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St. Louis College of Pharmacy is home to a diverse and dedicated faculty. Specializing in areas of study ranging from literature to pharmacogenomics, our faculty add to the rich education and campus experience that helps the College educate the best pharmacists in the United States.

Browse the latest stories to see what faculty at the College have been up to lately.

From prescriptions at a pharmacy to online electronic medical records, health care informatics plays a key role in providing personalized care and improving patient outcomes.

From mentoring students to educating patients and families, Roxane Took, Pharm.D., BCACP, is committed to furthering understanding about the evolving role of community pharmacists.

On Friday, Sept. 6, St. Louis College of Pharmacy welcomed 154 student pharmacists into the Doctor of Pharmacy program during its annual White Coat Ceremony.

Brian Walter, Ph.D., professor of English and director of convocations, recently completed a tour for his 2019 book “The Guestroom Novelist: A Donald Harington Miscellany,” which included interviews aired on NPR.

Labor Day is a time to celebrate the American labor movement with parades, sunshine and barbeques. And while outdoor cooking and dining are great ways to commemorate the unofficial end of summer, they bring with them the risk of salmonella contamination which can crash your party.

Ben Jellen, Ph.D, associate professor of bio sciences at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, was a recent guest on The McGraw Show on The Big 550 KTRS.

Laura Challen, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCACP, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and ambulatory care clinical pharmacist at Mercy JFK Clinic at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, shares what a typical day looks like helping patients and educating future pharmacy leaders.

Several members of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy community have been recognized by Pharmacy Times as 2019 Next-Generation Pharmacist awards finalists.

The Missouri Opioid State Targeted Response Grant was implemented in May 2017. Two faculty from St. Louis College of Pharmacy were assigned to one of the grant objectives to increase access to naloxone in community pharmacies.

Amy Tiemeier is the associate professor of pharmacy practice, director of community partnerships and associate director of experiential education at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. In these roles, she is committed to engaging her students in the community and exposing them to the many possible applications of pharmacy.

Amy J. Reese, Ph.D, associate professor of microbiology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and her team of faculty-student researchers are celebrating the recent publication of their fungus-related research in mSphere, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

On May 14, St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty, staff and leadership celebrated the end of another successful academic year at the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Luncheon.

As research continues at the Center for Clinical Pharmacology to improve the treatment of pain, Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been working collaboratively with scientists at the center and Columbia University to examine the biological effects of kratom and its potential to create safer alternatives to the use of opioid pain medications.

Gloria Grice, Pharm.D., FNAP, BCPS, assistant dean for curriculum and assessment and director of experiential education and professor of pharmacy practice, along with a task force of five other experiential education leaders from across the country, recently received the Award of Excellence in Experiential Education from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and Katie Tellor, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at the College, have been recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for their expertise and commitment to cardiovascular care.

In advance of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27, faculty and students from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and DEA representatives visited senior living communities across the city of St. Louis to help residents clear out their medicine cabinets.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty members Erica Crannage, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, associate professor of pharmacy practice, and Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., FAPhA, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice and assistant director of community and ambulatory care for experiential education, were the recipients of a pair of awards during the recent Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) Annual Meeting.

Too often, health care practitioners get only a snapshot of their patients’ conditions and find themselves working in silos. Through an interdisciplinary approach, providers can share knowledge, form a more complete picture of a patient and achieve better outcomes.

With the 2017-18 flu season ranking as one of the most severe in more than a decade, the College is encouraging area residents to get their flu shots.

Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, director, community partnerships and associate director, experiential education and associate professor, pharmacy practice, has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2018 class of “40 Under 40” honorees.

Peter Hurd, Ph.D., professor of pharmacy administration and department chair of pharmacy administration, was the recent recipient of the American Midwest Conference’s Wally Schwartz Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year Award.

Community pharmacists are a patient’s most accessible health care provider, and as medication experts, they are critical to maintaining and improving patients’ health. While this truth has long been understood by pharmacists and the patients who rely on them, the larger health care industry has been slow to fully leverage community pharmacists as the invaluable resource they are.

"The Strong Man" is the latest play from professor and playwright Eric Robinson, M.F.A. He shared some insight into how the play came to be and the surprises that come during the writing process.

In April, St. Louis College of Pharmacy hosted its ninth annual Student Research Symposium, where the work of nearly 100 students was showcased. The event featured both poster and podium sessions highlighting student findings on a wide range of topics.

On Feb. 1, Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy as the Alumni Endowed Professor in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology and President’s Senior Research Advisor. Burris brings the center one step closer to becoming a national research leader in pain management and personalized approaches to medication therapy.

For more than 25 years, the Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Luncheon has been held to acknowledge the outstanding work of College faculty and staff throughout the academic year.

On April 26, St. Louis College of Pharmacy celebrated national Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day by welcoming 13 children of faculty and staff to campus to learn about pharmacy and see what their parents do during a typical workday.

Laura Challen, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacist at the Mercy JFK Clinic at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, was recently named Preceptor of the Year by the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

In February, the College officially welcomed Thomas Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, to campus as the Alumni Endowed Professor in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology and President’s Senior Research Advisor.

Faculty and students from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and DEA representatives visited the Winter Garden Apartments senior living community in St. Louis City on April 24 to help residents clear out their medicine cabinets

Women across campus gathered on March 27, for the inaugural St. Louis College of Pharmacy Women in Leadership Awards. The special evening, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Affairs and Lambda Kappa Sigma, celebrated female leaders at the College and their contributions to students, their peers and the institution at-large.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy wrapped up its inaugural “STLCOP Talks” faculty speaker series on April 3 in Chicago.

More than 290 St. Louis College of Pharmacy students and faculty members traveled to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on March 28, to advocate on behalf of the pharmacy profession during Legislative Day 2018.

On March 11, local community pharmacists gathered on the St. Louis College of Pharmacy campus to learn about the benefits of using naloxone for opioid overdose prevention. The special training session was presented as the Missouri Pharmacy Association's Regional Meeting in St. Louis.

As part of a memorandum agreement between St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Trinity College Dublin, Melanie VanDyke, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, was selected as the College’s first visiting scholar to travel to Ireland.

On Nov. 11, 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy was officially founded in the hall of the St. Louis Medical College. In recent years, Founders Day has become one of the College’s most important traditions, as the campus community unites to reflect on all those who have contributed to the College’s legacy.

On March 11, Kimberly Kilgore, Ph.D., dean of the college of arts and sciences at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for the humanities on Capitol Hill.

Tristan Frampton, assistant professor and director of music activities, joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy seven years ago. Since then, he has built the music program at the College from the ground up.

Matt Thomas, Pharm.D., PGY2 ambulatory care resident, shares the heart-warming benefits of being a pharmacist.

The College is dedicated to its students and believes these four new programs, tailored to the demands of the health professions market, will provide future students with the ability to find themselves within the context of health care.

From the moment students begin classes at the College until the time they receive their diplomas, they are constantly encouraged to engage patients, build relationships, and advance health care.

Perhaps the most universal tradition of the holidays is food, and this is particularly true for the St. Louis College of Pharmacy community. From oysters to cheesecake, faculty and staff shared some of their favorite recipes for the holiday season and the inspiration behind some of their dishes.

After graduating from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Kacie Kuehn, Pharm.D. ’16, knew she wanted to specialize in ambulatory care. But, after taking part in a residency through the College, she discovered another passion – academia.

Scott Micek, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Center for Health Outcomes Research and Education has been recognized with a pair of honors from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Jeff Pasucal, Pharm.D. ’17, engages in life-changing conversations through his PGY1 community-based residency.

From your mother’s dry turkey to Grandma Joann cheating at checkers, Thanksgiving traditions die hard. Perhaps one of the longest-standing traditions is the annual dinner discussion about how turkey makes us tired. Jeramia Ory, Ph.D. associate professor of biochemistry, took some time to debunk this myth.

Katie Tellor, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, along with coauthors Abigail Yancey, B.S. ’02, Pharm.D. ’03, FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice, Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Steffany Nguygen, Pharm.D. ’17, Amanda Bultas, Pharm.D. ’17, and P4 student Nicholas Greenwald received the 2017 Virtual Poster Symposium Best Poster Award for their abstract and presentation “Evaluation of Warfarin Requirements in Hospitalized, Obese Patients Admitted with a Therapeutic INR.”

With prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) currently in place in more than 47 Missouri counties, the College recently convened a panel of pharmacy experts to discuss the role of PDMPs in promoting the appropriate use of controlled substances and preventing opioid abuse.

Melanie VanDyke, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, was featured in the spring issue of Missouri Psychologist, the Missouri Psychological Association (MOPA) newsletter. The MOPA member spotlight features the “best psychologists in Missouri” and gives insight into what inspires them most in the field.

In an effort to expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs to serve high school students in St. Louis City and north St. Louis County, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals has generously supported St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s STEM Health Science Academy.

The College is in full swing, as students and faculty have returned to campus for the 2017-2018 academic school year. In step with the opening of Recreation and Student Center and the welcoming of a new freshman class, the College is delighted to announce the addition of new faculty to the STLCOP community.

As the country of Australia continues to feel the effects of a dangerous flu season that has sickened more than 166,000 people, the College is encouraging area residents to get their flu shots now to ensure that they are ready for what could be a severe flu season in the St. Louis area and nationwide.

Whether the subject is history, English or social science — educators know that an interdisciplinary approach to core subjects is foundational for professional students. At St. Louis College of Pharmacy, faculty have reviewed undergraduate curricula through an interdisciplinary lens to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education with real-world applications.

In August 2015, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis joined forces to find better, safer and more effective ways to use prescription medications to improve health. Researchers from the two institutions collaborated to create the Center for Clinical Pharmacology.

One in three American adults are at risk for kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Often associated with other disease states like hypertension and diabetes, kidney disease can often go unseen and undiagnosed. However, during the month of March, the importance of kidney health will be spotlighted.

As part of the Black History Month programming, Dennis Doyle, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, gave a book talk on his latest publication, “Psychiatry and Racial Liberalism in Harlem, 1936-1968.”

When presented with the opportunity to rethink St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s chemistry curriculum to better prepare their students, Ehren Bucholtz, Ph.D., associate professor of organic chemistry, and Benjamin Barth, Ph.D., assistant professor of organic chemistry, were eager to accept the challenge.

Projected to save billions of dollars in U.S. health care costs, biosimilars are a highly anticipated alternative to some of the most expensive medications on the market. However, from ongoing patent litigation and legislation to complex development processes, pharmacists and the U.S. prescription drug industry are left to hang on the cusp of a revolution.

At the 2016 IPhA Annual Conference, College alumni swept the four major awards and were installed as presidential officers.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy and NCADA to distribute 50,000 medication deactivation pouches to promote safe disposal of prescription medications.

Pharmacists at St. Louis College of Pharmacy research one of the deadliest diseases in America.

Stephanie Crist, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, talks to Fox 2 news about challenges patients face when trying to control blood pressure.

The College was one of 18 schools awarded the 2016 Capacity Building Grant to expand study abroad opportunities for students and APPE rotation sites.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, has been selected as president-elect of the Academic Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

From the latest flu guidelines, to a new vaccination for a potentially deadly infection, Associate Professor Golden Peters, Pharm.D., BCPS, shares important information about vaccines.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy plans extensive public health campaign to educate families about important health issue.

Associate professor of pharmacy practice selected as a Fellow.

Yvonne Burnett, Pharm.D., receives a grant from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists to analyze pharmacist-led dosing and monitoring of vancomycin in an OPAT program setting.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy collaboration brings advanced patient care to unserved area.

The partnership between St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa carves a new path for pharmacy technicians in Southern Africa.

Researching the importance of external reviews in faculty promotion decisions.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy professor tackling two subjects at the AACP annual meeting.

Faculty member shares advice on balancing teaching and clinical responsibilities.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy professor participates in the national discussion regarding Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).

Scott Vouri becomes the first pharmacist to receive the Alene & Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Neurology for work on medication interactions.

Vincristine and paclitaxel (taxol) are chemotherapies effective in stopping cell division, but not without damaging neurons. In her research on neuron degeneration, Martha Bhattacharya, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and her collaborators have discovered a gene that is improving our understanding of chemo-related nerve damage.

How two faculty members at St. Louis College of Pharmacy are helping reduce hospital readmission rates.

Residents, preceptors and friends gathered at Third Degree Glass Factory to celebrate the 23rd Annual Pharmacy Residency Banquet on Wednesday, June 15. Forty-two residents from St. Louis area pharmacy residency programs were recognized for the completion of their training.

More patients than ever before are being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

For 46 years, Evelyn Becker-Meyer has been inspiring her biology students to do their best in the classroom with a unique combination of humor,encouragement, and hands-on learning.

Incredible amount of unwanted medication safely removed from St. Louis-area homes during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Professor Lucia Tranel has been making a difference one student at a time at the College for 38 years. With a natural ability to motivate and connect with her students, Tranel has devoted her career to ensuring students are being taught how they learn best.

Faculty and Students Promote National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Matt Pitlick, Pharm.D., talks to Fox 2 News about the important role pharmacists play in identifying potential medication side effects.

The College kicked off “We are STLCOP” week on Monday, April 18. The day consisted of photos with Morty the Eutectic and students writing down what makes them unique as part of the “I am Unique” campaign.

Times have changed in terms of physics education. Instead of studying topics like how projectiles move, STLCOP students are programming computers and running software to study the physics of molecular dynamics.

How St. Louis College of Pharmacy is helping lead this important region-wide effort.

Students and faculty have the opportunity to expand learning and scholarship at Trinity College in Dublin.

Winners of the Illinois and Missouri Distinguished Young Pharmacist Awards Share an Office

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is impacting pharmacy education and patients across the globe.

Inspired by a trending hashtag, Philip Wenger, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has advice for patients using mental health medications and those considering their options.

Janelle Mann, Pharm.D., BCOP, talks about treating patients, teaching students, and balancing it all.

Answering the question inside a unique lab at St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Less than 20 percent of Americans smoke. Every year, more try to quit. Asking for help from a pharmacist help could increase your chances of putting cigarettes down for good.

Melanie VanDyke, assistant professor of psychology, was published in Psychology online in September for her research of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and the impact it has on family members of those with the illness.

Feeling sick? Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has some recommendations.

Could we be protected from the flu for a lifetime? Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, checks in on the current research.

Faculty recognized for contributions to student learning outside of the classroom.

Stopping the flu begins with the flu shot. Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, explains other steps to help stop the spread of the virus.

Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, continues his series on the 2015 flu season by looking inside this year's vaccine.

Flu season is about to start. How do you keep your family protected? Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, begins a multi-part series to answer that and other pressing questions.

Why Addyi Could be the Start of Something New for Women

St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty member is using his position in national organization to help students.

In the first study of its kind, College faculty members looked to evaluate the faculty perception of team-based learning.

Pharmacist Shares 5 Important Points for Patients About OxyContin

Spades, a play written by Assistant Professor of History Eric Robinson, received second place in the Best Short Play category at the 2015 Downtown Urban Theater Festival in New York.

How Prescription Medication Prices Affect Pharmacists

Role of N-acetylcysteine examined in prevention.

Twelve new faculty members join the College for the Fall 2015 semester.

Paul Juang, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, is recognized for his significant contributions and impact on the practice of critical care medicine.

Pharmacist and faculty member Jamie Woodyard talks about all of the options for allergy relief.

History was made at 9 a.m. this morning as classes met for the first time in the new Academic and Research Building on the campus of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Both of the 250-seat classrooms were filled. By noon, nearly a dozen classes were complete.

Sheri Kuehnle exemplifies dedication. For 11 years, she has worked in the Business Office—first as a part-time worker in the cashier’s office before moving to her current position as payroll manager.

Erica Crannage, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, is an early-adopter in health care innovation. In less than two years, she has led the way for pharmacists in Missouri to advance patient care.

In an effort to treat depression, many patients try an herbal product that is available over-the-counter. With the dizzying number of choices, I took a look at the research behind nine herbal products and found there is a wide range of effectiveness when it comes to treating depression.

In the last posting, I looked at the body of evidence for five herbal products which have been used to help treat depression. I found no medical proof that inositol, melatonin, fish oil, L-tryptophan, or gingko were effective for depression in a large scale study. There are four herbal products where evidence shows some help for patients who were depressed. Don’t forget to ask your doctor or pharmacist before trying any of these products.

Faculty member calls for help from other health care providers.

Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has been elected to the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.

Student commended on first patient immunization.

How can you save money at the pharmacy? Jamie Shelly, Pharm. D., has some ideas.

In what may be a first in the 150-year history of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, a faculty member is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Journal is among the most prestigious and respected periodicals in the medical community.

A warm meal, some conversation, and access to health care may work just as well as antidepressant medications for older adults. That’s the trend Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy found when he looked at a group of older adults enrolled in PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly).

Dr. Clark Kebodeaux reacts to new data showing low whooping cough vaccination rates for pregnant women.

Every patient who comes into Copper Bend Pharmacy in Belleville, Ill. receives their prescription from owner Steve Clement ’74 or a pharmacy student under his supervision.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the only institution in the region that can offer an accredited community pharmacy residency to new graduates, thanks to a recent vote by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

At an historic conference, St. Louis College of Pharmacy students and faculty were repeatedly recognized as outstanding contributors to the profession.

Alyssa Thompson, Pharm.D., recognized for her research into COPD treatment.

More than 200 scholarships totaling $401,756 were awarded to 175 students at the College’s annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.

Students are welcomed into the profession of pharmacy.

Third-year students at the College took part in the annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 30, symbolizing the first step in becoming a pharmacist. The white coat is a symbol of commitment to professionalism.

On July 13, 25 high school students got one step closer to starting a career in pharmacy when they walked across the stage at the College’s Whelpley Auditorium and received a certificate recognizing their completion of the Walgreens-St. Louis College of Pharmacy Career Explorers Diversity Outreach Program.

A large steel beam signed by hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, and staff at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is now high above the campus.

The anticipation is building for Terry Seaton, Pharm.D., BCPS, as he’s about to embark on a three-year journey which will take him all over the country.

A contingent of faculty from the College presented at a pharmacy conference in Saudi Arabia in late February. The trip was part of the College’s efforts to strengthen its relationship with the kingdom and improve its global outreach.

On Saturday, May 10, recent St. Louis College of Pharmacy retirees were honored for their years of service to the College.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is now accepting applications for residency programs.

International pharmacy leader Henri Manasse Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FFIP, will be the featured speaker at St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s 2013 Commencement ceremony, which will be held May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis.

October is American Pharmacists Month and St. Louis College of Pharmacy is celebrating with more than a dozen events to highlight the importance of pharmacists in health care.

Tricia Berry ‘94/’95, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, director of experiential programs, and assistant dean, has been selected as the 2013 Joe E. Haberle Outstanding Educator award recipient.

John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., president of the College, announced that Sheldon G. Holstad, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, will assume the title of interim dean of pharmacy effective Jan. 1, 2013. Holstad succeeds Wendy Duncan, Ph.D.

Three weeks is a lot of time, but when you’re trying to figure out how to implement a professional degree at a university it flies by quickly.

Two faculty members from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in South Africa visited STLCOP this past week as part of the College’s ongoing twinning partnership with NMMU. The purpose of the partnership is to combat the AIDS epidemic in South Africa.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has selected Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., to serve as the 15th dean of the School of Pharmacy in the College’s 150 year history, effective August 1, 2014

College dignitaries and alumni alike were honored at the Missouri Pharmacy Association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Hilton Convention Center in Branson on June 6-9.

The College was recently named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Rain didn’t deter anyone in St. Louis looking to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medication at this year’s St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative on April 27. A record 16,311 pounds of medication from the metropolitan area was discarded as part of the effort.

In just four hours, medication equal in weight to two small school buses was turned in for proper disposal as part of the St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative and National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents of the St. Louis region can take unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication to a designated disposal site as part of the St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative.

Gloria Grice, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice and interim director, office of experiential education, has been named a fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

Jeff Delafuente, MS, FCCP, FASCP, president of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists explains why it was so important for students at the College to become interested in specializing in the care of older adults.

Sixth-year student Bethanne Carpenter was perusing the pharmacy shelves of Walgreens on Lindell Blvd. when she noticed a man picking up one medication bottle before placing it back down and picking up another. Carpenter approached the man and asked if she could help.

The centerpiece of the annual event was the presentation of the Byron A. Barnes Excellence in Education Awards. The awards, including the President’s Staff Excellence Award, the College Enhancement Award, and the Student Enrichment Award, were created in 1998 to recognize outstanding service to the College community.

For the past two years, we’ve seen a dramatic spike in flu cases nationwide in late December and early January. Data from the government shows this year’s season is tracking right along the same lines, opening us up for the potential of another spike in cases.

There is a new call for more Americans to consider taking statins to reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack. Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS shares three important points about today’s news.

Recent news about statins prompted a letter to the editor in the Nov. 30 issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Shirley Giebel wrote to ask whether there was a connection between statin use and bladder incontinence.

Whether you’re driving 30 minutes or 300 miles to get to Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations, car sickness can hit a child at any time. Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., is also a parent and recommends trying several steps before turning to medications:

There are now more medications available to help patients prevent a stroke. For the past 60 years, warfarin has been the go-to medication. This new breed of medications offers promise and a different set of challenges.

Can I be proactive about treating my asthma? Or is it better to wait for an asthma attack to take my medicine?

Whether a person is moving from operating to recovery room, hospital to home, or home to skilled-care facility, each transition of care can become a complicated, intricate process.

Fifth-year students Callie Stoner and Lauren Owens have developed an AIDS drug treatment and prevention training program that they hope will have a lasting impact on the people of Swaziland, Africa.

Professor, Student, and Alumna, team up to research one of the most challenging health care questions.

Students make an impact in the community by volunteering at a free monthly health clinic.

Janelle Mann, Pharm.D., shares why she chose to specialize in treating cancer.

There are many ways pharmacists help patients manage their pain during chemotherapy and cancer treatments.

This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been vaccinating patients for more than five years as part of his pharmacy practice. In honor of the week, he has three important points about the flu vaccine:

I commend This American Life and ProPublica for covering the serious issue concerning acetaminophen overdoses in the recent program “Use Only as Directed.”

With the new year upon us, many are beginning to think about resolutions. Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy suggests four easy resolutions for a healthier year.

The number of Americans using hospice and palliative care is growing; in 2012, about 1.5 million chose to enter hospice. One of the many questions patients and their families have about beginning this form of care is pain management.

Bob Zebroski, professor of history, briefly examines how medicine has evolved in the past 150 years.

Philip Wenger, Pharm.D., BCPS, spends a significant amount of time behind bars. When the associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is not teaching in class, he’s working at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo. There, he helps manage medication for more than 1,200 inmates inside the St. Louis County jail.

Recently, Ryan Moenster, Pharm.D., BCPS-ID, associate professor of pharmacy practice talked to CNBC about the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.

What is the best way to use antibiotics? An infectious disease pharmacist explains.

Should I take an aspirin to help my heart? In the latest installment of 'Any Questions for the Pharmacist?', Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice, answers this common question.

Whether you've been taking a vitamin for years, or are considering one to take, Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice explains the process for selecting the right product

If you're caring for an older adult Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice has some practical advice to help the patient lead a healthier life.

An important component of the mission at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is to advocate for the profession of pharmacy. That advocacy comes in many forms and can be seen in direct patient care, interactions with other health care professionals and discussions with lawmakers.

Associate Professor Jasna Marjanovic has been awarded an NIH grant—the first in STLCOP's history—to study an enzyme in blood platelets.

Asthma, a chronic disease affecting 20 million Americans, including nine million children, continues to affect the city of St. Louis. In 2012, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked St. Louis seventh on their list of the 10 asthma capitals in the U.S.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Washington University, and Barnes-Jewish College have created an interprofessional education collaboration.

Asthma is a very common problem across our nation. About one out of every 11 children has asthma. It is even more common in the St. Louis area.

How a video game helped kick a three pack-a-day habit.

My asthma seems much better with a daily controller medicine. I don’t wheeze or cough often. I rarely need my quick-relief inhaler. Do I still need to take a daily medicine?

A look at some of the most common errors for patients make when trying to control their asthma.

Professor John Beale's discovery of four drug compounds—for which he has acquired the first international patent in STLCOP's history—may treat and even prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Expiration dates are a guarantee from the manufacturer. It shows the date the medication will be effective until when stored under ideal conditions.

Professor explores reasons why the number of patients taking life-saving medicine falls significantly after three months.

The Wall Street Journal reports as many as half of all U.S. patients on medication for chronic diseases aren’t following the doctor’s orders. Why? Assistant Professor Jamie Shelly, Pharm.D., explains five ways she works with patients on managing side effects.

Over the next two years, the College will be undergoing an exciting physical transformation to better meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff.

Students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy are setting an example of interprofessional collaboration. A team from STLCOP and Washington University were recognized with two awards from the National Consumers League.

Her groundbreaking work in women’s health and collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to patient care have put Alicia Forinash at the forefront of the pharmacy profession.

Starting today, hydrocodone is now classified as a schedule II drug under new Food and Drug Administration rules. For patients, this will change the way prescriptions are filled during the next visit to the pharmacy.

International partnerships with nations like South Africa, China, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia position St. Louis College of Pharmacy to be at the forefront of impacting health care worldwide.

This year St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the BJC Accountable Care Organization (ACO) entered into an agreement to help find ways for older adults to better manage their medications. Terry Seaton, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, is working with ACO medical director Douglas Pogue, M.D., on the hospital’s most complex cases.

Many women spend a good part of their pregnancy on a hunt for information. Beginning this summer, those moms-to-be and their families will have clearer information about the effects of medication. The Food and Drug Administration is dismissing a letter-grading system for medication and replacing it with more detailed information.

With the flu so widespread across the country, patients are being prescribed Tamiflu and Relenza in hopes of both shortening their flu symptoms and stopping the spread of the virus. These antiviral medications are the only two approved to both prevent and treat the flu. As a result, these medications are under a lot of scrutiny and debate over their effectiveness.

The holidays bring plenty to look forward to, including time off work and school. These changes in daily routine may mean that medications may take a back seat. To make sure you stay on track and stay healthy, Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has some advice.

Lead...Every day about 137 people in America are infected with HIV according to U.S. government estimates. In honor of World AIDS Day, Alexandria Garavaglia-Wilson, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice writes about treatment for newly diagnosed patients.

Lead...It will soon be much easier for Americans to safely dispose of unwanted medications. Starting today, new rules from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) go into effect allowing participating pharmacies, certain hospitals, and long-term care facilities to collect medication for proper disposal.

Treating cancer is in her position title, but most of Dr. Valeria Bernardo’s time is spent dealing with the side effects. Bernardo, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, also practices as a pediatric oncology pharmacist at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

To educate students to address global health issues, STLCOP recently created the Office of International Programs and named Ken Schafermeyer, Ph.D., professor of pharmacy administration, as its director.

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