Researchers find increase risk in potentially unsafe medication prescribing for veterans using both Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicare Part D drug benefits

August 8, 2019

In a recent study, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy researchers found that veterans 65 years and older who used both Veterans Affairs and Medicare Part D drug benefits were associated with a higher exposure to potentially unsafe medication prescribing. Among the 279,940 medicare-eligible older veterans receiving a prescription from the VA, researchers found 18.9 percent also received health care elsewhere (dual use). Research indicated that dual use of VA and Part D prescription drug benefits correlated with an almost two-fold increase in the odds of exposure to any potentially unsafe medication compared with VA-only use, and more than three times … Continued


Researchers work to improve communication between African American patients, doctors about glaucoma

May 6, 2019

May is Healthy Vision Month and researchers at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy are working to improve communication between African American patients and doctors about glaucoma. The work is part of an ongoing grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more here: https://youtu.be/rH35XwBnes0


New Study Shows Cost Effectiveness of Early Screenings for High-Risk Cancer Patients

February 4, 2019

New research from the University of Utah and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows how early cancer screening and surveillance in patients with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS) results in additional years of life and is cost effective for third-party payers. LFS is an inherited genetic condition that greatly increases the risk of developing several types of cancer. People diagnosed with LFS have a one in two chance of developing cancer by 30, and a nearly 100 percent risk of developing cancer in their lifetime, compared to the lifetime cancer risk of the average person of almost 40 percent. The … Continued


Alan Kinlaw Joins DPOP as Assistant Professor

November 8, 2018

Alan Kinlaw, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., has been hired as a tenure-track assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. Kinlaw joins the School after a post-doctoral fellowship at UNC’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, where he worked under Timothy Carey, M.D., M.P.H. He earned his Ph.D. in 2016 and his M.S.P.H. in 2012, both from the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Kinlaw is also a graduate of N.C. State University, where he earned undergraduate degrees in textile engineering and French. Kinlaw’s research … Continued


Kathleen Thomas Joins DPOP as Tenure-Track Associate Professor

October 2, 2018

Kathleen Thomas, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been hired as an associate professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She joins the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and will work from the School’s Asheville satellite campus. Thomas comes to the School from UNC’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, where she serves as the associate director of the NRSA training program in health services research for pre- and post-doctoral fellows. Thomas earned her Ph.D. in health economics from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and her M.P.H. in health policy from Yale University. She completed her … Continued


Carolyn Thorpe Joins DPOP as Associate Professor

August 30, 2018

Carolyn Thorpe, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been hired as an associate professor with tenure at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She joins the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy while having continued affiliation with the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Health System. This new partnership between the School and the VAPHS’s Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion will provide new training and research opportunities for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at the School. Thorpe earned her Ph.D. at UNC Gillings School of Public Health in 2006 and her M.P.H. in epidemiology at George Washington University in 2001. She served as a … Continued


Casey Tak Joins DPOP as Assistant Professor

August 24, 2018

Casey Tak, M.P.H., Ph.D., has been hired as an assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He will join the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and work from the School’s Asheville satellite campus. Tak earned his Ph.D. in pharmacotherapy outcomes research and health policy at the University of Utah. He received his Masters of Public Health from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2014. Prior to joining the School, Tak served as a graduate assistant and a clinical research coordinator at the University of Utah. As a graduate student, he was honored at the AMCP … Continued


Joshua Thorpe Joins DPOP as Associate Professor

August 21, 2018

Joshua Thorpe, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been hired as an associate professor with tenure at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. He will work closely with the Carolina Health Informatics Program  while having continued affiliation with the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Health System  where he serves as director of analytics and research for the VA’s National Palliative and End-of-Life Care Center. Thorpe earned his Ph.D. at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2005 and his M.P.H. in epidemiology at George Washington University in 2000. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Duke University … Continued


Only One State Requires Suicide Prevention Training for Pharmacists, Study Finds

August 15, 2018

Despite a wealth of suicide prevention training available to health care professionals, only the state of Washington requires pharmacists to complete suicide prevention training, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sixteen suicide prevention training resources, and five developed specifically for pharmacists, were identified in the study, which was led by Delesha Carpenter, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The study was published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Suicide rates have increased 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death in the … Continued


Many N.C. Pharmacists Have Not Offered or Dispensed Naloxone, UNC Study Finds

August 13, 2018

Nearly one-third of North Carolina community pharmacists have never offered patients the opioid reversal agent naloxone, and approximately 20 percent have never dispensed it according to a survey conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More than 80 percent of pharmacists who responded to the survey worked in pharmacies that stocked naloxone. However, many pharmacists never offered or dispensed naloxone despite the drug’s wide availability and the existence of a statewide standing order that allows pharmacists to dispense naloxone to patients and caregivers who may benefit from it, according to the study led by Delesha … Continued