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Blouin Receives NCAP Blanton Award for Pharmacy Contributions

November 25, 2015

Bob Blouin, Pharm.D., the Vaughn and Nancy Bryson Distinguished Professor and dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina and the director of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, has been awarded the 2015 Don Blanton Award by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. The Blanton award recognizes the pharmacist who has contributed most to the advancement of pharmacy in North Carolina during the past year. Since becoming the dean in July of 2003, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has undertaken a number of innovative initiatives and seen significant growth. Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., the … Read more

Stephen Eckel Receives 2015 NCAP Leadership Awards

November 24, 2015

Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A., has been awarded the 2015 NCAP Leadership Award and 2015 McKesson Leadership Award by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. Eckel is a clinical associate professor and the vice chair of graduate and postgraduate education in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and is the associate director of pharmacy at UNC Hospitals. This past year, he served as the president-elect for NCAP and will be making the transition to president January 1. The annual awards are given to the president-elect for their service and leadership in NCAP … Read more

Woodall Named NCAP’s 2015 Distinguished Young Pharmacist

November 23, 2015

Tasha Woodall, Pharm.D., an assistant professor of clinical education and clinical instructor of family medicine at the School’s Asheville campus, was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. “I am so humbled by this award and so appreciative of NCAP for its continuing commitment to the support of new practitioners,” she said. Woodall earned her Pharm.D. from Purdue University and completed her residency in ambulatory care with Mission Hospital and MAHEC in Asheville. She is a member of the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education. Mollie Scott, Pharm.D., is the UNC Eshelman … Read more

UNC Hospitals Pharmacy Team Wins Fifth Straight ASHP Best Practices Award

November 20, 2015

For the fifth year in a row, a Department of Pharmacy team at UNC Hospitals that includes UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty has been recognized by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists with a National Best Practices Award. The award recognizes outstanding practitioners who have implemented innovative systems and demonstrated best practices in health-system pharmacy. The UNC team was selected as one of six recipients in the country. The award-winning project is titled, “Impact of an Integrated, Closed-Loop, Pharmacy-Led Oral Chemotherapy Program on Clinical and Financial Outcomes.” Because the medication management of patients with cancer is shifting away from … Read more

UNC Pharmacy Launches New Pharmacy Ownership Residency

November 16, 2015

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, in partnership with the National Community Pharmacists Association and Mutual Drug Company, has created a pharmacy residency program for new graduates interested in becoming independent community pharmacy owners. Beginning in the 2016–2017 academic year, the 12-month Independent Pharmacy Ownership Residency will place recent doctor of pharmacy graduates at one of two independently owned community pharmacies in North Carolina: Drugco Discount Pharmacy in Roanoke Rapids and Central Pharmacy in Durham. “The independent pharmacy ownership residency program will teach residents innovative and entrepreneurial techniques to be pharmacy owners in an evolving health-care market,” said Stefanie Ferreri, Pharm.D., … Read more

Blalock Receives $2 Million to Improve Medication Use by Arthritis Patients

November 12, 2015

Rheumatoid arthritis is autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. People with RA are almost twice as likely as the average person to die from a heart attack and are nine times more likely to develop a serious lung disease. Treating RA aggressively is important, but patients are often reluctant to do so if they feel their symptoms are under control. Researchers at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill want to see if providing RA patients with clearer information about their medications and teaching them how to evaluate that information will … Read more

Eshelman Institute for Innovation Awards $9.4 Million to Fund First Round of Innovative Ideas

October 30, 2015

The Eshelman Institute for Innovation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill awarded nearly $9.4 million in its inaugural round of funding for innovative ideas submitted by faculty and staff at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The institute was created by a $100 million gift from alumnus, philanthropist and pharmaceutical executive Fred Eshelman, Pharm.D., to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in December 2014. The institute aims to inspire a culture of innovation where imagination and creative solutions accelerate change in education, research and health care. “We were extremely pleased to see so many members of the UNC Eshelman … Read more

School Presenters Win at N.C. Health Professions Diversity Conference

October 30, 2015

Members of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy competed in the 2015 North Carolina Health Professions Diversity Conference’s poster competition, with School teams bringing home first, second and third place. The conference was held August 27 and 28 at the Grandover Hotel and Conference Center in Greensboro. Clinicians, researchers, faculty and students from across North Carolina attended the event, which was hosted by the North Carolina Alliance for Health Profession Diversity, North Carolina Area Health Education Centers and the Winston-Salem State University School of Health Sciences. The conference featured speakers, panels and educational sessions to emphasize the importance of promoting … Read more

Rhoney, Rodgers Receive ACCP Practice and Research Networks Awards

October 12, 2015

Two faculty members from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy have been selected for Practice and Research Networks awards from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Denise Rhoney, Pharm.D., has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Critical Care PRN Education Award. According to the recognition committee, the award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom or clinical training site, conducted innovative research, demonstrated dedication to clinical pharmacist continuing professional development and shown leadership in the development of clinical pharmacy education programs. “There are few individuals who have contributed more to critical care clinical pharmacy. We can … Read more

Bacteria in Residence May Improve Women’s Defense against HIV Infection

October 8, 2015

Specific microbes appear to strengthen a woman’s natural physical barriers against sexually transmitted infections like HIV, according to researchers at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The mucus lining of the cervix and vagina is a woman’s first line of defense against sexually transmitted infections. A research team led by Sam Lai, Ph.D., senior author of the study and an assistant professor at the pharmacy school, has shown that the amount of protection offered may depend on the type of helpful bacteria present in the mucus. “We set out to understand … Read more