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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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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    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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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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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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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    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    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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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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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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Research    Faculty

In COVID-19 Battle, CU Anschutz Team Teaching Old Drugs New Tricks

As scientists around the world scramble against the COVID-19 clock, searching for a vaccine that could stop the viral infection before it happens, a trio of experts on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have taken a different tack: overpowering the new mutation after it invades the body.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 10, 2020
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Community    Faculty

Pharmacists on the Front Lines: Critical Care Pharmacists Use Innovation to Combat Drug Shortages


Dr. Mary Bradley and Dr. Scott Mueller

Note: This story is part of an ongoing series, "Pharmacists on the Front Lines," which highlights the work of CU pharmacists in the COVID-19 battle.

Even the most well-stocked hospital in the U.S. is not immune to an all-too-familiar consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: drug shortages. As the FDA monitors the drug supply chain contributing to the supply disruptions and shortage of drug products, pharmacists in COVID-19 units are using their drug expertise to develop innovative solutions.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 09, 2020
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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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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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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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Community    Faculty

Dean Ralph Altiere named to international leadership position

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Ralph Altiere, PhD, is leading pharmacy education on an international scale with a new position with the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date May 06, 2020
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Community    Faculty

Q&A from the coronavirus front lines with Dr. Sarah Scoular

Pharmacists are playing a critical role in the response to the coronavirus pandemic. From the halls of hospitals to the counters of community pharmacies, they are caring for patients at every level of the pandemic. Faculty members at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are no exception.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date April 23, 2020
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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    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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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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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    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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

Our talented faculty are working to solve some of the country's most pressing health issues, including the widespread opioid epidemic. In the U.S. last year, more than 63,000 people died of a drug overdose, with opioids involved in 75 percent of those deaths.  the crisis also hits close to home,, with at least 504 deaths in Colorado caused by opioid overdose.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 22, 2018
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Research    Faculty

The Science Behind the Spicy Chip #OneChipChallenge

Just one chip, that's all it is, but it is a chip made with one of the hottest peppers on the planet. The Paqui Carolina Reaper Madness chip is made with the Carolina Reaper pepper, which has an average Scoville Scale score of over 1.5 million.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date December 27, 2017
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Research    Faculty

Expensive new cancer therapy may be cost effective

Researchers from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, selected to estimate the cost-effectiveness of the newly approved CAR-T therapies, have found the clinical benefit may justify the expensive price.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date December 21, 2017
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Faculty    Students

CU Pharmacy at ASHP Midyear 2017

Several students and faculty from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences were at ASHP Midyear 2017, in Orlando, Florida, earlier this month. Attended by more than 25,000 people, ASHP's (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition is one of the largest gatherings of pharmacy professionals.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date December 14, 2017
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Manisha Patel Joins Epilepsy Society Board

Faculty member Manisha Patel, PhD, has joined the Board of Directors of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), a medical and scientific society with 4,000 members. Dr. Patel assumed her new position at the end of the society's annual meeting, December 1 -5, in Washington, D.C.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date December 12, 2017
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CU Pharmacy Collaborates with Egypt Hospital to Offer PharmD Program

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has an ongoing relationship with Hospital 57357, also known as Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt (CCHE) in Cairo, Egypt. The hospital is one of the largest in the world that specializes in children's cancer. This collaboration makes it possible for the hospital's "57357 Academy" to now offer a PharmD program.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 15, 2017
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Research    Faculty

Study Results: Return on Investment of federal Prevention and Public Health Fund

University of Colorado researchers recently calculated the return on investment of one activity of the federal Prevention and Public Health Fund. Their study found that the activity has saved 35 million dollars since it was put into place in 2013.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 30, 2017
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Increasing Need for Pharmacists in Cancer Care

Oncology pharmacists are in high demand. By 2020 cancer patient visits will increase by 48% with only a 14% increase in oncologists, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges Center for Workforce Studies. Oncology pharmacists can help offset this projected shortfall in patient visits.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 23, 2017
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Research    Faculty

Cannabis Studies

Faculty member Jacci Bainbridge, PharmD, together with Clinical Neurology Research Fellow Matt Makelky, PharmD, are currently studying cannabis and its effectiveness in treating a variety of conditions including back pain, Parkinson’s tremor and seizure disorders in children.

Some of the first prospective cannabis trials on the Anschutz Medical Campus “Will hopefully help determine the cannabis’ effectives in treating these types of disorders, side effects and dosing levels,” says Jacci Bainbridge.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 18, 2017
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Research    Faculty

Faculty member finds natural compound to treat giardia and "brain-eating" infections

Used in Native American healing, some compounds in pungent plant stronger than available pharmaceutical treatments.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 18, 2017
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Faculty

Your classroom is full of Millennials. Do you have the right tools?

The pharmacist has changed from a product-centered expert to a more global patient care health professional. In the past, pharmacists were required to learn about the medication, how to prepare it and how to educate the patient. Currently, there are a number of skills to acquire in order to be a proficient clinical pharmacist. These include: critical thinking, ethical decision making, literature analysis, communication skills, cultural sensitivity, inter-professional collaboration and a sense of continuous professional development.

The generations have also changed. Millennials (born 1982-2002) are asking a lot of questions and require a cause to be motivated.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 08, 2017
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Community    Faculty    Students

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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Research    Faculty

Faculty Member Selected As Scientist to Watch

James Roede among five early career scientists selected as ONES to watch

Recently, five researchers from universities throughout the country were selected as recipients of the competitive NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) Outstanding New Environmental Health Science (ONES) awards. Faculty member James Roede was part of this illustrious group.

According to Roede, “This award gives me the opportunity to become truly independent and carve out my own niche in environmental health sciences.”


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 27, 2017
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Faculty    Students

What Does Pharmacy Look Like From a High School Student's Perspective?

As a senior from Rangeview High School I never thought I would be fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. I worked with Kim Wisneski from the Pickens Technical College’s Executive Internship Program to intern at the school. However, if it wasn’t for Dana Brandorff and the faculty I shadowed, there would be no way that I would have been able to participate in such a great internship.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 24, 2017
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Research    Faculty

Strengthening Exemptions Could Lower Risk of Measles Outbreak

Strengthening exemptions could boost vaccination coverage, reduce costs

States with weaker non-medical exemption policies for vaccinations can reduce the likelihood of a measles outbreak 140 to 190 percent by strengthening them, a new study from CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty member, Jon Campbell, PhD, show.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 23, 2017
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Faculty    Students

Healthcare Careers Highlighted at State Conference for Teens

Approximately 750 high school and post-secondary students from around the state of Colorado recently participated in a state conference organized by the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).  Among the 15 exhibitors representing health science related organizations was the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 17, 2017
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Faculty

Professor Teaches Personalized Medicine in Egypt

Christina Aquilante, PharmD, was struck by many things during a recent trip to Egypt. Foremost was the profound thirst for knowledge displayed by students and health providers who enrolled in Aquilante’s intensive weeklong course on pharmacogenomics.

“It was probably one of the best experiences of my career. The folks just wanted to learn so much,” said, Aquilante, associate professor with CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. “I could have stayed probably 10 hours a day and they would have kept asking questions. They have such dedication and passion for taking care of their pediatric patients.”


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 13, 2017
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Faculty

Pros and Cons of Supplements

Fox 31's Macradee Aegerter reports on the pros and cons of supplements. Aegerter interviewed faculty member Gina Moore, PharmD, about this $20 billion industry, while staff member Dana Brandorff recounts her personal experience with supplements.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 10, 2017
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Community    Faculty

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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Community    Faculty

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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Faculty

TV Interview with Dr. Moore

Faculty member Gina Moore, PharmD, joins 9NEWS at noon Feb. 14 to discuss how a new initiative will allow women in Colorado to get easier access to birth control.

Starting in March, women won't need a doctor to be prescribed oral contraceptives -- at least not at first.  They can get a prescription from their pharmacist.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 14, 2017
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Research    Faculty

Lotion repairs sun damage

Did you know that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime? University of Colorado (CU) scientists have developed a lotion that prevents and repairs sun damage.

“Most of us have damage just from being in the sun,” says Tom Anchordoquy, CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences professor.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date November 28, 2016
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Research    Faculty

Professor cautions heart failure linked to commonly used medications

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy Professor Robert L. Page, PharmD, was the lead author on an American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement cautioning patients and physicians that many commonly used medications and nutritional supplements may cause or worsen heart failure. Dr. Page was highlighted in many news outlets including CBSradio, CBS morning news, MedPage Today, the Daily Mirror and 9News.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 29, 2016
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Faculty

Simbergs Attain Citizenship

Assistant Professor Dmitri Simberg and his wife, Elina, moved to the United States in 2004 and became American citizens this year. It was a long journey, but one that would be well worth it.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 06, 2016
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Research    Faculty

CU Pharmacy Researchers Develop New Test to Determine Adherence to HIV-drugs

CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy Professor Pete Anderson, PharmD, and lab manager Lane Bushman, together with colleagues, developed a technique that estimates an HIV-negative patient's adherence to drugs prescribed to prevent HIV transmission.  The test is being used in research internationally and could have widespread application for other drugs that require objective measurement of patient adherence to dosing.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 29, 2016
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Research    Faculty    Alumni

True Grit

Michael Cobretti’s got grit. At least, that’s what Dr. Christina Aquilante says.

Cobretti graduated from CU’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy in 2015 with a dream of doing a residency. But when it came time to match, the Walgreens pharmacy manager didn’t make the cut.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 23, 2016
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Faculty

Moving Beyond the Counter

If you were to ask a person walking down the street what pharmacists do, the most likely response would be, “They count pills and dispense prescription meds.” While that is part of what happens in a pharmacy, that is not the entire picture.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 29, 2016
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Research    Faculty

Treating the Neglected?

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment has been revolutionized by the recent approval of direct acting antiviral (DAA) therapies. These all-oral DAA therapies achieve high levels of HCV cure when taken as directed, but with a cost of $80,000+ for an entire course of treatment, the cure is expensive. So, who deserves the treatment?


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 17, 2016
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Research    Faculty

Love Lab

Viruses and bacteria aren’t the only things that grow in labs. Love does, too.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 12, 2016
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Faculty    Alumni

Love, Campus Style!

Doing a pharmacy residency may not sound terribly romantic, but for Danielle Rhyne and Cy Fixen, it was the perfect setting.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 10, 2016
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Faculty

Changing of the Guard

After a long career celebrating diversity, Executive Director of Development for the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Shelly Steinhauser retired in June.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 08, 2016
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Research    Faculty

Medical Marijuana Decreases Migraines

A new study, conducted by faculty members from our school and published online ahead of print in the January edition of Pharmacotherapy, reveals that patients diagnosed with migraine headaches saw a significant drop in migraine occurrences when treated with medical marijuana.  


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 01, 2016
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Faculty

Dr. Peter Rice on KEZW radio

Professor Peter Rice discusses food and medicines during the holidays and how interactions can occur and what to do about them.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date December 21, 2015
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Faculty

Valuck Testifies in D.C. About Opioid Epidemic

CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy Professor Rob Valuck was invited to testify today before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions about Colorado's efforts to stem the opioid epidemic. Read his testimony below.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date December 08, 2015
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Faculty

Dr. Linnebur Interviewed by MedPage Today

CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences associate professor, Dr. Sunny Linnebur, recently spoke to MedPage Today on the topic of direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising. The story highlights recent news that the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates voted Nov. 17 that DTC advertising "should be banned in order to reduce the demand for expensive, unnecessary drug treatments," MedPage Today reports.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date November 25, 2015
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Research    Faculty

Antibiotic Resistance with Dr. O'Bryant

Pharmacy Practice News recently published an article about antibiotic resistance and the dangers of over-prescribing medications. Dr. Cindy O’Bryant talks to us about why it matters.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date November 23, 2015
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Faculty    Students

'Tis the Season

'Tis the season for holiday parties, festivities and drives! 


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date November 16, 2015
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Research    Faculty

Research Retreat a Huge Success

This year, about 140 faculty, trainees and lab personnel from the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences attended the 2nd annual school-wide research retreat at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge. The retreat, held Aug. 5-7, featured a variety of sessions and programs ranging from genetics and genome packaging to vaccines and bioinformatics. Presentations were given by faculty, post docs and graduate students from the school including speakers from outside the school.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 21, 2015
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Faculty    Students

Saffron, and valerian, and thyme, oh my!

Thanks to Tagawa Gardens, CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy students last week received a first-hand look (and taste!) at common herbs in their plant and root forms.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 02, 2015
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Research    Faculty

Home visit program for kids with asthma reduces costs

Wheezing. Coughing. Inability to catch one's breath.

These are all symptoms of asthma. And for years those with asthma have relied upon inhalers and steroids to help reduce those symptoms and make breathing easier. But medications may be only part of the solution, especially in children with poorly controlled asthma.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 31, 2015
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Faculty

Pharmacy goes global with programs

According to a recent article in International Educator, "Pharmacy schools on university campuses are balancing various options to deliver the best solutions to influence local and global health." Writer Karen Leggett interviewed several representatives of U.S. pharmacy schools and current students including our very own Dr. Kari Franson, associate dean for professional education, for a piece titled "The Right Prescription for Internationalization."

The piece highlighted seven programs and how pharmacy education is becoming a global affair. The following is an excerpt of the interview with Dr. Franson.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date July 20, 2015
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Dr. Borgelt answers Women's Running magazine questions

Faculty member and athlete extraordinaire, Dr. Laura Borgelt, was recently interviewed by Women's Running magazine regarding the top questions female athletes ask about running, sex and one's menstrual cycle. Here’s the top questions that the magazine asked and Dr. Borgelt's answers:


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date July 13, 2015
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Faculty

What I do during my summer "vacation"

Many of my family and friends become envious when the end of the spring semester is near and graduation is on the horizon. They imagine that I am about to embark on three magical months of fun in the sun and are shocked to learn that is not necessarily the case. “What? You work during the summer?” is a question I frequently encounter this time of year and thought this would be a great opportunity to explain what I do during my summer “vacation.”


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 25, 2015
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Research    Faculty

Is there a natural cure for cancer?

If there is a natural cure for cancer, it may come from the laboratory of Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and co-leader Cancer Prevention & Control Program at the CU Cancer Center. Agarwal has built a career dissecting the molecules inside natural products such as milk thistle, grape seed extract and bitter melon.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 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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Faculty

Pharmacy Practice Experiences – The Final Frontier

Selecting rotations can be a bit like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle.  You are likely asking yourself: What do I need to know? Where will I fit? How do get all the rotations I want?  How can I improve my chances for a residency?  What if I don’t know enough?  How can I be successful on rotation?  It is not uncommon for students to feel overwhelmed by this process, but following these simple steps can help ease the process.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 15, 2015
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Faculty

Running for her Life

Seventeen years ago, Diane Van Deren underwent brain surgery at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) to stop epileptic seizures racking her body. A golf-ball sized part of her brain was removed and the seizures stopped. Though the surgery was a success, Van Deren experienced an acute reaction to the medications she was given. She became combative, tried to escape from the hospital and had to be physically restrained. Her reaction caught her physicians off guard.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 03, 2015
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Research    Faculty

Screening Potential Drugs – Thousands of Compounds at a Time

Reprinted from an article in the Aurora Sentinel by Brandon Johansson


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 02, 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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