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Akers recognized with profession-wide award

Julie AkersThe American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced that WSU’s Julie Akers will receive one of its profession-wide awards at the annual meeting later this month.

Akers, a clinical assistant professor at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS), was selected for the APhA’s 2019 Good Government Pharmacist-of-the-Year Award. She was nominated by WSU faculty colleague Jennifer Robinson for her contributions to the pharmacy community through her involvement in the political process.

“Julie has helped me see the importance of politics and policy when advocating for our profession and for our patients. Julie has had … » More …

Seminar speaker discusses home and ambulatory infusion therapy

On January 30 Michael Glockling, class of 1981, spoke with Washington State University (WSU) student pharmacists about home and ambulatory infusion therapy as part of the Preparing for Your Career in Pharmacy Seminar Series.

Glockling currently works with special projects for the Providence Infusion and Pharmacy Services and serves as a Pharmacist Surveyor for the Joint Commission.

Infusion therapy is when a patient receives their medications directly into a vein through either a needle or catheter. Originally, infusion therapy was conducted exclusively in a hospital setting. As time passed, developments such as smaller infusion pumps made home and ambulatory infusion therapy a possibility.

Many infusion … » More …

Graduate Student recognized as WSU Woman of Distinction

SPOKANE, Wash. — Yadira Xitlalli Pérez-Páramo, a graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program at Washington State University (WSU) in Spokane, was selected for the 2019 Graduate Student Woman of Distinction award. She received the award at a ceremony in Pullman on March 4, 2019, along with five other women recognized by the university.

The WSU Women of Distinction and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually during National Women’s History Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of women to the academic and local community, and to our society.

Pérez-Páramo is a Fulbright Scholar who came to WSU from the Universidad Autonóma … » More …

Bill driven by health sciences students would boost interprofessional education

By Addy Hatch, WSU News

Coug Day at the Capitol took on special significance for students from WSU Health Sciences this year.

Two student‑government leaders from Spokane, part of a delegation of about 100 WSU students from across the state who visited Olympia as part of Coug Day at the Capitol, took the first step in potentially changing state law by dropping a proposal they helped develop into “The Hopper” in the Office of the Code Reviser.

Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D‑Spokane, is the lead sponsor of House Bill 1726. It would amend state law to allow pharmacy, medicine and nursing students to be supervised by preceptors from any of those professions … » More …

Worldwide rare disease study led by WSU researchers

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

Scientists at Washington State University are leading a new study that will take them one step closer to making treatment options available to patients with a rare inherited disease.

Researchers Jean-Baptiste Roullet and Mike Gibson of the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are conducting a natural history study of patients with succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency (SSADHD).

SSADHD is a genetic disorder that is most commonly diagnosed in young children; it disrupts the metabolism of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)—a neurotransmitter that serves to inhibit the activity of nerve cells in the brain—and causes a wide … » More …

Seminar speaker discusses lessons for leadership, life

SPOKANE, Wash. – On October 23 Craig Cox talked to Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) students as part of the Preparing for Your Career in Pharmacy Seminar Series. Cox is an associate professor of pharmacy practice and vice chair of experiential programs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy.

Cox spoke about leadership and how decisions can affect your life. He said, “sometimes we make [decisions] too easily and that’s when you probably know when you’re not making the right decision.”

Cox has familiarity with decisions made too easily. With a community pharmacist for a father, … » More …

Seminar Speaker discusses consulting in long-term care

SPOKANE, WASH. – On October 10 Britne Wakem spoke to Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) students about pharmacy consulting in a long-term care facility. Pharmacy consulting is when a pharmacist, such as Britne Wakem, is hired to give their expert advice on the use of medication or pharmacy services to an individual or organization on a consulting basis (as opposed to as a full-time employee).

Wakem has worked for Fred Meyer since 2008, first as a pharmacy assistant/intern then as a staff pharmacist since receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy from WSU in 2015. She has consulted for the Washington … » More …

Seminar speaker discusses pharmaceutical case study

SPOKANE, Wash. – On September 18 Sean Dobbin, regional director of pharmacy for Providence Health Care, spoke to the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) as part of the college’s Preparing for Your Career in Pharmacy Seminar Series. Dr. Dobbin spoke about his experience with a large-scale pharmacy diversion—when a drug is diverted from its intended medical purpose and used illicitly. In this case, pharmaceuticals intended for patients, were diverted into the community illegally.

Dr. Dobbin hoped to increase students’ awareness of response, prevention and detection of diversions. Awareness of such incidents, he said, can help prevent similar incidents at … » More …

Seminar speaker discusses compounding pharmacy

SPOKANE, Wash. – On September 11, Bindhu Batra kicked off this year’s career seminar series with her presentation about contemporary compounding pharmacy as an essential component of today’s healthcare society.

The Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences coordinates (CPPS) this seminar series to expose student pharmacists to leaders in the pharmacy profession and career opportunities. This year’s topics revolve around the idea of “Preparing for Change.”
Batra currently serves as the director of academic affairs for the Professional Compounding Center of America (PCCA). She spoke about the importance of compounding pharmacy and its various uses. She focused on the ways … » More …