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

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

Author SOP Communications | Publish Date April 09, 2024
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Got the Sniffles? Our Pharmacist Has Herbal Suggestions

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

Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date February 12, 2024
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Mentorship Leads to New Opportunity and National Spotlight

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

Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date November 28, 2023
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'Why Didn’t the Script Writers Just Call Me?'

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

Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date October 17, 2023
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The Role of the Pharmacist in Cannabis Legalization

Danielle Fixen, PharmD, notes that the role of a pharmacist varies depending on the state, but that pharmacists can perform drug-interaction checks and educate patients on potential side effects they may experience. “Some states have pharmacists within the medical marijuana dispensary while others do not,” she said. “Given the multiple drug interactions with cannabis, it is important to evaluate [its] safety...in patients.”

Author Drug Topics | Publish Date September 07, 2023
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Setting the Bar for Pharmacy, One Legislative Session at a Time

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

Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date August 30, 2023
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A PharmD, For Personal Merit, and Professional Innovation

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

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

Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 17, 2023
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Pharmacists Are Now Frontline Researchers for Climate Change

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

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date April 18, 2023
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2003 Alumna’s Professional Growth Matches the Evolution of the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy

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

Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date March 03, 2023
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2012 CU Pharmacy Alumnus Serves to Advance Healthcare Needs in Underserved Communities

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

Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date February 03, 2023
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CU Pharmacy 2016 Alumna Makes It Her Mission to Empower the Community

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

Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date January 01, 2023
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School of Pharmacy In the News

The Colorado Sun

For Some People, Their Genes and Their Cancer Drugs Don't Mix. A Colorado Center is Trying to Fix That

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateMarch 18, 2024

“Everybody always says, ‘This is so cool, it’s the future of medicine,’” said Dr. Christina Aquilante, the director of pharmacogenomics at the Center for Personalized Medicine. “It’s not the future. It’s the now. It’s happening.”

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Study Links Cannabis Use to Heart Problems

news outletNBC News
Publish DateMarch 18, 2024

Dr. Robert Page, PharmD, appears on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt to discuss cannabis use and heart problems.

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4 Common Pain Relievers and When to Use Them

news outletAARP
Publish DateFebruary 22, 2024

What’s the best over-the-counter pain medication? It depends on what hurts — and why. “If you can target the pain with a medication that treats the underlying cause, the pain relief will be better,” says Sunny Linnebur, PharmD.

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Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain Tied to Arrhythmia Risk

news outletMedscape
Publish DateFebruary 13, 2024

Adults using medical cannabis for chronic pain, especially those with cancer or cardiometabolic disease, have a slightly elevated risk of developing arrhythmia, according to an editorial by Robert Page, PharmD

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