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College names new members of advisory council

SPOKANE, Wash.—The Washington State University College of Pharmacy recently named Sunil Wadhwani and Leon Alzola to the advisory council for Dean Gary M. Pollack.

It is important the college stay connected to key thought-leaders and experts within the professional and scientific community in order to stay apprised of the ever-evolving health care landscape. The Dean’s Advisory Council convenes twice a year to provide external perspective and insight on the strategic direction of the college and its initiatives. The council was established by the dean in order to ensure the college’s educational and research focus remain aligned to develop practice-ready graduates who are well-equipped to tackle … » More …

College of Pharmacy celebrates life of former professor

SPOKANE, Wash.-The Washington State University College of Pharmacy will celebrate the life of former WSU Professor Emeritus R. Keith Campbell on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

The memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel Grand Ballroom, 322 N. Spokane Falls Court, in Spokane, Washington. All are welcome to attend and RSVP is requested online at, or by calling the College of Pharmacy alumni relations office at 509-368-6675.

Campbell passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017, while attending the Washington State Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting in Centralia, Washington. He was 76.

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WSU pharmacy prof, alum honored for lifetime achievement

Campbell receiving lifetime achievement award R. Keith Campbell embodies just about every characteristic you can use to describe lifetime achievement within the profession of pharmacy.

On Friday, October 20, the WSU College of Pharmacy honored Campbell with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes a track record of excellence in pharmacy, patient care, advocacy, research, service, and mentoring or teaching. It is the most prestigious honor bestowed on an individual from the Washington State University College of Pharmacy. The award presented to Campbell at the college’s Crimson Gala was created by artists David and Forest … » More …

Class of 2004 alum selected for award

Nick Bruck receiveing Alumnus of the Year AwardSPOKANE, Wash.—Nick Bruck, pharmacist and district pharmacy manager for Walgreens, was selected as the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy’s 2016 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. He is the youngest alum to receive this honor since the college began the award in 1991.

“We truly appreciate his leadership, vision for the future, and ability to advance the practice of pharmacy,” said College of Pharmacy Dean Gary Pollack during the award presentation.

Bruck was presented the award at the Northwest Pharmacy Convention in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on June third.

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Meet Dr. Tabon

If you ask Patrick Tabon what he does for a living, chances are the answer you get will be something like, “patient advocate who focuses on solutions that benefit everyone,” or “the medication expert on the team that looks at safety and big-picture treatment plans.” Or you might even get, “passionate and caring co-worker who is always there to help my patients, teammates, profession, and other providers.”

Yes, you guessed it, Patrick Tabon works in health care. But what might seem less obvious from these descriptions is that he is not a medical doctor (MD). He is a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD).

Yep, Patrick Tabon … » More …

College of Pharmacy says thank you, celebrates students, alumni and donors

Celebrating GenerosityThe Washington State University College of Pharmacy celebrated with alumni and donors at its annual spring recognition event, Friday, April 21, on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Washington.

The event, called Celebrating Generosity, is hosted by the college every spring to celebrate and say “thank you” to its alumni and donors who have made significant contributions to the college in the past year, and to present the college’s annual awards. This year, the college hosted a special continuing education presentation for pharmacy alumni in the afternoon. The presentation showcased the college’s recent work … » More …

ESSB 5557 and beyond: the future of the pharmacy profession

ESSB 5557Former Senator Linda Evans Parlette represented Washington’s 12th Legislative District from 1996 to 2016 and is the fourth generation in her family born and raised in central Washington. Parlette graduated from Chelan High School as valedictorian, attended Washington State University and in 1968 graduated from the WSU pharmacy program with honors. Parlette served on three standing Senate committees: Health Care, Rules, and Ways and Means. Her experience as a pharmacist was as a good foundation for her work on health care issues.

In May 2015, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) … » More …

Seminar Speaker discusses the changing landscape of compounding

Brian Courtney presentingSPOKANE, Wash. – On March 8 Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy alumnus Brian Courtney spoke to student pharmacists about his career in the compounding industry and his work with Fagron.

“Compounding is utilized when a standardized medication doesn’t fit a patient need,” said Courtney. “It fits between home remedies and pharmaceutical manufacturing.”

Although compounding has been around for centuries, new regulatory actions have changed the product flow.

These regulations ensure drugs are compliant and safe, said Courtney.

These changes have allowed companies, like Fagron, to be utilized to ensure regulations are … » More …

Preceptor Spotlight

Our College of Pharmacy preceptors are practicing pharmacists who supervise student pharmacists in clinical settings, where students gain experience in pharmacy practice with real patients. Preceptors can play a critical role in shaping a student’s future career. Our network of pharmacy educators extends across the state of Washington and beyond, with over 300 active preceptors at any one time. This strong network of dedicated preceptors is one of the reasons Cougar pharmacists are some of the most highly sought-after pharmacy professionals.

Meet Chris Greer

Chris Greer received his pharmacy degree from WSU. After graduation he completed a pharmacy residency specializing in adverse drug reactions. He … » More …

Remembering the life of Jon Bernhoft

Written by: Erik Bernhoft

Jon BernhoftIn the early days of June 1953 the Alaska steamship Baranof, bound for Seattle, carried the then very pregnant Margaret Anne Berg who anxiously awaited the arrival of her second son. As timing would have it, labor set in before the steadfast steamer could reach its destination and a US Coast Guard PBY amphibious airplane was dispatched to shuttle Margaret and her unborn son nearly 400 miles to Seattle. On June 9th, 1953 the pair landed at Boeing Field in Seattle and mere hours later Jon Richard Bernhoft was born at … » More …