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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.

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

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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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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Research    Faculty

Journal dedicated to professors John Carpenter and Ted Randolph

It wasn’t long after John Carpenter and Ted Randolph started working at the University of Colorado that a mutual friend and colleague suggested they collaborate.


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

Dr. Glenn Appelt’s legacy of generosity lives on with new CU Pharmacy scholarship in his name

If the late Dr. Glenn Appelt knew his wife and daughter would establish a scholarship in his name at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, he would have been proud to see a new generation of students have the opportunity to study pharmacy, says his wife of 30 years, Jennifer Appelt.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date December 20, 2019
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Alumni    Students

Navigating the world of pharmacy with Career Services Manager Laurie Sein

Starting out in pharmacy school, it’s common for students to begin thinking about where they might fit into the wide world of pharmacy. 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date December 17, 2019
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Community    Faculty

Colorado Experts, Including CU Pharmacy Professor, Prepare ‘Blueprint’ for Opioid Litigation Settlements


Professor Rob Valuck

Colorado experts in combatting substance abuse are recommending ways cities, counties, and the state could use dollars anticipated from the settlement of lawsuits against companies and individuals involved in fostering the opioid crisis. In a report released December 5, experts recommend ways community and state leaders can put the money to use quickly and effectively.


Author Michael Davidson | Publish Date December 17, 2019
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Research    Faculty

Faculty research evaluates innovative but costly cancer therapy in Journal of Clinical Oncology review article

After conducting pioneering research into the cost-effectiveness of an innovative new cancer treatment, researchers at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) were invited by the Journal of Clinical Oncology to contribute a review article in an upcoming special issue, “Economic Issues in Cancer Care.”


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date December 12, 2019
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Student recognizes generosity of donors in speech at scholarship luncheon

Note: The following is a speech delivered by University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences student Clare Livingston at the school's scholarship luncheon on Nov. 1. The luncheon brought together CU Pharmacy's generous scholarship donors and their recipients.

I would like to start by welcoming everyone to this delicious luncheon to celebrate scholarship donors and recipients at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. My name is Clare Livingston and I am a P4 student. I am currently the recipient of the James L McDowell Scholarship and a former recipient of the Kent M. Nelson and Erwin-Nelson Scholarships.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date December 02, 2019
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Veterans Day 2019: Honoring veterans through the C. David Elm Scholarship

Legendary former CU Pharmacy faculty member David Elm had a request when a scholarship was created this year in his honor: “I thought it would be important to recognize someone who put their life in danger for all of us,” he said.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date November 08, 2019
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Community    Faculty    Students

CU Pharmacy faculty members and student honored at Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards

Two University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty members and a student were honored with awards that recognize pharmacy innovators from across the U.S.

Associate Professor Sarah Anderson, PharmD, Assistant Professor Rhianna Fink, PharmD, and student Nashel Patel were all honored in the Next-Generation Pharmacy Awards, sponsored by Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems. The awards honor 30 finalists from across the country in 10 categories.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date October 25, 2019
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From teacher to student to pharmacist: Dr. Monica Zorman protects patients at Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Safety

Monica Zorman was a high school teacher in Georgia when a student asked her what careers he could pursue in chemistry. It wasn’t the first time she was asked this question, and she knew pharmacy was a solid option for students interested in science. 

This time, though, she took a deeper look into the profession, looking for what the student would need to get started in the field. As she researched, she started to realize that pharmacy might make a good fit for her, too. 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date October 02, 2019
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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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Faculty

CU Pharmacy professor obtains clinical hypnosis training to help others achieve lifestyle changes

For some, the word hypnosis can conjure up images of a stage performer dangling a watch in front of a participant’s face. But for many healthcare clinicians, the reality is far removed from that myth: clinical hypnosis is a tool that helps take patients to a deeper state of mind to change behaviors, assist in therapy and help make lasting health changes.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date August 08, 2019
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Students

World becomes smaller for one Syrian CU Pharmacy student

Mais Humaideh embraces Dr. Sahar Al Fahoum, her mentor in Syria at the CU School of Pharmacy.

Mais Humaideh was just a few days into her pharmacy courses and more than 6,000 miles from Syria when her world got just a little bit smaller earlier this month.

Humaideh is one of seven University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences International-Trained PharmD (ITPD) students taking part in a monthlong on-campus session at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 31, 2019
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Faculty    Students

CU Pharmacy implements changes designed to streamline the admissions process

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences made three major changes to streamline the admissions process and increase diversity in its pool of candidates.

Effective immediately, the school will no longer require the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), will allow all prerequisites to be completed at the community college level and will begin offering the option for a virtual interview.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 17, 2019
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Community    Faculty

CoBank contributes $500,000 to Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

With sights set on helping advance efforts to address the opioid epidemic, cooperative bank CoBank recently announced it will donate $500,000 to the Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, which is housed in the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date June 10, 2019
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Alumni    Students

Stanislava Manojlovic, previously a refugee, overcomes obstacles to earn PharmD

Stanislava Manojlovic poses for a photo with her nephew, Maksim Morris, May 24 after the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

Stanislava Manojlovic’s dreams of becoming a pharmacist started when her mother was injured while tending to sheep in her home country of Serbia. Her family didn’t have any other access to medical care, and her mother’s ankle, cut by a leash, was starting to get infected.  

So Manojlovic’s neighbor, a pharmacist, cared for her mother until she was healed.  


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date June 05, 2019
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Community    Faculty

CU Pharmacy professor named new president of the American Geriatrics Society

When Dr. Sunny Linnebur was still a student, she never dreamed the rest of her career would focus on geriatric care.

“It was kind of a surprise to me,” said Linnebur, a professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “And it was because I really lacked exposure to the older adult patient population.”

Now, with a well-established career in the field, she has a 6,000-member platform to use to help spread awareness about geriatrics — and help healthcare professionals of several disciplines find a professional home within the field.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date May 30, 2019
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Alumni    Students

Erin Terrio’s legacy of determination lives on through posthumous CU Pharmacy degree

As the fall 2016 semester wrapped up, Erin Terrio prepared for finals the same way as any other student.

“She was in the middle of finals, and she was doing all the crazy stuff you do during finals week: staying up all night and studying and studying,” said her sister and roommate, Jennifer Terrio, who is a student at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. “Until the very last second, she was trying to get through all of her finals.”

Terrio was halfway through her second year with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and almost done with finals when she died of complications from cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes lung infections and makes it harder to breathe because of thick, sticky mucus that clogs the airways.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date May 30, 2019
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Congrats, Class of 2019! CU Pharmacy confers 159 degrees during commencement

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences conferred a total of 159 degrees during the 2019 commencement ceremony, hosted May 25 on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, according to a final count.

Of those, the school awarded:

  • 126 traditional entry level PharmD degrees
  • 26 Distance Degrees and Programs PharmD degrees
  • 7 PhDs

The school anticipates conferring more degrees over the summer, but allowed those graduates to participate in the ceremony.

The ceremony was a chance for faculty to share a few final words of advice with the Class of 2019.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date May 29, 2019
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Research    Community    Faculty

CU Pharmacy professors weigh in on Denver’s historic psychedelic mushroom initiative

Denver made history this month by effectively decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms — and experts at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences say the vote marks an important development for the drug, but only time will tell of its impact in a clinical setting.

The initiative, which passed by a close margin and was certified by the city of Denver on May 16, means that arresting anyone for personal possession, consumption or growth of “magic mushrooms” is a low priority for law enforcement. It also prohibits Denver from using city funds to prosecute similar cases.

Hallucinogenic mushrooms haven’t been fully legalized — and unlike marijuana, people won’t be able to legally buy and sell them in the city.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date May 16, 2019
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Students

CU Pharmacy students earn recognition during annual awards convocation

In a night of recognition and remembrance, more than 40 University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students took home awards and scholarships during the school’s annual Awards Convocation event.

The event, hosted May 3 on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, marked the first time three new scholarships were awarded: The Erin Terrio Memorial Scholarship, the Glenn D. and Jennifer M. Appelt Scholarship and the C. David Elm Pharmacy Practice Scholarship.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date May 06, 2019
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Community    Faculty

CU Pharmacy professor leads effort to create campuswide ‘Tour de Cure’ cycling team

Dr. Richard Radcliffe has always thought of himself as an avid bicyclist, but he never considered signing up for a sponsored bike race.

Not until his daughter, Julie, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 13.

Radcliffe, a professor of pharmacology at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, said shortly after his daughter’s diagnosis, a friend encouraged him to sign up for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure bike ride, which puts money toward researching treatments — and finding a cure — for diabetes.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date April 24, 2019
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Eugene McMahan’s legacy lives on through scholarship

We are saddened to report that a great friend to our school, Mr. Eugene “Gene” McMahan, has passed away. He was 92 years old.

Gene was an extraordinary, generous person. For 25 consecutive years, he donated a full, in-state tuition scholarship to a pharmacy student in memory of his daughter and CU Pharmacy alumna Teresa McMahan-Shulkin, beginning at a time when in-state tuition was approximately $4,000 and continuing through last year when in-state tuition was nearly $31,000.


Author Caren Henderson | Publish Date February 28, 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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Research    Faculty

CU Pharmacy investigators receive PhRMA Foundation Award

The University of Colorado Center for Pharmaceutical Value (PValue) has been established with a Value Assessment Center of Excellence Award from the PhRMA Foundation.

The foundation grant of $500,000 was awarded to Jonathan Campbell, PhD, R. Brett McQueen, PhD, and Melanie Whittington, PhD, who have primary faculty appointments in the field of Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

PValue will be a center of excellence within the D2V initiative, a Transformational Research Funding project supported by the Dean's Office of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. D2V will support PValue through a matching award of $500,000. Additional D2V support will include peer review, shared professional research assistance, project management expertise, and institutional accountability. The total award will be allocated over three years to establish PValue initiatives.


Author Caren Henderson | Publish Date January 22, 2019
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Students

Inspiration for future pharmacists

Sheldon “Shelly” E. Steinhauser knows the value of pharmacy – it was instilled in him during his childhood. His father, an immigrant, was a Navy doctor and, later, a neighborhood physician who worked closely with a trusted community pharmacist.

“My father wouldn’t make a key decision about prescribing drugs for his patients without consulting the pharmacist,” said Shelly. “Today, people are just as likely to turn to pharmacists whenever they have questions about prescription drugs and other health aids. They’re critical to our health care system.”


Author Caren Henderson | Publish Date December 31, 2018
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Community    Faculty

Survey: Coloradans think there is a prescription drug abuse problem in their communities

Coloradans are concerned about prescription drug abuse and support increased state funding for initiatives to address the epidemic, according to a survey commissioned by the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to measure the public’s awareness of the opioid crisis.

More than half of the survey’s 1,400 respondents (57 percent) thought there was a problem with people in their community misusing prescription medication such as opioids, and 57 percent said they had heard or seen a message about prescription drug abuse being a problem in Colorado. Many of those surveyed had a personal connection to the crisis, as 37 percent said they knew someone who was or had been addicted to prescription medication.


Author Caren Henderson | Publish Date December 27, 2018
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Research    Faculty

The ALSAM Foundation funds new Anschutz-Boulder collaborative research

The ALSAM Foundation, a generous long-time donor to the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS), has provided $2M of funding for collaborative grants between the SSPPS and the BioFrontiers Institute. This donation supports the Therapeutic Innovation Grants Program that allows the SSPPS on the Anschutz Medical Campus to join forces with the BioFrontiers Institute on the Boulder Campus to encourage faculty collaboration in the development of innovative projects that will advance the health and wellness of people in our communities and around the globe. 


Author Caren Henderson | Publish Date December 17, 2018
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Faculty

A Hungary Sabbatical: Q&A with Dr. Jon Campbell

When typing the term sabbatical into Google, out spits the following, “a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked.” Toggling to Wikipedia yields, “In recent times, "sabbatical" has come to mean any extended absence in the career of an individual in order to achieve something. In the modern sense, one takes sabbatical typically to fulfill some goal, e.g., writing a book or traveling extensively for research.” University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty member Jon Campbell, PhD, recently got to take a sabbatical and chose to go to Hungary.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date December 05, 2018
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Research    Faculty

Personalized Cancer Treatment

According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, more than 14 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, worldwide, and more than 9 million people will succumb to the effects of cancer. This is equal to approximately 22,000 cancer deaths per day, and this cancer mortality rate is expected to continue to rise.

Despite all the advances in technology to both diagnose and treat cancer, many of these therapies are ineffective against the later stages of cancer.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 25, 2018
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Community    Students

Pharmacist On the Street: HPV

CU pharmacy students, Nashel Patel and Tracie Vanhorn took to the "streets" of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to see what students and faculty know about Human papillomavirus (HPV) and the vaccine.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 20, 2018
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Community

Sheridan Health Services earns Perfect Compliance Rating

Sheridan Health Services, a University of Colorado College of Nursing nurse-led community health center in the Denver metro area, recently passed the Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA) Compliance Review with a 100 percent rating. Faculty and students from CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences also play an integral role at the clinic.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 15, 2018
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Community    Faculty

Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Annual Meeting

The leaders in Colorado’s fight against the opioid epidemic gathered at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus for the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention’s annual meeting. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a longtime supporter of the Consortium, spoke to the audience about her office’s work fighting the opioid epidemic and the impact the Consortium has made.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 09, 2018
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Students

A Summer Learning in the Netherlands

Instead of taking the summer off third-year University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy student, Anushka Tandon, spent ten weeks in the Netherlands doing independent study, interning with the Center for Human Drug Research, "It was a working vacation so I can't complain," she said.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 08, 2018
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Faculty    Students

CU Pharmacy at ACCP's Global Conference 2018

The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) held their Global Conference in Seattle at the end of October. There were ten presentations from CU Pharmacy faculty and over 20 poster presentations from faculty and students.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 30, 2018
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Faculty    Students

Integrative Health and Medicine Elective: Recipes with Added Benefits

Saffron, cumin, thyme and pepper, mixed into things like guacamole, quinoa, fruit salad, and an herb butter stick. Faculty member Monika Nuffer, PharmD, teaches the elective course, Special Topics in Integrative Health and Medicine (IHM) and makes tasty snacks during the first week of classes each fall. They're not just good - but good for you!


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 16, 2018
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Research    Faculty

Faculty member Receives over $1 Million in NIH Funding

James Roede, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was recently awarded two different Administrative Supplement Awards attached to his prestigious Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award from NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) - a division of NIH (National Institutes of Health).


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 09, 2018
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Community    Faculty

Need to quit smoking? Just see a Pharmacist!

It’s now easier to quit smoking in Colorado. People can go to a pharmacy, instead of waiting several days to get in with a provider, to get prescription anti-smoking medications, “People can come into a pharmacy and visit their pharmacist, and through a simple screening process and consultation, they can be subscribed smoking cessation medications,” explains Emily Zadvorny, PharmD, a University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy faculty member and Executive Director of the Colorado Pharmacists Society.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 02, 2018
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Faculty

Kilts, bagpipes, haggis…and pharmacy!

Kilts, bagpipes, haggis…and pharmacy! Over a dozen CU Pharmacy faculty and staff recently descended upon Glasgow, Scotland for the 78th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, “Our presence at FIP speaks volumes about our school’s commitment to and impact on global pharmacy education, clinical practice and research,” said Dean Ralph Altiere.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date September 24, 2018
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Research

CU Pharmacy receives $2 million gift commitment

The ALSAM Foundation recently invested an additional $2 million to continue the Therapeutic Innovation Grants Program at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The funding supports a second phase of grants for projects focused on drug discovery and development.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date September 20, 2018
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Alumni

Not Just a Pharmacist

CU Pharmacy alumnus Richard Onufrock balanced two worlds - the worlds of pharmacy and art. Throughout his life, the graduate of the Class of 1961 worked as a pharmacist and an accomplished illustrator.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date September 07, 2018
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Students

In Memoriam - Classmates reflect on the life of Dr. Steven Henke

On Monday, August 6, 2018, Dr. Steven Henke, a 2018 graduate of the PharmD program at CU Pharmacy passed away unexpectedly. In his obituary, his family says he passed due to complications from a muscle deterioration disease.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date August 28, 2018
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Students

Welcome Class of 2022!

The wrap up for orientation week for the Class of 2022 included the marshmallow challenge, White Coat ceremony, and annual barbecue. 143 first-year students received their white coats and then signed and recited the Oath of the Professional Pharmacy Student, which they created as a class.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date August 21, 2018
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Research    Faculty

Edible Chemotherapy: Could particles from milk lead to the end of infusions?

Generally, you can't eat chemotherapy. That’s because your digestive system breaks down the molecules you eat into smaller pieces that can be absorbed through the gut into the bloodstream.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date August 08, 2018
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Research    Faculty

CU Pharmacy Research: Drug Prices not always Aligned with Value

In many countries, healthcare reimbursements for drugs are directly related to their value or net health benefits in treating disease.

But a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with a group of international clinical and economic experts, shows that’s not the case in the U.S.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date August 07, 2018
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Faculty    Alumni    Students

CU Pharmacy at AACP's Pharmacy Education 2018 Annual Meeting

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's (AACP) annual meeting, Pharmacy Education 2018, was held July 21-25 in Boston and CU Pharmacy received several awards and had presentations and posters from students, faculty, and staff. 


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date August 01, 2018
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Students

APPE Rotations in Unique Settings

I have always had a passion for working with our nation’s veterans and was excited to begin my advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotation at the Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 27, 2018
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Alumni    Students

Life Experiences Shape Future

When Erlynn Frankson was a teen, her grandfather moved in with her family so her mother could take care of him. “She was a nurse and the most equipped of her five siblings to be his caregiver,” says Frankson.

Frankson experienced palliative and hospice care on a personal level. It’s what she came home to after school every day and shaped who she is today. “I saw suffering and it stuck with me 10-20 years down the road.”


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 17, 2018
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Students

Rugby and Pharmacy - A Winning Combination!

"It's a passion that's made me the person I am today." For Carmine Hernandez, a second-year CU Pharmacy student, that passion is rugby. He's been playing since he was 15 years old, trained for seven months in New Zealand after high school; and his team, the Denver Barbarians, recently won the Men's Division II National Championship, beating the Detroit Tradesmen 39-38!


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 11, 2018
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Alumni    Students

PhD Student Counts His Blessings

Adedoyin D. Abraham is one lucky guy.

Of Nigerian heritage, Abraham won a diversity immigrant visa in 2005 through the U.S. visa lottery system. The visa lottery allows foreign-born nationals to migrate, and eventually US citizens.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 06, 2018
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Research

Study: Drug Treatment to Inhibit Growth of Prostate Cancer Cells

Cancers are one of the leading causes of disease-related fatalities worldwide. Prostate cancer, in specific, affects about 6 out of 10 men over the age of 65. In US male population, it is most common malignancy after skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. This highlights the need for immediate and effective prevention and intervention strategies.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 29, 2018
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Alumni    Students

Coming Full Circle

Having spent the last seven years earning his PharmD through the Distance Degrees & Programs, Lokendra Upadhyay is ecstatic to be able to spend his weekends not studying.  “For me, it’s been a great investment of time and energy,” says Upadhyay.

Twenty-five years ago, Upadhyay had the opportunity to tack one more year onto his BS and obtain his PharmD from CU but declined. “I was ready to get out and start earning money. In retrospect, it would have been a lot easier, but then I wouldn’t have all my life experiences,” says Upadhyay.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 28, 2018
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Students

True Love

Originally from Alaska, Rebekah and Carlo Balmes met in middle school and began dating in high school, where they both shared a passion for science. Rebekah, the youngest of three girls, and Carlo, the oldest of three boys, were drawn to each other. They moved to Colorado for pharmacy school and married the summer after their second year. “My mom finally got a girl!” says Carlo enthusiastically.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 18, 2018
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Alumni    Students

Life Redirected

When Joe Oropeza was 17 years old he wanted to become an Army Ranger, one of the most elite soldiers in the U.S. Army. But two strokes and open heart surgery — prior to his high school graduation — put an end to his military career before it started.

“I was 17 and invincible,” says Oropeza, who recently celebrated his 12th-anniversary post-surgery.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 14, 2018
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Faculty

Need for Knowledge: Integrative Health and Medicine

Americans spend about $34 billion annually out-of-pocket on supplements, but most don’t report the use to their healthcare provider. This causes problems if the patient is on a medication that could have an adverse reaction to the dietary supplements they’re using.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 11, 2018
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Alumni    Students

Military Musician Hits High Note in Pharmacy

For seven years, Dan Galipeau served in the US Army as a military musician, playing saxophone and sometimes piano. Performing for deployed troops, their families at home, international audiences and dignitaries including the President of the United States offered Galipeau a window to the world. “My military career took me to more than 15 countries representing the US Army and NATO,” says Galipeau.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 01, 2018
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Community    Students

A Student's Perspective of CU Advocacy Day

When I decided to pursue a career in pharmacy, I didn’t anticipate that policy would be a significant part of this path. However, nearly every national pharmacy society has an operation focusing on policy, and we are often reminded how important it is for pharmacists to advocate for their profession and their patients. That is why I signed up for a day at the Denver capitol building with fellow pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, public health, and other healthcare professional students for CU AMC Advocacy Day.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 01, 2018
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Community    Faculty

Not Just for Kicks

Kickball is fun, especially when you have a chance to beat CU Pharmacy faculty members and raise money for a good cause at the same time! 


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date May 24, 2018
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Students

"The Pharmacy Frontier" - Student Raps his way through the Curriculum

Lee Amaya, stage name SouLee PharmD, is our very own rapping pharmacist.

Amaya fell in love with rap music and poetry during high school. “I became infatuated with the flow and rhyme schemes of songs while listening to my favorite artists. The raw passion displayed and the topics they rapped about resonated with me,” says Amaya.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date May 18, 2018
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A Local's Guide to Aurora, CO - Home to CU Pharmacy

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy on the Anschutz Medical Campus is located in Aurora, CO. While Aurora is not among the most publicized cities in America, it is definitely among one of safest, largest, and diverse cities in the whole country.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date May 09, 2018
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Students

Special Milestone Celebrated at Awards Convocation

This year marks 25 years for the Theresa McMahan-Schulkin Memorial Scholarship.  The award was created in memory of Gene McMahan's daughter, Theresa, who graduated from CU Pharmacy in 1976 and passed away in 1994.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date May 03, 2018
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Alumni    Students

Oncology Resident and CU Pharmacy Grad Wins Prestigious Poster Contest

Congratulations to Clay Cuny, PharmD, a PGY2 Oncology resident and 2014 CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduate! His research project was chosen as a Top 10 Trainee Research Poster at the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) 2018 Annual Conference. This is a huge accomplishment as there were 188 trainee abstracts presented at the meeting!


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date May 01, 2018
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Faculty

CU Pharmacy Faculty Win Excellence Awards

Each year, faculty at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are recognized for their accomplishments. The Faculty Excellence Awards are special because the winners are nominated by students and chosen by faculty peers and selection committees comprised of previous award winners. There are several faculty members from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on the 2018 list.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date April 25, 2018
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Faculty

Extraordinary Preceptors Honored

At the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Preceptor Recognition Event seven awards were handed out to extraordinary preceptors and faculty members. On Saturday, April 14, around 50 attendees gathered at the CU South Denver Campus Wildlife Experience to recognize Emily Kosirog, PharmD, Toral Patel, PharmD, Tammy Lopez, PharmD, William Finn, MD, Cody Taylor, PharmD, Jacob Beyer, PharmD, and Susan Finstrom, RPh.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date April 20, 2018
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Students

Discovering her Future

Sara Azimi comes from a family of medical professionals and CU alums who have helped her determine a career path that is right for her. While both of her parents and sister are in the physical therapy field, and her brothers are physicians, Sara has chosen a different healthcare path. She will be entering CU Skaggs' PharmD program in the fall of 2018 to pursue her dream of becoming a pharmacist.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 18, 2018
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Community    Students

CU Students Teach 8th Graders About Pharmacy

Two fourth-year CU Pharmacy students took time out of their rotation in Delta County, Colorado to share pharmacy with hundreds of 8th grade students.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date April 12, 2018
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Faculty    Students

Over 100 Women from 30 Countries Gather for International Women's Day

March was Women's History Month and several women from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and other Aurora businesses, participated in an International Women's Day Celebration. This is the second official year for the event and it included more than 125 women, from 30 countries with 15 sponsors and exhibitors.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date April 09, 2018
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Alumni

CU Pharmacy Supporters Edward and Karen Skaff Honored

Over 400 people gathered at this year’s Benefactor Recognition Dinner in the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The event recognizes and celebrates those behind philanthropic gifts to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Among those in the crowd were Edward and Karen Skaff, CU alums and longtime supporters of the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date April 03, 2018
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Alumni    Students

Pharmacy Family Learns Life Lessons and Skills by Building Houses Together

Sue and Tim Mead (CU Pharmacy alums '79 and '75 respectively), together with their daughters, have built a strong family bond by building houses for others. "In addition to learning how to roof, stucco and cut wood, the experience taught us how to give back, to see that we are part of a bigger world, and to reflect on how much we have," says Sue Mead.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 29, 2018
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Alumni    Students

It's a Small World After All: Surprise CU Connection in Italy

When in Rome...meet Italian pharmacists! That's exactly what fourth-year CU Pharmacy student Karly Bergquist did on her vacation to the country. 


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date March 26, 2018
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Community    Students

Rural Rotation Experience - A Student's Perspective

In the far southwest corner of Colorado sits the charming and mountain-encased town of Durango.  The breathtaking landscape and friendly residents alone warrant enough enticement to rank this location as a rotation site,  but the experiences I have gained at Rivergate Pharmacy and Animas Internal Medicine were the most fulfilling aspects. 


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 22, 2018
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Faculty    Students

CU Pharmacy Rho Chi receives award at APhA 2018 - Conference Recap

Congratulations to the Rho Chi - Alpha Theta Chapter at The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy! The organization received the Chapter Achievement Award during the American Pharmacists Association’s (APhA) Annual Meeting and Expo in Nashville, TN for all the great work they did in 2017, and continue to do.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date March 20, 2018
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Faculty

CU Pharmacy at APhA 2018 - Conference Preview

The American Pharmacists Association's (APhA) Annual Meeting and Expo is going on this week in Nashville, TN and the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy will be there.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date March 14, 2018
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Students

Teen's-Eye View of CU Pharmacy

The building seemed more exquisite up close than it was from the long distance that I was used to seeing it. The many walls of glass were a vision of innovation, and the renaissance-like structures dotting the exterior landscape of the building paid a respect to tradition. I'd like to think that the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is innovative, yet values tradition.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 12, 2018
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Students

Second-Year CU Pharmacy Student's Experience at HOSA

February 22-24 marked the 2018 Colorado HOSA State Leadership Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Stapleton, CO. The annual event attracts high school students interested in healthcare careers and encourages them to participate in a variety of educational sessions to improve their skills regarding the healthcare setting.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 05, 2018
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Community    Students

CU Pharmacy Front and Center at Colorado HOSA Conference

Close to one thousand Colorado high school and post-secondary students participated in this year’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date March 02, 2018
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Community    Students

CU Pharmacy Wins Community Service Award!

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date February 27, 2018
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School of Pharmacy In the News

Medical Xpress

Common antibiotic can safely be given to most surgery patients despite penicillin allergy

news outletMedical Xpress
Publish DateMarch 17, 2021

"We found that that avoidance of cefazolin based on 50-year-old data is unnecessary and, in many cases, ill-advised," says senior author Meghan Jeffres, PharmD, with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. "Not only is cefazolin safe for nearly all patients with penicillin allergy, but also, studies have shown that it's well tolerated and has the appropriate spectrum of activity against organisms commonly encountered in surgical site infections."

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KOAA

Opioid legal settlement brings millions of dollars to Colorado to battle crisis

news outletKOAA
Publish DateFebruary 09, 2021

Judy Solano of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse, spoke with KOAA about the millions of dollars will soon be headed into Colorado communities to help fight the opioid epidemic thanks to a major legal settlement with a company involved in the promotion of these prescription drugs.

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CBS4 Denver

CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh Volunteers For Novavax COVID Vaccine Clinical Trial

news outletCBS4 Denver
Publish DateJanuary 12, 2021

P4 Eric Hartsfield is working as an intern at the VA Hospital at CUAnschutz, where a Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trial is taking place. Eric recently administered a shot to CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh who chronicled her experience

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Colorado Times-Reporter

Colo Lawmaker Won’t Get COVID Vaccine, Instead Takes Equine Deworming Meds

news outletColorado Times-Reporter
Publish DateJanuary 07, 2021

Professor David Kroll served as the featured expert in an article on a state representative who is encouraging followers to use ivermectin, instead of a vaccine to prevent against COVID-19 infection. Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug widely used for livestock and pets

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