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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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Denver 7

The US spends a lot on prescription medications. Here's what Colorado is doing to help you pay less

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateDecember 28, 2020

Gina Moore, an associate professor for CU Pharmacy and the former president of the Colorado Pharmacist Society, spoke about the cost of prescription medications in the US and what Colorado is doing to lower those costs.

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The Colorado Sun

As HIV infection rates rise in Colorado, pharmacies can now prescribe preventative pills

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateNovember 18, 2020

Julie Malhotra, along with Emily Zadvorny, discussed the importance of this therapy and pharmacists’ role in delivering it with the Colorado Sun. The CU Pharmacy Continuing Education Office is offering the mandatory training that pharmacists must complete before administering the drug.

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Denver 7

Pharmacists can prescribe HIV prevention meds

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateNovember 13, 2020

Emily Zadvorny, faculty member at CU Pharmacy explained to Channel 7 News that as of Nov. 14 pharmacists in the state of Colorado can now prescribe and administer PrEP and PEP HIV treatment. This Colorado Protocol is further example of the expanding role of pharmacists across the state and around the world.

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CPR

Colorado Patients Can Now Get Preventative HIV Medications From Pharmacists

news outletCPR
Publish DateNovember 12, 2020

Emily Zadvorny, executive director of the Colorado Pharmacists Society and faculty member at CU School of Pharmacy spoke with CPR about a new protocol that makes Colorado one of the first states to allow pharmacists to prescribe PrEP and PEP, preventative HIV medications. 

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Health Day

After Heart Attack, Pot Smoking Raises Post-Op Dangers

news outletHealth Day
Publish DateNovember 10, 2020

Robert Page, professor at CU Pharmacy, spoke with Health Day regarding the potential side effects of pot. "I treat cannabis as a pharmacist just like I would any other medication, and when you prescribe any medication, it's going to have drug interactions and side effects," he said.

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Denver 7

CU Anschutz School of Pharmacy getting new robotic device

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateNovember 09, 2020

A new robotic workstation is coming to CU Pharmacy early next year. It has the capacity to increase drug discovery by 50% and will lay the foundation for the School’s Drug Discovery Center anticipated in 2021.

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The Denver Post

You asked, we answered: Can you trust COVID-19 test results?

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateOctober 27, 2020

Every time we write about new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Colorado, some variation of the same objection comes in: we’re making too much of nothing.

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Denver 7

COVID-19 vaccine could cost about 500,000 sharks their lives, experts say

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateOctober 09, 2020

Part of the cure for COVID-19 might be found in sharks dwelling deep in our oceans.

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Denver Business Journal

New CU Anschutz technology could speed up drug development in the Mountain West

news outletDenver Business Journal
Publish DateOctober 07, 2020

Prior to this advancement, the technology was largely limited to the coasts.

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ScienMag

CU Anschutz Announces Unique Technology To Rapidly Screen New Drugs, Therapies

news outletScienMag
Publish DateOctober 06, 2020

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus announced a new robotic screening and imaging technology today marking a major breakthrough in the detection and treatment of disease.

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Medical Xpress

A unique technology to rapidly screen new drugs, therapies

news outletMedical Xpress
Publish DateOctober 06, 2020

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus announced a new robotic screening and imaging technology today marking a major breakthrough in the detection and treatment of disease.

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Fox 31 | Channel 2

CU Anschutz campus to get new technology that can cut screening time for new drug therapies in half

news outletFox 31 | Channel 2
Publish DateOctober 06, 2020

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora announced Tuesday the addition of new technology that researchers say could cut the screening time for new drug therapies in half.

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Today

How do vaccines get approved for mass distribution? Doctors explain

news outletToday
Publish DateSeptember 22, 2020

NBC News medical contributor Dr. John Torres pulls back the curtain on the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine and gives an in-depth look into the vaccine development process. He also talks about how the CDC’s shifting guidance is causing confusion for the public.

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The Body

Pharmacies Grapple With Red Tape as States Try to Allow Pharmacists to Prescribe PrEP

news outletThe Body
Publish DateSeptember 09, 2020

Good practice is always to use multiple models and multiple inputs,” said Elizabeth Carlton, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at the Colorado School of Public Health. “A smart state program will consult a lot of different data sources.

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CPR

Helping Doctors Understand Cannabis

news outletCPR
Publish DateSeptember 03, 2020

Some graduate schools are teaching health care workers about cannabis since many say they don’t feel prepared to answer patients' questions about it.

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Summit Daily News

Summit County grad earns doctorate in pharmacy

news outletSummit Daily News
Publish DateAugust 26, 2020

Summit County graduate Elizabeth Shields received her doctorate in pharmacy in May.

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MedPage Today

Ease Up on Cannabis Research Restrictions, Heart Group Urges

news outletMedPage Today
Publish DateAugust 05, 2020

Cannabis should be removed from Schedule 1 of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act so that it can be better researched, according to a statement by the American Heart Association (AHA).

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Medical Xpress

Cannabis use shows substantial risks, no benefits for cardiovascular health

news outletMedical Xpress
Publish DateAugust 05, 2020

The chemicals in cannabis have been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, heart failure and atrial fibrillation in observational studies; however, a full understanding of how use of cannabis affects the heart and blood vessels is limited by a lack of adequate research, according to a new Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) published today in its flagship journal Circulation.

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CNN

Weed is not good for your heart, studies say

news outletCNN
Publish DateAugust 05, 2020

You may love smoking weed, but it does not love your heart, according to the American Heart Association's new scientific statement on marijuana.

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High Times

Colorado Pharmacy School Offering Grad School Education in Cannabis

news outletHigh Times
Publish DateJuly 13, 2020

The cannabis industry is growing quickly, and medical professionals are needed to help lead and provide guidance. That’s where a new program from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences comes in.

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Yahoo News

National Lipid Association Releases Official Scientific Statement on Genetic Testing in Dyslipidemia

news outletYahoo News
Publish DateJuly 10, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Lipid Association (NLA) today announced the release of its official scientific statement on the use of genetic testing in the diagnosis and management of patients with dyslipidemia. The statement provides insights and guidance for health care providers seeking to further their understanding of the benefits, risks and patient preferences of genetic testing.

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Associated Press

Opioid crisis in Colorado could get worse amid pandemic

news outletAssociated Press
Publish DateJune 28, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic overshadowed a long list of other problems that suddenly seemed less urgent in the wake of a deadly virus and its economic destruction.

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CPR

Medicaid, Schools, Pregnancy, Opioids: Here’s Where Colorado’s Cuts May Hurt

news outletCPR
Publish DateJune 13, 2020

Lawmakers have almost finished up work on a drastically slashed budget to keep Colorado’s state finances in the black, but it may be months or even years before the effects truly become apparent.

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The Colorado Sun

Colorado’s rural pharmacies wrestle against big business to remain community cornerstones

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateMay 11, 2020

1,230 rural pharmacies have closed since 2003, including 45 in Colorado. Some blame benefit management companies that reimburse for medications at less than they cost to buy.

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Medical Xpress

Study pinpoints metrics of cost-effective screening for type 1 diabetes

news outletMedical Xpress
Publish DateMay 06, 2020

Health screenings can catch conditions early, helping patients avoid a condition's worst consequences or even preventing it from developing altogether. Think of mammograms to catch breast cancer early or high blood pressure screening before a person has a stroke. Screening helps pre-symptomatic patients take actions to reduce their risk of a catastrophic outcome.

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ScienceDaily

Metrics of cost-effective screening for type 1 diabetes

news outletScienceDaily
Publish DateMay 06, 2020

Health screenings can catch conditions early, helping patients avoid a condition's worst consequences or even preventing it from developing altogether. Think of mammograms to catch breast cancer early or high blood pressure screening before a person has a stroke. Screening helps pre-symptomatic patients take actions to reduce their risk of a catastrophic outcome.

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Denverite

Fatal drug overdoses involving fentanyl tripled in Denver between 2018 and 2019

news outletDenverite
Publish DateApril 15, 2020

Fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Denver tripled between 2019 and 2018, according to data from the the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment and the Office of the Medical Examiner.

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CPR

These Are The Treatments And Cures Colorado Researchers Are Developing For Coronavirus

news outletCPR
Publish DateApril 11, 2020

In Colorado, doctors and researchers are desperately looking for ways to treat patients with COVID-19. Right now, there is no proven effective treatment, and it could be many months before a vaccine — or a treatment to alleviate symptoms — is tested and available for widespread use. Research into some drugs and treatments are farther along than others, and many show signs of promise. 

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NBC News

An at-home fingerprick blood test may help detect your exposure to coronavirus

news outletNBC News
Publish DateApril 04, 2020

Americans may soon be able to learn if they've ever been infected with COVID-19 with a prick of their finger and a smartphone — and without having to leave their homes.

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Newsy

How Clinical Trials For Potential Coronavirus Treatments Work

news outletNewsy
Publish DateApril 02, 2020
The process of getting a new drug into widespread use takes time — and can't be expedited too much when safety and efficacy are considered.
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CPR

Working To Treat COVID-19

news outletCPR
Publish DateApril 02, 2020

CU Anschutz researchers are working on ways to treat COVID-19.

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Live Science

Coronavirus testing is ramping up. Here are the new tests and how they work.

news outletLive Science
Publish DateMarch 31, 2020

Getting tested for coronavirus in the U.S. has been difficult to impossible for many people, starting with technical difficulties with the kits initially developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and continuing with shortages in swabs, reagents and other parts of test kits. 

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9News

Pharmacies alter delivery options to keep people at home

news outlet9News
Publish DateMarch 21, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people keep several weeks’ worth of medication in their homes in the event they are required to stay there for an extended period of time.

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The Colorado Sun

Colorado researchers are racing to find an antiviral drug that could save people with the new coronavirus

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateMarch 20, 2020

Almost a week after the new coronavirus shut down the University of Colorado medical campus and booted Jed Lampe from his lab, he got the call he had been waiting for Thursday afternoon. 

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KDVR

Colorado scientists testing possible COVID-19 drugs

news outletKDVR
Publish DateMarch 20, 2020

Researchers at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the Anschutz Medical Campus are now trying to develop an antiviral medication that would fight COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

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The Colorado Sun

Race for COVID-19’s Tamiflu

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateMarch 20, 2020

Good morning! It’s Friday, but it’s weird to say that considering that our usual markers of time (work, school, sports, happy hours, weekends, birthday parties, brunches) have lost a lot of their meaning. 

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CPR

This Colorado Lab Could Produce A COVID-19 Vaccine

news outletCPR
Publish DateMarch 19, 2020

While Coloradans and much of the world are at home, self-isolating to slow down the spread of COVID-19, scientists are at work to create a vaccine.

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Healio

Concentration of PrEP drug lower in pregnant girls and young women

news outletHealio
Publish DateMarch 10, 2020

Levels of tenofovir-diphosphate, or TFV-DP, in dried blood spots were 31% to 37% lower among African pregnant adolescent girls and young women taking pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, compared with those who were postpartum, according to study findings from the IMPAACT 2009 trial presented during CROI.

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KDVR

Coronavirus vaccine in the works

news outletKDVR
Publish DateMarch 04, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an $8.3 billion bill Wednesday to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

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Everyday Health

Cancer News Update: Earlier May Be Better for Colorectal Cancer Screening...

news outletEveryday Health
Publish DateMarch 03, 2020

News breaks in the cancer arena all the time. Sometimes it’s big — like word that a breakthrough drug has increased survival for a hard-to-treat cancer. Sometimes it’s smaller. Any of it may matter to you and your family as you navigate your cancer journey. We do our best to keep you up-to-date with a weekly roundup of some of the most significant cancer news. Here’s what was new the week of February 6, 2020.

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Newsy

How Coronavirus Could Slow Down The U.S. Drug Supply

news outletNewsy
Publish DateFebruary 27, 2020
The United States relies on overseas factories for some of the key ingredients of vital medications, and shortages could impact medication supplies.
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KDVR

Rifle mom now charged with murder in 5-year-old’s meth overdose makes first court appearance

news outletKDVR
Publish DateFebruary 26, 2020

The 26-year-old Rifle, Colorado mother charged for the methamphetamine overdose death of her 5-year-old daughter made her first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

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KDVR

UCHealth Celebrating all Women by hosting its signature Health and Wellness event

news outletKDVR
Publish DateFebruary 20, 2020

UCHealth is hosting its signature health and wellness event celebrating all women – evrē (pronounced “every”) – focusing on all aspects of women’s health, including mental health, mindfulness, sleep, hormones, aging and more. Hundreds of women are expected to attend the event on Feb. 29!

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Drug Topics

Pharmacists Play An Essential Role In A Diabetes Care Team

news outletDrug Topics
Publish DateFebruary 17, 2020

The most effective way to manage a patient’s diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), is with a team-based approach-and that team may be most effective if it includes a pharmacist. A 2018 study, published in the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy, found that adding pharmacists to diabetes care teams not only improves patient outcomes, but can help prevent complications and reduce costs.

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Drug Topics

Conquering Cancer Pain

news outletDrug Topics
Publish DateFebruary 14, 2020

Pain is a very common and dreaded symptom in oncology patients, reportedly occurring in more than half of patients with active cancer and one-third of cancer survivors.

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The Colorado Sun

Colorado wants to let pharmacists write prescriptions for HIV prevention drugs

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateFebruary 13, 2020

First it was birth-control pills, then smoking-cessation medications. Now, Colorado is on its way to becoming one of the first states in the country to allow people to skip the doctor’s office and get prescriptions for drugs that prevent HIV infection at the pharmacy.

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The Colorado Sun

Speciality drugs are saving lives in Colorado and beyond. But who should pay for them?

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateFebruary 04, 2020

Maisie Forrest’s mother wouldn’t take no for an answer, and that’s basically the story of how the Grand Junction baby got a $2.1 million drug to save her life. 

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The Denver Post

‘Folk cure’ bitter melon juice holds medical promise for pancreatic cancer patients

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateFebruary 02, 2020

It might sound like a beverage of no one’s particular choice, but in much of the world, bitter melon juice is a common ingredient in everything from popular drinks to gourmet sauces. For centuries, Asian and African cultures have relied on the vitamin-rich melon’s medicinal properties to treat a range of conditions — weight gain, blood and immunity disorders and even hangovers.

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News Medical

Less chemotherapy may be equally or even more beneficial to rectal cancer patients

news outletNews Medical
Publish DateJanuary 30, 2020

Chemotherapy used to shrink a tumor before surgery, called neoadjuvant chemotherapy, is becoming more common in many cancers, including stage II and III rectal cancer. However, the chemotherapy regimens FOLFOX and CapeOx used in this setting come with significant side effects, to the degree that many patients are unable to complete the recommended schedule. 

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Medical Xpress

Less chemotherapy may have more benefit in rectal cancer

news outletMedical Xpress
Publish DateJanuary 30, 2020

Chemotherapy used to shrink a tumor before surgery, called neoadjuvant chemotherapy, is becoming more common in many cancers, including stage II and III rectal cancer. However, the chemotherapy regimens FOLFOX and CapeOx used in this setting come with significant side effects, to the degree that many patients are unable to complete the recommended schedule.

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The Denver Post

In states like Colorado, aid-in-dying is legal — but the medicine is often out of reach, especially for patients of religiously affiliated hospitals

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateJanuary 29, 2020

The call came the last week of September, when Neil Mahoney could still stagger from his bed to the porch of his mobile home to let out his boisterous yellow Lab, Ryder.

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My Prime Time News

Timing is Everything

news outletMy Prime Time News
Publish DateJanuary 26, 2020

Telling a good joke.  The perfectly cooked steak.  Getting along with the spouse. Al-dente pasta. Taking your medicine.  In so many important areas of life, timing matters. 

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