Educates pharmacy professionals and scientists, advances scientific discovery, cares for patients, serves the public, and advocates on the public's behalf. It is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and its Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmaceutical Education.
Nov 12, 2013
A bill signed into law last month by California Governor Jerry Brown and taking effect on January 1, 2014 could be an important first step toward changing how pharmacists practice, especially in community settings.
The new law, pending California State Board of Pharmacy protocols, authorizes all appropriately trained state-licensed pharmacists to independently provide additional services including furnishing routine vaccinations, hormonal contraception, nicotine replacement medications, and certain prescription drugs for travelers.
The legislation also establishes a new Advanced Practice Pharmacist who—with specified advanced training and experience, Board of Pharmacy recognition, and in collaboration with a patient’s primary care provider—will be allowed to assess and refer patients; start, stop, and adjust drug therapies; order and interpret drug therapy-related tests; and “participate in the evaluation and management of diseases and health conditions.”
Sep 30, 2013
Zev Gartner, PhD, has been named a recipient of the 2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award, which will provide his lab with up to $1.5 million in research funding over the next five years.
Gartner, a faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry will use the funding to develop a revolutionary new way to rapidly and precisely build 3–D human tissue in vitro—among the most structurally complex and detailed to date—for studying basic biology and testing therapeutics.
Specifically, Gartner plans to build a functional human mammary gland, starting with modular substructures such as the lining of the milk ducts, made of two cell types in layers, and working up a hierarchy of complexity incorporating the ducts with blood vessels, immune cells, and connective tissue. These models will provide new insight into how normal human tissues assemble themselves during development, and conversely, how they break down in diseases such as breast cancer.
Aug 19, 2013
Bret Brodowy, PharmD, a leader in hospital pharmacy practice and management, has been named the new director of the Medication Outcomes Center in the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy. The appointment was effective August 12, 2013.
Established in 2007, the Medication Outcomes Center conducts medication-related research and evidence-based analyses to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of medications and models of hospital pharmacy services.
Recent examples of Center analyses include appropriate switches of intravenous to oral medications to reduce cost and improve safety, the appropriate use of medications for the prevention of stress ulcers in the critical care setting, and the impact of bar code technology on medication administration errors.
Aug 14, 2013
Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH, a pharmacist and educator with a deep commitment to pharmacy education and public health, has been appointed vice dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy. Her appointment was effective July 1, 2013.
Youmans is a faculty member in the School’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy, where she previously served as vice chair of educational affairs. She also served the School as associate dean of diversity immediately before assuming the role of vice dean.
“Our growing agenda calls for a vice dean, one who can help carry forward both the School’s broad plans and a targeted portfolio. Sharon is just the person. She is an accomplished, well-respected School and campus leader with a passion to go beyond the status quo,” noted School of Pharmacy Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD.
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