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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cambodian Connection turns into Learning Opportunity

Instead of taking some time off between his second and third-year, CU Pharmacy student Pulkit Jain turned his summer vacation into a learning opportunity. He volunteered in Cambodia, assisting medical teams under the supervision of physicians.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date February 20, 2018
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Dreamland in Denver recap: Busting myths, preconceptions about opioid epidemic

Most of what you know about opioid pain relievers such as Vicodin and OxyContin is wrong. Your perception of the type of person who becomes addicted to heroin and the underlying causes of the opioid and heroin epidemics might be wrong as well.

Correcting myths and challenging preconceptions were running themes during an evening of TED talk-style presentations about the opioid epidemic held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in January.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date February 05, 2018
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CU Pharmacy students give free flu shots and health screenings at the stock show

CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy students and faculty spent a lot of time volunteering at the National Western Stock Show in Denver this year. They helped provide free health screenings to members of the community and, on certain days, also offered flu shots.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date January 19, 2018
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Elementary school students become a pharmacist for a day

Hundreds of fourth graders from Aurora Public Schools recently descended onto the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to learn all about pharmacy.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date January 18, 2018
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CU Pharmacy Holiday Drive

The totals are in for our annual Holiday Drive, which benefits the Colfax Community Network, and our first-year students came out on top!  Each on-campus class, along with faculty and staff, held a friendly competition to see who could collect the most.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date December 20, 2017
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CU Pharmacy Students Teach Boy Scouts Medicine Safety

The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy student chapter of the OTC Medicine Safety Operation, through the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), hosted an event with local Boy Scouts to talk about responsible medicine use.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 21, 2017
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"Music and Medicine" - Anschutz Campus Choir

On Tuesday evenings healthcare students, faculty and staff of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus gather to do something a little different, they sing. They're members of the Anschutz Campus Choir, formally known as the Arrhythmias. The choir has been a part of the campus for several years. Third year CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy student, Susan Kang, just joined this year. "I’ve always enjoyed singing and just wanted this to be a way to incorporate music into my life, even with my busy school schedule," she explains.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 08, 2017
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CU Pharmacy students hold bake sale for University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy

This week marks one month since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. The category 5 storm was the strongest to make landfall on the island in 85 years. It knocked out power, destroyed homes and caused widespread flooding. Among the devastation, several practice sites for University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy students were also damaged or destroyed.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 20, 2017
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Bar-B-Q, Music, and Lotion: Anschutz's 5th Annual Block Party

At the CU Anschutz 5th Annual Block Party, pop rock bands Wildermiss and iZCALLi blasted their tunes from the center of Bonfils Circle into the ears of hundreds of people swarming 20 food trucks and 130 booths. Students, faculty, parents, and kids flocked to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy booth, lured by the sweet scents of essential oils, and the promise of custom-scented hand lotion. From the classic scents like lavender and patchouli, to the more exotic scents like Tobacco & Rum and Pancake Syrup, attendees left with a self-compounded jar of lotion, big smiles, and a better understanding of what pharmacists actually do.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 20, 2017
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CU Nurse Puts CE Education Into Practice in Houston

Many people have rushed to the aid of Houston citizens in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, including many UCHealth employees.  One such volunteer is pulmonary nurse Rachel Kuker who was featured in Katie Kerwin McCrimmon's article, CE helps nurse during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 19, 2017
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Building Bridges and Relationships Throughout the World

For Nigerian pharmacists Titilayo Fakeye and Omolola Nwokoma coming to America to participate in the FIP foundation's Pharmabridge program at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy for one month has been "without reservation -- great."


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 29, 2017
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CU Pharmacy Providing Solution to Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage

There’s currently a national shortage of sodium bicarbonate, yes baking soda, for use in medical procedures.  The shortage of injectable sodium bicarbonate, is prompting health care providers to postpone some non-emergent procedures and operations, so they have some on hand for emergencies, “One form is an emergency syringe, used in some patients who have a cardiac event. When hospitals don't have enough of that, they get really nervous that a cardiac event might occur in one place, and they wouldn't have some readily available," explains Peter Rice, PharmD, PhD with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 14, 2017
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Students Get a Taste of Small Town Life

Nearly two dozen students from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, including pharmacy, recently visited Rio Grande County in Southern Colorado for Rural Immersion Week. The experience is for health professions students who are interested in living and working in a rural area “I really enjoyed the Rural Immersion Week! We got to meet with local community leaders and learn what it was like to live in a rural community,” says third year student Amanda Howard, who represented the school along with Jhani Williams, Dario Martinez and Nicola Maude.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 11, 2017
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State gives $1 million to fund new center at CU Anschutz to fight opioid epidemic

The state of Colorado and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are joining forces to fight prescription drug abuse and the opioid epidemic, with the state allocating $1 million to the university to create a new center that will focus on the crisis.

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is the result of Senate Bill 17-193, which Gov. John Hickenlooper signed on May 18.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 22, 2017
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Governor Signs Bill to Establish Substance Abuse Prevention Center

$1 million from marijuana tax cash fund establishes the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Anschutz Medical Campus


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 18, 2017
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Fourth-Year Rotation Experience

Fourth-year student Anna Zhou, recalls her latest rotation experience. And as she notes, sometimes "rural" in Colorado, is an upscale ski town.

The anticoagulation clinic at Vail is a great rotation experience, and I would recommend it to any student looking to fulfill their underserved rotation requirement. You will be traveling between Vail, Edwards, and Eagle (all within 15-30 minutes of each other) and seeing Coumadin patients on your own.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 10, 2017
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Colorado Pharmacists Allowed to Prescribe Birth Control

As reported by Jenny Brown in the Feb. 27 edition of the Denver Post, "Colorado pharmacists soon can begin prescribing oral contraceptives under a new protocol that will provide unprecedented access to birth control in this state.

"Women who are at least 18 can complete a questionnaire, blood-pressure check and a 10- to 15-minute consultation with a pharmacist, then walk out with birth-control pills or patches, under new rules set in motion by a 2016 state law with bipartisan support. Colorado is just the third state with such access, joining Oregon and California.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 02, 2017
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Stakeholders work toward bringing more voices into building new pharmacy law

Movers and shakers behind a new state law aimed at enhancing partnerships between pharmacists and medical providers and easing healthcare access for patients across Colorado are working hard, hoping their long hours will help ensure the progressive regulation’s long-term success.

Senate Bill 16-135, signed into law in June, took effect Aug. 10, but requires the drafting and widespread approval of highly specific statewide protocols to move forward. Surveys have gone out to pharmacists and medical providers across the state seeking their input with these protocols, designed to allow pharmacists to directly provide, and potentially gain reimbursement for, more patient services.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 14, 2017
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4th Graders Become Pharmacists for a Day

Forty very enthusiastic fourth graders from Montview Elementary in Aurora were participants in the “Pharmacist for the Day” event at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy on January 10.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date January 20, 2017
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High Schoolers Get Dose of Pharmacy

In December, area high school students visited CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy to learn about careers in pharmacy as part of their HOSA Future Health Professionals chapter events. HOSA is an international organization catering to middle, high school and post-secondary students interested in pursuing health care careers. Highlights of the visit included hands-on compounding lessons and talks from faculty from the School of Pharmacy. Faculty members Danielle Fixen and Peter Rice spotlighted their careers including the variety of paths that pharmacists can pursue throughout their careers including academia, research, direct patient care, in addition to the traditional pharmacy pathway.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date January 06, 2017
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Free Health Fair Benefits Aurora Community

On Saturday, Nov. 5, students from CU’s Student National Pharmacist Association (SNPhA) hosted a health fair at Paris Elementary that served more than 100 families living in the Aurora area. The fair was free and open to the public.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date November 10, 2016
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Drug Take Back a Success

On Saturday, CU’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Anschutz Police Department teamed up for the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day, collecting more than 155 pounds of old or unused medications from the community. Statewide, more than 18,000 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired drugs were collected.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 26, 2016
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CU Pharmacy Team Does Tour de Cure

CU Pharmacy students Casey Barrett, Phuong Nguyen and Kelvin Pham from APhA-ASP are teaming up with students in SNPhA to participate in this year’s Tour de Cure, an annual cycling race dedicated to creating support for the American Diabetes Association and finding a cure for diabetes. The race is set for Sept. 24.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 23, 2016
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Relaying through Colorado

Recently, P3 Eric Yang and nine other CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy students completed the Colorado Ragnar Relay, a two-day, two-man, 200-mile relay race from Copper Mountain to Aspen. It was no doubt an experience that would last a lifetime.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 24, 2016
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Students Learn by Doing at Aging Expo

On Saturday, Aug. 6 eight third-year pharmacy students and one second-year student staffed a booth during the inaugural Art of Aging Expo, and plied their recently acquired knowledge in the classroom on unsuspecting attendees.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 10, 2016
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Going Global

A new rotation based out of Guatemala gave P-4 students Matthew McClure, Melissa Laub, and Chandler Follett the experience of a lifetime.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 08, 2016
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High School Girls Explore Health Careers

Over 50 metro-area high school girls recently got an inside look at several centers operating on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, including the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. The day-long program, "Exploring Careers in Health Care," is hosted by the Center for Women's Health Research and UCHealth.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 03, 2016
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Five questions for Patricia Meyer

We all need someone like Patricia Meyer in our lives: someone to keep us pointed in the right direction; someone to consider all the details and make things happen; someone to keep track of all the things we forget; and someone to offer a smile and a friendly greeting.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 22, 2016
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CU in Peru

Michael Carpenter’s experience at CU’s School of Pharmacy has been vastly different than most. As part of CU Peru, Carpenter has gained a unique global experience unlike any other.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 16, 2016
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Community    Students

DAWN of an Era

The Class of 2016 is known for being involved. From service learning projects to community fund-raising events to holiday drives and health fairs, the Class of 2016 has been actively involved with the community since the day students arrived on campus. And that involvement has been paying off in terms of national recognition.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 09, 2016
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Community

Law Expands Opportunities for Pharmacists

On June 6, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-135 into law while sponsors of the bill (Representative Joann Ginal), and representatives from the Colorado Pharmacists Society, CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Regis University School of Pharmacy watched. The bill amends both the Pharmacy Practice Act and the Colorado Insurance Code to expand practice opportunities for pharmacists, and provides a pathway for reimbursement of pharmacy services.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 06, 2016
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Community    Students

Take Back Hauls Hundreds of Pounds of Meds

From coffee cans to briefcases filled with expired and unused medications, students from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences assisted law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with its annual prescription drug take back event Saturday, April 30 at a variety of locations throughout the state.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 03, 2016
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Community    Students

Students Lobby at ASHP Legislative Day

In early February 2016, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy students Kyle Troksa (P-3), Eric Yang (P-2), Rupa Parikh (P-2), Jenn Tunoa (P-2), Niko Kovacich (P-1), and Laura Becker (P-1) visited Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to lobby for pharmacy provider status.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 11, 2016
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Community    Students

Learning by Doing

“I never thought I’d be working with and teaching fourth graders during pharmacy school, but I can see how it’s helping me learn and understand the material,” says first-year pharmacy student Adam Link.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 08, 2016
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Community    Students

DAWN Clinic Closing the Gap

Eduardo Ramirez had no idea his life would change so dramatically in September 2013 when he was jumped by four men and brutally beaten. The incident would leave him needing brain surgery. Anticipated to cost thousands of dollars, it was an operation the construction worker simply couldn’t afford.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 02, 2016
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Community    Students

Warming Feet and Hearts This Holiday Season

With more than 2,000 items collected and donated by faculty, staff and PharmD students for the Colfax Community Network, this year's Holiday Drive was tremendously successful. Socks were the clear gift of choice with more than 685 pairs collected, which will definitely warm many feet and hearts this holiday season!  Teams consisted of each PharmD class pitted against each other and a team of faculty/staff.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date December 14, 2015
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Community    Students

Students Learn Age is Just a Number at Veteran's Fair

Pharmacy students who participated in the KEZW radio Veterans Fair learned that age is just a number. A 91-year-old WWII veteran was proof of that.  With blood pressure numbers and bone density readings that were the envy of people half his age this WWII veteran made all the students shake their heads in wonder. "Every year that I have done this event, I have met the nicest people," says P-3 Jimmy Mitchell. "Their attitudes are amazing."  With hundreds of attendees, this year's fair was another successful event.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 07, 2015
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Community    Students

CUSNPhA Volunteers for PKD 5K

Students from the CU Student National Pharmaceutical Association (CU-SNPhA) joined together for a 5K at Denver’s Washington Park Sunday, Sept. 20, in support of finding a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease, an inherited disorder in which of cysts develop primarily within the kidneys. Several of the CUSNPha members volunteered at the registration table, while others, like Felicity Burke, participated in the walk.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 06, 2015
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Community    Students

CU Pharmacy offers advice at annual Veterans Fair

This Saturday, students and faculty from CU’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will participate in the seventh annual KEZW Veteran’s Fair, one of the state’s largest resource events for veterans.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 02, 2015
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Community    Students

Drug Disposal Day

 

On Saturday, Sept. 26, CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, together with CU Denver Police Department, participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Take Back Initiative. The CU Anschutz Medical Campus collected just under 300 pounds of medications.  Pharmacy students also helped collect medications in Loveland, Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado (824 pounds, 84 pounds and 72 pounds respectively).


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 29, 2015
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Community    Students

P-4's Experience with PKD at Altitude

After my last struggle with dehydration that landed me in the ED, I wanted to share my experiences living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) at altitude. Also, September 3, 2015, is PKD awareness day, so it seems fitting to share a little about my experiences with PKD!


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 03, 2015
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Community    Students

Teens Gown Up to Battle Bugs During Pharmacy Summer Camp

Last week, high school students from all over Denver were on campus to gain a first-hand experience of what it could be like to be a pharmacist.

The Bugs and Drugs Summer Camp brings students ages 14-18 to the Anschutz Medical Campus for a one-week camp about infectious disease.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 12, 2015
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Community    Students

P-4s share pharmacy experience with high schoolers

Area high school students spend five weeks in the shoes of health care professionals.

Over the past two weeks, we have had the opportunity to participate in the Pre-Collegiate Health Careers Program (PCHCP), held on the Anschutz Medical Campus.  During the pharmacy portion of the program, we have seen the remarkable transformation and increased interest amongst these high schoolers in the profession of pharmacy. The students' pharmacy education was tailored to highlight infectious disease as well as sterile and non-sterile compounding. They were exposed to a wide variety of pharmacy practice settings and gained experience making both oral solutions and hand sanitizers.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date July 22, 2015
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Community    Faculty

Creating Global Health Opportunities for Pharmacy Students

There is a region in Southwest Guatemala called Trifinio, which is home to a large banana plantation that employs nearly 5,000 workers a day. The people that work at the plantation and reside in the surrounding area live in impoverished conditions with extremely limited access to healthcare.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 18, 2015
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Community    Faculty    Students

Pharmacy Students and Faculty Help Police Dispose of Prescription Drugs

Students and faculty members from the School of Pharmacy collected 583 pounds of medications at this year’s Drug Disposal Event. Working in conjunction with the University Police Department, our students and faculty members sorted and removed labels from all of the prescription drugs dropped off during the event, which the police then drove to a disposal site.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 20, 2015
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Community

Governor Hickenlooper Launches “Take Meds Seriously” Campaign at CU’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Governor John Hickenlooper announced an education effort to address the growing problem of the abuse of prescription drugs during a Feb. 24 news conference at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy on the Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 26, 2015
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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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