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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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

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    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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Faculty    Students

Recognizing the growing role of alternative medicine with Integrative Health and Medicine certificate

Eight people earned the first certificates awarded in Integrative Health and Medicine (IHM) by the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in spring 2019.

The IHM certificate is a nine-credit-hour, online program developed to provide any practicing health care professional or pharmacy student with a greater understanding of herbal medicines, non-botanical dietary supplements, and other related modalities in the treatment of human disease.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date September 16, 2019
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Alumni    Students

Life-prolonging drugs inspired student to pursue pharmacy

John Song is a third-year student at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences because chemotherapy gave his beloved cousin, Stephanie Maurer, extra time to live before she died of cancer at 34.

“She was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer and was expected to survive three months,” recalls Song. “Because of the chemotherapy she received, she lived for a full year and was able to experience the birth of her niece, hold her, and play with her.”


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date February 25, 2019
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Students

Student Postscript from the Stock Show

"Volunteering for the AHEC health screening booth at the National Western Stock Show has become one of my favorite volunteer opportunities thus far. I first volunteered last year as a first-year pharmacy student. As a first-year student, I jumped at the chance to have more direct patient care experiences and was excited to do so in such a fun environment like the stock show. This opportunity was more rewarding than I had hoped, and I volunteered again to participate in this year’s stock show. This year I not only was able to complete health screenings, but I also helped coordinate and administer donated flu vaccines.

Bringing resources directly to patients, such as free health screenings and free flu shots, helped reach a patient population that is often left underserved. I could not count the number of patients I spoke with that do not have a relationship with a primary care physician in their community or don’t see a doctor on a regular basis. Providing resources in a relaxed environment in which they are comfortable, helps us build rapport and create that first link with the healthcare system.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date January 31, 2019
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Community    Students

4th graders inspire future pharmacists

 

Approximately 280 4th graders from local elementary schools in Aurora visited campus over winter break to participate in the award-winning and ever-popular event called "Pharmacist for a Day." A spin-off of the Service Learning Program, this event is a way to engage youth in health education while providing pharmacy students the opportunity to develop their skills as healthcare professionals. Translating pharmacy education into something that is both accessible and meaningful to diverse groups of children proves to be a valuable exercise in effective communication.

"This program is a great opportunity to introduce kids and elementary school teachers alike to the field of pharmacy in a fun, safe environment,” said Patricia Meyer, IPPE Student Coordinator. “The kids really enjoy digging in to the science activities and while we don’t know if this translates into them pursuing pharmacy as a career, it’s always good to increase awareness of pharmacy as a health profession.”


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date January 31, 2019
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Community

FIP’s Duggan Issues Global Call to Action at SNOW Symposium

Pharmacists will – and must – play key roles in tackling the world’s health challenges, Dr. Catherine Duggan, chief executive officer of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, said in her keynote address to the second Pharmacy Strategies for New Opportunities Worldwide (SNOW) Symposium in Breckenridge, Colo. on Jan. 25, 2019.

Dr. Duggan cited the World Health Organization’s 2019 list of global health issues ranging from the potential for an influenza pandemic to antimicrobial resistance to HIV to primary health care in her speech. “Pharmacy is absolutely front and center in all these challenges,” said Dr. Duggan, who recently became CEO of the federation, know as FIP for its French name Fédération Internationale Pharmaceutique.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date January 30, 2019
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Community    Faculty

Bills to curb opioid crisis on legislative docket

The Colorado Legislature is back in session, and once again faculty from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are working closely with lawmakers to provide their expertise on the opioid crisis.

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy is the home of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, which coordinates Colorado’s statewide response to the opioid epidemic. School of Pharmacy professor Robert Valuck, PhD, RPh, is the Consortium’s executive director, and he has helped lawmakers understand the crisis and provided them with reliable information for the past several years.

The Legislature convened in early January, and its agenda included bills that would expand medication-assisted treatment and create new law enforcement programs. "The bills the legislature passed last year and the ones it will consider this session will make an impact to Coloradans dealing with substance use disorder and help the public understand the risks of opioids,” Valuck said.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date January 30, 2019
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School of Pharmacy In the News

Denver 7

The US spends a lot on prescription medications. Here's what Colorado is doing to help you pay less

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateDecember 28, 2020

Gina Moore, an associate professor for CU Pharmacy and the former president of the Colorado Pharmacist Society, spoke about the cost of prescription medications in the US and what Colorado is doing to lower those costs.

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The Colorado Sun

As HIV infection rates rise in Colorado, pharmacies can now prescribe preventative pills

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateNovember 18, 2020

Julie Malhotra, along with Emily Zadvorny, discussed the importance of this therapy and pharmacists’ role in delivering it with the Colorado Sun. The CU Pharmacy Continuing Education Office is offering the mandatory training that pharmacists must complete before administering the drug.

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Denver 7

Pharmacists can prescribe HIV prevention meds

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateNovember 13, 2020

Emily Zadvorny, faculty member at CU Pharmacy explained to Channel 7 News that as of Nov. 14 pharmacists in the state of Colorado can now prescribe and administer PrEP and PEP HIV treatment. This Colorado Protocol is further example of the expanding role of pharmacists across the state and around the world.

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CPR

Colorado Patients Can Now Get Preventative HIV Medications From Pharmacists

news outletCPR
Publish DateNovember 12, 2020

Emily Zadvorny, executive director of the Colorado Pharmacists Society and faculty member at CU School of Pharmacy spoke with CPR about a new protocol that makes Colorado one of the first states to allow pharmacists to prescribe PrEP and PEP, preventative HIV medications. 

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