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Students help community and themselves with mental health training

By Addy Hatch, WSU News

Alarmed by surveys saying college and professional students experience depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts at growing rates, an associate dean at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences created an elective class on mental health first aid.

It had a long waiting list to get in the first time it was offered three years ago, and every time since then.
That tells Jennifer Robinson’s students are interested in mental health—their own, or that of their friends, families and future patients.

“Historically our focus on mental health has been the medications and treatments available,” said Robinson, who is associate dean … » More …

Celebrating Generosity and college excellence

The old adage says it takes a village to raise a child, it could also be said it takes a community to train a pharmacist. Every spring the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) takes time to recognize the students, faculty, staff and the many supporters who help make the success of the college possible.

“Because of the involvement of all these volunteers and donors, our students are gaining the knowledge, leadership skills and clinical skills that will have … » More …

Seminar Panel Discusses Veterinary Pharmacy

On February 28 the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) and the WSU chapter of American College of Veterinary Pharmacy (AVCP) hosted a Veterinary Pharmacy Panel as part of the Preparing for Your Career in Pharmacy Seminar Series.

The panel included:

Susan Marchi Kellogg, staff pharmacist, Sixth Avenue Pharmacy
Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe, staff pharmacist, UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
Emily Sorah, director of Clinical Pharmacy Services and director of the Veterinary Pharmacy Residency Program, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
Brian T. Bowers, director of Pharmacy, Acheson Teaching Hospital Pharmacy at Oregon State University’s Carlson … » More …

Linda Garrelts MacLean named interim dean of the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Original post by WSU Insider

SPOKANE, Wash. – Linda Garrelts MacLean, a leader in pharmacy education, policy and business, has been named interim dean of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Garrelts MacLean is currently the college’s vice dean for external relations and clinical professor. She will begin transitioning into her new role this month and will become interim dean in August when Dean Gary Pollack steps down. Pollack announced he will leave WSU to become dean of the pharmacy college at … » More …

WSU Health Sciences students help change state law

By Addy Hatch, WSU News

WSU nursing, pharmacy and medical students will have an easier time participating in community health fairs and vaccination clinics thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this month.

Student-government leaders from WSU Health Sciences helped develop the legislation, with Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, as the lead sponsor. It will take effect on July 28.

It amends state law to allow nursing, pharmacy and medical students to be supervised by preceptors from any of those professions while volunteering.

For example, students from all three colleges would be able to give immunizations at a community clinic under … » More …

WSU Health Sciences students learn team approach to opioid addiction

By Addy Hatch, WSU news

Any health care provider in Washington is likely to encounter patients who use opioids, either legally prescribed or illegally obtained.

Caring for those patients takes teamwork and communication – skills that now are being taught to students in the medicine, pharmacy and nursing programs at WSU Health Sciences.

The two-hour class was developed by faculty at WSU using funding from the Washington Department of Health. About 350 students from WSU and Eastern Washington University took the class in January and February.

Soon … » More …

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences celebrates graduates’ success

On Thursday, May 2, the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) celebrated the accomplishments of five Ph.D. of pharmaceutical sciences, one master of pharmaceutical sciences and 146 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates at its 2019 Commencement Ceremony. Family, faculty and friends gathered at the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane to honor the new alumni of the college. Among those new alumni are the inaugural Yakima class.

WSU and the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) joined forces to offer the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy degree program in Yakima beginning in August 2015. This collaboration has allowed WSU student pharmacists and … » More …

WSU representatives participate in planning forum of National Community Pharmacists Association

Spokane, Wash.— Recently College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Vice Dean for External Relations Linda Garrelts MacLean and student pharmacist Megan Baker participated in the National Community Pharmacists Association’s Steering Committee Forum. The annual two-day event in Alexandria, Va. is dedicated to wide-ranging, in-depth discussions of the role independent community pharmacies play in health care and how to best position them for the future. They were among 80 pharmacy professionals and student pharmacists who worked with NCPA staff to develop new initiatives that support independent community pharmacies and their patients for the coming year.

In communities across the nation, independent community pharmacies are a … » More …

Allen I. White lecture continues legacy of advancement through leadership

New HIV drug therapies developed by Gilead Sciences were the topic of discussion at the 2019 Allen I. White Lecture presented by Bill J. Smith, Ph.D. on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Dr. Smith, executive director at Gilead Sciences and head of the Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK) department presented, “Long acting therapeutics – pharmacologic, physicochemical, and nonclinical pharmacokinetic characterization of a novel HIV capsid inhibitor,” to more than 100 students and faculty members of the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS).

Smith is the most recent in a long line of speakers brought to the college as part of the … » More …

ASPET award named for former WSU faculty member

Former Washington State University (WSU) faculty member Richard Okita, Ph.D., was recently honored in the naming of the Richard Okita Early Career Award in Drug Metabolism and Disposition. The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) celebrated the naming of its early career award on Tuesday April 9, 2019. The event took place as part of the 2019 ASPET Annual Meeting at the Experimental Biology conference in Orlando, Florida.

The newly named award was established by the ASPET Division for Drug Metabolism and Disposition to recognize excellent original research conducted by early career investigators in the field of drug metabolism and disposition. It … » More …