharmacy – making the school a key player in not only developing new pharmaceuticals, but managing drug trials so new developments in pharmacy can be brought to the market, and one day save a life.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date June 21, 2023
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care   

CU Anschutz Receives $50 Million From The Anschutz Foundation to Accelerate Breakthroughs in Medicine

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus this week announced the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative, a program to advance cutting-edge healthcare innovations that are poised to reach patients within the next three to five years.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date June 07, 2023
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Faculty    Alumni    Pharmacy Perspectives

Personally, and Professionally, the Payoff Comes After the Hard Work

Before she left to hike Mount Everest base camp, Chandler Follett, PharmD, Clinical Instructor, said it would be fine.

“Hiking is just walking around with your backpack, right?” she mused.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date June 06, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Diversity    Pharmacy    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Community Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Provided 2007 Alumnus the Space to Be His “Authentic Self”

The journey from small-town roots provided 2007 alumnus Robert Willis an opportunity that not only directed and shaped his career as a pharmacist but also provided him the road map to self-discovery, making him the person he is today. In celebration of Pride Month this June, Dr. Willis reflects on his college experience that launched his Pharmacy career and brought him to the realization of his identity as a gay man.



Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date June 01, 2023
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Faculty    Pharmacy Perspectives   

‘If the Path Does not Exist, Here is My Opportunity to Build it’

Erika Freitas, PhD, inaugural Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, wants to level set on her position title. 

“To me, the order matters and it should be equity first,” she says, “because that’s where we have the potential to make more immediate impact. And without equity, diversity and inclusion will never achieve the needed depth for true transformation.”  


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 22, 2023
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Graduation

PhD Graduates Have Questions – and Answers

Research is critical to healthcare, from improving treatments to finding causes, and CU Pharmacy’s PhD graduates are up for the challenge.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 21, 2023
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Graduation

Master’s Graduate Running on Her Own Path

Maria Trivino doesn’t stop moving. She runs. She swims. She works full-time. And for the last two years she’s been working on her master’s degree in Cannabis Science and Medicine at CU Pharmacy.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 20, 2023
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives

'22-'23 Student Awards and Recognitions

The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences shined a spotlight on high-achieving students recently during the 2023 Awards Convocation Ceremony.  See the full list of award winners below:


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date May 19, 2023
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Alumni    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Graduation    Careers    Community Pharmacy    Academia

A PharmD, For Personal Merit, and Professional Innovation

Determination doesn’t sleep, and neither does Lisa Chang, BS, MBA, and soon to be Doctor of Pharmacy from the North American-Trained PharmD program (NTPD).

Unlike traditional PharmD programs, where training is in-person, the NTPD program at CU Pharmacy is built for individuals already licensed to practice pharmacy but who want the added benefits of a doctoral degree.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 17, 2023
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Graduation

The Class of 2023 Took the Road Less Traveled, and Sometimes, Paved Their Own

When the Class of 2023 started at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, it was the fall of 2019. COVID-19 did not even exist. Online learning was not totally mainstream. Eager to get started, the class came to CU Pharmacy ready to pave their own path.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 15, 2023
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Faculty    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives

Pharmacy Honor Society Wins National Award

The CU Pharmacy chapter of the national Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society had much to celebrate at their recent annual induction ceremony. In addition to commemorating the 75th anniversary of their Alpha Theta chapter, they were also celebrating the fact that they beat out 131 other chapters to receive the national Rho Chi Chapter Achievement Award. The Chapter Achievement Award recognizes the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Chapter Report and reflective in a comprehensive video.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date May 13, 2023
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Community    Mental Health    Addiction   

How Can Employers Help When Workers Struggle With Substance Use?

It’s no secret that Coloradans are struggling with substance use and mental health issues.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date May 12, 2023
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Faculty    Pharmacy

Join Forces to Save Lives Across Colorado

Keep The Party Safe, Colorado’s awareness effort to prevent fentanyl overdoses, and AEG Presents: Rocky Mountains,have launched a new partnership to help educate concertgoers in Colorado about the risk of fentanyl contaminated recreational drugs across the state.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date May 10, 2023
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Pharmacy

Consortium's Work Leads State of Colorado to National Recognition

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, housed in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is part of a state-wide coalition recognized with a first-of-its-kind award. The John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health issued its first official recognition of Excellence in the Application of the Opioid Litigation Principles to the State of Colorado for distinction in incorporating the Opioid Litigation Principles into its process for distribution of national opioid litigation settlement funds.


Author Brad Bobel | Publish Date May 08, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Diversity    Pharmacy    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

2003 CU Pharmacy Alumna Overcomes through Resilience and Perseverance

Giving up has never been an option for 2003 graduate Hien Pham. Not even a cancer diagnosis could disrupt her goal of becoming a pharmacist and living life to the fullest.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date April 30, 2023
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Faculty    Students    Pharmacy    Careers    Research Pharmacy    Academia

Pharmacists Are Now Frontline Researchers for Climate Change

The first Earth Day, celebrated on April 21, 1970, was the start of the modern-day environmental movement. Since that time, citizens around the globe have developed a heightened awareness of how human progress is impacting the health of the globe and therefore the health of the humans who inhabit the pale blue orb.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date April 18, 2023
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Faculty    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives

Pharmacy Scholarship Recipients Coordinate Opioid Awareness Event

The Elliman Conference room in the Strauss Health Sciences building was filled close to capacity. Students and faculty from across the CU Anschutz Campus, healthcare professionals, along with students from Regis University, came together for one purpose: to learn how to administer naloxone to reverse a potentially fatal opioid overdose. They walked away with that, and much more.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date April 10, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Diversity    Pharmacy    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Careers    Hospital-Based Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumna Finds Success in Stepping Outside Her Comfort Zone

In celebration of Arab-American Heritage Month this April, we feature 2016 CU Pharmacy alumna Lana Al-Omar as the Alumni Spotlight. Lana reflects on her time as a student on campus, catching us up to date on where she is today, along with sharing pearls of wisdom to guide future pharmacists.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date April 03, 2023
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Patient Care    Public Health    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Concertgoers Allowed to Carry Narcan Into Some Festivals. Will It Help Save Lives?

The recent Food and Drug Administration approval of the nasal spray Narcan is good news for music festival attendees hoping to carry the medication in case they witness an opioid overdose.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date March 30, 2023
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Education    Community    Faculty   

Conference to Focus on Advocacy, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

One of the most-anticipated veterans and military healthcare conferences in the Western Region will return to the Anschutz Medical Campus, April 21-23, 2023.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date March 27, 2023
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Education    Students    Pharmacy

Infectious Disease Escape Room Tests Pharmacy Students' Knowledge

At first glance, the Education South classroom at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus looked like any other health sciences education space. But the countdown clock prominently displayed on the screen, along with the playful tension in the room, indicated something a little different was going on.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date March 14, 2023
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Faculty    Pharmacy   

Qiong Zhou, MS: Accelerating Research at the Forefront of Drug Discovery

Researcher and scientist Qiong Zhou, MS, finds herself, quite literally, at the center of drug discovery and innovation.


Author Kristen O'Neill | Publish Date March 10, 2023
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Research    Faculty

Pharmacy Outcomes Researcher Weighs in on Historic Insulin Price Drop

International pharmaceutical corporation Ely Lilly and Company slashed the list price of insulin 70 percent, and capped patient insulin out-of-pocket costs at $35 per month. For University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Kelly Anderson, PhD, MPP, the move, in conjunction with state and federal legislative efforts to cap insulin out-of-pocket costs, is a “watershed moment” in making prescription medications accessible and affordable.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date March 07, 2023
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Alumni

In Memoriam: Class of '54 Alumnus Don Vecchio Remembered for His Longstanding Pharmacy Expertise

Donald A. Vecchio  “Don” died February 8, 2023, a few months short of his 91st birthday. Don was a man of faith who loved life and lived it to the fullest.  He was the only child of Dominic and Mary Vecchio, raised in North Denver where he graduated from North High School. Don received his pharmacy degree at CU Boulder, followed by four years of service in the Army. 


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date March 03, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Diversity    Pharmacy    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Academia

2003 Alumna’s Professional Growth Matches the Evolution of the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy

2003 alumna Hilda Bi Ndikum has experienced several transitions in the growth of the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. As a student in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, she first took pharmacy courses when the School was located on the University of Colorado campus at Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. She joined the faculty when the School relocated to the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, operating out of the Academic Office Building. She continues in her faculty role today with the School now in its own dedicated building at Anschutz.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date March 03, 2023
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Alumni    Students    Pharmacy

Navigating the Pharmacy Profession: Leading with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

On Thursday, Feb. 23, CU Pharmacy transformed its regular lunch and learn into an Alumni Association panel discussion for Black History Month. Hosted by the CU Pharmacy Alumni Association, in collaboration with the Career Services Office and the School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the event provided the opportunity for students to network with alumni and ask questions about their journey in the pharmacy profession.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date February 27, 2023
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Faculty    Alumni    Students

CU Pharmacy Graduates Have one of the Top NAPLEX Pass Rates in North America

Recently, The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) released its most up-to-date North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX®) results, showing University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CU Pharmacy) graduates had a first-time pass rate of 96 percent. Only two other schools in North America saw higher scores.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date February 21, 2023
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Alumni    Pharmacy

In Memoriam: Class of '06 Alumnus Roy Brunson Remembered as Tireless Patient Advocate

Roy Dean Brunson, Pharm.D. class of 2006, passed away on January 15, 2023. He was born February 12, 1955, in Fort Hood, TX, and spent his early childhood in Hawaii.  Roy had several careers before choosing pharmacy. Most notably, he was a tennis pro at the Coco Palms Resort in Kauai, HI, where he met his wife, Carol.  


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date February 16, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Students    Research Pharmacy

Pharmacy Roundtable Demystifies Research Pathways

It felt like a virtual who’s who of pharmacy rockstars at the recent Research Roundtable hosted by the Honors Program at CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS). From a second-year PharmD student who described her current foray into the research field, to a seasoned faculty researcher who once rounded with Dr. Fauci at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the passion for research, at all stages, was on full display.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date February 11, 2023
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Alumni    Pharmacy    Careers    Hospital-Based Pharmacy

Wrestling with Fame

Jeff Gold, PharmD, has a name fit for the bright lights, whether it’s the lights of a film crew, or the lights of a professional wrestling match. Those film lights found him for the Netflix documentary, “Take Your Pills: Xanax”, as he is a leading psychiatric pharmacist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado and a specialist on medications like Xanax and other benzodiazepines.


Author Brad Bobel | Publish Date February 06, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Diversity    Pharmacy    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Careers    Clinic-Based Pharmacy    Community Pharmacy    Academia

2012 CU Pharmacy Alumnus Serves to Advance Healthcare Needs in Underserved Communities

CU Pharmacy alumnus Harold Okocha, PharmD ‘12, recently discussed his pharmacy career. As a board member of the CU Pharmacy Alumni Association and a member of the School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Dr. Okocha stands as a leader and role model for future pharmacists.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date February 03, 2023
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Community    Students    Public Health   

Local Elementary Students Become 'Pharmacists for a Day'

Based on the expressions from the elementary students in the room it looked like all fun and games. But as lighthearted as the event was, becoming a '"Pharmacist for a Day” held a serious message.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date January 30, 2023
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Faculty    Pharmacy

Developing the Next Generation of Researchers

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is excited to welcome Dr. Manisha Patel as the new Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. With her 20 years of research experience, Dr. Patel is bringing a range of experiences and passion for answering the unknown. 


Author Brad Bobel | Publish Date January 24, 2023
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Education    Students    Pharmacy

New Pharmacy Pipeline Program with CU Denver is Designed for a Guided Student Journey

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CU Pharmacy) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is thrilled to announce a pharmacy pipeline program with the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver). The partnership programallows students to enter CU Denver as an undergraduate and seamlessly transition to CU Pharmacy to earn their Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD).  


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date January 19, 2023
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Faculty    Pharmacy    Careers    Clinic-Based Pharmacy

Pharmacy Expertise Plays a Leading Role in Personalized Medicine

Pharmacists at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are leading the charge in the field of pharmacogenomics with their knowledge of how genetics influence how drugs work in the body.


Author Brad Bobel | Publish Date January 09, 2023
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy    Careers    Clinic-Based Pharmacy    Academia

CU Pharmacy 2016 Alumna Makes It Her Mission to Empower the Community

CU Pharmacy 2016 alumna Kelsey Schwander returned to her alma mater as a Clinical Assistant Professor, practicing out of the Marcus Institute for Brain Health to provide assessments and medication recommendations for patients who have suffered from brain injury. Her body of work serves to fulfill her personal mission of empowering patients, providers, and businesses to create healthcare solutions.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date January 01, 2023
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Research

2023 Publications

The School of Pharmacy keeps a running list of publications in partnership with Strauss Library to highlight published research. This page is updated at the end of each month, and we are working to refine our search and filtering fields. During this process we may inadvertently miss a research paper. If you notice this, please let us know by emailing sop.communcations@cuanschutz.edu.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date January 01, 2023
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Faculty    Students    Awards

2022, A Year in Review

Was it really 2020 (too)? Or was 2022 much different than 2020? This year CU Pharmacy expanded its reach with awards, a new remote program, and in-person events (again!). Twenty twenty-two was not twenty twenty-too. It was a year to flourish.
 


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date December 20, 2022
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Education    Students    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy’s International Program Wins Global Recognition

Over twenty-five years ago, the Distance Degrees and Programs (DDP) Office at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences changed how students access advanced education in healthcare with its breakthrough North-American Trained PharmD program. Recently, the  DDP office was recognized for its work when it was awarded the Global Education SIG 2022 Outstanding Program Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) for its International Trained PharmD pathway. The award recognizes an established program or unit within a School or College of Pharmacy for their outstanding work and impact within the area of global education.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date December 13, 2022
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

Us, You and 2022! A Year in Review

It was life full circle in 2022 as a return to normalcy occurred and in-person activity amped up. Along with the numerous alumni featured each month, a full schedule of activities kept CU Pharmacy alumni involved. Here is just a glimpse of the year 2022 as we draw the year to a close:


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date December 05, 2022
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Research    Faculty    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Manisha Patel Installed as President of the American Epilepsy Society

Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Manisha Patel, PhD, begins her term as president of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) at the conclusion of the Society’s annual meeting in Nashville, Dec. 2- 6. A medical and scientific society of 4,700 members, the AES is dedicated to advancing research and education for preventing, treating and curing epilepsy. Founded in 1946, AES is an inclusive global forum where professionals from academia, private practice, not-for-profit, government and industry can learn, share and grow to eradicate epilepsy and its consequences.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date December 05, 2022
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Faculty    Pharmacy

Associate Dean Takes the Reins of National Pharmacy Organization

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ (CU Pharmacy) faculty have a long history of holding leadership positions throughout the country. Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Brian Hemstreet, PharmD, has recently joined that list after being elected President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). Just like how his hobbies of biking and skiing take him to the mountains, he will be bringing his leadership skills to new heights.


Author Brad Bobel | Publish Date November 29, 2022
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Faculty    Pharmacy    Clinical

Jeffres Featured on Breakpoints Podcast

Dr. Meghan Jeffres, PharmD, sounds off on using cephalosporin antibiotics when a patient has a penicillin allergy. Breakpoints is a podcast produced by the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP).


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date November 23, 2022
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Community    Diversity    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

CU Anschutz Diversity and Inclusion Group Awarded National Chapter of the Year

The national Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) strives to increase diversity in the scientific workforce. This year, the organization found the highest embodiment of its ideals at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 10, 2022
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Faculty    Pharmacy    Clinical    Awards

Reynolds Named Educator of the Year

CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ Paul Reynolds, PharmD, joined a short list of elite educators earlier this month when he accepted the Critical Care Practice and Research Network (PRN) Educator Award from the American Colleges of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) at its 2022 Global Conference. The award honors a member who has made substantial and outstanding contributions to clinical pharmacy education at either the undergraduate or the postgraduate level.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date November 02, 2022
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Research    Patient Care   

Fentanyl and Counterfeit Prescription Drugs: Facts and Myths

Fentanyl’s growth from its original design as an effective surgical pain management tool to a leading cause of overdose death and concern has happened quickly – with severe consequences. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date November 01, 2022
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Research    Innovation    Education   

Awards Ceremony Recognizes Research Excellence at CU Anschutz

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus hosted its second annual Research Awards ceremony on Oct. 25. More than 125 people gathered to recognize the contributions of their fellow colleagues with cheers and standing ovations. With eight different award categories and over a dozen individual awardees, the event highlighted the significant depth, strength and teamwork of the CU Anschutz research community.


Author Megan Lane | Publish Date October 31, 2022
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Alumni    Pharmacy

Pharmacy Alumni Awards Honor Three Recipients for Major Impact and Innovation

The Alumni Association of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held their third-annual Alumni Awards which honored three outstanding alumni, spanning three generations of pharmacists.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date October 31, 2022
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Alumni    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Well Represented In This Year’s Homecoming Tailgate

CU Pharmacy alumni spanning 60 years of graduates gathered with their friends and family, along with students, faculty, and staff, on the CU Boulder campus, Saturday, Oct. 29 to celebrate the annual Homecoming event at Ralphie’s Corral.

“We have represented with us today 60 years of alumni from 1959 to 2018 and we’re happy to have everyone here,” said Dean Ralph Altiere.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date October 31, 2022
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Pharmacy    Clinical Research    Podcast

The Power of Placebos

In an American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) journals podcast, Dr. Sara Wettergreen, PharmD, speaks on harnessing the power of placebos and mitigating nocebo effects. 


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date October 19, 2022
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Pharmacy    Podcast

Jeffres Featured on Epidemiology Podcast

In a Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of American (SHEA) podcast, Dr. Megan Jeffres, PharmD, BCIDP, discusses why intravenous (IV) to oral (PO) conversion has immense potential to benefit patients by preventing unnecessary intravenous therapy associated with risks such as prolonged length of stay, line-associated infections, and excess cost and inconvenience.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date October 12, 2022
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Research    Diversity    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacist Fosters Diverse Approaches to Science, Studies How Viruses Work

Growing up in a family of machinists, Carlos Catalano was fascinated by the inner workings of devices. Wrist watches, especially, weren’t safe around the family home in Southern California.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 05, 2022
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Research    Press Releases   

New Research Proposes Improvements to Prior Authorization in Medicare Advantage

A new study published in today’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) analyzes the benefits and harms of prior authorization (PA) policies for Medicare and the impact these policies have on patients and clinicians. 


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date October 03, 2022
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Research    Diabetes    Pharmacy

McQueen Awarded $600K to Develop Predictive Tool for Type-1 Diabetes

R. Brett McQueen, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, along with his colleagues at the University of Exeter, UK, have been awarded a two-year, $600K grant from JDRF to develop a comprehensive web-based tool to inform global public health adoption and therapeutic investment decisions on the costs and benefits of identifying people at risk of type-1 diabetes (T1D) world-wide. McQueen is principal investigator on the project, with Exeter co-investigators Dr. Richard Oram, MD, associate professor, Diabetes UK Harry Keen Fellow; Prof. Jonathan Fieldsend, Professor of Computational Intelligence; and Dr. Lauric Ferrat, PhD, applied mathematician.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date October 01, 2022
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy 2010 Alumnus Focuses on Applying Technology in Pharmacy

2010 alumnus Charles Foster finds value in incorporating advanced technology to move forward the work of pharmacy. He’s even gone as far as to create a website specifically designed for pharmacy professionals to network through an online community.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date September 30, 2022
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Research    Innovation    Faculty

Patel Receives Javits Award for her Body of Research on Neuroscience

When Manisha Patel, PhD, was notified she had been awarded the Javits Award in Neuroscience, she was honored. The Javits Award is a conditional, seven-year research grant given to scientists for their superior competence and outstanding productivity. 


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date September 20, 2022
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Research    Press Releases   

Early Intervention Effective in Treating Neurodevelopmental Disorders

A new study suggests that therapeutic interventions to treat neurodevelopmental disorders may be more effective if done during the early stages of brain development.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date September 01, 2022
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Education    Community   

Building Bridges to Prevent People from ‘Jumping Off’ Bridges

Kevin Hines’ life certainly should have ended the day he threw himself off San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Fortunately, he had a revelation the millisecond he took the jump and lived to tell his story with the mission of educating and inspiring others on what literally pushed him to the edge and what he’s learned through surviving.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date September 01, 2022
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

All Roads Lead Back to CU Pharmacy for 2012 Alumna

2012 graduate Michaela Hasan never imagined she'd return to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Through networking and reconnecting with faculty from her days as a pharmacy student, she found herself at the doorstep of the CU School of Pharmacy once again--this time returning as a member of the faculty at the newest facility operating out of the recently completed Health Sciences Building.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date September 01, 2022
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Research    Education    Faculty    Awards

Professor Emeritus Receives Prestigious Award for Lifelong Dedication to Chemistry and History

Joseph Gal, PhD, was trained in chemistry, is fluent in French, and spent most of his career in medical science research. More recently, he focused his activities on the history of science and more specifically on the renowned French scientist Louis Pasteur.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date August 22, 2022
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Research    Brain and Spinal Cancer   

Lipid Nanoparticles Show Significant Promise in Carrying Cancer Drugs to Tumors

Among the biggest obstacles in studying and treating brain tumors are the blood-brain and blood-tumor barriers (BBTB). Generally, just a small amount of drug that is injected into the blood to treat brain tumors is able to penetrate blood vessel walls and accumulate in the brain.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date August 10, 2022
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumnus Proud to Serve Community Over 40 years

1972 CU Pharmacy alumnus Robert Fowler wears many different hats as a pharmacist, city coroner and minister, establishing a reputation for multitasking in order to meet community needs. For anyone who has ever thought about how far you can go with a pharmacy degree, Robert demonstrates the possibilities when you use your background knowledge to think outside of the box and apply your degree to areas that most would never consider as an option with a pharmacy degree.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date July 29, 2022
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University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences teams with TRC Healthcare to Offer Cannabis Education for Pharmacists

NOTE: This post originally appeared in PR Newswire on June 1, 2022. It has been edited for clarity and space.

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CU Pharmacy) and TRC Healthcare (TRC) have launched a new training program to help pharmacists deliver better healthcare for patients who use cannabis products. The online program, known as RxAdvanced: Guide to Cannabis, gives pharmacists a foundational knowledge of cannabis that strengthens their role as stewards of public health.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 25, 2022
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Community    Faculty    Pharmacy   

Common Questions about Melatonin Answered

Is melatonin safe for children? Can you take it in addition to other medications? Luke E. Orth, PharmD, BCPPS, an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a clinical pharmacy specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, addresses the factors to consider when taking melatonin to help you fall asleep.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date July 25, 2022
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Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy    Clinical

The Invaluable Team of Professionals Behind Every PharmD

The Experiential Programs at CU School of Pharmacy are an integral part of its PharmD education, comprising over 33% of the curriculum. The hands-on learning allows students clinical training opportunities to ensure that students have the self-confidence and ability to practice independently upon graduation.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date July 19, 2022
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Research    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Earlier Intervention in Down Syndrome May be Possible, Study Finds

Could oxidative stress, a condition known to cause inflammation and cellular breakdown, impact the trajectory of Down syndrome cell development?


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 19, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    Pharmacy   

Scientists Identify What Makes the Delta Variant Dangerous and Explain the Recent Surge in COVID-19 Infections

Since June, the number of COVID-19 infections started rising again, as the most transmissible omicron variant started picking up delta variant mutations leading to new subvariants BA.4/BA.5 and Deltacron variants. Out of all the five known variants of concern, which have been shown to evade therapeutic antibodies and vaccines developed against unmutated, original SARS-CoV-2 virus, delta is the most virulent leading to severe symptoms and increased mortality among infected people. A new peer-reviewed study provides answers to why delta is the most lethal variant of SARS-CoV-2.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date July 15, 2022
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Pharmacy    Awards

Faculty and Alumni Receive Colorado Pharmacists Society Awards

The annual meeting of the Colorado Pharmacists Society (CPS) was held June 2-3, 2022, and many of our own were honored with distinguished awards. CPS improves patient care and public health by advancing and supporting the professional practice of pharmacy while serving as the voice of pharmacy in Colorado. CPS provides support and services to over 800 member pharmacists, technicians and associated pharmacy professionals. Congratulations to all of those honored.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 15, 2022
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Press Releases    COVID-19    Pharmacy

FDA Authorizes Pharmacists to Prescribe Paxlovid with Certain Limitations

Note: Portions of this media release originally appeared on the FDA website. It has been edited for content and space.

On June 6, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revised the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir and ritonavir), to authorize state-licensed pharmacists to prescribe Paxlovid to eligible patients, with certain limitations to ensure appropriate patient assessment and prescribing of Paxlovid.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 11, 2022
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Announces 2022 Alumni Awardees

The Alumni Association for the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is proud to unveil the recipients for the third annual Alumni Awards. This year's honorees are Edward Skaff, RPh '59, Kristin Speer, PharmD '12, and Laura Tydall, PharmD (RPh '82).


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date July 01, 2022
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumna Finds Rewards in Academia

2012 CU Pharmacy alumna Julia Slejko has traded places going from student to faculty with her career in academia. She had been working in biotech for about seven years before considering graduate school, taking pharmaceutical sciences courses as a non-degree student at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Sciences in the early 2000s. Then she discovered CU Pharmacy's Center for Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research (CePOR) degree program and found her fit in pharmacoenomics, the scientific discipline which compares the value of one pharmaceutical drug or drug therapy to another.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date July 01, 2022
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Faculty    Pharmacy Perspectives    Cancer    Pharmacy   

A Clinician At Heart

Professor. Researcher. Fulbright awardee. Cindy O’Bryant, PharmD, can now add Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs to her impressive CV.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date June 28, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy    Awards

2022 Student Awards and Recognitions

At the close of each academic year, we acknowledge outstanding students who have been recognized both within their program and from external organizations. Congratulations to all students for their hard work and continued dedication to the fields of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date June 20, 2022
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Faculty    Pharmacy    Heart

Saseen Co-Authors National Lipid Association Official Scientific Statement on Statin Intolerance

NOTE: This release was originally published by the National Lipid Association on June 4, 2022. It has been edited for clarity and space.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date June 16, 2022
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Pharmacy Perspectives    Vaccinations    Pharmacy   

Generous Gift Supports Vaccination Partnership for Underserved Communities

COVID-19 infections have plummeted, mask mandates are dropping, and the state of Colorado is welcoming the spring with a renewed sense of “post-Covid” enthusiasm. But not all Coloradans are breathing easier. According to the CDC, approximately 1.75 million people, or a third of the population in the state, have yet to be vaccinated. Many of these people are part of historically underserved, marginalized communities where access to health care is low and vaccination hesitancy is high.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date June 14, 2022
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Faculty    Pharmacy    Awards

Spring 2022 Faculty Awards and Recognitions

 

At the close of each academic year, we recognize outstanding leadership and awards from our team of faculty and researchers. Congratulations to the Spring 2022 awardees.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date June 08, 2022
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Research    Pharmacy    Pharmaceutical Sciences

New Study Unravels Why COVID-19 Antibody Treatments Aren’t as Effective for New Variants

A new study published in today’s issue of Biochemistry is the first to explore the effects of multiple mutations in the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variants. The findings can help scientists better understand the properties of current and new variants.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date June 07, 2022
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumni Association Names 2022 Board Members

The alumni association for the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences recently selected board members to begin terms this July. Each member brings a unique skill set and perspective to helping guide the work of the association.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date June 03, 2022
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumna Uses Skill and Passion to Benefit the Geriatric Community

2012 CU Pharmacy alumna Renee Castilleja (née Torres) hits new stride in career as a long term care pharmacist, stepping out of her comfort zone and aligning her passion for working in geriatrics.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date June 03, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

Medicine is Personal for this PhD Graduate

“I’ve always been interested in science . . . but I had a personal, really adverse reaction to a medication, and I had to stop and think, what can we do to make medications better? And what can we do to make the best medications available to people who need them?”


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 25, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

Master's Graduate Means Business

She originally intended to be a medical doctor, but thought pre-med and biology sounded boring, so she majored in neuroscience in undergrad. Later, when she had free time in her course schedule, she took an elective on the history of country music. Now, Jordan Palan is graduating with her MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in pharmacokinetics – and she loves working at her fellowship with the CU Innovations Team.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 24, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

Distance Degrees Grad Keeps Many Balls in the Air

Arjay Mendoza is an avid tennis player. He tries to play at least twice a week, at some newly renovated courts close to his house.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 23, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

Life in Ghana and a Mother's Tupperware Inspire a Future of Giving Back Through Pharmacy

When Faithful Anane-Asane left Ghana at age 17, he knew he would be back. Born and raised there, he moved to the United States in 2007. More than a decade later, he returned for an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotation, where he was able to combine his internship with a family visit to enjoy good food and education at the same time.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 21, 2022
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Research    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pioneering Work on Campus Personalizes Prescription Drug Treatment

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a leader in the field of integrating pharmacogenomics into clinical care.


Author Megan Lane | Publish Date May 17, 2022
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Faculty    Cancer    Pharmacy    Oncology

Oncology Pharmacists Share Cancer Expertise in Nigeria

NOTE: This article originally appeared in Pharmacy Practice News; Dave Doolittle, writer.

Cindy O’Bryant, PharmD, didn’t know quite what to expect in the days leading up to a trip to Nigeria late last year that was designed to help strengthen cancer treatment and care in the African nation. Although she has met several Nigerian healthcare professionals and students as a clinical pharmacy professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences she had no first-hand knowledge of how her colleagues there treated cancer patients.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 03, 2022
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumna Explores Business Model for New Opportunity

As this month’s 2022 Milestone feature, Kristin Speer (nee Braschler) looks back 10 years ago since graduating from the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She offers insight and advice for the next generation of pharmacists.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date April 29, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy    Advocacy

P4 Advocates for the Pharmacy Profession at the Colorado State Legislature

The best part about being a student at CU Pharmacy is the ample opportunities we are granted through school. We have access to renowned preceptors and diverse experiences for our Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations. I was lucky enough to have my elective APPE rotation with Gina Moore, PharmD, and Emily Zadvorny, PharmD, legislative chair/past president and current Executive Director of Colorado Pharmacists Society (CPS), respectively. This rotation was certainly unconventional being that it was not clinical at all, but rather policy and advocacy focused.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 25, 2022
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Research    Cancer    Genetics

Drug Developed in CU Lab Shows Promise Against a Novel Oncogene that Supports Cancer Progression

An enzyme that has been identified as instrumental in the progression of many types of cancer is meeting its match in inhibitors synthesized and evaluated by University of Colorado (CU) Cancer Center researchers.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date April 04, 2022
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

How Medications, Murder and Modernization Became one Alumna’s Theme

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Rho Chi, the academic honor society for pharmacy. In special acknowledgment of the occasion, this month’s alumni spotlight focuses on a former president of the CU Pharmacy Alpha Theta chapter of Rho Chi, Laura Tyndall. Laura marks her 40-year anniversary as a 1982 graduate of CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She looks back on the last 40 years and the opportunities that have come her way in that time. Continuing with the feature on alumni milestones, Laura provides a retrospective on the changes she’s experienced in the pharmacy profession and her role in influencing those changes.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date March 29, 2022
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Pharmacy

In Memoriam: A Community Pharmacist

William F. Carlyle, 97, passed away Monday, Feb. 7, 2022 in Urbana, IL. A 1950 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy, Bill was a pharmacist and manager of McBride’s pharmacies on Main Street and Lincoln Square in Urbana until his retirement.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date March 09, 2022
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Alumni

Preceptor of the Year is Alumni for Life

For this month’s 2022 Milestone feature, Terrie Sajbel, RPh ’82 looks back over the past 40 years since graduating from the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. As a two-time Preceptor of the Year through the School’s Experiential Programs, Terrie has nurtured future pharmacists adding to the community of highly regarded professionals in the industry.

 


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date February 26, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy

A Natural Interest in Pharmacy Leads to a Career Shift

Before coming to CU Pharmacy, P1 Webster Cleveland had a career as an Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) for the U.S. Navy. He received accelerated advancement to E-4 3rd Class Petty Officer out of technical school, and soon after was promoted to the rank of E-5 2nd Class Petty Officer in his first enlistment.  When ATs reach the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer E-9, they are promoted to Avionics Technicians.  


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date February 23, 2022
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Community    Students   

Get to Know: Chidinma Onyia

In celebration of Black History Month, CU Anschutz is launching the “Get to Know” series to highlight Black excellence on campus year-round – leaders, innovators and change makers who are accomplishing the extraordinary in their fields every day. The “Get to Know” series will expand throughout the year as an inclusive platform for voices on our campus.  


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date February 22, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy

Student Support with a Passion

Tell us more about yourself. What shaped who you are today?
I was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa but have spent the majority of my life here in America. We did not have much growing up but my father was determined to change our circumstances for the better. He worked incredibly hard and sacrificed a lot to bring my mother, sister, and I here in hopes of opening up a new world of opportunities that would otherwise not be available to us.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date February 16, 2022
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Pharmacy   

CU Pharmacy Celebrates Black History Month

Black History is American History, and all February we are recognizing individuals who are standouts in their field in honor of Black History Month. Their dedication to their craft is moving our world forward, one step at a time. Check back all month as we update this page with more standout history makers!


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date February 16, 2022
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Pharmacy

Remembering Dr. Kenny Yuan, '21

On Feb. 3, Kenny Yuan, PharmD, ’21, passed away unexpectedly. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Kenny was completing his post-graduate-year-one residency in Arizona at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Before coming to CU Pharmacy, Kenny completed his undergraduate studies at the Virginia Military Institute and served six years in the United States Army. He attributed his studies in pharmacy and leadership experience in the military with guiding him through his work as a pharmacist. In particular, he was interested in clinical research, critical care, and infectious diseases.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date February 15, 2022
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Education    Students    Pharmacy

P4's Rural Hospital Rotation Provides Diverse Experience

During their fourth year, all CU Pharmacy students participate in a series of six-week Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE). P4 Chase Allen spent his APPE working in an underserved rural hospital in Trinidad, Colorado. Listen to Chase share his experience from helping to redesign the new in-patient/out-patient pharmacy to lots of free minor league baseball and the best fajitas in the state!


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 14, 2022
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Pharmacy    Giving

We’re planners! Bequest gifts support scholarships in music and pharmacy

Opportunity has always been important to University of Colorado alumni Dan ’94 and Kristen ’88 Womer. It’s why they chose to include scholarships for the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the College of Music in their estate plans. In their words, “If we can help even one student to graduate without debt, we will feel like we have left an important legacy to the university.”


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date February 10, 2022
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Neuroscience    Pharmacy    Clinical Research   

What's Slowing Medical Cannabis Clinical Research?

Artin (Art) Shoukas, PhD, a Johns Hopkins University professor emeritus, would have never dreamed he’d be using marijuana every night in his retirement years. He melts the medicinal form – mostly cannabidiol (CBD) with just a touch of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – under his tongue before dinner.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 10, 2022
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Education    Students    Pharmacy

P2 Gains Infectious Disease Experience in Rural Hospital

As a second-year pharmacy student, we complete our first hospital health system experience of our pharmacy career (as part of the CU Pharmacy Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience, IPPE). I am very passionate about rural pharmacy and so I matched to do this rotation experience in Salida, CO at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC).


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 10, 2022
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Alumni    Pharmacy

5 Minutes with a Pharmacist: Dr. David Gurule

 

Dr. David Gurule, PharmD, '16, joined us for 5 Minutes with a Pharmacist, a new series on why our alums live and work in Colorado. "I was born and raised in rural Colorado so to me it has always been what I have known," he says. "I really enjoy the people. I get to see most on a regular basis and have formed relationships with them and their families."

 

Author SOP Communications | Publish Date February 09, 2022
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumna Makes Medical Matters Her Affair

2022 marks a milestone year for the classes of ‘82, ’92, ‘02, and ’12. All year long, we’ll be spotlighting alumni from each of these classes as they provide a retrospective on life at CU Pharmacy and their career success. ’02 alumna, Elisha DeLong Sieg kicks off the first 2022 alumni spotlight.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date January 28, 2022
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Pharmacy    Pediatrics    Clinical    Hospital-Based Pharmacy

Orth Helps Develop Pharmacy Protocols for Pediatric Initiative

Any medical professional will tell you that kids need special attention. So, when assistant professor Lucas Orth, PharmD, had the opportunity to work with the Colorado Pediatric Preparedness for the Emergency Room (COPPER) program, he knew it was worth his time.  


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 25, 2022
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Alumni    Pharmacy    Advancement

Pharmacy Was a Family Affair

Perhaps Marguerite Cole Moore, ’60, was predestined to become a pharmacist. Her father, Wallace Cole, grew up in Salida, Colorado, and worked there for Wagoner’s Drug Store. When he graduated from high school in 1924, he worked in Denver for Maier Drug and Strickland Drug Company, prior to enrolling in the Capitol College of Pharmacy. After graduating in 1928, he purchased a drug store in Center, Colorado. Eventually, he ended up buying Pioneer Drug in Lamar, Colorado, which he renamed Cole’s Prescription Pharmacy. He received his fifty-year certificate of Pharmacy Registration in 1978.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date January 14, 2022
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COVID-19    Vaccinations   

Eight Things You Should Know About Omicron

Omicron is hitting the nation hard, pushing delta out as it infects at a higher rate of speed than any SARS-CoV-2 variant so far. In past days, infection rates in some of Colorado’s mountain towns have topped the nation, even in areas with high vaccination rates.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 11, 2022
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Research    COVID-19    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmaceutical Sciences

New Research Could Anticipate Covid’s Next Move

Throughout the pandemic, we have struggled to get ahead of COVID-19. Now, with research from the Mallela Research Lab at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, scientists can take steps to be proactive instead of reactive – and possibly predict how the virus will act next.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 10, 2022
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Research    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmaceutical Sciences

P4’S Research Lands her National Fellowship and Faculty Admiration

For P4 Madison Ricco, pharmaceutical research has been a passion of hers as long as she can remember. As an undergrad, she led research projects at her institution. As a P1, she enrolled in the honors program for a research-intensive experience. And, as a P2, she enrolled in the Master of Science (MS) in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree; the first student to ever attempt both programs congruently.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 10, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Magazine

The Class of 2024 Displays its Resilience Through Annual Story Slam

“Story Slam always sticks out as this event, this kind of seminal event in their pharmacy training, where they really become a unified class.”

Jay Bolan, Senior Academic Coordinator for Experiential Programs, reflects on the annual event typically done in the spring of the P1year. Story Slam is a friendly competition of amateur storytelling in which the audience selects the best story, or storyteller. Each year, the P1 class gathers in one group to each tell 5-minute stories using one of three prompts – How I got here; Confirming Experience; and Do-Over.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 10, 2022
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Research    Pharmacy   

CU Professor Gives Hand and Heart to HeLa Legacy: Medicine’s Gift Ungiven

Her cells, nicknamed HeLa cells, changed medicine’s path. They became the most-commonly used cancer cell line in biological research history, making profound contributions to science and saving countless lives. Years after the poor Black woman unknowingly provided those cells to scientists, her story emerged, shining light on patient rights.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 12, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    COVID-19   

New Pill Is a Potential Game-Changer in the COVID Battle, CU Anschutz Expert Says

Vaccines remain the best shield against COVID-19, but for those who’ve been infected with the coronavirus, the treatment arsenal continues to expand. This month, the first antiviral pill to treat COVID was submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency authorization.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 12, 2021
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Innovation    Pharmacy   

New CU School of Pharmacy Center Sets Path Toward Drug Discovery Hub

For today’s generation of medical researchers, the need for speed in the scientific world was never more pronounced than it was in 2020. As society hid from a deadly virus, the race for a treatment went full-throttle, pinning some scientists in their labs nearly 24/7.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 04, 2021
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Innovation    Education   

Upping Her Game: Pharmacy Instructor Gets Creative in the Classroom

Editor's Note: This is the first in a periodic series of articles showcasing the creative talents of our faculty and students on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. If you know of someone doing innovative work in the classroom, please send us a tip here.

Slaying creepy bugs with an arsenal of foreign firearms or being thrown into an escape room where the entire Front Range population dies if they fail are just average tasks for Meghan Jeffres’ students.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 22, 2021
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Research    Brain and Spinal Cancer   

Study Sheds Light on Mechanism of Liposome Accumulation in Tumors

Dmitri Simberg, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and a CU Cancer Center member, has released the results of a new study of the effectiveness of different types of fluorescent labels used to monitor the accumulation of liposomes in tumors.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date July 08, 2021
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School of Pharmacy In the News

KSUT

Colorado law empowers students in public and charter schools to be Naloxone first responders

news outletKSUT
Publish DateMay 02, 2024

Students are empowered to carry and administer Narcan regardless of whether a school district has a policy in place and without permission from schools. The new law also resolves some legal gray areas.
 
“The question was, are the schools immune?” said José Esquibel, director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. “Schools wanted to know, ‘Are we going to be liable for something that occurs on school campuses, and could a parent or someone else initiate a lawsuit against the school?’”

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American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

The Intricacies of Aging

news outletAmerican Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Publish DateMay 02, 2024

Dr. Sunny Linnebur, who practices at a primary care clinic serving patients over 75, is focused on drug safety and deprescribing. “What I want students to understand is when you give a medication to a 40-year-old it has one outcome, but for an 80-year-old it can have a completely different outcome,” she said. “There are adverse reactions that can lead to hospitalization. We have to be careful and thoughtful about medications in older adults.”

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CNN

Here’s what marijuana researchers have to say about 420 or ‘weed day’

news outletCNN
Publish DateMay 01, 2024

“I worry when people are in an enclosed space because new data is beginning to show that secondhand marijuana smoke may be just as dangerous as the primary smoke,” Robert Page, PharmD, said. “Like tobacco, cannabis affects the central nervous system, and there are side effects which tend to primarily be cardiovascular in nature.”

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Infectious Disease Special Edition

Don’t Let Hypersensitivity Fears Discourage Cefazolin Use in Joint Arthroplasty

news outletInfectious Disease Special Edition
Publish DateMay 01, 2024

Meghan N. Jeffres, PharmD, says that her new study demonstrates that cefazolin should be considered first-line regardless of penicillin allergy. “Prosthetic joint infections, in particular, are very bad, with a five-year mortality rate of 30 percent, and preventing them should be high on our list. Our study shows that cefazolin is significantly better than clindamycin and/or vancomycin in achieving that goal, without added HSR risk,” she said.

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