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Kos Continues Funding of Cardiology Residency

February 15, 2006

Kos Pharmaceuticals provided a $10,000 grant to support the School of Pharmacy’s cardiology specialty residency for the fourth year. T. Don Marsh, PharmD, FASHP, associate director of medical affairs at Kos and former director of pharmacotherapy at the Mountain AHEC, has been instrumental in securing the funding for the program, says assistant professor Jo Ellen Rodgers, PharmD. She is one of the residency’s coordinators along with clinical assistant professor Debbie Montague, PharmD. “There are only a handful of cardiology specialty residencies available in the U.S.,” Rodgers says. “These residencies are critically important, helping us achieve our mission of elevating the … Continued

Scott Named as a John Payne Fellow

February 14, 2006

Mollie Scott, PharmD, is a recipient of the 2006 John Payne Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded annually to one or more faculty members of the AHECs in North Carolina. It provides support to allow the Payne Fellow to study some aspect of health professions education relevant to the AHEC Program. Projects emphasize lifelong learning, involving experiences and activities which explore new models, new ways of thinking, and innovation. Scott will be working on developing a geriatrics pharmacotherapy curriculum for the Mountain AHEC’s geriatrics fellowship program. “I am honored to have been chosen as the John Payne Fellowship this year,” said Scott. “Medication appropriateness in … Continued

Ives Elected Secretary of the Pharmacy Practice Section

February 10, 2006

Tim Ives has been elected secretary of the AACP Pharmacy Practice Section. The section fosters excellence in education, research, and practice through the development and implementation of policies and programs.

Pharmacy Researchers Find New Way to Produce Popular Anticoagulant

February 7, 2006

Scientists at the UNC School of Pharmacy and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered an alternative way to produce heparin, a drug commonly used to stop or prevent blood from forming dangerous clots. Heparin is most often used during and after such procedures as kidney dialysis, heart-bypass surgery, stent implantation, indwelling catheters, and knee and hip replacement to prevent clots from forming and blocking or restricting the flow of blood. The annual worldwide sales of heparin are estimated at $3 billion. “Synthesizing heparin chemically is extremely difficult, but by doing so, we eliminate the risk of viruses and other forms of … Continued

Kashuba Awarded “Paper of the Year” by SIDP

December 14, 2005

A manuscript by associate professor Angela Kashuba has been selected by the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists as “Paper of the Year.” The manuscript is entitled “Combining fosamprenavir with lopinavir/ritonavir substantially reduces amprenavir and lopinavir exposure: ACTG protocol A5143 results”. The Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists is an association of health professionals dedicated to promoting the appropriate use of antimicrobials. SIDP provides education, advocacy and leadership in all aspects of the treatment of infectious diseases.

Study: Second-Generation Antidepressants Very Similar

December 14, 2005

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found evidence that many second-generation antidepressants, despite differences in drug classification and cost, offer patients very similar benefits and only minimal differences in risks. Second-generation antidepressants include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other drugs that selectively affect the activity of neurotransmitters. A paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, led by Richard A. Hansen, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy , examined the effects of ten commonly prescribed second-generation antidepressants, including Prozac, Zoloft, Wellbutrin , and Paxil . The study examined the role of these … Continued

Graduate Students Recognized by the AFPE and IOA

December 14, 2005

Mark Patterson, a graduate student in the Division of Pharmaceutical Policy and Evaluative Sciences, has been selected to receive the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education’s Pre-doctoral Fellowship, beginning in September 2005. The AFPE Fellowship is awarded to outstanding pre-doctoral students who have completed at least three semesters of graduate study in pharmaceutical sciences at a U.S. school or college of pharmacy. Patterson’s project, “Effect of Copayments on Medication Persistence in a Commercially Insured Population with Heart Failure,” is directed by Mick Murray, professor and chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Policy and Evaluative Sciences. Other School of Pharmacy AFPE Pre-doctoral … Continued

Ferreri Participates in 2005 Nonprescription Medicines Academy Conference

December 14, 2005

Stefanie Ferreri, clinical assistant professor, recently participated in the Nonprescription Medicines Academy as one of 42 faculty attendees representing colleges and schools of pharmacy from North America. The Nonprescription Medicines Academy is planned exclusively for college of pharmacy faculty who provide instruction on nonprescription medicines and medical devices. The goal of the conference is to facilitate a learning environment and networking opportunity for faculty to advance education and research in the area of nonprescription therapy. The conference programming includes presentations on topics including education, research and public health issues in the area of nonprescription medicines and medical devices. As a … Continued

Gordon Liu Hosts Nobel Laureate Forum at 2005 China Economic Summit

December 14, 2005

Gordon Liu, PhD, hosted a Nobel laureate forum at the 2005 China Economics Summit. The forum was held in the People’s Great Hall in Beijing on May 24. Liu is an associate professor of health economics in the Division of Pharmaceutical Policy and Evaluative Sciences. He is also as the president of the Chinese Economists Society.

SOP Announces New Director of Student Services

December 14, 2005

Wendy Cox, PharmD, has been named as director of student services for the School of Pharmacy. Cox’s appointment will become effective on September 12th. Cox, who received her PharmD in 1998 from UNC, completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1999 and a primary care specialty residency affiliated with Campbell University in 2000. She currently serves as director of pharmacotherapy services for the Wake AHEC and as a clinical assistant professor for the School of Pharmacy. Cox is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and a certified diabetes educator.