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Pharmacy

Today’s pharmacists are key players in a wide array of health care settings, and we prepare our graduates for success, wherever their passions lead them.

Here are the latest news and stories about faculty and alumni making an impact on the profession.

As long-term care facilities shut their doors to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, a new way of providing health care emerged. Carol Hotze Hermann, B.S. ’91, clinical consultant pharmacist, shares how she has adapted her work to help protect vulnerable patient populations.

As the nation braces for the start of flu season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis is encouraging area residents to get their flu shots as soon as possible to help prevent the spread of the flu this fall and winter.

The University welcomed 131 student pharmacists into the Doctor of Pharmacy program during the annual St. Louis College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony.

As St. Louis College of Pharmacy continues to build on its rich history in pharmacy education and expand its academic programs across health sciences, the institution has changed its name to University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis.

In May, the Office of Experiential Education announced its 2020 Preceptor of the Year Awards, distributed each year to preceptors in recognition of their commitment to the advancement of student learning.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy students received the 2020 Health Disparities Focused Award for their work during the National Consumers League Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge, a nationwide initiative to promote the importance of medication adherence.

The College is proud to announce that 49 alumni accepted PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency positions across the United States. In addition, one recent graduate accepted a research fellowship position with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

When it comes to Tom Wightman's, B.S. '59, long history with community pharmacy, he continues to hold the belief that what makes pharmacy great is the feeling of joy that comes with helping people.

Pharmacists who dedicate themselves to hospice and palliative care add immense value through their combination of interdisciplinary knowledge, medication expertise and a focus on compassionate patient care.

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the U.S. in March and states began issuing stay-at-home orders for residents, many clinical pharmacists, like Paul Juang, professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, had to pull their work out of the hospital and into their homes.

A group of St. Louis College of Pharmacy alumnae were selected to spearhead rapid COVID-19 testing at a Walgreens location in the St. Louis metro east area, bringing free COVID-19 testing to the community.

Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, AACC, BCPS, BCCP, associate professor of pharmacy practice, was appointed to the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Joint Committee on Clinical Practice Guidelines, which works to update best practice guidelines that support health care providers as they make decisions on patient care.

P4 student Darrick Emery shares his experience working as an intern at a local hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy alumna Sara Fietsam, Pharm.D. ‘11, American Pharmacists Association (APhA) certified instructor for travel health, diabetes and immunizations, and immunization coordinator for Schnuck Markets, Inc., was recently awarded with an honorable mention as part of APhA’s annual Immunization Champion Awards.

Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, Alumni Chair in Pharmaceutical Education and vice president for research at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, conducts cutting-edge research in the fields of cardio metabolic diseases, muscle function, Alzheimer’s disease, fatty liver disease and traumatic brain injury.

P4 student Meghin Moynihan spends weekends working as a student pharmacist at a local hospital. As she continues her work through the COVID-19 pandemic, the experience has expanded her education in pharmacy and reaffirmed her passion for serving patients.

After joining the faculty at St. Louis College of Pharmacy last fall, Giovanni Pauletti, M.Pharm., Ph.D., Gustavus and Henry Pfeiffer Endowed Chair in Pharmacy and professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences, has begun work to build global health offerings at the College.

With New York City now the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, Faith Byland, Pharm.D. ’16, staff pharmacist at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, has been working under increasing pressure and time restraints to provide the best care possible to her patients.

On April 5, 40 students from the classes of 2021 and 2022 were inducted into the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Beta Kappa Chapter of the Rho Chi Honor Society during a virtual initiation ceremony.

After raising nearly $10,000 during her Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Student of the Year campaign, P4 student Sarah Noble knew she wanted to do more, and she set her sights on becoming Woman of the Year.

The College is offering a one-hour CE webinar for pharmacists that explores the options being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been ranked 25th among all U.S. pharmacy schools for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during 2019. The ranking makes the College the top-ranked private college of pharmacy in the nation for NIH grants.

At the start of the spring semester, 10 students from the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 were welcomed into the Alpha Theta chapter of the honorary pharmacy leadership society, Phi Lambda Sigma.

P3 student Nicole Savant is expanding her career aspirations and interest in global health by working internationally with students and leaders across the globe.

Established in the 1950s, the field of pharmacogenetics, the study of how one particular gene can impact a pharmacologic response from a drug, has grown to be one of the most promising areas in revolutionizing personalized medicine.

Working his way up from staff pharmacist to president and CEO, Jerry Esker, B.S. ’82, MBA, has worked within the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System in East Central Illinois for more than 30 years. Throughout his career, Esker has served as a trusted leader in health care committed to providing care for all.

During vaccination season, pharmacists are on the front lines addressing misinformation about vaccine safety and effectiveness.

In 1969, hospital pharmacist Harvey A. K. Whitney Jr. joined the St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty where he would strengthen the burgeoning clinical pharmacy curriculum and play an integral role in the founding of the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Whether he is making rounds at the hospital, educating students, or analyzing datasets, Scott Micek, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, is always focused on positive patient outcomes.

Sarah Mooney, Pharm.D., PGY1 pharmacy resident and clinical instructor, is using her pharmacy residency experience at the College as a stepping stone toward a career in pediatric pharmacy.

Golden Peters, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been named 2019 Educator of the Year by the Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA).

P3 student Eric Zhang and P4 students William Miller and Chris Thai were part of a team that finished among the top four teams in the nation during the Clinical Pharmacy Challenge held as part of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting in New York City.

Mickey Smith, B.S. '60, M.S. '62, is something of a Renaissance man – a prolific author, historian, world traveler, marketer, academician and pharmacist. Smith used his passion for seeking and sharing knowledge to carve a unique path in pharmacy.

As the demand for specialized health care continues to grow, so does interest in pharmacy residency programs.

Misty C. Farr, Pharm.D. ’10, pharmacy manager at Walmart Pharmacy, shares why celebrating American Pharmacists Month is important.

Each October, St. Louis College of Pharmacy celebrates American Pharmacists Month, a time dedicated to recognizing pharmacists’ contributions to health care and the role they play in their communities. With American Pharmacists Month upon us, we’re featuring two College alumnae who have established themselves as regional leaders in the pharmacy profession.

Kendra Holmes, B.S. '99, Pharm.D. '00, CHCEM, vice president and chief operating officer of Affinia Healthcare, was recently named to the St. Louis Business Journal's Most Influential Business Women class of 2019.

The Missouri Pharmacy Association recently recognized Alicia Forinash, B.S. ’00, Pharm.D. ’01, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, Michelle Jeon, Pharm.D., BCACP, and Roxane Took, Pharm.D., BCACP, during its Annual Conference and Trade Show in St. Louis.

On Sept. 11, leaders from the Washington University Medical Campus and BJC HealthCare gathered at St. Louis College of Pharmacy for a panel discussion where they shared their perspectives on the meaning of inclusion and the organizational journey to reaching inclusion at its highest peak.

With the 2018-19 flu season ranking as one of the longest in a decade, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is encouraging area residents to get their flu shots now to ensure they are prepared for the season to come.

From prescriptions at a pharmacy to online electronic medical records, health care informatics plays a key role in providing personalized care and improving patient outcomes.

From mentoring students to educating patients and families, Roxane Took, Pharm.D., BCACP, is committed to furthering understanding about the evolving role of community pharmacists.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy will partner with the UMKC School of Pharmacy and the Missouri Pharmacy Association to help improve prescribing practices for pain management in Missouri as part of a $120,000 grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation.

Laura Challen, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCACP, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and ambulatory care clinical pharmacist at Mercy JFK Clinic at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, shares what a typical day looks like helping patients and educating future pharmacy leaders.

The Missouri Opioid State Targeted Response Grant was implemented in May 2017. Two faculty from St. Louis College of Pharmacy were assigned to one of the grant objectives to increase access to naloxone in community pharmacies.

On April 27 and 28, more than 600 clinical pharmacists from 17 states gathered at St. Louis College of Pharmacy for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s annual Updates in Therapeutics meeting.

Gloria Grice, Pharm.D., FNAP, BCPS, assistant dean for curriculum and assessment and director of experiential education and professor of pharmacy practice, along with a task force of five other experiential education leaders from across the country, recently received the Award of Excellence in Experiential Education from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and Katie Tellor, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at the College, have been recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for their expertise and commitment to cardiovascular care.

As she works to make the most of her year on rotations, P4 student Jamie Voigtmann recently participated in an independent pharmacy experience that made a lasting impression on her, her preceptor and the patients she served.

Matt Thomas, Pharm.D., PGY2 ambulatory care resident, shares the heart-warming benefits of being a pharmacist.

Carol Hotze Hermann, B.S. ’91, is proof that one person can make a difference. Through her participation in medical mission trips, she is making an international impact as part of a collaborative, interprofessional health care team.

The Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education’s Curriculum and Assessment Committee (CAC) has released its new Three-Phase Curriculum Model, which represents a major milestone in teaching learners across the Washington University Medical Campus to work effectively on teams.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty members Erica Crannage, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, associate professor of pharmacy practice, and Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., FAPhA, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice and assistant director of community and ambulatory care for experiential education, were the recipients of a pair of awards during the recent Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) Annual Meeting.

Faculty, students and alumni of St. Louis College of Pharmacy attended the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

In today’s digital age, industries are embracing data analysis as a tool for success. This has become especially evident in health system pharmacy, where the integration of comprehensive pharmacy analytics is helping organizations improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

Throughout the years, Ryan Moenster, B.S. ’04, Pharm.D. ’05, FIDSA, BCPS-AQ ID, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has played a critical role in educating St. Louis College of Pharmacy residents.

Too often, health care practitioners get only a snapshot of their patients’ conditions and find themselves working in silos. Through an interdisciplinary approach, providers can share knowledge, form a more complete picture of a patient and achieve better outcomes.

With the 2017-18 flu season ranking as one of the most severe in more than a decade, the College is encouraging area residents to get their flu shots.

The College sets the pace for pharmacy residency program collaboration in the St. Louis area.

Community pharmacists are a patient’s most accessible health care provider, and as medication experts, they are critical to maintaining and improving patients’ health. While this truth has long been understood by pharmacists and the patients who rely on them, the larger health care industry has been slow to fully leverage community pharmacists as the invaluable resource they are.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has positioned itself as a leader in the fight against opioid abuse. From prescription medication collection to research into the addictive nature of opioids, our students, faculty, staff and research centers have passionately invested themselves in combating this epidemic.

From the theater to the ICU, Alexis (Bylina) Kasniunas, Pharm.D. ’14, BCCCP, uses her creativity to better serve her patients.

The average survival rate for a lung transplant patient is five years. While that may not sound like much, for Keith Fester, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, and his patients, it is time that is not taken for granted.

P3 student Suzie Chen was awarded the United States Public Health Service Health Pharmacy Award for her dedication to serving underserved patient populations.

On May 16, the National Kidney Foundation recognized St. Louis College of Pharmacy with its 2018 Partner of Distinction Award.

In partnership with Jennings High School, the College has developed a program that helps high school seniors not only become nationally certified pharmacy technicians but also access opportunities for continued education in pharmacy and health care.

Laura Challen, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacist at the Mercy JFK Clinic at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, was recently named Preceptor of the Year by the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

The Alumni Association hosted an industry career panel in March and welcomed back to campus three alumni to showcase different roles in the pharmaceutical industry.

Each year at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, advanced pharmacy practice experiences give students hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of practice settings locally and around the world.

Some residency programs offer a one-size-fits-all model, but at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, residents have the opportunity to diversify their skills while practicing at various sites across the St. Louis area.

During her final year at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Katie Helm, Pharm.D. ’18, had the chance to turn her dream job into a pharmacy residency opportunity.

When the economy slowed down in 2008, Alex Tryson, Pharm.D. ’18, took a step back to reevaluate his career choice as an architect and discovered his passion for pharmacy.

Four students share their perspectives on what it’s like to be a visiting student halfway across the world.

Alexandra Bixby ’17, Pharm.D., first got involved with Health Resource Center Diabetes Clinic when she reached out to the Saint Louis University residents running the clinic to find a collaborative way for student pharmacists to support their health care team.

As a P3 student, Dena Badran was offered the opportunity to return to the place she once called home through an internship with Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC in Amman, Jordan.

One in three American adults are at risk for kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Often associated with other disease states like hypertension and diabetes, kidney disease can often go unseen and undiagnosed. However, during the month of March, the importance of kidney health will be spotlighted.

After graduating from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Kacie Kuehn, Pharm.D. ’16, knew she wanted to specialize in ambulatory care. But, after taking part in a residency through the College, she discovered another passion – academia.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 outlines new provisions to help pharmacists and other health care providers continue the fight against opioid abuse.

Kurt Kleinmann ’59, R.Ph., M.S., came to the U.S. in 1941 only knowing “yes” and “no,” but would carve a place for himself in the profession of pharmacy through lifelong learning and a dedication to teaching those after him.

Projected to save billions of dollars in U.S. health care costs, biosimilars are a highly anticipated alternative to some of the most expensive medications on the market. However, from ongoing patent litigation and legislation to complex development processes, pharmacists and the U.S. prescription drug industry are left to hang on the cusp of a revolution.

Sister Mary Louise Degenhart ’60 receives the prestigious Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award.

Jeff Pasucal, Pharm.D. ’17, engages in life-changing conversations through his PGY1 community-based residency.

Alicia B. Forinash, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, professor of pharmacy practice, served as a co-author on the recently published Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk, 11th Edition.

Katie Tellor, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, along with coauthors Abigail Yancey, B.S. ’02, Pharm.D. ’03, FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice, Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Steffany Nguygen, Pharm.D. ’17, Amanda Bultas, Pharm.D. ’17, and P4 student Nicholas Greenwald received the 2017 Virtual Poster Symposium Best Poster Award for their abstract and presentation “Evaluation of Warfarin Requirements in Hospitalized, Obese Patients Admitted with a Therapeutic INR.”

Michelle Jeon, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, shares her top tips for traveling with prescription medications.

Dan Kistner, Pharm.D. ’11, has been recognized as one of the top 60 health care leaders under 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy and NCADA to distribute 50,000 medication deactivation pouches to promote safe disposal of prescription medications.

Pharmacists at St. Louis College of Pharmacy research one of the deadliest diseases in America.

P3 students Joanna Huang and Dane Fickes were selected to participate in the TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Program over the summer through the Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Stephanie Crist, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, talks to Fox 2 news about challenges patients face when trying to control blood pressure.

From the latest flu guidelines, to a new vaccination for a potentially deadly infection, Associate Professor Golden Peters, Pharm.D., BCPS, shares important information about vaccines.

Associate professor of pharmacy practice selected as a Fellow.

Yvonne Burnett, Pharm.D., receives a grant from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists to analyze pharmacist-led dosing and monitoring of vancomycin in an OPAT program setting.

The partnership between St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa carves a new path for pharmacy technicians in Southern Africa.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy professor tackling two subjects at the AACP annual meeting.

Faculty member shares advice on balancing teaching and clinical responsibilities.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy professor participates in the national discussion regarding Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).

Scott Vouri becomes the first pharmacist to receive the Alene & Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Neurology for work on medication interactions.

How two faculty members at St. Louis College of Pharmacy are helping reduce hospital readmission rates.

With 1,685,210 new cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in 2016, according to the American Cancer Association, the necessity to expand our knowledge of cancer biology to improve treatment is undeniable. Simply learning more about the biology of cancer is not enough; it is only one piece of the puzzle.

More patients than ever before are being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

Matt Pitlick, Pharm.D., talks to Fox 2 News about the important role pharmacists play in identifying potential medication side effects.

Integrity Pharmacy is a fitting name for a company that prides itself on serving the community with kindness and integrity. With two locations and more than 70 employees, the pharmacy is able to make an impact across the state of Missouri.

How St. Louis College of Pharmacy is helping lead this important region-wide effort.

As a member of both the Eutectic Cross Country and Track and Field teams, Bethany Chew, P3, is no stranger to competition. She is prepared to rise to another challenge as this year’s St. Louis College of Pharmacy representative for the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) National Patient Counseling Competition.

Megan Snodgrass is a PGY1 resident at L & S Pharmacy, an independently owned pharmacy that is part of St. Louis College of Pharmacy's community pharmacy residency program. The program is based at L & S Pharmacy in Charleston, Missouri, as well as at Schnucks Pharmacy and Walgreens Pharmacy, both in St. Louis.

Students and faculty have the opportunity to expand learning and scholarship at Trinity College in Dublin.

Winners of the Illinois and Missouri Distinguished Young Pharmacist Awards Share an Office

As a PGY2 ambulatory care resident at the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, April Huang consults with patients about the health conditions they are working through — as well as other challenges they face.

As a PGY2 resident, Shane Austin ’14 cares for a variety of patients through his internal medicine residency program at St. Louis VA Health Care System – John Cochran.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is impacting pharmacy education and patients across the globe.

Inspired by a trending hashtag, Philip Wenger, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has advice for patients using mental health medications and those considering their options.

Janelle Mann, Pharm.D., BCOP, talks about treating patients, teaching students, and balancing it all.

Less than 20 percent of Americans smoke. Every year, more try to quit. Asking for help from a pharmacist help could increase your chances of putting cigarettes down for good.

Feeling sick? Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has some recommendations.

Could we be protected from the flu for a lifetime? Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, checks in on the current research.

Stopping the flu begins with the flu shot. Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, explains other steps to help stop the spread of the virus.

Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, continues his series on the 2015 flu season by looking inside this year's vaccine.

Flu season is about to start. How do you keep your family protected? Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, begins a multi-part series to answer that and other pressing questions.

Why Addyi Could be the Start of Something New for Women

St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty member is using his position in national organization to help students.

Pharmacist Shares 5 Important Points for Patients About OxyContin

How Prescription Medication Prices Affect Pharmacists

Paul Juang, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, is recognized for his significant contributions and impact on the practice of critical care medicine.

Pharmacist and faculty member Jamie Woodyard talks about all of the options for allergy relief.

Accepting a position at STLCOP was a coming home of sorts for Kilinyaa Cothran, who graduated from the College in 2001.

Erica Crannage, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, is an early-adopter in health care innovation. In less than two years, she has led the way for pharmacists in Missouri to advance patient care.

Faculty member calls for help from other health care providers.

Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has been elected to the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.

Here’s the best way to not only get the relief you need, but also make the best use of your time while shopping.

Dr. Clark Kebodeaux reacts to new data showing low whooping cough vaccination rates for pregnant women.

Every patient who comes into Copper Bend Pharmacy in Belleville, Ill. receives their prescription from owner Steve Clement ’74 or a pharmacy student under his supervision.

In the latest installment of 'Any Questions for the Pharmacist?', Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice, answers a question about a heart healthy diet.

Many women spend a good part of their pregnancy on a hunt for information. Beginning this summer, those moms-to-be and their families will have clearer information about the effects of medication. The Food and Drug Administration is dismissing a letter-grading system for medication and replacing it with more detailed information.

he recent measles outbreak has grabbed a lot of headlines, and created a lot of concern. Right now there are no confirmed measles cases in Missouri. There are several cases in the Chicago area. Knowing all I do about the effectiveness and safety of vaccines, I wanted to see how well our children are protected.

In an effort to treat depression, many patients try an herbal product that is available over-the-counter. With the dizzying number of choices, I took a look at the research behind nine herbal products and found there is a wide range of effectiveness when it comes to treating depression.

In the last posting, I looked at the body of evidence for five herbal products which have been used to help treat depression. I found no medical proof that inositol, melatonin, fish oil, L-tryptophan, or gingko were effective for depression in a large scale study. There are four herbal products where evidence shows some help for patients who were depressed. Don’t forget to ask your doctor or pharmacist before trying any of these products.

The number of patients receiving hospice care is growing steadily. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) estimates around 1.5 million Americans utilized hospice services in 2012.

A majority of St. Louis College of Pharmacy graduates begin their careers in pharmacy at a national chain. Recently, Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy, was invited to a forum hosted by CVS Health. The event was an important step in building a strong relationship with the College and other colleges of pharmacy.

Several alumni were recognized for their leadership in the pharmacy profession, health care environment, and business community. The College is proud to honor our graduates:

For the past two years, we’ve seen a dramatic spike in flu cases nationwide in late December and early January. Data from the government shows this year’s season is tracking right along the same lines, opening us up for the potential of another spike in cases.

Leah LaRue ’10, a recognized leader in pain medication management, is extending the focus of her work to include the innovative field of pharmacogenetics, a type of genetic testing that shows how genetic variability impacts individual responses to medications.

Whether a person is moving from operating to recovery room, hospital to home, or home to skilled-care facility, each transition of care can become a complicated, intricate process.

Students make an impact in the community by volunteering at a free monthly health clinic.

Janelle Mann, Pharm.D., shares why she chose to specialize in treating cancer.

With the new year upon us, many are beginning to think about resolutions. Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy suggests four easy resolutions for a healthier year.

The number of Americans using hospice and palliative care is growing; in 2012, about 1.5 million chose to enter hospice. One of the many questions patients and their families have about beginning this form of care is pain management.

Philip Wenger, Pharm.D., BCPS, spends a significant amount of time behind bars. When the associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is not teaching in class, he’s working at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo. There, he helps manage medication for more than 1,200 inmates inside the St. Louis County jail.

Recently, Ryan Moenster, Pharm.D., BCPS-ID, associate professor of pharmacy practice talked to CNBC about the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.

An important component of the mission at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is to advocate for the profession of pharmacy. That advocacy comes in many forms and can be seen in direct patient care, interactions with other health care professionals and discussions with lawmakers.

Pharmacists and physicians are increasingly using genetic testing for patients who are taking a host of medications, such as warfarin or antidepressants, to help use the correct dosage.

My asthma seems much better with a daily controller medicine. I don’t wheeze or cough often. I rarely need my quick-relief inhaler. Do I still need to take a daily medicine?

A look at some of the most common errors for patients make when trying to control their asthma.

Expiration dates are a guarantee from the manufacturer. It shows the date the medication will be effective until when stored under ideal conditions.

In between consulting with patients, picking up their medications, and verifying prescriptions, I often see patients standing in front of shelves and shelves of supplements taking in all the options.

Professor explores reasons why the number of patients taking life-saving medicine falls significantly after three months.

The Wall Street Journal reports as many as half of all U.S. patients on medication for chronic diseases aren’t following the doctor’s orders. Why? Assistant Professor Jamie Shelly, Pharm.D., explains five ways she works with patients on managing side effects.

Starting today, hydrocodone is now classified as a schedule II drug under new Food and Drug Administration rules. For patients, this will change the way prescriptions are filled during the next visit to the pharmacy.

This year St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the BJC Accountable Care Organization (ACO) entered into an agreement to help find ways for older adults to better manage their medications. Terry Seaton, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, is working with ACO medical director Douglas Pogue, M.D., on the hospital’s most complex cases.

The holidays bring plenty to look forward to, including time off work and school. These changes in daily routine may mean that medications may take a back seat. To make sure you stay on track and stay healthy, Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has some advice.

Lead...Every day about 137 people in America are infected with HIV according to U.S. government estimates. In honor of World AIDS Day, Alexandria Garavaglia-Wilson, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice writes about treatment for newly diagnosed patients.

“If we’ve saved one person, that’s enough.” It’s a short, simple sentiment by his wife, Peggy, that has served as Patrick Tharp’s mantra since he founded Pharmacists Preventing Suicides (PPS©) more than 10 years ago.

College dignitaries and alumni alike were honored at the Missouri Pharmacy Association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Hilton Convention Center in Branson on June 6-9.

Many in the pharmacy profession don’t know what a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) is, which was even more reason to have a Meeting of the Minds panel discussion about the subject, according to the event’s expert panel.

Elizabeth A. Neuner ’06, Pharm.D., BCPS, AQ-ID, has been named the recipient of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation’s 2012 Pharmacy Residency Excellence New Preceptor Award.

There is a new call for more Americans to consider taking statins to reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack. Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS shares three important points about today’s news.

Recent news about statins prompted a letter to the editor in the Nov. 30 issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Shirley Giebel wrote to ask whether there was a connection between statin use and bladder incontinence.

Whether you’re driving 30 minutes or 300 miles to get to Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations, car sickness can hit a child at any time. Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., is also a parent and recommends trying several steps before turning to medications:

Ismar Karadzic ’10 has treated the president of the United States, who was also a medical doctor. Well, not really. But Karadzic’s patient definitely believed he was both of those things.

Can I be proactive about treating my asthma? Or is it better to wait for an asthma attack to take my medicine?

According to Ruth Chan ’11, a typical day as a resident involves completing physician consults, which might include questions on antibiotic dosing, warfarin dosing, or nutrition education.

This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been vaccinating patients for more than five years as part of his pharmacy practice. In honor of the week, he has three important points about the flu vaccine:

I commend This American Life and ProPublica for covering the serious issue concerning acetaminophen overdoses in the recent program “Use Only as Directed.”

What is the best way to use antibiotics? An infectious disease pharmacist explains.

Asthma, a chronic disease affecting 20 million Americans, including nine million children, continues to affect the city of St. Louis. In 2012, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked St. Louis seventh on their list of the 10 asthma capitals in the U.S.

How a video game helped kick a three pack-a-day habit.

Her groundbreaking work in women’s health and collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to patient care have put Alicia Forinash at the forefront of the pharmacy profession.

International partnerships with nations like South Africa, China, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia position St. Louis College of Pharmacy to be at the forefront of impacting health care worldwide.

Treating cancer is in her position title, but most of Dr. Valeria Bernardo’s time is spent dealing with the side effects. Bernardo, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, also practices as a pediatric oncology pharmacist at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

Interprofessional patient-centered care continues to become more and more important, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy is committed to educating our future pharmacists in this area.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s community pharmacy residency program gives residents the opportunity to provide patient care services in the community, where pharmacists’ roles continue to expand.

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