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Why the face? UW researchers find clue to drugs' bad taste

Taking a medication as prescribed is critical to a drug's effectiveness. But for some people, taking medications literally turns their stomach – and if a medication leaves a persistently bitter taste, many people, especially children and elderly patients, will take it inconsistently or not at all. In the online Journal of Biological Chemistry, Joanne Wang’s research team in the University of Washington School of Pharmacy describe a novel mechanism for active drug accumulation and secretion in salivary gland epithelial cells that leads to the lingering bad taste of metformin, a frontline prescription drug used to treat type 2 diabetes.
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On-demand intravenous fluids questioned

Have you heard about the critical shortage of IV products? We sat down with UW Pharmacy Professor Lingtak-Neander Chan to learn more about this dangerous shortage and the rising wave of so-called “hangover cure” businesses opening in Las Vegas, New York, LA, and South Florida offering vitamin and drug “cocktails” that are delivered intravenously. We learned there are a lot of unanswered questions about this risky new industry and its impact.  Full story
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Announcing our new Dean of Pharmacy: Dr. Sean D. Sullivan

Provost Ani Mari Cauce announced the appointment of Dr. Sean D. Sullivan as our next Dean of the School of Pharmacy, effective September 15, 2014. Sean came to the University of Washington in 1992 and was promoted to full professor in 2001 and associate dean for research in 2010. A pharmacist by training, Sean has held numerous leadership roles, including his most recent role as the Stergachis Endowed Director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP). Sean has a strong vision for the School, building on its strengths as we go forward together. With expertise in pharmacy and graduate education, federally funded biomedical research and training, and pharmacy practice, he has the breadth of knowledge and skills to lead the School. We are excited that he brings into this important leadership position a passion and commitment for the UW, pharmacy, science, and the student experience. Please join us in congratulating Sean on his new role as Dean. We are grateful to and thank Dean Baillie for his service and leadership over the past six years.  Full story
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UW Pharmacy Huskies Lead the Pack

As a School of Pharmacy consistently in the Top 10 nationally, we’ve come to expect our students, faculty, and alumni to excel. We are just through the busy season of springtime conferences and we find, yet again, our students continuing to lead the pack. As always, we ask that you hold your applause until the end.  Full story
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Alumnus Mitch Higashi Speaks at Uppsala Health Summit

University of Washington School of Pharmacy alumnus Mitch Higashi addressed the topic of innovation in healthcare at the Uppsala Health Summit this week. A graduate of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP), Mitch is GE Healthcare's Chief Economist. Full story
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UW Pharmacy Alumnus Ryan Oftebro Innovates Method for Opioid Overdose Rx

The pain of losing a cousin who mixed methadone with alcohol inspired pharmacist Ryan Oftebro to turn his attention to preventing others from suffering the same fate. Oftebro, ’03, ’12, one of three pharmacist-owners of Seattle’s Kelley-Ross Pharmacy, is participating in a partnership between Public Health-Seattle & King County, the University of Washington, and Kelley-Ross Pharmacy to provide a take-home naloxone kit to anyone who needs it.  Read more
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Dr. Beth Devine Leads Study Showing Electronic Records Cost Savings

The age-old joke about physicians’ bad handwriting is no laughing matter. An illegible prescription can have dire consequences. Beth Devine’s research with Everett Clinic showed the dramatic impact electronic prescribing could have in both small (1-20 providers) and midsize medical groups (up to about 400 providers)  Read more
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Michael Adams (alum) named dean at Campbell

UW School of Pharmacy Alumnus Michael L. Adams named next dean of Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.  Read more
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Dr. Allan Rettie Steps Down as Chair

Dr. Allan Rettie has decided to step down as Chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, effective June 13, 2014, after serving the School for almost 15 years in that capacity. During this period, Dr. Rettie has effectively guided the department through many curricular and organizational changes, as well as economic challenges.  Read more
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Dr. Sean Sullivan Honored with Steven G. Avey Award for Distinguished Service

The prestigious AMCP Foundation Steven G. Avey Award for sustained, exemplary and distinguished service to the profession of managed care pharmacy was awarded to Dr. Sean Sullivan, Stergachis Family Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy.  Read more
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Professor Thummel elected President of ASPET

The Chair of Pharmaceutics, Ken Thummel will take office July 1, 2014. The 4,800- member society was founded in 1908 to further the growth of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics in the United States.  Read more
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Diabetes-Education Project Serves Community

Award-winning project provides health-education services to homeless and low-income populations. At the UW Medical Center Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute event, a UW School of Pharmacy project will receive a Community Volunteer Recognition Award. The student- and faculty-led project has been providing diabetes-outreach programs to underserved populations since 2011. Full story
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Faculty Members' Research Gets National Distinction

A 2005 study by Qingcheng Mao and Jashvant Unadkat is one of the 10 most-cited articles in the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Journal's history. Their article examined how breast cancer resistance protein relates to a range of drugs and antiviral agents.  Read more
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New Research Institute Co-Director is Affiliate Faculty

The Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research has hired Gary Lyman to serve as the institute's co-director. Lyman is also an affiliate faculty member in our Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (as is the institute's co-director Scott Ramsey). The Daily article The Business Journal article

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