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Colorado Experts, Including CU Pharmacy Professor, Prepare ‘Blueprint’ for Opioid Litigation Settlements

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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. Read More

Faculty research evaluates innovative but costly cancer therapy in Journal of Clinical Oncology review article

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A 2017 video explains CAR-T cancer therapies and the research conducted by the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research faculty at CU Pharmacy.

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.” Read More

CU Pharmacy ambulatory care residency program, faculty member recognized as best in country

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Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director Joe Saseen, center, smiles for a photo with current residents (left to right) Navya Varshney, Vivian Cheng, Jennifer Tunoa and Joe Nardolillo.

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. Read More

Student gives speech

Student recognizes generosity of donors in speech at scholarship luncheon

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Note: The following is a speech delivered by University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences student Clare Livingston at the school’s scholarship luncheon on Nov. 1. The luncheon brought together CU Pharmacy’s generous scholarship donors and their recipients.

I would like to start by welcoming everyone to this delicious luncheon to celebrate scholarship donors and recipients at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. My name is Clare Livingston and I am a P4 student. I am currently the recipient of the James L McDowell Scholarship and a former recipient of the Kent M. Nelson and Erwin-Nelson Scholarships. Read More

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CU Pharmacy faculty members and student honored at Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards

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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. Read More

From teacher to student to pharmacist: Dr. Monica Zorman protects patients at Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Safety

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Monica Zorman was a high school teacher in Georgia when a student asked her what careers he could pursue in chemistry. It wasn’t the first time she was asked this question, and she knew pharmacy was a solid option for students interested in science. 

This time, though, she took a deeper look into the profession, looking for what the student would need to get started in the field. As she researched, she started to realize that pharmacy might make a good fit for her, too.  Read More

Recognizing the growing role of alternative medicine with Integrative Health and Medicine certificate

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Monika Nuffer, PharmD

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. Read More

International student’s goal is to expand clinical pharmacy in Lebanon

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Neemat Srour

Neemat Srour, an international student at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, knows exactly what she wants to do once she graduates: expand pharmacy in her home country of Lebanon.

She was recently awarded a tool to help her do just that. Neemat is the recipient of the school’s International Pharmacy Educator Scholarship. Read More

CU Pharmacy professor obtains clinical hypnosis training to help others achieve lifestyle changes

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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. Read More

World becomes smaller for one Syrian CU Pharmacy student

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Mais Humaideh embraces Dr. Sahar Al Fahoum, her mentor in Syria at the CU School of Pharmacy.

Mais Humaideh was just a few days into her pharmacy courses and more than 6,000 miles from Syria when her world got just a little bit smaller earlier this month.

Humaideh is one of seven University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences International-Trained PharmD (ITPD) students taking part in a monthlong on-campus session at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

During the ITPD orientation session, Humaideh learned that her favorite professor from home in Syria, Dr. Sahar Al Fahoum, was also in the Denver Metro area. As fate would have it, Al Fahoum’s daughter, Sim Taleb, is an ITPD student in her final semesters and is in Denver completing Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential rotations. Read More

CU Pharmacy implements changes designed to streamline the admissions process

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PCAT no longer required

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. Read More

Married CU Pharmacy students earn student leadership spots with ASHP

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Jennifer and Nicholas Tomlinson were both emergency medical technicians in Georgia when they decided it was time for a career change. The couple, married since 2015, found that as they worked on ambulances, they saw impacts on patients when they didn’t take their medications.

Studying pharmacy seemed like a natural fit, and they had already followed the same career path for seven years. So, together, they enrolled at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to begin pursuing a new career. Read More

Clinical trial: How a CU Pharmacy professor’s research is helping people with severe epilepsy

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Video courtesy of Stephanie Carlson, Digital Media Manager, 9Health

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. Read More