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Pharmacy News and Stories


Community    Faculty    Clinical    Careers    Community Pharmacy

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

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

Author SOP Communications | Publish Date October 17, 2023
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Alumni    Clinical    Careers    Community Pharmacy

Alumna Highlighted for her Work with Walmart

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

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

Pharmacy Faculty are Movers and Shakers

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

“It was a watershed moment,” she said. 

Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date August 08, 2023
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Press Coverage    Faculty    Clinical

The 'Psychological Warfare' of Prior Authorization

"Prior authorization may reduce spending without harming patients in some instances," says Kelly Anderson, PhD, "but in others, it's adding administrative burden, costs, and may be causing harm to patients."

Author Medscape | Publish Date July 06, 2023
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Press Coverage    Faculty    Clinical

Can You Drink Pineapple Juice While on Statins?

Luckily, according to Joe Saseen, PharmD, sure! Statins, a group of cholesterol-lowering medications, have minimal to no interaction with this summertime sweet juice. 

Author Health Central | Publish Date June 07, 2023
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Press Coverage    Faculty    Clinical

Making the Case for Moving From IV to Oral Antibiotics

Meghan Jeffres, PharmD, at the 2023 annual Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID) conference, cited a litany of data, including studies released within the previous two months, documenting that switching to oral antibiotics after IV treatment for patients requiring prolonged antibiotic courses is advantageous for them and cost-effective for the health system.

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Press Coverage    Faculty    Clinical

The Role of the Pharmacist in Cannabis Legalization

Dr. Danielle Fixen PharmD, offers her expert opinion on the role a pharmacist plays in cannabis legalization, and notes that it varies from state to state. 

Author Drug Topics | Publish Date March 06, 2023
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Press Coverage    Pharmacy    Clinical

Adderall, antibiotic shortages likely to continue into 2023, Colorado pharmacist says

Kelsey Schwander, PharmD, provides insight and advice to patients during this unprecedented pharmaceutical shortage. 

Author The Denver Post | Publish Date December 07, 2022
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Press Coverage    Pharmacy    Clinical

Can Cannabis Help Patients With MS?

Jacci Bainbridge, PharmD, joined Medscape for its podcast on Multiple Sclerosis. In this episode, she speaks with Anne Cross, MD about cannabis use in patients with MS.

Author Medscape | Publish Date December 01, 2022
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Faculty    Pharmacy    Clinical

Jeffres Featured on Breakpoints Podcast

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

Author SOP Communications | Publish Date November 23, 2022
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Faculty    Pharmacy    Clinical    Awards

Reynolds Named Educator of the Year

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

Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date November 02, 2022
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Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy    Clinical

The Invaluable Team of Professionals Behind Every PharmD

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

Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date July 19, 2022
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Pharmacy    Pediatrics    Clinical    Hospital-Based Pharmacy

Orth Helps Develop Pharmacy Protocols for Pediatric Initiative

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

Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 25, 2022
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School of Pharmacy In the News


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

news outletKSUT
Publish DateMay 02, 2024

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

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American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

The Intricacies of Aging

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

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

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

news outletCNN
Publish DateMay 01, 2024

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

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Infectious Disease Special Edition

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

news outletInfectious Disease Special Edition
Publish DateMay 01, 2024

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

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