Cancers are one of the leading causes of disease-related fatalities worldwide. Prostate cancer, in specific, affects about 6 out of 10 men over the age of 65. In US male population, it is most common malignancy after skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. This highlights the need for immediate and effective prevention and intervention strategies. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Used in Native American healing, some compounds in pungent plant stronger than available pharmaceutical treatments. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
$1 million from marijuana tax cash fund establishes the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Anschutz Medical Campus Read More
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.” Read More
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.
Ellen Fulp, PharmD, believes that CU’s new palliative care program is just what the doctor ordered! Working for a hospice pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North Carolina specializing in geriatrics, Ellen Fulp, PharmD, sees a lot of patients who are dealing with life-limiting illnesses. These same folks are usually taking multiple medications. “I love what I do, but so much of it I learned on the job, and not during pharmacy school,” says Fulp. “As a pharmacy student, I didn’t get a lot of information on ending meds or withholding or removing therapy… and so frequently that’s what we are faced with as pharmacists specializing in geriatrics and hospice care,” Fulp laments. From her experience, the palliative care approach is “hope for the best, plan for the worst.” Read More
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. Read More