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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 …

7 things you didn’t know about our Spokane campus

As one of the first four areas of study approved by the Board of Regents in 1891, pharmacy has a long history at Washington State University (WSU). But today’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) looks very different than the original School of Pharmacy. Where once the program was housed on the Pullman campus, now the college is centered on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Washington, with an extension in Yakima.

Even before WSU set up its first Spokane office in 1989, the pharmacy program had ties to the community. In a time where experiential education and practice rotations were … » More …

Washington State University announces new dual degree and certificates in engineering and pharmacy

Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture are pleased to announce a new dual degree and certificate program for students pursuing their Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Starting fall semester 2020, Doctor of Pharmacy students will have the option to pursue their master’s in Engineering and Technology Management or receive a certificate in six distinct areas. The dual degree program and certificates will prepare students for the growing need in technical management of manufacturing operations in the pharmaceutical industry, health care, and governmental research initiatives, among many … » More …

7 things you didn’t know about our Yakima extension

Since Washington State University launched their Doctor of Pharmacy Yakima extension in 2015, students interested in learning about rural health care in a medically underserved area have pursued their PharmD degree in the scenic Yakima Valley. Last year, the extension graduated their inaugural class. As the college’s history in the Yakima Valley grows, we’re taking a moment to reflect on what makes our Yakima extension so special. » More ...

6 questions with the new College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences dean

Following an illustrious career in researching transcriptional regulation, cell signaling, and developmental biology, Washington state native and former Cougar alumnus, Dr. Mark Leid, will return to his alma mater to lead the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences starting July 1. CPPS sat down with Dr. Leid to learn more about his personal interests and perspectives.

What drew you to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences?
I trained as a pharmacist at WSU many years ago and that training changed my life in very fundamental ways. The skills that I learned in the basic and clinical sciences here—as well as soft skills—positioned me … » More …

Pharmaceutical Sciences student awarded for research in nanotechnology to treat stroke and brain tumors

Xinyue (Sheena) Dong has spent the last four years as a pharmaceutical sciences graduate student researching how nanoparticle-based systems could be used to deliver treatments and treat brain disease. Recently, she was recognized for her hard work with the annual Harriett B. Rigas Outstanding Woman in Doctoral Studies Award presented by the Association for Faculty Women. » More ...

WSU pharmacy graduates set record with residency matches

WSU Doctor of Pharmacy graduates set a record-breaking year in residency matches. The College has seen consistent growth in residency matches each year, which is facilitated by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). Nearly two-thirds of students who participated in the match received residency.

“I am so incredibly proud of our student pharmacists. Each year, our graduates continue to impress us with the number of residency matches setting a record from previous years. These residency and fellowship experiences represent incredible opportunities for our students as they prepare for future successful careers,” said Linda Garrelts MacLean, interim dean for the WSU College of Pharmacy and … » More …

Embedded: A first-person account of COVID-19 testing in Eastern Washington

By Lee Roy Esposo, class of 2021

Last week the Spokane Regional Health District along with Spokane Medical Reserve Corps set up a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 at the Spokane County Interstate Fairgrounds. This is one of two testing sites in eastern Washington. Individuals who are concerned that they may have contracted the virus are able to drive down and be evaluated by medical personnel. Medical staff working on site hail from multiple healthcare systems like, Spokane Regional Health, Providence, CHAS, and more.

In mid-March as cities across the nation were looking for ways to ramp up COVID-19 testing, I received an email requesting … » More …

First-ever Allen I. White speaker returns to WSU to share his revolutionary research

39 years ago, Leslie Z. Benet was the first-ever presenter for the Allen I. White lectureship. This March, he was welcomed back to the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to present his groundbreaking theory on the impact of protein binding and drug transporters on in vitro-in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE), an approach used commonly in drug development to predict the pharmacokinetics of drugs in the body from experimental models. For people studying and working in pharmaceutical sciences, Benet is basically a rock star.

“We grew up reading [Les Benet’s] books,” said pharmaceutical sciences graduate student Shamema Nasrin. “He revolutionized the pharmacokinetic field, so his … » More …