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Richard Okita to present 2018 Allen I. White Lecture March 13

SPOKANE, Wash.—Richard Okita, Ph.D., a program director with the National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), will present the 2018 Allen I. White Lecture at noon on Tuesday, March 13, in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building Walgreens Auditorium on the WSU Spokane campus.

The lecture titled, “Navigating your life in the biomedical sciences: one person’s perspective,” is hosted by the Washington State University College of Pharmacy in Spokane to provide an opportunity to discuss the scientific, social or political aspects of pharmacy or related matters.

The lecture is open to the public. People planning to attend are asked to click … » More …

College of Pharmacy name change

In November 2017, the WSU Board of Regents voted to approve a change to the official name of our college from the College of Pharmacy to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Updating our name was important in order to better communicate our balanced mission to advance human health through excellence in collaborative research, scholarship and clinical education, and develop outstanding health care professionals and scientists.

The college communications office is coordinating a gradual roll-out of our new name to accommodate the logistics of redesign and reprinting of materials. We are already beginning to use the new name internally and with some external processes. … » More …

WSU pharmacy faculty joins research scholars program

kimberly mckeirnanKimberly McKeirnan, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy at WSU, has been selected for the Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP) through the Institute of Translational Health Sciences.

The institute is a program funded through the National Institutes of Health and is administrated through the University of Washington. TRSP provides early-stage faculty investigators with targeted and structured translational science career development. The program includes research funding up to $10,000, mentoring, peer-to-peer networking, and grant review services.

McKeirnan will be using the grant to develop ways to use smart phone technology to improve patient medication adherence.

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2018 WSU Compounding Competition

Compounding CompetitionThe local Washington State University Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition was held on Saturday, January 20.

Drug companies produce medicine in standard doses. Compounding is when pharmacists customize prescriptions to better fit the individual. Not all pharmacies provide compounding services, which makes it an ideal niche for pharmacy entrepreneurs interested in owning their own stores.

Basic compounding is taught in the first year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. For students who are interested in developing further skill in customized medicine, they can also participate in the college’s compounding club where students can further develop their skills. … » More …

Advocating for student support, increased access in higher ed

Coug Day at the CapitolShannon Kozlovich, a graduate student in pharmaceutical sciences, in her role as director of legislative affairs for the Associated Students of Washington State University Spokane led a team of five students to represent the WSU Health Sciences campus at the Coug Day at the Capitol event in Olympia, Washington, on January 22, 2018.

The event connected students with 103 legislators from around the state to discuss student-related issues and lobby for bills that seek to make college more affordable and accessible for students all over our state. The Spokane team joined 90 other … » More …

Pharmacy staffer recognized for her crimson spirit

Anjie Bertramson Anjie Bertramson was selected by Washington State University for the January 2018 Crimson Spirit Award.

The Crimson Spirit Award is a monthly recognition award for individual employees who provided exceptional service and exceeded expectations while representing WSU either internally or externally. Bertramson was recognized for outstanding contributions to the WSU community.

Bertramson just joined the College of Pharmacy as the new Director of Experiential Services. Prior to that she served as lead advisor and faculty-led coordinator within the Office of International Programs at WSU in Pullman for six years. Her nomination recognizes her stellar work in … » More …

WSU prof takes on national leadership role in diabetes

Joshua Neumiller Washington State University’s Joshua Neumiller was named chairperson of the Professional Practice Committee for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). He will be leading the committee’s work to incorporate new clinical research findings into the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.

“I am very excited and honored to continue to be involved with this committee that actively revises the ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes each year,” Neumiller said.

Neumiller’s appointment will run from January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2019. He was offered the chair position by the ADA in December based on … » More …

Pharmacy program fills three vacancies in experiential education

The Washington State University College of Pharmacy has hired three new people to support and develop the experiential education portion of its Doctor of Pharmacy program. These positions coordinate and oversee the introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences offered to WSU student pharmacists across the states of Washington, Oregon and Northern California, and internationally.

The College of Pharmacy is committed to providing a high-quality and transformative educational experience for its students. Experiential education is essential to developing practice-ready graduates who are prepared to deliver innovative and patient-centered care as part of a health care team.

Anjie BertramsonAnjie … » 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 student pharmacists place fourth in national skills competition

Shauna Leggett and Haleigh Miller are crushing it when it comes to their plans to become pharmacists.

Leggett and Miller, both in the class of 2018, are Washington State University students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. This last December, they participated in a national pharmacy clinical skills competition organized by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

As part of the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, the skills competition provides student pharmacists the opportunity to develop and practice collaborative patient care as part of a health care team. Student pharmacists work through scenarios for hospital and health-system based pharmacists.

“We … » More …