CPPS in the News
Stories from around the web featuring WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
NACDS Foundation awards $130k in scholarships
The Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was chosen among seven colleges of pharmacy by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Scholarship Program to receive funds for educational programs. The college will incorporate a mandatory Mental Health First Aid training course for student pharmacists, preparing them to identify and support individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges.
Read more from Drug Store News
The potential role of ‘junk DNA’ sequence in aging, cancer
Genes influence how cells age and how long humans live, but how that works exactly remains unclear. A new study led by Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Jiyue Zhu has solved a small piece of that puzzle, bringing scientists one step closer to solving the mystery of aging.
Read more from Medical Xpress
Meet your 2021–22 APhA–ASP National Executive Committee: Kennedy M. Erickson, National President-elect
Kennedy Erickson, class of 2023, was chosen by her peers across the nation to serve as the 2021-22 American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) national president-elect.
Read more from APhA-ASP
Newly discovered protein helps rheumatoid arthritis symptom
Pharmaceutical sciences researchers discovered a protein that will help treat chronic inflammation resulting from rheumatoid arthritis.
Read more from the Daily Evergreen
Advocating for LGBTQ+ Education
“When students hear from an individual who has had a bad experience or a good experience, they begin to understand the impact they can make by being a trans-competent provider. It helps them see why it’s important to learn this material and it helps them feel more comfortable and confident stepping up to be a good provider.” Pharmacotherapy Assistant Professor Cheyenne Newsome is helping lead the way in transgender-related care at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Read more about LGBTQ care curriculum in pharmacy schools across the nation from AACP
360 Coverage: Pharmacists’ vital role in providing health care
“You’re already seeing pharmacy practice evolving into something that I would say is more clinical and less dispensary, but I think we are taking more steps in that direction as we start jumping into more immunizations and point of care testing.” Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Kim McKeirnan during her recent conversation with KHQ Local News about the role pharmacists play in health care and administering the COVID-19 vaccine.
See the interview
WSU studies herb’s effect on medication
Diabetic patients taking the natural product goldenseal while taking the prescription drug metformin may be unwittingly sabotaging their efforts to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. Recent research out of Dr. Mary Paine’s lab details how taking the natural product affected metformin levels in participants’ bloodstreams.
Read more from Yahoo News
With vaccines in more drugstores, pharmacies go on hiring sprees
As COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue to gain speed around the country, pharmacies are hiring thousands of pharmacists and technicians to vaccinate customers. The New York Times talked to WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty members Linda Garrelts MacLean and Kim McKeirnan about the growing demand for pharmacists and technicians, along with the immunization training offered through a collaboration between the American Pharmacists Association and the college.
Read more from the New York Times
‘It’s an access thing’: Pacific Islanders get COVID-19 shots at community clinic in Spokane
Pharmacy students recently volunteered to help eligible Pacific Islanders living in the Spokane community get their COVID-19 vaccine.
Read more from The Spokesman Review
Pharmacy student administers COVID vaccines
During her first volunteer shift third-year pharmacy student Crystal Lewis helped vaccinate about 200 people at the Summit Cancer Care Center. She is one of many pharmacy students assisting in volunteer vaccination efforts across the state.
Read more from the Daily Evergreen
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine
Pharmacotherapy Chair John White addresses the question: I may have the opportunity to receive a COVID vaccine in a couple of weeks. Should I take it now or wait and see what happens?
Read more from Health & Home Magazine
Pharmacists are hot commodity as U.S. ramps up COVID-19 vaccine rollout
As pharmacists become a hot commodity in the US, pharmacy students across the country are finding themselves in high demand.
Read more from CBS Money Watch
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.