August 2020 Updates



Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor Bhagwat Prasad and four co-authors published, “OATP-mediated hepatic uptake of glucuronide metabolites of androgens,” in Molecular Pharmacology in June 2020. View abstract

Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Associate Fan Zhang, Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor Shuwen Wang, and Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Jiyue Zhu published, “ETS variant transcription factor 5 and c-Myc cooperate in derepressing the human telomerase gene promoter via composite ETS/E-box motifs,” in the Journal of Biological Chemistry in July 2020. View abstract

Fan Zhang, Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor De Cheng, Shuwen Wang, and Jiyue Zhu published, “Crispr/Cas9‐mediated cleavages facilitate homologous recombination during genetic engineering of a large chromosomal region,” in Biotechnology and Bioengineering in May 2020. Read article

J. Roberts and Marcia Fosberg Distinguished Professor of Pharmacotherapy Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – isatuximab-irfc (Sarclisa),” in Wolters Kluwer Health’s The Formulary Monograph Service (FMS) in July 2020. Wolters Kluwer Health is a drug and health information publisher, the FMS is a resource used in the formulary decision making process for hospitals and managed care systems on recently released and investigational drugs.

Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – osilodrostat (Isturisa),” in the FMS in July 2020.

Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – rimegepant (Nurtec ODT),” in the FMS in July 2020.

Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – eptinezumab (Vyepti),” in the FMS in July 2020.

Danial Baker published, “Drug utilization evaluation – rimegepant (Nurtec ODT),” in the FMS in July 2020.

Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor (Yakima) Rustin Crutchley contributed his expertise to the “Human immunodeficiency virus” chapter for the second edition of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s publication, Pediatric Pharmacotherapy.

Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Kimberly McKeirnan published, “An update on the WHO and ACIP 2020-2021 influenza vaccine recommendations,” in Pharmacy Times in July 2020. Read article

Pharmacotherapy Assistant Professor Katie MacCamy and one co-author published, “Dexmedetomidine for treatment of delayed peak symptoms of cannabis withdrawal syndrome: a case report,” in the peer-reviewed journal Hospital Pharmacy in May 2020. View abstract

Bhagwat Prasad, Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Abdul Basit Shaikh and one co-author published the chapter, “Quantifying drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters by LC-MS/MS proteomics,” in the book Identification and Quantification of Drugs, Metabolites, Drug Metabolizing Enzymes, and Transporters (Second Edition). View abstract


Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Julie Akers and Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Jennifer Robinson presented “Pharmacy leadership and management: building effective teams,” at the virtual Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists Annual Meeting on June 29,2020.

Julie Akers and co-speakers facilitated the live Q&A, “Developing a prescriber’s mindset for advanced pharmacist roles and interprofessional teaming,” at the 2020 virtual American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting on July 21, 2020.

Pharmacotherapy Assistant Professor (Yakima) Damianne Brand-Eubanks, Pharmacotherapy Assistant Professor (Yakima) Anne Kim, Jennifer Robinson, and co-speakers presented, “Mental health first aid: increasing student pharmacist preparedness to respond through simulation,” at the virtual AACP Annual Meeting on July 22, 2020.

Rustin Crutchley and co-speakers presented, “Teach the teacher: a conversation with FDA about pharmacogenomics information in drug labeling,” at the virtual AACP Annual Meeting on July 27, 2020.

Jennifer Robinson and co-speakers presented, “Cultivating essential skills—situational judgement tests to develop professionalism,” at the virtual AACP Annual Meeting on July 23, 2020.

Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor (Yakima) Angela Stewart and co-speakers presented, “Moving IPE to the Next Level: Enhancing Collaborative Practice Through Legislative Change and Advocacy,” at the virtual AACP Annual Meeting on July 24, 2020.

Pharmacotherapy Assistant Professor Nicole Perea and co-speakers presented the pre-recorded session, “All generations work the same? Fake news!” at the 2020 virtual AACP Annual Meeting.


 Danial Baker was selected to serve as a 2020-2025 member of the Healthcare Safety & Quality Expert Committee for the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP).

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences named Julie Akers the Director of Health Outreach and External Residency Research in July 2020.

Julie Akers was appointed to the Board of Directors for BAVIHEALTH.

Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Salah-uddin Ahmed was quoted in the article, “Rheumatoid arthritis treatment: drink this tea to preserve cartilage and bone,” published on July 15, 2020 in Express (UK). Read article


Danial Baker was awarded the 2020 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from The Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board. Read more


Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students

Vanessa Gutierrez with faculty co-authors Brittany Craft, Terri Levien, and Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – peanut (Arachis hypogaea) allergen powder (Palforzia),” in the FMS in July 2020.

Nicole Perea and the student group, Generation Rx took part in, “Opioids – Let’s Talk About It, A Community Connected Event,” on July 28, 2020. This event was meant to engage health professionals and the community in a conversation about the continued increase in substance use disorders due to the ongoing disruption of the pandemic.