School of Pharmacy

Donald Downing

Clinical Professor

Department of Pharmacy, Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacy Faculty, Plein Center in Geriatrics Faculty, School Faculty

Telephone: (206) 616-4587


Office Location: UW School of Pharmacy, Seattle, WA Room H 375 V1 Box 357630 Seattle, WA 98195-7630


  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Access to sexual and reproductive health services
  • Women’s Healthcare
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacy Legislative Policy
  • Global Health

Courses Taught

  • Global Health Preparedness
  • Legislative and Professional Advocacy
  • Patient-managed medical devices
  • Leadership
  • Pharmacy Practice Management


Don is a Clinical Professor at the University Of Washington School Of Pharmacy in Seattle and Endowed Chair of the Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice. He and colleagues developed the first pharmacist-initiated emergency contraception / ongoing contraception and immunization programs in the United States. In 2015 he co-wrote the first state law in the United States that successfully recognizes and compensates pharmacists as medical providers.

Professor Downing has worked to improve the ability of pharmacists to provide needed clinical services in countries throughout the world – including India, Africa, Japan, Central & South America, Micronesia/Marshall Islands, Europe and the U.S. In order to accomplish this he works with academic institutions, pharmacy organizations, Ministries of Health, state and national policy makers, Attorney Generals, insurance / health commissions and patient advocacy organizations. Areas of expertise include chronic disease detection and management, sexual and reproductive health, and progressive health policies.

Selected Publications

  • Canestaro W, Vodicka E, Downing D, Trussell J. Implications of employer coverage of contraception: cost-effectiveness analysis of contraception coverage under an employer mandate. James Trussell 32 Contraception. 2017 Jan;95(1):77-89. Epub 2016 Aug 16. PubMed PMID: 27542519; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC5140751.
  • Hazlet,T.; Karwaki, T; Downing, D; Pathway to pharmacist medical provider status in Washington State; Commentary: JAPhA, Sept 2016
  • Coming of Age: Pharmacy Practice in the 21st Century”; Commentary; Israel Journal of Health Policy Research; November 2015
  • Inviting the Pharmacist: A Model for improved reproductive care access”; Downing DF; Contraception 85 (2012) 2-4; Peer-reviewed editorial
  • Gardner J, Miller L, Downing D, et. Al.; Pharmacist prescribing of hormonal contraceptives: results of the Direct Access study. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2008 Mar-Apr;48(2):212-21; 5 p following 221
  • Actual Use Study of Emergency Contraceptive Pills Provided in a Simulated Over-the-Counter Manner”; Obstet Gynecol 2003; 102:17-23; Investigator, Pharmacy Arm, 2001-02
  •  Gardner J, Hutchings J, Fuller T, Downing D. Increasing Access to Emergency Contraception Through Community Pharmacies: Lessons from Washington State, Family Planning Perspectives, Volume 33, Number 4, July/August 2001
  • Using Pharmacies in Washington State to Expand Access to Emergency Contraception”; Family Planning Perspectives 1998, 30 (6): 288-290
  • When the Morning After is Sunday: Pharmacist Prescribing of Emergency Contraceptive Pills”, JAMWA 1998, 53 (5): 230-232