Department News

Basu trains Indian government and health leaders in health economics

2018 International Health Technology Assessment Fellowship Cohort

With India rolling out the one of the largest public health insurance initiatives in the world, it became more important than ever for government, university, and health care leaders to understand key aspects to health economics. Dr. Jitendra Sharma, Advisor on Health and Medical Technology to the Government of Andhara Pradesh invited UWSOP's CH... Read more

Barker-Haliski advances research in antiseizure therapies in patients with Alzheimer’s

When a project is moments away from completion, or a new question arises during the experiment, a little bit of extra funding can go a long way. This is the inspiration behind the ITHS Catalyst program. This pilot award is designed to provide investigators with “just-in-time” resources of up to $5,000. For Melissa, the ITHS ... Read more

Our CHOICE PhD students continue to advance research to improve health outcomes

From all of us at CHOICE, we hope your year is off to a good start. Our PhD students have been busy since last year and we wanted to take the time to highlight a few of their key accomplishments.
Meng Li
Meng Li, a 5th year CHOICE PhD candidate, along with Kai Yeung (CHOICE Alum), and Josh Carlson (CHOICE Faculty) won Journal of Managed Care &... Read more

Meet Our Newest Faculty Member, Doug Barthold

We welcome Dr. Doug Barthold, PhD., Research Assistant Professor, to the faculty of the Department of Pharmacy and to The CHOICE Institute!

Doug comes to us from the University of Southern California where he was a post-doctoral scholar with the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. Doug received his BBA in Management, Economics and ... Read more

New fellowship will advance thoughtful health care innovation in Washington state

Partnership between Washington Research Foundation and The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP creates opportunities for students and researchers at non-profit research institutions in Washington state
The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP is pleased to announce a partnership with the Washington Research Foundation (WRF) that will create four new fellowships per ... Read more

CHOICE alumnus Scott Strassels moves into leadership role at Ohio State U

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy congratulates Scott Strassels, PhD, PharmD, on his new position as assistant professor in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burn and scientific director of the Center for Surgical Health Assessment, Research and Policy (SHARP). He previously served as a clinical pharmacist, providing recommend... Read more

Alumnus Glen Schumock, ’89, named Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Glen Schumock, '89, The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP alumnus

Congratulations to University of Washington School of Pharmacy alumnus Glen Schumock, '89, who will become Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy! His appointment is effective January 1, 2018, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Schumock earned his baccalaureate in pharmacy from Washington St... Read more

Launch of The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP promises leadership in health economics and outcomes research

We are witnessing a period of renaissance, as current advances in medical technology and breakthroughs are unprecedented in human history. There is a cure for Hepatitis C that works in weeks. Polio used to afflict thousands around the world; today, there are only twelve cases in just two countries. We are within years—not decades—of personalize... Read more

SPECIAL EVENT: A talk with NPR’S Richard Harris

Richard Harris, NPR Science Correspondent

Panel Discussion: "From Rigor to Rigor Mortis–Good Science, Bad Science, and Patient Care"
Noon-1:20pm, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Health Sciences Building, T-435
Light refreshments will be served

Panel Discussion:

Richard Harris, NPR Science Correspondent and author, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hop... Read more

Veenstra weighs in on genetic testing in Science Magazine

DNA sample for gene sequencing at Debbie Nickerson Lab, University of Washington.

The question about the benefits and pitfalls of genetic testing is discussed in, "Is health care ready for routing DNA screening? A massive new trial will find out" in Science Magazine. Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy faculty member and associate director, David Veenstra was interviewed for the story.

"In about 5 years I think we are... Read more

UW/Kaiser study finds taking Proton Pump Inhibitors not linked to higher dementia risk

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medicines commonly prescribed to treat acid-related digestive problems, including gastroesophageal reflux disease.  Up to one in five older adults said they used a PPI as of 2011, and recent studies have linked PPIs to greater risk of fractures and kidney disease. Some studies also have linked PPIs to an increas... Read more

Stergachis co-edited maternal immunization roadmap for Gates Foundation & GAPPS

UWSOP Associate Dean Andy Stergachis co-edited the "Maternal Immunization Safety Monitoring in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Roadmap for Program Development" for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, which was featured on the Gates Foundation blog, Impatient Optimists.

The first ... Read more

Bounthavong receives UWSOP Graduate Leadership Award

Mark Bounthavong, PharmD, MPH, and PORPP Graduate Student

The UWSOP Graduate Student Leadership Award honors graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service and have had a positive impact on the School of Pharmacy, UW, the Northwest community, scientific and/or professional community. This year, the award goes to three students: Mark Bounthavong, Ryan Seguin, and Elijah Web... Read more

Lou Garrison was named a Change Agent in the 2017 PharmaVOICE 100 Honorees

UWSOP Professor Emeritus Lou Garrison

UW School of Pharmacy Professor Emeritus Lou Garrison was named a Change Agent in the 2017 PharmaVOICE 100 honorees. A global thought leader and teacher in the field of health economics and outcomes research, Lou is committed to advancing how healthcare decisions are made both in the United States and globally.

Lou retired from full-time teachin... Read more

Sager, Bounthavong, Seguin, Weber, & Shen receive inaugural UWSOP Graduate Program Awards

To recognize extraordinary excellence among our graduate students and faculty, UW School of Pharmacy established three new award programs in 2017. This first class of award recipients include Jennifer Sager, Outstanding Dissertation Award; Mark Bounthavong, Ryan Seguin, and Elijah Weber, Graduate Student Leadership Awards; and Danny Shen, Outstandi... Read more

Inaugural Plein Symposium advances geriatric pharmacy

2017 Plein Symposium audience members begin the day

"Celebrating Today, Planning Tomorrow" brought together a host of disciplines to discuss healthy aging
Decades ago, geriatric pharmacy pioneers Joy and Elmer Plein foresaw the need to research the effects medications have on older adults. The Inaugural Research Symposium for the Plein Center held in February 2017 provided the opportunity to learn ... Read more

A conversation at the College Inn leads to Faculty Innovation Award, possible breakthrough in combating MRSA

Medicinal Chemistry Assistant Professor Libin Xu (left), Pharmacy Assistant Professor Brian Werth (right), are pictured in conversation with Medicinal Chemistry’s Senior Fellow, Kelly Hines (center). Their research earned them the inaugural award from the UWSOP Faculty Innovation Fund, which provides financial support for one to two awards of up to $20,000 each for high-risk, innovative research projects.

There is a rich tradition of stories that begin with…“we were sitting in a bar talking, when we got this idea.”

From the Marine Corps, to the Ironman Triathlon, and even Quidditch, all have their roots in legendary stories about beginning in a conversation in a bar. We may one day come to tell stories of the breakthrough in antibiotic resi... Read more

Team finds no adverse risk to use of common antimalarials in first trimester

Women and their children await medical care at a clinic.

UW and international researchers publish the most comprehensive international analysis on artemisinin combination antimalarials safety in pregnancy
Malaria is more common and severe in pregnant women, increasing their risk of miscarriage and other adverse outcomes. The adverse consequences of malaria in pregnancy require prompt, safe, and effectiv... Read more

UW bestows Distinguished Retiree Excellence Award to UWSOP Alumna and Professor Emerita Joy Plein

UWSOP Faculty Emerita and 2017 UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award recipient, Joy Plein

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Professor Emerita Joy Plein, ’51, ’56, has been named the recipient of the 2017 UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award!

This award is designated to honor a retiree for excellence in service that exemplifies the University’s values with special distinction and is cho... Read more

Little-known disease has major economic impact

An 1918 illustration showing blood vessels in the head and face. The drawing is from Henry Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body

Giant cell arteritis is estimated to cost U.S. health-care system $1 billion in first year of treatment
PORPP faculty members, Joseph Babigumira, Louis Garrison, Denise Boudreau, Jennie Best, and grad student, Meng Li, published a research paper about the cost impact of giant cell arteritis  in the open-access journal Rheumatology and Therapy.
... Read more

McDermott researches value of insurer-provided care coordination

UWSOP alumna Cara McDermott, PharmD, Ph.D., M.Sc. and UW Medicine T32 Post Doc

Pharmacy alumna and UW Medicine post doc receives 2017 AcademyHealth New Investigator Award to study benefits of end-of-life care planning in palliative care
UWSOP alumna Cara McDermott, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.Sc. 
was named to the 2017 cohort of New Investigators by AcademyHealth. The AcademyHealth New Investigator Small Grant Program is designed ... Read more

Pharmacy Professor John Horn raises concerns about drug safety

Chicago Tribune investigation shows problems in drug interaction communications to patientsUW School of Pharmacy Professor John Horn and UWSOP alumnus Dan Malone were part of an investigative report, “Pharmacies miss more than half of dangerous drug combinations,” published in the Chicago Tribune on December 15, 2016. The Tribune spent months i... Read more

Get to know the Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Center leaders

Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Center leadership (L to R): Assistant Director for Research Zach Marcum, Assistant Director for Training Leigh Ann Mike, and Director Shelly Gray

Over the summer, Dean Sullivan announced the leadership for the Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Center and some of the early planning activities.

Plein Center Director and Shirley and Herb Bridge Endowed Professor for Women in Pharmacy Shelly Gray will assume responsibility for oversight, direction and vision of all aspects of the Center, including the... Read more

UWSOP, Era Living Partner for Patient-Centered Care

In 2016, we celebrated the the 30th class of UWSOP Plein Certificate in Geriatric Pharmacy graduates!

UW School of Pharmacy offers a novel approach to student training and patient care in Era Living residential communities. The program is a mutually beneficial one: in addition to their regular pharmacy services, residents receive supplemental medication expertise for which UW pharmacy faculty and students are well-known and student pharmacists have... Read more

Common genetic disorder linked to increased death rate from cancer drug

Pharmacy Professor Jeannine McCune

Researchers recommend ‘caution’ when using the chemotherapy busulfan in patients with Gilbert’s syndrome
By Susan Keown, Staff Writer, Fred Hutch News Service, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research published Thursday shows that a common genetic disorder ― one that many people don’t even know they have ― is linked to a mor... Read more

Sid Nelson’s legacy lives on in science and collaboration

Busulfan is one of our oldest anticancer drugs. Today, it is often used to prepare a patient’s body for a bone marrow transplant (hematopoietic cell transplant [HCT]) to fight various cancers. Busulfan kills some of the patient’s blood cells to ensure the donor cells will be accepted.

But busulfan is toxic.

The work to mitigate that toxic... Read more

UW improves to #4 worldwide for pharmacology & toxicology

UWSOP ranks #4 in the world according to US News and World Report

The UW, including the School of Pharmacy’s scientists, improved to 4th overall, up from 7th last year, and 3rd among U.S. public universities for research accomplishments in U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities list. Institutions from the U.S. and nearly 50 other countries were ranked based on 10 indicators that measure their ac... Read more

UWSOP Alumnus Watanabe named National Academy of Medicine Fellow

Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, PhD

University of Washington School of Pharmacy alumnus, Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, Ph.D., ’08, ’12, has been selected as one of three outstanding health professionals for the class of 2016 Fellows National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

The NAM fellows were chosen based on their professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, professional... Read more

Class of 2017 Honors Professor Doug Black

UW School of Pharmacy's PharmD Class of 2017

UW School of Pharmacy's PharmD class of 2017 announced their class gift this week. They will work together over the coming year to make a P4 Class Giving Fund donation to the Doug Black Endowed PharmD Award, a scholarship that is given each year to a UW School of Pharmacy student who exemplifies an outstanding commitment to learning and the profe... Read more

UW researchers find revascularization provides greater improvements for patients with peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral arterial disease can cause pain in the legs and make walking uncomfortable.

Study published in JAMA Surgery compares effectiveness of two ways to treat intermittent claudication by evaluating outcomes that are important to patients
UW researchers found that patients with intermittent claudication, a form of peripheral arterial disease, who had procedures to restore circulation called revascularization had better quality ... Read more

Costs outlined of health plans that exclude contraception

A positive pregnancy test. Women ages 18 to 24 and those over 40 years old were most affected by having to pay out of pocket for birth control, the researchers found.

Pharmacy study links lack of coverage to more unintended pregnancies, greater health expenses for employers
At companies whose health insurance plans exclude contraception coverage, female employees experienced 33 more unintended pregnancies per 1,000 women, and more unintended births and terminations. Such plans might also result in higher overal... Read more

Lou Garrison to retire from UW School of Pharmacy

UWSOP Dean Sean D. Sullivan announced Dr. Lou Garrison's retirement from the UW School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Research Policy Program (PORPP) effective July 1, 2016. "Lou has been a pivotal member of the PORPP faculty and will continue to be a world-class thought leader in health economics as President of the International Soci... Read more

UWSOP faculty and alumni elected to ISPOR leadership

UWSOP faculty and alumni past, present and future leaders of ISPOR (From left to right): Past President (2003-2004) Sean D. Sullivan, President Lou Garrison, President-elect Shelby D. Reed, Immediate Past President Daniel Malone, Past President (2010-2011) Scott Ramsey

Five UWSOP faculty and alumni have led ISPOR over the past 20 years
UW School of Pharmacy faculty and alumni are again recognized as leaders in health care. The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) announced the election of the Society’s 2016-2017 Board of Directors that assumed office on July 1, 2016. Many o... Read more

Lingtak-Neander Chan elected Fellow of the American College of Nutrition

Professor of Pharmacy Lingtak-Neander Chan

UW School of Pharmacy congratulates Professor Lingtak-Neander Chan on his election as a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (ACN) in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of nutrition science. Being selected as a Fellow is unusual for pharmacists. “I am  honored to represent UW and the profession of pharmacy in this f... Read more

Marcum named K12 Scholar for research on dementia and cardiac medications

UWSOP Assistant Professor and K12 Scholar Zachary Marcum

UWSOP researcher will investigate the impact medication adherence has on patient health outcomesUW School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) Assistant Professor Zachary Marcum was named to the University of Washington Patient Centered Outcomes (PCOR) K12 Career Development Program. This program supports the career development of post-doctoral and junior research... Read more

Student’s enterprise yields 3 “essentially paid” for degrees

Blythe Adamson

Pharmacy Ph.D. candidate shares tips for self-funding success
You would think three degrees from the University of Washington would take an enormous financial toll, but School of Pharmacy grad student Blythe Adamson, one of the UW's Husky 100, has been energetic and enterprising about finding funding.
“I will graduate with all three of my degre... Read more

Anirban Basu Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

UW School of Pharmacy and UW Department of Economics congratulate Anirban Basu on his election as a 2016 Fellow of the American Statistical Association in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the statistical profession. For more than 100 years, the ASA has recognized exemplary statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of statisti... Read more

UWSOP Announces Groundbreaking Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, Education & Outreach

Joy and Elmer Plein

Research shows that medication-related problems are one of the top reasons for hospitalizations and for older adults losing the ability to live independently, either due to competing side effects, falls, over prescribing, or improper adherence. Increasingly, people are living longer with chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, high cholester... Read more

Bennette, Sullivan find cancer drug prices rise rapidly after market launch

Caroline Bennette, PhD

UW School of Pharmacy researchers’ found large increases in oral anticancer drugs even in the face of increasing market competition
A new study published in the May issue of Health Affairs and authored by UW School of Pharmacy’s faculty members, Caroline Bennette and Sean Sullivan, illuminates the complexity of anticancer drug pricing and seve... Read more

“When you really want something, you don’t give up.”

A look back at legendary pharmacist, civic and women’s advocate, Shirley G. BridgeAs we near our 125th Anniversary in 2019, we continue to remember our history and the alumni legends in science and pharmacy practice who laid the groundwork for our collective success. 

BORN IN 1922 at Swedish Hospital in downtown Seattle, Shirley (Selesnick) B... Read more

UWSOP and ICER form collaboration to model the clinical and economic impact of new medications

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) have formed a partnership to leverage UWSOP’s expertise in economic modeling of pharmaceutical interventions to support ICER’s growing body of work in new drug assessments. UWSOP’s Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Progr... Read more

Award season comes to UWSOP!

Don Downing is presented the Community Service award at the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr., Recognition Ceremony

It's award season--not just for film, also for the UW School of Pharmacy!
Many of our School's faculty, students, post docs and alumni have been recognized in the past few months for their accomplishments.
Don Downing, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award
Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice (I2P2) Endowed Clinical Professor D... Read more

Steve White Named Chair of UWSOP’s Dept of Pharmacy

UW School of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacy's chair, Dr. Steve White

The UW School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the appointment of H. Steve White, RPh, Ph.D. as the new chair of the School’s Department of Pharmacy, effective January 18, 2016.

White earned his baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy and a M.S. in Pharmacology at Idaho State University and began his career as a practicing pharmacist in the small t... Read more

Odegard and Diabetes Education team win UW award

Principle Investigator and Associate Dean Peggy Odegard

Train the trainer program empowering clinic teams sees significant improvements in outcomes
The UW School of Pharmacy is proud to celebrate Associate Dean Peggy Odegard, PharmD, CDE’s, recognition with the Golden Eddy Award as part of a Diabetes Education team of outstanding patient educators awarded in Fall 2015. UW Medicine Patient and Family ... Read more

Intercollegiate team will study natural product-drug interactions

Green tea is one of the products in the drug-interaction center's initial study set.

Herbal remedies are a multi-billion dollar industry. Sales of natural product supplements have nearly tripled in the past twenty years since passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994. Fueled in part by the assumption that “natural” means “safe,” as well as rising costs for conventional health care, many people turn ... Read more


Student Pharmacist in UWSOP’s Bracken Pharmacy Learning Lab

Celebrate American Pharmacists Month and share your #HUSKYPHARMACIST pride this October!
Whether you are an alum, student, faculty member, preceptor, graduate, friend, parent, patient or supporter, we want to see your #HUSKYPHARMACIST pride!
Pharmacy Practice Changes in Washington
2015 was a big year for Pharmacists in Washington state. Under n... Read more

The Chiba Morio Family: Undaunted in the Face of Adversity

Bain Chiba with his father Yasukichi, '17, at Bain's graduation from UW School of Pharmacy in 1937.

 Second year PharmD student Beau Chiba’s lineage in the UW School of Pharmacy is long and strong. When he graduates in 2018, it will be 101 years since his great-grandfather, Yasukuchi Chiba, earned his degree in Pharmacy. In fact, Beau Chiba is the sixth member of his family to attend our school.His family’s story echoes the social, poli... Read more

Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence for the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP)

PORPP Retreat 2015

“Great scientists and great surfers share a common trait. They don’t position themselves where the big wave is now; they position themselves where the next big wave is going to be. PORPP teaches students to read the patterns in scientific methods, to understand the history that built up behind the last big waves, and to prepare for the ride o... Read more

Examining the Economic Consequences of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Therapy (ACTH) in Infantile Spasms and Multiple Sclerosis Relapse

PORPP Faculty Member Ryan Hansen and Research Team Present Findings at the 12th World Congress on Inflammation in Boston, Massachusetts
UW School of Pharmacy Research Assistant Professor Ryan Hansen, along with Patricia Schepman, John Niewoehner, Michael Philbin, and Kavitha Damal of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, are presenting study findings in t... Read more

Innovative Pharmacy Training Does a World of Good in Malawi

Pharmacy Assistant student attending to patients during practicum training in rural pharmacies in Malawi

New Pharmacy Assistants Graduate, Improving Patient Care at Critically Understaffed Rural Health CentersWhen most of us think of our local pharmacy, we take certain things for granted. We expect that the medications prescribed to us will be in stock and that the well-educated pharmacist staff will give us clear instructions on how to take them, alo... Read more

Scenes from Commencement 2015

Associate Dean Peggy Odegard presents Adrian Hughes with the Dean's Club Humanitarian Award

Friday was a day of recognition and celebration! Over 100 graduate and PharmD students received their degrees and began a new phase in their professional careers.Associate Dean Peggy Odegard welcomed the graduates telling them, "We are so proud of each of you. Completing a post-graduate degree at the University of Washington is not for the faint ... Read more

Hansen study finds for new users, sleeping pills may double car crash risk

UW School of Pharmacy Research Assistant Professor Ryan Hansen, PhD, PharmD

Three prescription sleeping aids are associated with an increase in motor vehicle crashes, according to a study by the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and the Group Health Research Institute. The research was published today in the American Journal of Public Health.

The research, led by Ryan Hansen, UW assistant professor of phar... Read more

SB 5557 Expands Patient Access to Care in Washington

UW School of Pharmacy Faculty and Students at the Governor’s Signing of SB 5557 on May 11, 2015

An Historic Day in Washington
Washington will be the first state in the country to require that pharmacists are included in health insurance provider networks under new legislation (SB 5557) signed by Governor Inslee on Monday, May 11, 2015. This law will increase patient access to medical care from pharmacists practicing within their scope of pra... Read more

PORPP Researchers Receive $3 Million Grant to Develop VOI methods to Prioritize NHLBI trials

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

Three faculty members from the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP) and two faculty from the Division of Cardiology received a $3 million grant to develop a comprehensive toolkit of pragmatic value of information (VOI) approaches and the corresponding software that can readily be used by clinical researchers and funders to es... Read more

PORPP Alumnus Joseph Babigumira Featured on Whole U Faculty Friday

Image of PORPP Alumnus and UW faculty member Joseph Babigumira

We are so proud of University of Washington School of Pharmacy PORPP alumnus Joseph Babigumira, featured today in the The Whole U Faculty Friday profile!

Learn more about how he brings together his medical training, outcomes research, and passion for public health in resource deprived areas. He's able to make a difference teaching here at Univer... Read more

Students Duong and Heeney Receive National Recognition for Script Your Future Campaign

image of PharmD students Arianne Duong and Stephanie Heeney

Earlier this year, PharmD students, Arianne Duong and Stephanie Heeney, collaborated with other health sciences students and created a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of medication adherences.

Their campaign, which included radio spots (listen), UW Health Science bus ads, individual outreach, video, and social media, was named ... Read more

James Lin Wins NCPA Outstanding Student Member of the Year

Image of I2P2 Endowed Clinical Professor Don Downing with NCPA Student of the Year James Lin

Congratulations to James Lin, PharmD, '16, on being selected as the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Outstanding Student Member of the Year for 2015!

I2P2 Endowed Clinical Professor Don Downing presented the award to James at the May meeting of the UW School of Pharmacy Practice Board. James represents a great tradition in UW Ph... Read more

Anirban Basu Named Director of PORPP

Image of Anirban Basu PhD

In May 2015, Anirban Basu, PhD, was named the next Stergachis Family Endowed Director of Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (PORPP) in the Department of Pharmacy at the UW School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Basu was a Professor of Health Services and an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy and Economics, and will maintain the affiliations with... Read more

Lou Garrison voted President-elect of ISPOR

We congratulate Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (PORPP) Professor Lou Garrison who was voted President-elect for the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). He will serve a three year term."The growth in numbers and the geographic and disciplinary diversity of ISPOR over the past 20 years h... Read more

Joshua Roth Awarded 2015 ISPOR Applied Paper of the Year

Image of PORPP Annual Retreat, 2015

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, PORPP PhD and Current K12 Scholar, Joshua A Roth, will receive the ISPOR Applied Paper of the Year. The award for his paper titled "Economic return from the Women's Health Initiative estrogen plus progestin clinical trials modeling study" (Annals of Internal Medicine,  2014 May 6;160:594-602) will be presented at the Seco... Read more

UW PORPP and Fred Hutch Researchers Receive $7.75M PCORI Award to Study Cancer Treatment

Image of Electron Microscopy of Human Neutrophils


A research team, led by Scott Ramsey, director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR), that includes UW Department of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP) faculty members Sean Sullivan, Jeannine McCune, Aasthaa Bansal, and Gary Lyman, who also serves as a co-director at HICOR, ... Read more

Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

Image of UW School of Pharmacy Professor Shelly Gray

Dr. Shelly Gray et. al. found a persistent link between dementia and some medications in a University of Washington/Group Health study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on January 26, 2015. The large study links a significantly increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, to taking commonly used medications with antich... Read more

Joy & Elmer Plein Scholars Advance Geriatric Research

Plein Scholars

JOY AND ELMER PLEIN CREATED A LEGACY by establishing two funds for geriatric pharmacy research: the Elmer Plein Research Fund in Pharmacy and the Plein Endowment for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, in addition to a fund to support faculty development.

The Plein Endowment for Geriatric Pharmacy Research is awarded to students engaged in geriatrics r... Read more

Dr. Gary Lyman Joins PORPP Faculty

PORPP Professor Gary Lyman

GARY H. LYMAN, M.D., M.P.H., is Adjunct Professor in the School of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health at the University of Washington as well as Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine in the University of Washington School of Medicine. He also is Co-Director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research and Member of t... Read more

UW PharmD Students Aid Hundreds in Nicaragua

UW Student Pharmacists Village Children

The day after final exams ended in June, 43 UW pharmacy students met before dawn at SeaTac. Seventeen hours later they landed, bleary-eyed but eager, at Managua's airport. They queued through customs, bearing certifications from Nicaragua's Ministry of Health, and met their in-country coordinator. Then they set out for Esteli, a small village t... Read more

Fulbright Scholar Researches Experiential Pharmacy Education at UW

IT’S NOT OFTEN A PROMINENT RESEARCHER FROM SERBIA comes to UW Pharmacy as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. Dr. Jelena Parojcic is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Belgrade In Serbia. Her areas of research include Biopharmaceutical aspects of Drug Delivery; Drug Release Mechanisms In Vitro and... Read more

Congratulations Prof McCune!

Pharmacy Professor Jeannine McCune

Jeannine McCune, PharmD, was announced as the newest Associate Editor of the Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics the official scholarly publication of the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT). Additionally, Dr. McCune was elected a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and will be recognized duri... Read more

PORPP Faculty Member Garrison Named Interim Director

PORPP Interim Director Lou Garrison, Ph.D.

LOU GARRISON, PH.D., HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS INTERIM DIRECTOR for the Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Research Policy Program (PORPP). With a background in economics, Garrison has said he plans to continue to build on the success PORPP has accrued over fifteen years, including the selection of a new director. “Lou’s ten years as Associate Director of... Read more

How do you teach when the topic changes so fast? A Q&A with Dr. Doug Black

Dr. Doug Black talks with students in the Bracken Lab.

Doug Black, UW associate professor of pharmacy practice, confers with students in the Bracken Pharmacy Learning Center. From left are Zsolt Hepp, Mitul Patel and Tulip Younes.
With the Ebola virus grabbing headlines, we sat down to talk with UW Pharmacy professor Dr. Doug Black, an infectious-disease specialist, to learn more about how he teache... Read more

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 intrav... Read more

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.

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Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching Goes to Dr. John Watkins

Teresa O’Sullivan presents Kradjan Award to John Watkins

OUR PRECEPTORS CONTRIBUTE TIME AND EXPERTISE, opening their practice to teach and mentor our students. The Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award is named for our former Associate Dean, an exemplary clinical teacher and role model and awarded annually to honor one of our preceptors.

John Watkins, ’79, ’93, ’11, was selected... Read more

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 U... Read more

Dr. Beth Devine Leads Study Showing Electronic Records Cost Savings

Dr. Emily B. Devine

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 midsiz... Read more

Dr. Sean Sullivan Honored with Steven G. Avey Award for Distinguished Service



Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and the AMCP Foundation recently recognized more than a dozen distinguished members of the Academy for their significant contributions to AMCP, managed care pharmacy and the health care system. The honored members were announced Wednesday evening, April 2, at th... Read more

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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Sullivan Shares Expertise with Maryland Students

The University of Maryland's International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research student chapter recently hosted a lecture by Sean Sullivan. In it, he gave a behind-the-scenes look at the steps involved in making an economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals. Read more.


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Report Profiles Student Scholarship Recipient

The UW Report to Contributors features a story about fourth-year pharmacy student Blaze Paracuelles. In the piece, Paracuelles talks about why he chose pharmacy, what he hopes to do in his career and what scholarship support means to him.


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Faculty Members Receive $1.9 Million Grant to Study Personalized Medicine Print

Many healthcare and research experts predict that the era of personalized medicine is fast approaching. Soon, individual patients could have their entire genome sequenced as part of routine doctor's visits. Patients could face the possibility of receiving tens or even hundreds of genomic results with important clinical ramifications — from su... Read more

Understanding Methadone Treatment in Pregnancy

Clinical Professor Michaelene "Micki" Kedzierski was interviewed for this radio story about how women who struggle with addiction can best ensure they have a stabilized pregnancy. Read more.


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Working Together Across Healthcare Settings

In the Foundations of Interprofessional Practice curriculum, health sciences students are working together to solve real health challenges. Faculty member Jennifer Danielson is quoted in this article. Read more.


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Garrison Contributes to ‘Value in Health’ Report

Lou Garrison, assistant director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (PORPP), co-chaired a task force whose new report makes recommendations for implementing and evaluating schemes that pay for health outcomes achieved. Read more.

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Grad Student’s Research in Uganda Gets Boost

PORPP Affiliate Professor Andy Stergachis and his wife, JoAnn, have create the Stergachis Endowed Fellowship for International Exchange in the School of Public Health. The first recipient? PORPP graduate student Solomon Lubinga. Read more.

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Garrison Contributes to Report on State of Personalized Medicine

PORPP Interim Director Lou Garrison, Ph.D.

LONDON, UK, July 12, 2013 — The development of personalized medicine in the United Kingdom and internationally is being thwarted by regulation and pricing systems that are not set up to enable its widespread adoption, according to a new report — "Realizing the Potential of Stratified Medicine" — from the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS),... Read more

Stergachis Named Editor-in-Chief of APhA Journal

Affiliate Professor of Pharmacy Andy Stergachis will oversee the editorial content of the 'Journal of the American Pharmacists Association,' the peer-reviewed journal of the 62,000-member association. Read more.


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Students Get Certified in Tuberculosis Screening

Screening for TB is one of the best tools to prevent the disease and its spread. Pharmacists throughout the region and state have been increasing their TB screening efforts. Our School and its students are part of those efforts.  Read more.


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PORPP Grad Students Named Global Health Fellows

Graduate students Solomon Lubinga and Marita Mann have received Thomas Francis, Jr., Global Health Fellowships from the UW Department of Global Health. Francis Fellowships provide financial assistance to graduate students who would like to gain practical global health field experience in international settings. Read more.


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A Prescription for Healthy Aging

'Columns' magazine, in its UW Foundation section, profiles PharmD student Laura Hart. The piece highlights the role that Professor Emeritus Joy Plein and the Plein Endowment have played in supporting Laura's impressive work in geriatric pharmacy.


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A Conversation with the Border-to-Border Founder

'Columns,' the UW alumni magazine, interviewed Patrick Gallaher, '95, founder of the School of Pharmacy's Border-to-Border relay race that since 1995 has raised money for cancer research in honor of his late father.
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Jeff Rochon is the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus in Pharmacy Practice

This week, at the UW School of Pharmacy Dean's Recognition Reception, Jeff Rochon, PharmD, '99, will be named the School's 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award in Pharmacy Practice, Rochon, the Chief Executive Officer of the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA), is a leader in the Washington State pharmacy community who has had a significant i... Read more

Lingtak-Neander Chan Honored for Clinical Nutrition Efforts


A.S.P.E.N. Announces Lingtak-Neander Chan as Distinguished Nutrition Support Pharmacist Service Award Winner
Dr. Chan honored for his dedication to clinical nutrition

April 4, 2013, Silver Spring, MD - The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) is pleased to announce Lingtak-Neander Chan, Pha... Read more

PORPP Graduate Student Named Magnuson Scholar

William Canestaro from the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program has received a 2013-2014 Magnuson Scholarship. He is receiving this award based on his academic performance and potential contributions to research. Read more.


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Reception and Lecture Combine for One Special School of Pharmacy Event

This year, the School of Pharmacy is combining two of our signature events — the Dean's Recognition Reception and the Don B. Katterman Memorial Lecture — into one special event. This new program is intended to encourage our alumni and other members of our community to engage with the School and with fellow practitioners in an even more impactfu... Read more

Grant Will Help Create New Certificate Program

The PhRMA Foundation recently announced that the UW will receive a $250,000 grant to establish a graduate certificate program in comparative effectiveness research. The UW Schools of Pharmacy and Public Health will create this program under the direction of Professor of Pharmacy Lou Garrison. Read more.


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School of Pharmacy Debuts 301 Class

In an effort to give more UW undergraduate students an in-depth look at what the pharmacy profession is all about, the UW School of Pharmacy is launching a new course for undergrads. Pharmacy 301, "Medications and Health: It’s not all about drugs," will be offered during spring quarter 2013.

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Barriers to Plan B Access Persist for Native Women

I2P2 Endowed Professor Don Downing was interviewed for this 'American Independent' article about the challenges that Native American women are having accessing emergency contraception. Downing has spent much of his career working with Tribal Health Authorities and advocating for access to healthcare among Native Americans. Read more.


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Students Win Clinical Skills Competition

Fourth-year pharmacy students Stephanie Friedman and Linda Lei took part in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 16th Annual Clinical Skills Competition at the ASHP midyear meeting in New Orleans in December. The duo took top prize for their ability to assess a complicated patient case and create a pharmacist’s care plan. Read more.
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Global Health Program Has Widespread Impact

The UW Global Medicines program, co-founded by Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Andy Stergachis and Professor of Pharmacy Lou Garrison, is actively working with partner organizations and other stakeholders on activities to improve the safety, quality and affordability of medicines. Their work ranges from places like Bangladesh to Malawi. Read more.

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Naloxone Cost-Effective in Preventing Overdose

'The Annals of Internal Medicine' has released a study showing that giving heroin users naloxone is a cost-effective way to save lives. Stergachis Endowed PORPP Professor and Director Sean Sullivan co-authored the study with the Director of Substance Use Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  The Daily  UW Today


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Students Practice Clinical Problem-Solving Skills

On October 30, nearly 450 pharmacy students, medical students, nursing students and physician assistant students convened as teams to apply their diverse skills in a medical scenario. This is one of a series of large-scale interprofessional skills training event for health sciences students at the UW.   'UW Today' article.


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New Report Focuses on Diabetes in Older Adults

A new report by a consensus panel of diabetes experts has been published in 'Diabetes Care' and the 'Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.' Peggy Odegard, Chair of Pharmacy and Bridge Endowed Professor, was the only pharmacist on this panel that looked at the risks and management of diabetes in older adults. Read more.


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‘Native Women Face Patchwork of Plan B Policies’

I2P2 Endowed Professor Don Downing, who has long collaborated with the Tribal Health Authority, was interviewed for an 'AP/Huffington Post' story about the Indian Health Service's policies on providing emergency contraception to Native American women.


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Andy Stergachis Elected to Institute of Medicine

Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Andy Stergachis has been named a member of the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. He is one of three UW faculty members to receive this distinction, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Read more.


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Pharmacists Play Expanding Role in Health Care

Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice Endowed Professor Don Downing is interviewed in this 'Everett Herald' story about the pharmacists' role in providing vaccines. In it, he notes how Washington state has long been a trailblazer for innovating and enhancing the pharmacy profession. Read more.


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WSPA Announces 2012 Award Winners

Several School of Pharmacy alumni and affiliate faculty members are among this year’s award winners. The awards include Pharmacist of the Year (Beverly Schaefer, '70) and Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year (Ryan Oftebro, '95). Dean Emeritus Sid Nelson also received a posthumous Distinguished Leadership Service Award. Read more.

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Faculty Contribute to Malawi Health Care Project

VillageReach and the Barr Foundation recently announced the launch of a new program in Malawi to increase health care access through improvements in the public health supply chain. Faculty members Andy Stergachis and Shabir Somani will be part of this program team. Read more.


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Spotlight: Medicine Safety in the Middle East

At the Seattle Center's recent Global Health Experience Exhibit, a UW booth showed several videos of UW students involved in global health. One of the videos featured Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program student Norio Kasahara and his adviser, Andy Stergachis, talking about their medication safety project in Afghanistan.


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PORPP to Join Forces with Oregon Research Center

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a five-year contract to Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). Through this contract, the EPC becomes a partnership between Oregon Health and Science University, Spectrum Research, and the UW CHASE Alliance -- an alliance that counts our School's Pharmaceutical Outcomes Res... Read more

Student Training Focuses on Teamwork, Communication

In the simulated acute care environments of the UW Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies, more than 300 students from the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine and the Physician Assistant program recently took part in an immersive education experience focusing on team communication at the bedside.


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Article Honors Remarkable Women in Pharmacy

Sara McElroy, '12, immediate past president the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), is profiled in APhA's current magazine. In the article, which also highlights APhA’s Women in Pharmacy Campaign, McElroy acknowledges her female role models at the UW. (Article is on Page 16 of the digital magazine.) Read mo... Read more

Working to Protect Women’s Health in Uganda

As a graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (PORPP) and now as an assistant professor of global health at the UW, Joseph Babigumira has focused his research on the economics of unsafe abortions in Uganda. He and a number of PORPP faculty members have a new study out showing the negative impact these procedures... Read more

‘UW360’ Showcases Kedzierski’s Outreach Work

Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Micki Kedzierski is profiled on the May episode of 'UW 360.' In it, she and some of her students are shown working with patients from Evergreen Treatment Services and the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. Watch the story.


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UW Global Medicines Program Expands Impact

From Bangladesh to South Africa, the UW Global Medicines Program continues its efforts to improve the use, safety and affordability of medicines in developing nations. Pharmacy faculty members Lou Garrison and Andy Stergachis and alumnus Joseph Babigumira are a major part of these endeavors. Read more.

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Ryan Hansen is 2011 Distinguished Alumnus

The School of Pharmacy's 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award in Pharmacy Practice will go to a young pharmacist who has already made significant contributions to pharmacy technology, clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical outcomes research. Ryan Hansen is the vice president and director of technology at Kelley-Ross Pharmacy, the president of a clini... Read more

Shifting Hong Kong’s Pharmacy Care Model

Department of Pharmacy faculty members Lingtak-Neander Chan, Al Ellsworth and Annie Lam recently spent two weeks in Hong Kong training pharmacists in geriatric pharmacotherapy. The Hong Kong Hospital Authority commissioned this program as part of its larger effort to restructure the region’s pharmacy practice model. Read more.


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Pharmaceutical Outcomes Program Receives Endowed Directorship

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the establishment of an endowment that will support the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP). The Stergachis Family Endowed Directorship is named after Andy Stergachis, PhD, professor of epidemiology and global health and adjunct professor of pharmacy,... Read more

Student Completes International Rotation

Fourth-year pharmacy student and Thomas Francis, Jr. Global Health Fellow Elise Fields recently completed a rotation in Windhoek, Namibia, where the UW has a collaborative relationship with the University of Namibia and the Ministry of Health and Social Services. During her time there, she "contributed a lot in such a very short time." Read more.
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Pharmacy Faculty Collaborate Across Borders

Faculty members Dana Hammer and Nanci Murphy recently joined the UW team who presented at the international Collaborating Across Borders III Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Along with colleagues from across the health sciences, they highlighted the UW's accomplishments in advancing interprofessional educational initiatives. Read more.


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NIH Genome Sequencing Grants Awarded to the UW

To accelerate genome sequencing applications for patient care, the National Human Genome Research Institute has announced the establishment of two major programs at the University of Washington. Professor of Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy David Veenstra is part of one of the funded research projects. Read more.

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Pharmacy Students Lead Honduras Medical Brigade

This past September, almost thirty UW pharmacy students led a global health project in Honduras — offering a temporary, free clinic in the village of Joya Grande, a town of about 660 people. Read more.


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WSPA Announces Its 2011 Award Recipients

Clinical Professor Micki Kedzierski received the Cardinal Health Generations Rx Award, Associate Dean Nanci Murphy took home the Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor award, and pharmacy student Karen Craddick was named Pharmacy Student of the Year. They received their awards at the Washington State Pharmacy Association annual meeting in late October. Re... Read more

Pharmacy Students Amp Up Their Business Expertise

The School of Pharmacy’s Principles of Pharmacy Practice Management class has undergone some changes this year. The class, co-taught by faculty members Don Downing and Shabir Somani, has added an online video curriculum and is inviting special guest speakers, among other things. George D. Bartell made an appearance earlier this quarter. Read more... Read more

Commentary Takes a Look at Pharmacogenomics

Professor of Pharmacy David Veenstra has co-authored a commentary in ‘The Journal of the American Medical Association’ about the many different perspectives on personalized medicine. It considers how to resolve the conflicting views of entities that range from academic researchers to the pharmaceutical industry to patients. Read more.

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UW Pharmacy Cares Offers Services to Older Adults

Last year, UW Pharmacy Cares, the School of Pharmacy’s consulting pharmacy program, partnered with Era Living Retirement Community’s University House to provide services to its residents. 'Columns,' the UW alumni magazine, showcases this collaboration in its current issue.


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Keeping Medicines Safe in a Global Economy

In a recent opinion piece in 'The Scientist,' Epidemiology and Global Health Professor and Adjunct Pharmacy Professor Andy Stergachis writes about the need for increased scrutiny as drugs and vaccines go global. Read full article. Also read a UW Q&A with Stergachis here.


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Caring for Prescriptions in Extreme Weather

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Skye McKennon recently shared her drug safety expertise with 'The New York Times.' The article discussed how extreme temperatures can effect prescription and over-the-counter drugs — and what patients should do to maintain the integrity of their medications. Read more.


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KUOW Story Discusses Expiring Drug Patents

The patents are currently set to expire on seven of the 20 top-selling prescription drugs. Professor of Pharmacy John Horn spoke to NPR's 'The Conversation' about what these changes will mean to the millions of Americans taking these medications. Listen to the interview.


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Professor, Alum Address Pharmacy Robbery Issue

Pharmacy robberies are on the rise in Washington state. Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Don Downing and Washington State Pharmacy Association CEO (and School of Pharmacy Alumnus) Jeff Rochon have authored a 'Seattle Times' article asserting that increasing the penalties for these crimes will make pharmacies safer. Read more.


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Study Determines Cost-Effective Means to Prevent Diabetes

Professor of Pharmacy Sean Sullivan is the lead author on a study out this week that shows that the cost-effectiveness of type 2 diabetes prevention can be significantly improved when a diabetes risk score (DRS) is used to identify patients at highest risk for diabetes.

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School Spinoff Company Receives Large Grant

Impel NeuroPharma, a Seattle biotech co-founded by Professor Rodney Ho and John Hoekman, Ph.D., ’10, has received a $750,000 research grant from the Department of Defense’s Chemical and Biological Defense Program. The project will assess how therapeutic drugs might break the blood-brain barrier to treat people exposed to chemical warfare agents... Read more

Odegard Named Chair of Department of Pharmacy

Principle Investigator and Associate Dean Peggy Odegard

Bridge Endowed Professor of Pharmacy Peggy Odegard will start her new role as the chair of the School's largest department on July 1. She will succeed Professor of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics Danny Shen, who will return to his full-time teaching and research responsibilities at the School. Read more.


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Student Team Places in National P & T Competition

Pharmacy students Sara Forrester, Ingrid Larson, Lisa Rogers and Tracy Yep took third place in the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition at its annual meeting in Minneapolis. This marks the third time in as many years that a UW student team has placed in the top three of this mock drug-review competitio... Read more

“Preparing For New Health Care Market Realities” took place at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle.

On April 27, a Comparative Effectiveness Symposium, "Preparing For New Health-Care Market Realities" took place at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. Professor of Pharmacy and Director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program Sean Sullivan was a symposium co-organizer and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy David Fl... Read more

Pharmacy Student Receives ASHP Leadership Award

Third-year student Karen Craddick was one of only ten pharmacy students nationwide to receive an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Student Leadership Award. Read the press release.


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School Helps Namibia Open Pharmacy Program

Faculty members from the UW Schools of Pharmacy and Public Health have been working with the University of Namibia and the Namibian Ministry of Health for the past few years to create this new degree program. It is the first pharmacy degree program the country has had since it gained independence in 1990. Read more.


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Katterman Lecture Looks to ‘Electronic Revolution’

Presenter Sue Merk, pharmacist and VP at OneHealthPort, will headline the School of Pharmacy 2011 Don B. Katterman Memorial Lecture, “The Future of Pharmacy Communication: Preparing for an Electronic Revolution.” In the May 10 event, she will explain how new technologies will improve the pharmacy profession while improving patients' lives. Read... Read more

Anderson Named School’s Distinguished Alumna

The 2010 Distinguished Alumna in Pharmaceutical Science and Research is UW Professor of Pharmacy Gail Anderson. An internationally recognized expert on anticonvulsant medications, Anderson has devoted her career to helping better understand the treatment of epilepsy and brain injuries. Read more.


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School of Pharmacy Student, Faculty Member Receive UW Volunteer Awards

Each January, the UW Medical Center (UWMC) holds a celebration event in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. At this year’s event, fourth-year pharmacy student Paul Algeo and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Andy Stergachis received Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Volunteer Recognition Awards. These awards go to individuals who exemplify a commitment ... Read more

Two Students Named to National Leadership Roles

Students Sara McElroy and Andrew Heinz will become presidents of two prominent pharmacy organizations — the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists and the National Community Pharmacists Association Student Leadership Council. Read more.


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Drug Interaction May Cause Hypotension, Study Finds

Professor John Horn co-authored a study that found that older adults on common blood pressure medications could suffer dangerous drops in blood pressure if given certain antibiotics. The Canadian Medical Association Journal study has made international headlines. CMAJ study (PDF)   Reuters article


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UW Global Medicines Program Launched

School of Pharmacy Professor Lou Garrison and Affiliate Professor Andy Stergarchis have joined forces in this UW Department of Global Health led effort. The program's goal is to generate and disseminate new methods and knowledge to assess and improve the safe and rational use of medicines in resource-poor countries. Read more.


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School Receives Flu Vaccines for Outreach Programs

Bartell Drugs has donated 4,000 vaccine doses to the UW and WSU schools of pharmacy to support programs that provide vaccines to underserved populations. Read press release (PDF).


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Downing and Plein Receive 2010 WSPA Awards

Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Don Downing received the David Almquist Award for outstanding work in pharmacy enrichment and Professor of Pharmacy Joy Plein received the Rod Shafer Award for pioneering contributions to the field. Several alumni and preceptors also won awards from the Washington State Pharmacy Association. Read press release and UW ... Read more

Garrison Speaks at Health Affairs Comparative Effectiveness Conference

Professor of Pharmacy Lou Garrison presented his research at the Health Affairs-sponsored conference and was featured in the October issue of the magazine, which focused on the federal push for comparative-effectiveness research.


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Sullivan Receives $2.45 Million AHRQ Grant

Professor of Pharmacy and Director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program Sean Sullivan received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for a scientist career-development program. Read more.


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Plein Is Idaho State U’s 2010 Distinguished Alumna

Professor of Pharmacy Joy Plein, ’51, ’56, has been honored by her undergraduate alma mater for exemplary professional and personal contributions that have resulted in national or international recognition. Read more.


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PORPP Helps Create Important UW Research Alliance

This past November, the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program co-founded the UW Centers for Comparative and Health Systems Effectiveness (CHASE) Alliance. In its first six months, the Alliance has already gained ground in research efforts and training programs. Read more.


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School of Pharmacy Program Continues Groundbreaking Research on Medication Use in Pregnancy

The summer issue of the UW alumni magazine, Columns, highlighted the work of Professor of Pharmacy Mary Hebert, director of the renowned Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Unit. The unit recently received a $5 million grant to continue its work on the clinical pharmacology of medications taken during pregnancy. Read more.


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Professor Shelly Gray’s Research Finds Risk Associated with Popular Medications

Shelly Gray, professor in the Department of Pharmacy, was the lead author in an Archives of Internal Medicine study of proton pump inhibitors (PPI), which are commonly used gastric acid-suppressing medications. The study showed an association between PPIs and osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women.  Read the full study. See Wall Street Jou... Read more

Don Downing Weighs in on Washington State Medicaid Changes

Clinical professor Don Downing was recently interviewed for a story on KUOW about Washington's generics-first policy for anti-psychotics. Listen to the full story or read the transcript here.


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Chan and Downing Headline Lecture

Katterman Lecture Highlights Faculty This year's lecture, headlined by Professors Lingtak-Neander Chan and Don Downing, is called "Keeping Up, Staying Ahead: Innovations in Community Practice, Inpatient Care and Pharmacy Management." Read more.


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Professors Bring New Pharmaceutical Care Model to Ethiopia

A team of three faculty members from the Schools of Pharmacy and Public Health recently traveled to Ethiopia to help the African nation’s health care practitioners improve their pharmaceutical care model. So far, their efforts are proving to be successful. Read more


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Pharmacists Expand Focus on Women’s Health

Modern Medicine interviewed Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Don Downing for an article about pharmacists’ role in providing patient-consulting services to women. In the piece, Downing emphasized, among other things, that pharmacists are not just pill vendors, but also caregivers who take personal responsibility for patient outcomes. Read article.
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PORPP Research Shows Impact of E-Prescribing

Research Associate Professor Beth Devine recently led a study on the impacts of e-prescribing, in collaboration with researchers from the School’s Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program and from The Everett Clinic. The published study measured the impact of computerized provider order entry on medication errors, and it was designated... Read more

Downing Interviewed on KUOW’s “The Conversation”

Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Don Downing was recently interviewed by National Public Radio station KUOW about the role of pharmacists in health care. Listen to the MP3 of his interview.


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Turning to Technology

Telepharmacies, robots are two ways technological innovations are making pharmacy services better.

Read the 2009 Columns article, "Turning to Technology".


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Sullivan to co-PI Cancer Research Project

Sullivan to co-PI Cancer Research Project, Read Business Journal article (October 5, 2009), Read press release (October 5, 2009)


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School Research on KING 5

The Department of Pharmacy's Annie Lam was recently featured on the Seattle evening news to talk about research she is conducting in collaboration with the School of Nursing. The research is examining how "talking pill bottles" might improve the health, safety and health literacy of certain patients taking medications. Watch KING 5 news segment, Re... Read more

Local researchers test ‘talking pill bottle’

School Research on KING 5, Watch KING 5 news segment (September 26, 2009), Read previous U Week article article (May 14, 2009)


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Annie Lam honored for Asian community-outreach program

Lam Honored for Outreach Program (September 25, 2008)


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Editorial: Pharmacists Important to Health Care Reform

Faculty members Don Downing and Peggy Odegard wrote an editorial for 'The Bellingham Herald' about the important role that pharmacists play in a reforming health care system. Read more (PDF).


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School Mourns the Loss of Alumna and Longtime Supporter

Shirley Bridge, ’45, passed away this past weekend. In addition to being a prominent community-member and tireless advocate for multiple social causes, she was a longtime supporter of the UW School of Pharmacy. She will be greatly missed by the faculty, staff and students whose lives she impacted.
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School Mourns Loss of Bev Katterman

Remembering Bev Katterman

Beverley Katterman, former co-owner of Montlake Drugs and Katterman’s Sand
Point Pharmacy and wife of the late Don B. Katterman, passed away on Thursday, May 28th. Katterman’s Pharmacy has been a mainstay in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood since 1965.
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Message from Herb Tsuchiya, 2008 School of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus in Pharmacy Practice

Tsuchiya gave the following speech upon accepting his award at the School of Pharmacy’s Dean’s Recognition Reception on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009:First, I thank God for keeping me alive for this long. He must have a purpose and work for me to do for a little while longer. Just like pharmaceutical drugs, we humans have an expiration date. We just... Read more

UW names 2009 Magnuson Scholars

PORPP Student Receives Premier UW Scholarship (April 30, 2009)


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ISPOR elects Ramsey president

Ramsey Elected as ISPOR President (April 27, 2009)


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MRSA Among Topics at 2009 Katterman Lecture, April 1

MRSA Among Topics at 2009 Katterman Lecture (March 12, 2009)


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Combating overmedication one patient at a time

Combating Overmedication One Patient at a Time (January 8, 2009)


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Weber recognized for contributions to psychiatric pharmacy

Weber Honored for Contributions to Field (December 4, 2008)


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Talking pill bottles aim to improve health, health literacy

Pill Bottles May Improve Health Literacy, Read U Week article (May 14, 2009), Read NIH Grant announcement (November 10, 2008)


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Shen to head national pharmaceutical group

Shen to Head National Pharmaceutical Group (October 2, 2008)


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Faculty-staff-retiree gifts to the University show depths of connection

Gifts to School Have Far-Reaching Impact (October 2, 2008)


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Bridge Endowment Names Lam and Odegard


Drs. Annie Lam, ’95, PharmD,’97 and Peggy Odegard,’85, PharmD, ’90, co-directors of the Plein Certificate in Geriatric Pharmacy, have been named Shirley and Herb Bridge Endowed Professors in Pharmacy. They are the first to receive this honor. It is a coveted award as only two such professorships currently exist at the School, the ... Read more

School Receives License for Nondispensing Pharmacy

The Washington State Department of Health Board of Pharmacy recently granted the UW School of Pharmacy a license to open a nondispensing, medication-therapy-management (MTM) pharmacy. It is the first of its kind in Washington state.
This new pharmacy is an integral component of the Department of Pharmacy’s effort to develop an MTM training progr... Read more

Don Downing Named 2008 “Pharmacist Leader of the Year” by the California-based Pharmacy Access Partnership

Don Downing, ’75, clinical professor, was named the 2008 “Pharmacist Leader of the Year” by the California-based Pharmacy Access Partnership in recognition of Professor Downing’s excellence and courage in promoting reproductive health access in pharmacies. Downing also received a “Certificate of Congressional Recognition” from Repre... Read more

New Residency Program Meets Growing Demand for Management Trained Pharmacists

The UW School of Pharmacy has created a new joint Pharmacy Management/Masters in Health Administration (MHA) residency program to help address the acute need for management trained pharmacists in hospitals and other patient care institutions across our nation.
Starting the summer of 2007 the School will welcome at least one new resident a year to ... Read more

Two Professors Named as Fellows, AAAS and ASCP

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy is proud to announce that two if its professors, Drs. Rene Levy and Peggy Odegard have been named as fellows of the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), respectively.

Dr. Rene Levy, professor of pharmaceutics and former cha... Read more

KATTERMAN LECTURE Managing Change: Pharmacists Shaping the Future of Pharmacy

The University of Washington and the Pharmacy Alumni Association (PAA) are pleased to present motivational speaker and ex-Husky football great, Tom Flick, as keynote speaker for this year’s Katterman Lecture. Joining Tom will be Rod Shafer, chief executive officer, Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA), Dedi Hitchens, director, Washington ... Read more

UW Faculty Are Leaders in Experiential Education

On June 17, representatives from all areas of pharmacy practice, regulation, professional organizations and education met in Chicago, Illinois, for a two-day summit with the goal of creating an action plan and implementation strategy for advancing experiential education within the pharmacy profession. This invitational summit was part of the Americ... Read more

Downing Receives APhA Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Pharmaceutical Services

Don Downing, clinical associate professor, has been awarded the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APPM) Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Pharmaceutical Services for the career-long contributions he has made to the expansion and adoption of provisions for specialized pharmaceutical care at the local, state and national ... Read more

Pharmacist Prescribers Increase Access to Effective Contraceptives

It has been my pleasure to observe and participate in the expansion of clinical services provided by pharmacists in Washington State. Our pharmacists have been recognized nationwide as critical innovators in contraceptive care - the most important of these services being pharmacist-provided emergency contraception (EC). In providing this service ph... Read more

The Pharmacist’s Role In an Age of Bioterrorism and Other Emerging Public Health Threats

 Where were you on 9/11? Andy Stergachis, professor of epidemiology and affiliate professor of pharmacy for University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, was preparing to board a plane bound for New York. The horrific nature by which our nation was awoken that morning coinciding with the activity in which he was about... Read more

UW Pharmacy Care Considered Most Progressive in the Nation

Henry R. Manassi, executive vice president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), was very impressed by his recent visit to University of Washington (UW) Harborview Medical Center, calling the programmatic pharmacy services he observed the “most progressive in the country.”
In Seattle for the American Pharmacy Association... Read more

UWSOP Receives $2.8 Grant to Study the Pharmacology of Drugs in Pregnant Women

Mary Hebert, associate professor of pharmacy, and her UW team of researchers received a $2.8 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) to research the clinical pharmacology of drugs in pregnant woman. The UW Obstetric Fetal Pharmacology Unit will join three other grant recipients (Georgetown Universit... Read more

Katterman Lecture to Showcase Latest Technologies

Technology is fueling rapid changes in the pharmaceutical industry. The direction of this profession will be greatly influenced by the advanced capabilities of advanced technologies.
As tens of millions of baby boomers continue to rely more on prescriptions in the coming years, pharmacists will be looking to more powerful technological resources t... Read more