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Stories from around the web featuring WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Yakima Valley health care students get real life experience with vaccine rollout
Front page news! WSU pharmacy and nursing students pitch in to vaccinate eligible community members across the Yakima Valley.
Read more from the Yakima Herald

WSU pharmacy students pitch in with COVID-19 vaccination efforts

Pharmacy student volunteers recently spent the day at Summit Cancer Center vaccinating eligible health care workers and community members against COVID-19!

Read more from KXLY

Hundreds of WSU students and faculty will be tested for COVID-19 prior to first day
KXLY recently talked to second-year pharmacy student Michael Asfha about the COVID-19 testing program on the Spokane campus going into the new semester.
Read more from KXLY

2021 NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award honorees named
Third-year pharmacy student, Kayla Leland was chosen by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as one of the Today’s Top 10 Award recognizing outstanding former student-athletes. She did her undergraduate work at Whitworth University while also participating in track, cross country and basketball.
Read more from the NCAA

The sunshine vitamin
Pharmacotherapy Professor and Chair John White examines studies looking into vitamin D deficiency as it relates to COVID-19 incidence and severity.
Read more from the Inlander Health and Home Magazine

‘Rise to the challenge’: WSU nursing, pharmacy students volunteer to administer COVID-19 vaccine

WSU pharmacy and nursing students are volunteering at vaccination sites in the Spokane community.

Read more from the Spokesman Review

Ingredients in flu vaccine won’t hurt you – two pharmacists explain why
Is the flu vaccine harmful? No. Pharmacotherapy faculty members Anne Kim (Yakima) and Terri Levien break down what makes up the flu vaccine and why it won’t hurt you.
Read more from The Conversation

Local pharmacists stress importance of community-based stores amid Amazon announcement of online pharmacy
What do you lose out on when pharmacy moves online? As pharmacists take on more clinical roles, your community pharmacy is more than a place to pick up prescriptions. It is also a place to get point of care testing and even a prescription for ailments such as strep throat, most of your vaccinations, consultations on your medications, and more. Vice Dean of External Relations Linda Garrelts MacLean recently talked to The Spokesman Review about the importance of community-based stores.
Read more from The Spokesman-Review

Heeding the call of COVID: Pharmacists help slow pandemic’s spread in underserved areas
Faculty from pharmacy schools across the country, including WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Fellow Sorosh Kherghehpoush, are taking health care directly to those who need it most with testing and care of homeless populations.
Read more from Pharmacy Practice News

‘An underlying level of hopefulness’: What to be thankful for during the pandemic
Focusing on the things we are thankful for during difficult times can help us build mental resiliency. Pharmacotherapy Professor Terri Levien explains why the development of a COVID vaccine can be one of those things to be grateful for.
Read more from The Spokesman-Review

WSU pharmacy students launch project to provide health information to seniors

When Yakima County senior housing centers closed their doors to the public as a COVID-19 precaution, Yakima pharmacy students wondered how they could still get residents critical health care information. Their solution? Donated electronic tablets that residents could use to watch videos the students would create.

Read more from the Yakima Herald

Staff and faculty recognized during Research Week 2020 awards ceremony
Marnie Rogers, a fiscal analyst for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS), was recognized for her outstanding work on grant and contract administration with the Grant and Contract Administration Service Recognition Award during the Washington State University Research Week.
Read more from the WSU Insider

Historic agreement opens new doors in Indian country for health sciences students
Thanks to the new partnership between the WSU Native American Health Sciences and Indian Health Services (IHS), students from pharmacy, medicine, nursing, nutrition and exercise physiology or speech and hearing sciences will be able to complete clinical rotations in six outlying IHS service areas across the Pacific Northwest.
Read more from the WSU Insider

Hospital awards three students with scholarships
Third-year pharmacy student, Kayla Leland was awarded the Pullman Regional Hospital Gaskins Scholars Program scholarship for her interest in serving rural areas once she graduates.
Read more from the Daily Evergreen

Look for opportunities: women pharmacists discuss work-life balance
The number of women in pharmacy has grown exponentially over the past decade, with women now making up the majority of new pharmacy school graduates; however, men still hold the majority of leadership positions. In recognition of Women Pharmacists Day on October 12, a multigenerational panel of 5 women, including Vice Dean of External Relations Linda Garrelts MacLean, discussed how the pharmacy field has changed and is still changing for women.
Read more from Pharmacy Times

How to successfully implement pharmacist provider status
The Pharmacy Quality Solutions: Quality Corner Show chatted with Julie Akers about pharmacy provider status and the challenges in expanding the scope of practice.
Listen to the podcast

Dr. Universe: Why do we get pins and needles when we don’t move for a long time?
Darrell Jackson of the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine helps explain why our arms and legs sometimes “fall asleep.”
Read more from Dr. Universe

APhA and Washington State University prepare pharmacists for pediatric immunizations
A new program from APhA and the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences prepares state-licensed immunizing pharmacists to meet the education requirements to administer vaccinations to children aged 3 to 18 years, in compliance with the recent HHS guidelines.
Read more from APhA

WSU pharmacy students get certified to give vaccines in time for flu season, eventual COVID-19 vaccine

With classes being virtual this semester due to the pandemic, instructors had to quickly figure out a way to get students safely certified to administer vaccines in time for flu season, or COVID-19 shots, if and when that comes to market.

Read more from KXLY

Preparing for potential ‘twindemic’: Local pharmacy students pressed into flu, COVID-19 vaccine education
Second-year pharmacy students saw their professors in-person for the first time in 6 months to receive their vaccination certifications and prepare to help with immunizations during this year’s flu season and when a COVID-19 vaccine is available.
Read more from The Spokesman-Review

Dr. Universe: How are gummies made?
Have you ever wondered how gummy worms and gummy bears are made? Dr. Universe talked to College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Connie Remsberg to find out.
Read more from Dr. Universe

WSU pharmacy doctoral students in Yakima earn certification to administer vaccines
Thanks to their vaccination certification, WSU second-year pharmacy students are prepared to work with the Yakima Health District to administer flu shots at mobile community clinics across the Yakima Valley this flu season. WSU pharmacy students say they want to be ready to serve the community for when a COVID-19 vaccine comes to market.
Read more from the Yakima Herald

COVID-19 cases have quadrupled in Whitman County in just 2 weeks

The Washington State University mobile health care unit was in Pullman starting September 2 with pharmacy student and other WSU Health Sciences volunteers onboard and ready to help test Pullman WSU students for COVID-19.

Read more from The Spokesman Review

WSU’s temporary mobile health unit helps keep up with increase in COVID-19 testing demand
In response to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, Washington State University brought WSU Health Sciences faculty and student volunteers to Pullman in the mobile health care unit to help with testing.
Read more from KXLY

WSU pharmacy school receives grant to help UGM free clinic
Yakima Pharmacotherapy Assistant Professor Nick Giruzzi spoke with KIMA Action News about the college’s recent $47,500 Lauzier grant to work with the Yakima Union Gospel Mission’s free clinic to provide services for homeless and uninsured people in the Yakima Valley.
Read more from KIMA Action News

ACIP updates vaccine recommendations for 2020: What pharmacists need to know
Every year the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updates their vaccination reccomendations. Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Kimberly McKeirnan takes a look at this year’s ACIP recommendations for influenza, meningococcal disease, and COVID-19 vaccines.
Read more from Pharmacy Times

Increasing COVID-19 testing capacity on Pullman campus
As the University works to increase testing capacity, the WSU Health Sciences is preparing the William A. Crosetto Mobile Health Care Unit to head to Pullman with pharmacy, nursing, and medical student and faculty volunteers ready to help take on COVID-19 testing.
Read more from the WSU Insider

Upbringing influences student regent’s leadership

Fourth-year pharmacy student and WSU student regent Arliegh Cayanan attributes his community-centered leadership style to his Hawaiian upbringing. He hopes to bring this “spirit of Aloha” to his new role as regent.

Read more from the Daily Evergreen

An update on the WHO and ACIP 2020-2021 influenza vaccine recommendations
Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Kimberly McKeirnan provides an update on influenza vaccine recommendations and the role pharmacists can play in building public awareness of the importance of receiving the annual vaccine.
Read more from Pharmacy Times

PTCB collaborates with American Pharmacists Association to develop immunization credential program for pharmacy technicians
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), the nation’s leading certifying organization for pharmacy technicians, is collaborating with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to provide pharmacy technician credentialing in immunization delivery to those completing the APhA/Washington State University Pharmacy-Based Immunization Administration by Pharmacy Technicians program. Developed by APhA in partnership with the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the training program provides pharmacy technicians with the knowledge and skills they need to safely administer vaccinations to patients.
Read more from PTCB

WSU center fields coronavirus queries
When a health care provider has a question about drugs, they turn to the WSU Drug Information Center. Acting as a resource for providers across the state, the center provides expertise on drug interactions, side effects, usage and other drug-related topics. Lately, most of their calls have been about potential drugs for COVID-19 patients.
Read more from The Spokesman Review

The future of community pharmacy: direct patient care
“More involved direct patient care is the future of pharmacy practice, and schools need to ensure they are graduating practice-ready pharmacists who are prepared to move in to that role.” AACP recently talked to Associate Professor Julie Akers about the future of community pharmacy.
Read more from Academic Pharmacy Now

Science explained: How do vaccines work?
Have you ever wondered how vaccines work? Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Kim McKeirnan recently helped to answer that question for the Washington State University student newspaper, The Daily Evergreen.
Read more from the Daily Evergreen

Yakima Pharmacotherapy faculty Damianne Brand-Eubanks and Angela Stewart joined alum Glen Chase in compounding, bottling, and labeling 40 liters of hand sanitizer for use at Comprehensive Healthcare in Yakima.

On the hunt
When will we have a COVID-19 vaccine on the market in the United States? Pharmacotherapy Professor and Chair John White looks at vaccines in production and when we might see one available.
Read more from the Inlander Health & Home

Diabetes and COVID-19: what you should know
What should people with diabetes know about COVID-19? Pharmacotherapy professor Joshua Neumiller shared his insights with The Spokesman-Review.
Read more from The Spokesman Review

WSU graduates celebrate their accomplishments with virtual ceremony
Class of 2020 PharmD graduate Brandy Seignemartin spoke with KXLY about her virtual graduation experience.
See the story from KXLY

On the Front Lines: Spokane pharmacist who prepared for pandemic touts relationships with customers
Erik Nelson, class of 2013, says building relationships between patients and pharmacists can make all the difference. He’s working hard to help his patients find what they need with a holistic approach to health.
Read more from The Spokesman Review

Intermittent fasting: A time to eat, a time to fast

WSU Pharmacotherapy Chair John White shares his insights on how intermittent fasting could impact those living with diabetes.

Read more from the Spokesman-Review

Pharmaceutical Sciences Student, Graduate Named ASPET Fellows
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate student Christopher Szlenk and former graduate student Shannon Kozlovich were named 2020 American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Fellows! Fellows study how public policy decisions made in Washington, D.C. help shape and impact science policy.
Read more from ASPET

Bio clock, radiation damage linked in WSU study
Washington State University researchers are studying long-term side effects of radiation therapy in some cancer patients that can lead to heart disease and eventually heart failure.
Read more from the Journal of Business

WSU researchers say nanotechnology may fight inflammatory diseases
A study led by researchers at Washington State University has uncovered a potential new treatment approach for diseases associated with inflammation, including sepsis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, acute lung injury, and atherosclerosis.
Read more from the Journal of Business

Native American Health Sciences Student Highlight
Recently, the Native American Health Sciences highlighted a few of the Native students studying at the WSU Health Sciences, Spokane campus, including Pharmaceutical Sciences student, Michael Pham.
Learn more

Celebrating the Life and Vision of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Student leaders, faculty and staff joined the community for Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. Students also gave back as part of Cougs in the Community by volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House.
Check out the WSU Health Sciences’ Exposure story for more!

Kami Ryplewski Receives a 2019 Crimson Spirit Award
Kami Ryplewski, office assistant 3 for Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, received the January 2020 Crimson Spirit Award. She is recognized for anticipating needs and taking appropriate action, providing superior service, and providing noteworthy extra efforts.
Read more from Human Resource Services

Puzzles, games, and new activities can keep your brain healthy. Plus, they’re fun!

Games aren’t just fun, they may help students learn new concepts and retain information. Learn more about the wonders of games and how one of our academic fellows, Boris Zhang, engages students in their education by incorporating games into the PharmD curriculum.

Read more from the Inlander

USP Updates
Pharmacotherapy Academic Fellow Emily Darst discusses United States Pharmacopeia (USP) updates on the WSPA Health Systems Academy Podcast.
Listen to the podcast

Healthy Biological Clock Helps Protect Heart, WSU Study Finds
The Spokesman-Review has additional coverage on the role of the biological clock in protecting the heart.
Read more from the Spokesman-Review

A new ‘breakthrough’ cystic fibrosis treatment is worth looking into
John White, Pharmacotherapy Chair & R. Keith Campbell Distinguished Professor in Diabetes Care, wrote a piece in Health and Home Magazine, a publication from The Inlander, about a recently approved medication for the treatment of cystic fibrosis.
Read more from the Inlander

Pharmacy students help out to stop Hepatitis A outbreak in Yakima
During a recent Hepatitis A outbreak in the Yakima Valley, student pharmacists mobilized to help distribute vaccines to the community. After a Safeway pharmacy manager reached out to Yakima WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Clinical Assistant Professor Christina Buchman, her and several student pharmacists stepped up.
Read more from the Yakima Herald

CPPS faculty member recognized by provost

Pharmacotherapy Clinical Associate Professor Julie Akers was named the Provost’s Featured Faculty Member at the WSU vs. Oregon State football game on Saturday, November 23.

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No more need for injections?
Pharmacotherapy Chair & R. Keith Campbell Distinguished Professor in Diabetes Care wrote a piece in Health and Home Magazine, a publication from The Inlander about a novel treatment for Type 2 diabetes.
Read more from The Inlander

WSU unveils mobile unit that will bring doctors, medical students to rural communities that need them
The program will eventually be a part of interprofessional curriculum for nursing, pharmacy and medical students learning to work as a team.
Read more from the Spokesman Review

Yakima project in interprofessional education is successful – and growing
When students from different health care professions learn together, they’re better at working in teams once they graduate. That’s why four universities in Washington’s Yakima Valley launched the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Practice and Education Collaborative (YVIPEC) five years ago. The collaboration allows WSU pharmacy and nursing students to work with students from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Central Washington University, and Heritage University to gain team-based experience in interprofessional education.
Read more from the Insider

Supplements are big business, but study shows little impact to heart health, longevity
John White talked to the Spokesman Review about the use of vitamins and supplements.
Read more from the Spokesman Review

Surprising, unhealthy ingredients found in vape juices

One ingredient in e-juices is called, Propylene Glycol, it’s also found in things like your lotions, shampoos and even anti-freeze. WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ doctors Lazarus and Denton shared expertise from their research into cancer prevention and how people metabolize tobacco.

Read more from KREM

Program offers training in suicide awareness and prevention
Suicide awareness and prevention is a task that more pharmacists are including with their patient care services. A program at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences trains student pharmacists to recognize patients in need of suicide intervention. Pharmacotherapy Clinical Assistant Professors Christina Buchman and Megan Willson shared information about the program at the 2019 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacies (AACP) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
Read more from Pharmacy Times

Flip the Pharmacy
Washington State was one of 27 states selected by the Community Pharmacy Foundation and Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Networks (CPESN) to participate in the new “Flip the Pharmacy” grant program. Holly Whitcomb Henry, (’78), Pharmacotherapy Clinical Associate Professor Julie Akers (’00), along with other CPPS faculty, employees of the Washington State Pharmacy Association, and a faculty member from the UW School of Pharmacy, will collaborate on a plan to help transform community pharmacies in Washington state from a product-driven business focused on a moment in time, to a service-driven business focused on a patient care plan over time.
See the CPF website for more information

Free clinic at Logan Elementary vaccinates dozens of children
Students from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences joined the Spokane Regional Health District to offer free vaccines to students at Logan Elementary.
Read more from KXLY

Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience featured at symposium

Three inaugural fellows who will play a pivotal role in researching new treatments for ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases were announced, including Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Travis Denton.

Read more from the Insider