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Treatment Gets Personal with Advances in Precision Medicine

Is there a way to reduce the time spent in trialing different medications, such as antidepressants? Is there a way to predict who may be at increased risk of experiencing medication side effects?

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 Kudrna | 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 Kudrna | 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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Alumni    Pharmacy

5 Minutes with a Pharmacist: Dr. Lucas Smith

Dr. Lucas Smith, PharmD, '14, joined us for 5 Minutes with a Pharmacist, a new series on why our alums live and work in Colorado. "It is a great place to raise my family," he says. "I enjoy being in a place where I can easily spend time with my daughters outdoors and watch them adventure and explore."


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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Research    Pharmacy

2022 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 February 02, 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

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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Students    Magazine    Pharmacy

Meet the Class of 2025

The class of 2025 are the go-getters. The ones who did not let a pandemic derail their plans. The students who arrived this fall ready to jump in, be flexible, and learn. They came to CU Pharmacy from eight countries, sixteen states, and one U.S. territory. They came to thrive.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 10, 2022
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

Alumnus' Nuclear Oncology Role Broadens Work

CU Pharmacy alumnus Andrew Maurer, PharmD ‘10, recently discussed his newest career as a Nuclear Oncology Radiotherapy Specialist. As chair of the Nomination Committee for the School’s Alumni Association, Dr. Maurer is regularly engaged with his alma mater as a leader and role model for future pharmacists.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date December 30, 2021
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Alumni    Pharmacy

Remembering a Pioneer of Compounding

Robert 'Bob' Leslie Light, BS, '78, of Sun Lakes, Arizona passed away on November 8, 2021 after complications from COVID-19.

Bob is recognized as a pioneer of compounding who has helped the pharmaceutical industry maintain and exceed standards of quality set by state and federal levels, and whose methodologies have been adopted by Walgreens across the country. Bob traveled to Brazil to educate physicians about pharmacy compounding and said the experience was the exclamation point to an amazing pharmacy career.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date December 23, 2021
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Alumni

Alumnus Leaves Legacy in Standardized Pharmaceutical Care

Alumnus Ronald “Ron” Lewis Kennedy, RPH, passed away on December 7, 2021. A 1968 graduate of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, he was awarded the Distinguished Coloradan Award from the School in 2014 in recognition of lifetime achievement in the field of pharmacy.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date December 16, 2021
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Faculty    Pharmacy    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Patel Elected First Vice President of American Epilepsy Society

Manisha N. Patel, PhD, has been installed as First Vice President of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), a medical and scientific professional society with 4,500 members. Dr. Patel’s term started at the end of the society’s annual meeting, held in Chicago December 3-7, 2021. She will serve in the society’s presidential line and begin her term as president in 2023.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date December 13, 2021
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Pharmacy    Oncology

Fulbright Sends O'Bryant to Nigeria

Dr. Cindy O’Bryant, PharmD, Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, received a Fulbright Specialist Program Scholar Award. A program of the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Specialist Program is a unique opportunity for U.S. academics and established professionals to engage in two to six-week, project-based exchanges at host institutions across the globe. On November 27, Dr. O’Bryant left the U.S. for Nigeria with other oncology pharmacists to share her knowledge and experience in cancer care to advance pharmacy oncology practice. She made time to answer questions before her trip about her award, what she expects from the field, and what she hopes to share with medical professionals in Nigeria.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date December 01, 2021
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Students    Pharmacy   

P1 Brings Drive and Navajo Culture to the First Remote PharmD Cohort

Earning a PharmD from her home in Window Rock, Arizona, Diedre Greyeyes is one busy lady. The full-time online student at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is also a full-time distance student at Colorado State University (CSU) earning an MBA. And because of the magic of technology, Greyeyes is able to do both from her home – a necessity when the closest Target is over two hours away.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date November 30, 2021
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

Introverted Pharmacist Spreads Wings for Business Intelligence Career

CU Pharmacy Career Services Manager Laurie Sein chatted with Przemek Lott, PharmD ’19, recently about his journey to becoming a business intelligence pharmacy practitioner.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date November 29, 2021
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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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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

Alumna Shows Drive and Initiative in Identifying a Pharmacy Career

CU Pharmacy alumna, Jennifer Kobylarczyk, ’19, describes how she created a path for herself in building a career as a consultant pharmacist incorporating her experience in compounding pharmacy (the process of combining, mixing, or altering ingredients to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient) and veterinary pharmacy (dispensing veterinary drugs, supplies or products and advising owners of companion animals and livestock). Career Services Manager Laurie Sein conducted the interview.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date October 30, 2021
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Alumni    Pharmacy

Would You Like a Sundae With that Prescription?

NOTE: This article originally appeared in The Denver Gazette: Amanda Hancock, Writer; Chancey Bush, Photographer.

Maybe you’ve forgotten about this 170-year-old dynamic duo: Pharmaceuticals and sweet treats.

It has slipped from some memories, according to the surprised expressions of people who walk in this front door. Despite the sign out front and despite the smell of fresh waffle cones mixed with the distant sight of pill bottles, visitors are repeatedly confused about what’s offered here.


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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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Research    Pharmacy    Advocacy

School of Pharmacy Joins Nationwide Medication/Vaccine Initiative

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy announced that it is joining the RAPID Alliance Medications 360 Study, with a goal of transforming how medications and vaccines are delivered in the US from 2022 – 2031. The RAPID Alliance is a multi-stakeholder research consortium founded in the University of Louisville Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), a National Science Foundation-funded research center.


Author cupharmacy | 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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Research    Faculty    Pharmaceutical Sciences

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 cupharmacy | Publish Date September 30, 2021
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumna’s career blends pharmacy and business

In her own words, 2018 CU Pharmacy alumna Chelsea Sax reflects on her experience completing the PharmD program and entering the corporate sector as a managed care pharmacist with the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company Express Scripts in an interview conducted by Career Services manager Laurie Sein as part of a series on specialty careers in pharmacy.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date September 30, 2021
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Education    Pharmacy

'I Want to Support Their Greatness'

Dr. Tina Brock is excited to be the new Associate Dean of Education at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. And she said every word in the name of the school, almost without having to pause. Almost.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date September 22, 2021
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Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumnus Stacks the Cards in Career Choice

Career Services Manager Laurie Sein continues her conversations with CU alumni involved in new and novel fields of pharmacy. This time, Dmitriy Gekker, PharmD '20, takes center stage, discussing his role at STAQ Pharma as an intern production pharmacist.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date August 30, 2021
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Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

2021 Excellence in Precepting Awards

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy is renowned for our experiential programs. At the core of this meaningful student educational experience are our preceptors who dedicate their time and talent to mentor and train the next generation of pharmacy professionals. The 2021 Preceptor Award winners are:


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date August 12, 2021
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Faculty    Alumni    eScripts    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Announces 2021 Alumni Awardees

The Alumni Association for the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is proud to unveil the recipients for its second annual alumni awards. This year's honorees are Lucas Smith, PharmD '14 and Boris Tabakoff, RPh '66, PhD '70.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date July 28, 2021
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Alumni    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumnus Takes Initiative

Career Services Manager Laurie Sein puts the spotlight on 2018 graduate Bayli Larson, who completed an ASHP fellowship that evolved into her current role as a Strategic Initiatives Associate for the healthcare professional society.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date July 28, 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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Alumni    Pharmacy

Boulder Revisited: Alumnus Recalls Pharmacy School Pre-Anschutz

As the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences approaches the eve of its 110th anniversary, an interview with Morrison Brown, ’55 provided a walk through time in recounting his days on the Boulder campus as a pharmacy student and the opportunities afforded him as an advocate for the pharmacy profession.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date June 30, 2021
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Alumni    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumni Association Names 2021 Officers and Board Members

The alumni association for the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences recently selected new officers and 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 30, 2021
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Research    Faculty    Pharmacy

Treatment Gets Personal with Advances in Precision Medicine

Is there a way to reduce the time spent in trialing different medications, such as antidepressants? Is there a way to predict who may be at increased risk of experiencing medication side effects?


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date June 21, 2021
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Research    Alumni    Pharmacy    Clinical Research    Graduate Program

CU Pharmacy Alumnus Strategizes through PhD Program


Recently, we connected with Dr. Chong Kim (CK), who received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Outcomes during the fall 2020 Commencement on Dec. 12. Dr. Kim  describes himself as a critical thinking, highly motivated, and hard working problem solver. Currently, his specific interests lie in optimizing the landscape of the healthcare environment around the world. His main expertise involves observational studies, development of statistical methods, and programming. He's currently working as a manager at Stratevi.

Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date May 28, 2021
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Students    Pharmacy

Rugby Champion Makes Plan to “Pass it Forward"

In 2018, we chatted with PharmD student and Denver Barbarians Rugby player, Carmine Hernandez. At the time, Hernandez was a second year CU Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences student and fresh off winning the rugby Men's Division II National Championship with the Barbarians. Today, he is approaching graduation, planning his future, and excited about his residency. We caught up with Hernandez as he begins this new chapter.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 22, 2021
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Students    Pharmacy

Late Nights, Long Hours, and Bus Rides Mark the Academic Journey of First-Generation Graduate Student

Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences student Glenn Harter is ready to take on a PhD in organic chemistry this fall at the University of Southern California (USC), and he views his master’s degree at CU Pharmacy as a necessary step to achieve his considerable dreams.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 21, 2021
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Students    Pharmacy

Distance Degree Program Makes Dreams Come True

For Omniah Elmorshedy, the path to a PharmD looked a little different than most. A student in our Distance Degrees and Programs Office, Elmorshedy already had a Bachelor’s of Pharmacy from Egypt and had been practicing pharmacy in her home country, where a doctor of pharmacy is not necessary. She moved permanently to the United States in 2015 where she had a seven-month internship, took and passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), and was able to practice as a licensed Pharmacist – and yet, she wanted more. 


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 20, 2021
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Students    Pharmacy

Three Years in Nigeria Informed One Student’s Pharmacy Specialty

“I moved to the United States from Nigeria when I was seven years old, and when I was about to go to high school, my parents decided I needed to go back to Nigeria. So I did. I went to a boarding school in Nigeria for three years, and I noticed that so many diseases can be prevented by access to healthcare.”


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 19, 2021
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Students    Pharmacy

For Two Graduates, Balancing School and the Military Became Second Nature

Life in pharmacy school is not easy. As students progress through their doctoral program, studies, rotations, and exams take precedent. For two graduating CU Pharmacy students, the drill is all too familiar – and they added military service to their workload.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 18, 2021
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Research    Students

Student Researchers Examine Infectious Disease Theory

Listening to Dr. Meghan Jeffres and her students explain their infectious disease work brings to mind the 80’s arcade game Space Invaders, in which an intergalactic battle plays out between defending forces and evil alien elements. The researchers describe an inner world, specifically the large and small intestines, in which tricky bacteria use enzymatic mechanisms to destroy the antibiotic sent to destroy it. Welcome to the front line of the infectious disease battleground.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date May 17, 2021
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Research    Faculty    Students    Pharmacy    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Persistence Pays Off

According to Kristofer Fritz, PhD, associate professor in the School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, bench-side research requires a lot of trial and error. Also, according to Dr. Fritz, it takes a certain kind of fortitude and dedication for a PharmD student to undertake an intensive lab-based research project due to the already-demanding academic rigors of a pharmacy degree.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date May 14, 2021
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Students

Heim Award Honors Students' Groundbreaking Research

Over the past year, despite its challenges, two University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduates excelled in their contribution to research. In recognition of their work, Mustafa Ibrahim, PhD, ’20, Clinical Pharmacology, and Colin Anderson, PhD, 20’ Toxicology, won the annual Harold C. Heim Award for Excellence in Research and Graduate Education. The distinction is accompanied by a $2000 cash award and was presented by Warren Heim, son of former Dean Harold C. Heim.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 13, 2021
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Alumni    Philanthropy    Pharmacy    Advancement    Health Sciences    Integrative Health    Medicine

CU Pharmacy Alumnus Built a Legacy in Alternative Medicine

Longtime friend and supporter, Henry Leopold Strauss, 93, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2021 at the home where he lived for the past 60 years. Strauss, RPh '51 leaves a lasting legacy with the University and Colorado and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, his alma mater.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date April 30, 2021
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Faculty

Glode Named Advocacy Champion by the Association for Clinical Oncology

Assistant Professor Ashley Glode, PharmD, BCOP, was named a 2020 Advocacy Champion by the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) during the Association’s 2021 Advocacy Summit in April. Advocacy Champions are ASCO volunteers who have made meaningful contributions to ASCO’s advocacy activities throughout the year to ensure that every patient with cancer has access to high-quality, high-value cancer care, no matter who they are or where they live.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 26, 2021
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Community

Former Coordinator of Experiential Education Passes Away

Former employee of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Thomas G. Arthur, passed away April 3, 2021. Arthur joined the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in 1979, as the Clinical Externship Coordinator, where he worked for the School until leaving the position in 1987. Aurthur, along with Dean Robert Piepho, PhD, helped pave the way for what is now the Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the School of Pharmacy.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 23, 2021
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Alumni    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Alumna Draws from Personal Experience to Treat Neurology Patients With Compassion

Dr. Felecia Hart always had passion for health care solutions to multiple sclerosis (MS), and a chance opportunity provided the outlet for her to combine that passion with her PharmD. She currently works for Novartis, a pharmaceutical company in Fort Collins, CO as a medical science liaison.

Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date March 30, 2021
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Research    Faculty    Neuroscience

New Study Reveals Medicare Payments Far Outpace Claims for Neurology Drugs

A new study of Medicare payments has found that over a five-year period, the payments for medications prescribed to people with neurologic conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy increased by 50% while the number of claims for these prescription medications only rose by only 8%. The study is published in the online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study, funded by the American Academy of Neurology, also found that most of the increase was due to rising costs for neuroimmunology drugs, mostly for multiple sclerosis.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date March 24, 2021
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Education    Pharmacy

School of Pharmacy to Offer Remote PharmD Option for Fall 2021

Remote education is nothing new to the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. As early as 1998, the School launched its innovative Distance Degrees Program (DDP), offering what was promoted at the time as iPharmD degrees for North American and International practicing pharmacists who lacked an advanced doctorate degree.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date March 22, 2021
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Alumni    Students    Diversity    Pharmacy    Scholarship

The Beverly Brunson Pharmacy Diversity Scholarship

According to former Skaggs School Director of Student Services Beverly Brunson, her career was a happy accident, spanning nearly three decades, changing thousands of lives, and redefining how we see the face of pharmacy.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date March 22, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Faculty    Pharmacy

Jeffres Publishes in JAMA Surgery Journal

New research from Dr. Meghan Jeffres, PharmD, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and University of Porto in Portugal, indicates that most surgical patients with a history of penicillin allergy can safely be given the guideline-recommended antibiotic cefazolin to prevent infection instead of alternative antibiotics that are less effective and more expensive. The researchers reported in JAMA Surgery that the frequency of allergies to both penicillins and cefazolin was so small that most patients should receive cefazolin regardless of their allergy history.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date March 16, 2021
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Community    Alumni    Pharmacy

Graduate Takes the Reins of National Organization

Sandra Leal, a 1999 CU Pharmacy graduate and EVP of TabulaRasa Healthcare, is the new president of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the largest association of pharmacists in the United States and the only organization advancing the entire pharmacy profession. Leal officially assumed her three-year leadership term at the 2021 APhA  Annual Meeting and Exposition on March 15.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date March 15, 2021
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Research    Pharmacy

Published Research Supports Expanding Insurance Coverage of Non-invasive Prenatal Testing

A new study by R. Brett McQueen, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, supports expanding coverage of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) to pregnant women less than 35 years of age. 


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 12, 2021
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COVID-19    Students    Public Health    Pharmacy

One year into the pandemic, students provide telecare to isolated older adults

Pivot might be the word of the past year. With COVID-19 continuing into fall of 2020, the CU Pharmacy PharmD program needed to develop a new plan to fit its service-learning curriculum. Previously fulfilled by an elementary school education program, with K-12 schools in limbo, the department got creative – and fulfilled an un-met community mental health need for isolated older adults.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date March 10, 2021
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Alumni    Diversity    Pharmacy

Alum Puts a Fresh Spin on Patient Education

Pharmacists are known for being medication experts who take their role of patient education seriously. 2012 PharmD alum James Delk has created a way to make that serious message, well, fresh.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date February 10, 2021
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Alumni    Pharmacy

Alumnus prescribes two doses: medication and music

Dr. Corey Craig doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to balancing his pharmacy career with his love of music. During a recent interview, Corey shared his thoughts on pursuing a career in pharmacy and provided insight on managing the time as a nuclear pharmacist and a professional DJ.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date January 28, 2021
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Alumni    Pharmacy

NTPD Graduates Provide Leadership for CU Pharmacy Alumni Association

Most pharmacy professionals enter the North American-Trained PharmD (NTPD) program as a way to earn their Doctor of Pharmacy degree and increase their career opportunities. But an increasing number of NTPD graduates are also using their expanded opportunities to flex their leadership muscle and give back to the pharmacy profession. One place that NTPD graduates are making their mark is on the CU Pharmacy Alumni Association Board. This year almost half of the board is comprised of alumni from the North American-Trained PharmD program.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date January 25, 2021
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COVID-19    Students    Vaccinations    Pharmacy

Pharmacy Students Step Up to Stamp Out COVID-19

The Experiential Office at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is a model for hands-on pharmacy programs across the nation. Known for providing clinical opportunities starting in the first year of pharmacy school, the program is used to activating students to respond to community needs. In a normal year, those requests are generally along the lines of providing wellness checks or administering flu vaccines, but this year the stakes are higher and the request much more urgent.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date January 20, 2021
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Community    COVID-19    Faculty

Pharmacists on the Front Lines: As Vaccines Arrive, Pharmacists Play Critical Role

Professor Ty Kiser, PharmD, recalls getting the push notification from UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital that announced he was on the list to receive one of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the state of Colorado.

“I was pretty excited. I took the first appointment I could get . . . It was like Christmas came early,” Kiser said.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date January 11, 2021
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Faculty    Students

2020 in review: Pharmacy community continued to bring home top accolades

When the novel coronavirus began to spread in Colorado and across the nation and world, students, faculty and staff suited up for a year unlike any other.

From faculty who worked on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic to researchers who worked on treatments for COVID-19 to the students who prepared to play a vital role in vaccine distribution, the CU Pharmacy community proved it could make an impact on health in dire circumstances.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date December 29, 2020
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Faculty

School paves the way for greater access to HIV therapies while elevating role of pharmacists in Colorado

A bill approved in July and backed by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences pushes open the door to highly effective HIV-prevention drugs, potentially curbing infection for the state’s most at-risk citizens. In November, pharmacists in Colorado gained the ability to prescribe and dispense HIV prevention medications, making it one of the first states in the nation to allow patients to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment directly from a pharmacist. More than 14,000 people are reported to be living with HIV or AIDS in the state of Colorado; a number which has been rising over the last five years. 


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date December 29, 2020
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Alumni

Recent PhD graduate puts it all together with research

Six graduates were recently conferred their degrees from the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences through the CU Anschutz Graduate Program during the fall 2020 Commencement, Saturday, Dec 12. Philanthropic Advisor Lauren Wise had a chance to speak with one of the graduates, Reena Berman, about her experience pursuing her PhD in Toxicology. Here’s how Reena responded to the questions:


Author Lauren Wise | Publish Date December 19, 2020
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Students

Students Roll Up Their Sleeves (and Others’) to Prep for COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

As Aubree Turner relaxed her arm and waited for the poke, the importance of the vaccination training with her fellow students that September day weighed more heavily on her mind than usual. With flu season near, and a pandemic not relenting, Turner knew this clinical exercise soon would be put to a real test. 


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date December 10, 2020
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Research    Faculty

Peter Anderson chosen by peers for Shell Prize

Peter Anderson, PharmD, professor and Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program, was named the 2020 recipient of the John and Barbara Shell Prize in Research and Graduate Education, the highest honor given by the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Initially started in 2002 as an annual award, this distinction is now presented every two years for outstanding achievement in research and graduate education. A committee of past recipients selects the recipient from among tenured professors in CU Pharmacy. 


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date December 09, 2020
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Alumni

"CU has given me everything that I have in the US.”

Lauren Wise with the Advancement Office recently had a conversation with 2019 CU Pharmacy alumnus Stefanos Aivazidis, who spoke on his time at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, pursuing his PhD in Toxicology. Below is the discussion between the two:


Author Lauren Wise | Publish Date November 21, 2020
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Alumni    Students

Elm scholarhip honors veterans and their loved ones

Two days after Dario Martinez graduated from high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. At just 17, he wasn’t old enough to sign his contract himself, so his mom had to sign it for him.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date November 11, 2020
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Alumni

CU Pharmacy Alumni Awards launched at virtual ceremony

The alumni association for the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences launched the inaugural year of its alumni awards, Thursday, Oct. 22, honoring alumni Debra Devereaux (BS ’76) and Kevin Kerr (PharmD ’11) at a virtual event in celebration of Homecoming Week.   


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date November 02, 2020
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Students

After successful clinical skills challenge, students to compete nationally

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences hosted the 2020 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Clinical Skills Competition, an annual event put on by the Colorado Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSSHP) on Oct. 15.


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Faculty    Students

Virtual interviews make a difference before — and during — pandemic

When the rest of the higher education world was reacting to COVID-19 and doing an immediate pivot to online student interviews, the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was ahead of the curve. 


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date October 23, 2020
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Community    Alumni

Catching up with Dr. Quoc Ho

Upon graduation, you completed a fellowship at Allergan. How did it go? What progress was made in your research on age-related macular degeneration?


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date October 17, 2020
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Community    Faculty

Pharmacists to prescribe, administer HIV prevention therapy in Colorado

As early as November 14, pharmacists in Colorado will be able to prescribe and dispense HIV prevention medications, making it one of the first states in the nation to allow patients to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment directly from a pharmacist. More than 14,000 people are reported to be living with HIV or AIDS in the state of Colorado; a number which has been rising over the last five years.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date October 07, 2020
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Research

The ALSAM Foundation Funds Breakthrough Robotic Screening and Imaging

We are pleased to announce that The ALSAM Foundation, a generous long-time benefactor to the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS), has provided an initial grant, which together with support from the Chancellor’s Office and the SSPPS, will fund a major new robotic high throughput/high content screening and imaging instrument for drug discovery and elucidation of new drug targets.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date October 07, 2020
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Research    Faculty

Mallela partners with daughter to design artwork for muscular dystrophy research

Nimisha Mallela’s path as an artist has been on an upward trajectory ever since she started drawing at age seven. By 10, she completed some of her first full art pieces, and at 15, she began entering competitions. Her work has been published in student magazines and she even recently received first place in the Cherry Creek High School art competition with a painting of her grandmother.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date September 15, 2020
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Research    Faculty

Page leads major scientific statement on cannabis and heart health

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Robert Page, PharmD, MSPH, FAHA recently served as chair of an American Heart Association (AHA) writing group that found cannabis use shows substantial risks and no benefits for cardiovascular health. The group also says more research is critical. Below is a news release from the AHA.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date August 31, 2020
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Community    Faculty    Alumni

From the archives: CU Pharmacy’s all-female class of 1920 makes history

As the country reflects on the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights in the U.S., the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is reflecting on a milestone of its own. In 1920, the school awarded degrees to an all-female class, a rare feat in a time when women were still fighting for their rights.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date August 18, 2020
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Community    Alumni

Pharmacy alumnus's career takes flight

"Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane”. . .No, it’s a pharmacist. Class of ‘68 alumnus, Rod Palmieri, is no stranger to facing challenges. So, when the chance to volunteer for the Jackson County Oregon, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team (SAR) presented itself, he jumped at the opportunity. Really ... he did jump.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date August 07, 2020
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Alumni

PhD alumna reflects on time on campus

Shortly after graduating, ’19 alumna Uma Fogueri was approached by Philanthropic Advisor Lauren Wise with questions about Fogueri’s time on campus completing her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences though the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Here’s how Uma responded to the questions:


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date August 03, 2020
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Community

Former CU Pharmacy development director reflects on marching to Montgomery

When Sheldon Steinhauser returned to Alabama for the first time in 55 years and crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, he couldn’t help but feel the pain his fellow protestors suffered there so many years before.

Steinhauser, who served as the senior director of development for
Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 31, 2020
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Students

Pharmacy students win ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge

After challenging pharmacy schools from across the nation, three University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students won the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Clinical Pharmacy Challenge in New York.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 13, 2020
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Research    Faculty    Students

CU Pharmacy first in Colorado to offer graduate-level cannabis education

Industry analysts say the market size of cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals could generate up to $2 billion by the end of 2020 — and legal sales could earn up to $23 billion by 2025.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 13, 2020
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Faculty

Meet the unsung heroes on the COVID-19 front lines

As the coronavirus pandemic grows, so does the reliance on health care workers around the world. From social media salutes to neighborhood parades, the world is finding innovative ways to applaud the efforts of the medical community on the front line of the fight against COVID-19.
Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 13, 2020
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Faculty    Students

Faculty, students bring home recognition in a summer of high achievement

Throughout the summer, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, faculty and students were hard at work and bringing home awards and national recognition.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 11, 2020
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Students

Student Eric Hartsfield’s passion for pharmacy continues a family tradition

Growing up, Eric Hartsfield never thought he would go on to study pharmacy. In fact, he spent half of his life working in retail — a field he fell in love with and imagined sticking with.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 11, 2020
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Research    Faculty

In COVID-19 Battle, CU Anschutz Team Teaching Old Drugs New Tricks

As scientists around the world scramble against the COVID-19 clock, searching for a vaccine that could stop the viral infection before it happens, a trio of experts on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have taken a different tack: overpowering the new mutation after it invades the body.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 10, 2020
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Alumni    Students

Graduating DDP student plans to advance pharmacy at home and worldwide

 

Neemat Srour, a spring 2020 PharmD graduate, has lived and worked all over the world.

From earning a Master’s degree in France to working as a hospital pharmacist in Saudi Arabia, she has grown an international career with a major goal in mind: one day expanding the profession of pharmacy in Lebanon, her home country.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 09, 2020
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Community    Faculty

Pharmacists on the Front Lines: Critical Care Pharmacists Use Innovation to Combat Drug Shortages


Dr. Mary Bradley and Dr. Scott Mueller

Note: This story is part of an ongoing series, "Pharmacists on the Front Lines," which highlights the work of CU pharmacists in the COVID-19 battle.

Even the most well-stocked hospital in the U.S. is not immune to an all-too-familiar consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: drug shortages. As the FDA monitors the drug supply chain contributing to the supply disruptions and shortage of drug products, pharmacists in COVID-19 units are using their drug expertise to develop innovative solutions.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 09, 2020
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Community    Students

Incoming student has been preparing since high school to attend CU Pharmacy

When Aleta Yushkevich was still in high school, she knew which career path she wanted to take — and exactly where she wanted to go to school — not only for her undergraduate education, but also for a health profession education. 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 08, 2020
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Alumni

Alumni find the right fit in the pharmaceutical industry

Once CU Pharmacy alumnus Kevin Henderson graduated and became established in his career in the pharmaceutical industry, he made a goal: “I made a commitment to make sure other pharmacy students knew about all their career options, including industry.” 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 07, 2020
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Alumni

Alum Sandra Leal named APhA president-elect

Note: This story was originally published in the Winter | Spring 2019 edition of Pharmacy Perspectives. Since its publication, Dr. Sandra Leal was named president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association.

When Sandra Leal was growing up in Nogales, Arizona, her family depended on pharmacists across the border in Mexico for medical care. Today, Dr. Leal,PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE, has devoted most of her career to helping underserved, low-income patients access quality health care from pharmacists.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 06, 2020
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Community    Faculty

CU Pharmacy ambulatory care residency program, faculty member recognized as best in country

A map hanging in Dr. Joe Saseen’s office at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is marked with pins in cities across the country, each representing former residents trained by the CU Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Residency Program.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 03, 2020
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Community    Faculty    Alumni

Office of Experiential Programs announces 2020 preceptor award winners

Inspiring. Brilliant. A credit to the pharmacy profession. Those are just some of the words the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Office of Experiential Programs uses to describe recipients of the school’s 2020 Preceptor Awards.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 03, 2020
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Alumni    Students

CU Pharmacy graduate combines pharmacy and tech

Since he was a teen, computers and pharmacy have fascinated Dean Marucci, PharmD, a 2018 graduate of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Thanks to a pivotal P4 rotation, he has found a job that blends both interests perfectly.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 02, 2020
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Research    Community    Faculty

Clinical trial: How a CU Pharmacy professor's research is helping people with severe epilepsy

 

 

For patients with a severe form of epilepsy, it can be dangerous to drive, go to work or even walk to the mailbox alone. A fear of falling and blacking out prevents many patients with medically refractory epilepsy from living lives most people take for granted.

“They can’t have a job, they can’t really live a normal life,” said Tom Anchordoquy, PhD, professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “These patients, before, had to always have someone with them because there was a fear of seizures.”

On top of that, the drugs patients with the severe form of epilepsy take to manage their disorder — which are needed in high concentrations in the brain — are typically taken orally and then distributed throughout the entire body, resulting in problematic side effects.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 01, 2020
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Alumni    Students

Pharmacy graduates grow family and careers together in school

Jennifer and Nicholas Tomlinson were both emergency medical technicians in Georgia when they decided it was time for a career change. The couple, married since 2015, found that as they worked on ambulances, they saw impacts on patients when they didn’t take their medications. 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 01, 2020
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Alumni    Students

Megan Williams’ passion for pediatric pharmacy started with her nephew

Megan Williams was about to begin pharmacy school when her 5-year-old nephew was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor that starts in the lower back part of the brain. 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date June 30, 2020
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Faculty

Professor Joseph Saseen named president of National Lipid Association


Professor Joseph Saseen, PharmD

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Joseph J. Saseen, PharmD, CLS, FNLA, is the new president of the National Lipid Association (NLA).


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date June 12, 2020
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Publications

Pharmacy Perspectives

Pharmacy Perspectives, the magazine of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, tells the stories of students, faculty and alumni — from discoveries in pharmaceutical sciences to innovations in patient care.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date June 01, 2020
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Publications

eScripts

eScripts is a monthly newsletter highlighting faculty, students and alumni of the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date June 01, 2020
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Research

Study pinpoints metrics of cost-effective screening for type 1 diabetes

AURORA, Colo.  – Health screenings can catch conditions early, helping patients avoid a condition’s worst consequences or even preventing it from developing altogether. Think of mammograms to catch breast cancer early or high blood pressure screening before a person has a stroke. Screening helps pre-symptomatic patients take actions to reduce their risk of a catastrophic outcome.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date May 08, 2020
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Community    Faculty

Dean Ralph Altiere named to international leadership position

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Ralph Altiere, PhD, is leading pharmacy education on an international scale with a new position with the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date May 06, 2020
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Community    Alumni    Students

CU Pharmacy announces awards and scholarships during virtual convocation

The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences shined a spotlight on high-achieving students, alumni and faculty members recently during the 2020 Awards Convocation Ceremony.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date May 01, 2020
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Community    Faculty

Q&A from the coronavirus front lines with Dr. Sarah Scoular

Pharmacists are playing a critical role in the response to the coronavirus pandemic. From the halls of hospitals to the counters of community pharmacies, they are caring for patients at every level of the pandemic. Faculty members at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are no exception.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date April 23, 2020
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Research    Community    Faculty

News roundup: CU Pharmacy faculty provides expertise during coronavirus pandemic


Associate Professor Sarah Anderson, PharmD, speaks with national news site Newsy about the coronavirus.

During the coronavirus pandemic, experts at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences can be counted on to answer some of the public's most pressing questions.

From working to develop a treatment to help COVID-19 patients to speaking about the impact on the U.S. drug supply, our faculty members are in the news.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date April 20, 2020
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School of Pharmacy In the News

Healio

NLA 2022 to feature new statin intolerance guidelines, award-winning abstracts, more

news outletHealio
Publish DateJune 02, 2022

Healio spoke with National Lipid Association (NLA) President Joseph Saseen, PharmD, associate dean for clinical affairs, professor in the department of clinical pharmacy and department of family medicine at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, about some of the topics in the spotlight this year and what attendees can hope to garner from the sessions.

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9News

Clearing medicine cabinets helps combat opioid crisis

news outlet9News
Publish DateApril 30, 2022

Professor Peter Rice, PharmD, PhD and CU Pharmacy students were featured in 9News participating in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Their efforts helped get potentially dangerous drugs out of homes.

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Denver 7

'It can 100% be a gateway': Fort Collins man warns others about keeping unused prescription drugs

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateApril 25, 2022

Professor Robert Page, PharmD, spoke about the National Drug Takeback Day and CU Pharmacy's role in hosting the annual event on campus.

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Colorado Politics

Let patients benefit from prescription drug reform

news outletColorado Politics
Publish DateApril 22, 2022

Kavita Nair, PhD writes that, "Coloradans continue to struggle to pay for their prescription medications. The largest yearly survey of Colorado households conducted by the Colorado Health Institute found that one in five Coloradans skipped health-care services due to cost concerns in 2021."

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