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Native American Heritage Month Spotlight

November is Native American Heritage Month and it is a time for us to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of our First Americans and honor their important contributions to the community. First-year student pharmacist Estebon Hughes of the Spokane tribe shares some of the driving forces as to why he chose to work in health care and become a pharmacist.

What inspired you to become a pharmacist?
My mother works in health care and I have always looked up to her and the work that she does. I wanted to become a pharmacist so that I could help people … » More …

November 2020 Updates

FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP

Presentations

Allen I. White Distinguished Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy Joshua Neumiller and co-presenters lead a virtual town hall titled, “Focus on the evolving role of GLP-1 receptor agonists,” for Postgraduate Healthcare Education on October 15, 2020. The topic examined the role of GLP-1 receptor agonists in the management of Type 2 diabetes is continually evolving, challenging pharmacists to stay current with the latest science.

Service

Josh Neumiller served on the Steering Committee for the IDEA 2.0: Innovating Decisions and Empowering Action in Diabetes Management program on use of continuous glucose monitors (CGM) sponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE).
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Career advice and lessons learned in pharmacy

Vice Dean of External Relations Linda Garrelts MacLean is a veteran of the pharmacy community. As co-owner of Jones Pharmacy & Home Health Care Center for over 20 years, a past-president of the Washington State Pharmacy Association, past trustee for the American Pharmacists Association, and a recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia Award (the highest honor in the profession), Garrelts MacLean knows a thing or two about building a successful career, seeking out opportunities, and above all, caring for patients. In this video, she shares her lifelong experience working in community pharmacy, running a business, and working to advance the practice. » More ...

HealthChats: vaccines, flu season and COVID-19

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held an illuminating discussion on commonly asked questions about vaccines, this year’s flu season, and what that could mean for the eventual distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Kim McKeirnan and Nicole Rodin, who both teach in the Department of Pharmacotherapy at the college, shared their expertise on how vaccines get produced, and the push to get students certified so that they are ready to vaccinate for what is expected to be a busy flu shot season. » More ...

Students raise funds for virtual care in Yakima nursing homes

Nursing homes have been ground zero for the havoc caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of October 11, 60,491 of COVID-19 deaths were nursing home residents. That’s more than a quarter of all deaths nationwide caused by COVID-19. Several pharmacy students from Washington State University have decided to take matters into their own hands by providing virtual care to elderly patients in Yakima Valley nursing homes. While students will be creating videos to advise elderly patients, they need help to raise funds for tablets so that their patients are able to view these videos. The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences caught up … » More …

Pharmacy alumna lands executive fellowship at WSPA

Brandy Seignemartin, class of 2020, landed her dream job after graduation and is working as an Executive Fellow for the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) in Renton, Washington. During her time at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Seignemartin was instrumental in helping to secure passage of state legislation in Olympia that allows health science professionals to precept across different professions. » More ...

WSU awarded distinguished NIH grant to study natural product-drug interactions

The botanical dietary supplement that you’re taking may be natural, but is it safe? It was 2006 when Dr. Mary Paine, a professor at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, first published her clinical research study on the interaction between grapefruit juice and felodipine, a medication used to treat high blood pressure. Her work builds on the foundation laid by Dr. David Bailey from the University of Western Ontario, who discovered the “grapefruit juice effect” approximately 30 years ago. Through years of research, multiple investigators, including Dr. Paine and her post-doc mentor Dr. Paul Watkins, both while at the University of North Carolina … » More …

October 2020 Updates

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Publications

United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries (USTUR) Assistant Professor Maia Avtandilashvili, USTUR Director and Professor Sergei Tolmachev, and three co-authors published, “Long-term retention of plutonium in the respiratory tracts of two acutely-exposed workers: estimation of bound fraction,” in Health Physics in August 2020.

Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor Bhagwat Prasad, Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Abdul Basit and ten co-authors published, “Characterization of differential tissue abundance of major non-CYP enzymes in human,” in Molecular Pharmaceutics in September 2020.

Bhagwat Prasad, Pharmaceutical Sciences Scientific Assistant Matthew Karasu and nine co-authors published, “P-glycoprotein substrate assessment in drug discovery: application of modeling to bridge … » More …

Precepting the next generation

For the 1,440 hours spent on rotation during the fourth year of a pharmacy student’s degree, 240 hours are spent with any one preceptor over 6 weeks. In those 240 hours, pharmacy students are taken under a preceptor’s wing to learn first-hand what it means to be a pharmacist. Through teaching and mentorship, preceptors guide pharmacy students as they work with patients in a variety of health care settings. These experiences are pivotal in determining a pharmacy student’s future career. » More ...

HealthChats: Managing diabetes through lifestyle changes

In the United States over 34 million people live with diabetes. Of those 34 million, somewhere in the range of 90-95% have type 2 diabetes while the remaining 5-10% have type 1 diabetes. “For some patients who maybe have been living a really busy lifestyle with lots of stress going on and maybe haven't been paying as much attention to their health as some other aspects of their life, getting the diagnosis of diabetes can be a real wake-up call to re-evaluate their priorities and maybe their lifestyle and might be kind of that extra push that they need to get them on a healthier path,” explained Pharmacotherapy Assistant Professor Cheyenne Newsome at last month’s HealthChats seminar. » More ...