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Updated February 14, 2017

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Tiger Giving Day Set for Feb. 21

Join Auburn University and the Harrison School of Pharmacy for Tiger Giving Day. This year HSOP is supporting an initiative by Dr. Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd to educate the Auburn community on the dangers associated with opioids and to train and equip first responders in the area with Naloxone, the opioid reversal medication. The opioid epidemic is one that affects the United States and is a growing problem in parts of Alabama. Auburn men and women believe in helping those in their community, and your assistance in this projeft could help save a life.

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The Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight: Charlotte Denise Jeffers

A Less Traditional Option: Charlotte Denise Jeffers, a member of the Harrison School of Pharmacy Class of 1993, began in her career in traditional practice settings, but a desire for something different led her to radiopharmacy. Learn more about her path in the Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight.

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2018 Pharmacy Camp Applications are Open

Do you know a high school student interested in a career in healthcare? The application period for the 2018 Auburn Pharmacy Camp is open. The camp will be held June 3-8 at the Harrison School of Pharmacy with HSOP faculty and students serving as instructors and counselors. For more information on the camp and to register, go to The camp is open to rising 11th and 12th graders and incoming college freshmen. If you know someone who may be interested, send them to the link above. Additionally, check out this blog post by one of last year’s campers.

Catch Up on AU InforMed

AU InforMed, the electronic bulletin from the HSOP Drug Information Center, covered Chron's and Colitis, along with a review of new drugs approved in 2017 in its two most recent issues. Learn more and check out other issues by visiting the AU InforMed website.

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What a Pharmacist Should Know During Flu Season

With flu season in full swing, Dr. Marilyn Bulloch takes a look at oscillococcinum and its buzz as a treatment of the flu in this article from Pharmacy Times.

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Pharmacists Must Weigh DOACs’ Benefits Versus Risks

While direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) provide many benefits for patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE), new research is finding that there are many patients who should not take them. Learn more in this article from Modern Medicine that utilizes research from HSOP’s own Dr. Taylor Steuber.

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Large HSOP Crowd Attends APA Legislative Day

More than 250 Harrison School of Pharmacy students, along with several alumni, attended the APA Student Legislative Lunch on Feb. 7 in Montgomery. Students heard from alums in the legislature such as Sen. Billy Beasley (HSOP Class of 1962) and Rep. Elaine Beech (HSOP Class of 1983), along with several others on the issues facing the pharmacy profession in the legislature.

Progress Note on the Collaborative Practice Act Initiative

HSOP Professor R. Lee Evans offers an update on collaborative practice legislation in Alabama: In case you are wondering what happened to the Collaborative Practice Act initiative here’s the update. A draft bill was submitted to Rep. Elaine Beech during the summer with the intent of being pre-filed for the 2018 session. Discussions began with representatives of the Medical Association of Alabama (MASA) culminating with a meeting with members of the MASA on Jan. 16. Representatives from APA, ALSHP, Samford, Auburn, Board of Pharmacy and Rep. Beech attended the meeting.

The discussions at that meeting were broad, ranging and included general distributive issues to measures addressing the current substance abuse issues. During these discussions it became very clear that there was a need for further dialogue before a mutually agreeable change to the pharmacy practice act could be successful. Another meeting with MASA is being scheduled within the next 60 days. Some progress is being made but there will be no bill submitted to the legislature this year. There is a strong determination on the part of all participants that a bill will be submitted before the 2019 legislative session. Once that has been submitted the pharmacy community will be called upon to aggressively and uniformly advocate for the bill’s passage. Working on establishing and improving relationships with legislators and physician colleagues is critical as legislation is developed and introduced.

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Lotha Kilgore Spotlighted by Local Newspaper

Lotha Kilgore, a member of the HSOP Class of 1969, was recently spotlighted by the Fort-Payne Times-Journal. Kilgore owns several pharmacies in the Rainsville area and recently employed his granddaughter, HSOP Class of 2016 member Matika Kilgore Thomas. Read more on the Fort Payne Times Journal's website.

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Alum and Former Faculty Member Anne Marie Liles Tapped for AACP Position

Former faculty member and HSOP Class of 2005 member Dr. Anne Marie Liles recently won the election for Chair-elect of the Pharmacy Practice Section. The pharmacy practice section chair has the overall responsibility for conducting the section’s affairs between annual meetings. The chair also presides at the section’s business meetings and serves as a member of the association’s section council. The chair has overall responsibility for setting the direction for annual section activities, and formulates and manages the section’s budget.

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Women in Business: Keri Bates

HSOP Class of 2009 member Keri Bates recently joined the ranks of women entrepreneurs as she and her family opened Rocky Ridge Drug Company in Vestavia. Read more in this story from the Vestavia Voice.

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Maine Receives APhA Leadership Award

Auburn alumna Lucinda Maine was recently recognized by the American Pharmacists Association with the Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award. The award recognizes an individual who has promoted and encouraged pharmacists to attain leadership positions through example, acting as a role model and mentor. Maine, who is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, is a 1980 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy.

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HSOP Students Make Impact at Mobile Clinic

Three years ago, students on the HSOP Mobile campus collaborated with their counterparts from other health disciplines and formed the USA Student-Run Free Clinic in Mobile. The clinic, which now includes students from more than 10 healthcare disciplines, has a permanent home in the Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama, assisting the homeless and others that are under-served in the area. Learn more about the clinic and the great work it is doing.

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Motiur Rahman Finishes Second at 3 Minute Thesis

Motiur Rahman recently took runner-up and the people's choice award at the Auburn University Graduate School 3 Minute Thesis competition. Motiur, a graduate student in the Health Outcomes Research and Policy option, presented on "Disparities in the appropriateness of medication use: a population based study." Also competing was fellow Health Outcomes Research and Policy student Heba Aref, who presented on "Text vs video educational messages: Which is more effective in impacting vaccination perception?" Madison Chandler, a graduate student in Drug Discovery and Development and last year's 3 Minute Thesis winner also gave an exhibition presentation titled "Bridging the divide between cancer genetics research and the underserved in Alabama."

Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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AUSSHP Brings Home ASHP Award

The HSOP chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists received an Outstanding Professional Development Project Award, Dec. 3 at the ASHP Midyear Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Student chapter projects were evaluated on content & information, creativity & resourcefulness, service, outreach & impact, and overall impression.

P2s Honored by Phi Kappa Phi

On Dec. 5, the Auburn University of Phi Kappa Phi held its initiation and awards ceremony. During the awards, 13 members of HSOP's Class of 2020 were honored by the chapter for having the highest academic performance following their P1 year. Honored by Phi Kappa Phi were: Brittany Allums, Adam Archer, Cassidi Crosby, Ahmad Kader, Nicholas Liberto, Jenneca Mahesh, Kyle Manning, William Medawar, Savan Patel, Hayden Payne, Lauren Tepool, Michelle Uichanco, and Amber Usrey.

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P1 Alexa Filley Picks Up Volleyball Awards

P1 Alexa Filley recently, the setter on the Auburn Volleyball Team, was recently named All-Southeastern Conference Volleyball Team and was selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-South Region Team. Filley set a new single-season Auburn record in 2017, averaging 10.72 assists per set. That mark finished fourth in the SEC as she totaled 1,093 assists over 102 sets played. For her career, Filley finished second all-time at Auburn in total assists (4,721), sixth in assists per set (10.24), fourth in total digs (1,315), and seventh in digs per set (2.85). Also, after earning a GPA better than 3.0 in her first semester as a P1, she was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

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Chao Li Published in Cancer

Chao Li, a graduate student pursuing the Health Outcomes Research and Policy option, recently had his work published in Cancer, the journal of the American Cancer Society. Titled “Trends in botanical dietary supplement use among US adults by cancer status: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 to 2014,” he conducted the research alongside Dr. Richard Hansen, Dr. Edward Chou, Dr. Angela Calderon, and Dr. Jingjing Qian. To learn more about the work, read the full article.

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HSOP Honors Graduate Students

HSOP held the first-ever Graduate Student Awards Program on Nov. 14. To see the winners, check out the Photo Gallery.

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34 HSOP Students Inducted Into Rho Chi Honor Society

This semester, 34 Harrison School of Pharmacy students were inducted into the Rho Chi Honor Society. Find out who the new initiates are in the Photo Gallery.

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Gerhart Earns EPIC Pharmacies Grant

Second-year student Chris Gerhart was recently selected as a recipient of a 2017 EPIC Pharmacies Student Grant Award. Grants were awarded to 12 pharmacy students who plan to practice in an independent pharmacy upon graduation.

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Bailey and Boyer Publish Research

Matt Bailey (P2) and Amanda Boyer (P3), both students on HSOP’s Mobile campus, recently had research they completed with Drs. Jerry Barbee and Glenn Schulman (HSOP Class of 1977) at HCA West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, published in Pharmacy Times. Titled “Cancer Screening: Seeing the Future?,” the article examines the benefits of cancer screenings. Read the full article on the Pharmacy Times website.

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Kappa Psi Participates in Polar Plunge

The HSOP Kappa Psi chapter recently raised $425 for the Lee County Special Olympics by participating in the Polar Plunge at Auburn’s Samford Pool. Kappa Psi had more than 30 individual donors with six members participating in the Plunge. Taking the leap in the coldest water reported in the six years of the event (35 degrees) were P1 Joe Wysocki, P1 Alec Raley, P1 Zachary McGrady, P2 Adam Archer, P2 Gavin Hutson, and P3 Hayes Turner. Read more about the event in this story from the OA News.

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Sellars Writes on Managing Thyroid Conditions

Morgan Sellars (P3) recently had an article published in Pharmacy Times. Titled “Pharmacists Play a Role in Managing Thyroid Conditions,” Sellars uses the month of January as Thyroid Disorder Awareness Month to bring attention to the issue and how a pharmacist can be involved in managing. Read the full article on the Pharmacy Times Website.

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Russell Wins Patient Counseling Competition

John Russell, a P3 on the Mobile campus, recently won the local APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition. The goal of the APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition is to encourage student pharmacists in their efforts toward becoming better patient educators. The competition is designed to reflect changes that are occurring in practice, to promote and encourage further professional development of the student pharmacist and to reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a health care provider and educator. By virtue of winning, Russell will represent HSOP at the national competition, March 16-19 at the APhA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The top ten finalists in the national competition will be recognized during the APhA-ASP Awards Celebration and will receive a cash prize compliments of APhA-ASP and CVS Health.

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Parker and Whitmore Earn Darden Scholarships

P3s Kiara Parker and Melanie Whitmore were recently recognized as recipients of Darden Foundation Scholarships, which were presented at the Foundation’s Black Tie Gala Event at the Opelika Marriott on Saturday, January 27. The scholarships, which include a cash award, are presented annually to outstanding students enrolled in advanced health degree programs (Medicine, Advance Practice Nursing, Pharmacy, Dietetics, or Physical Therapy). Criteria for the award are scholarship, activities, character, and demonstrated service in meeting the needs of the underserved in the East Alabama area.

Graduate Students Earn ADDF Scholarships

HSOP graduate students Manoj Govindarajulu and Sindhu Ramesh recently received Young Investigator Scholarships from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. The highly-competitive scholarship honored just 26 students nationwide. Of all the programs with students receiving scholarships, Auburn was the only program with multiple recipients. Govindarajulu and Ramesh are both pursuing the Drug Discovery and Development option in the graduate program and were recognized at ADDF’s 12th Annual Drug Discovery for Neurodegeneration Conference, Feb. 4-8 in Washington, D.C.

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Kisselev Advances in Alabama Launchpad

Dr. Alexei Kisselev, and his startup InhiProt, were one of six teams that advanced out of last week’s Auburn Regional Alabama Launchpad competition. The Auburn Regional Alabama Startup Competition is an expansion of Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, where startups across the state compete for a share of funding and receive valuable mentoring. Kisselev’s program, a novel treatment for multiple myeloma, will now move on to the regional semifinals on April 4. Learn more on the Alabama Launchpad website.

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HORP Wins Academic Assessment Award

The Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy recently was recognized by the Auburn University Office of Academic Assessment. Out of 220 assessment reports submitted, HORP was one of the few to earn Exemplary Assessment status in the assessment of student learning outcomes.

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Kavookjian Selected as a Fellow by APhA

The American Pharmacists Association recently announced recipients from its 2018 Awards and Honors Program. Among the honorees was Dr. Jan Kavookjian, associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy. Dr. Kavookian was named a fellow by the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS). To become a Fellow, members must have demonstrated exemplary professional achievements and service to the profession through activities with APhA and other national, state or local professional organizations.

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Sacks Named Fellow by ASPEN

Dr. Gordon Sacks, department head in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recently named a Fellow by American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) recently at its Nutrition Science and Practice Conference in Las Vegas. Each year, ASPEN honors exceptional achievement in practice or research and service to the organization through the Fellowship (FASPEN) designation. This award showcases the many contributions of valuable ASPEN members and recognizes their commitments to ASPEN and the field of clinical nutrition.

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Faculty and Students Win AURIC Awards

The Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) recently announced the recipients of its 2018 research grants with several HSOP faculty and students on the list. Dr. Edward Chou from the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy received an AURIC seed grant of $20,000 for his project titled “Racial disparities in glucose-lowering therapies use and survival outcomes among breast cancer patients with co-existing type 2 diabetes."

Additionally, a handful of graduate students earned graduate fellowships. They are Madison Chandler, Ning Chen (mentored by Dean Richard Hansen), Shanese Jasper (mentored by Dr. Rusty Arnold), and Anna Huskey. Richard Cullum, a chemical engineering graduate student who conducts research with Dr. David Riese, was also a graduate fellowship recipient.

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Faculty Members Earn ALSHP Awards

Several HSOP faculty members were recognized recently at the Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists meeting. Two of the top awards went to HSOP faculty members with Dr. Cherry Jackson being named Health-System Pharmacist of the Year and Dr. Katelin Lisenby being named New Practitioner of the Year. Earning ALSHP Service Awards were Dr. Rebecca Maxson, Dr. Lisenby, Dr. Nathan Pinner, and Dr. Jackson. Additionally, HSOP alums Cherie Abernathy, Charlie Cook, Ericka Goff, and Kellye Knight received ALSHP Service Awards.

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C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Program Receives ADSS Grant

Dr. Salisa Westrick, Department Head in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, recently received a $74,000 award from the Alabama Department of Senior Services to continue their work on the Certified Aging Resource Educated Specialists (C.A.R.E.S.) Pharmacy Network. Launched in 2015, the network helps increase Medicare beneficiaries’ awareness of and access to available subsidy programs. It provides pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with training as well as an efficient and effective referral system. This provides member pharmacies with the ability to easily refer Medicare patients who may have trouble affording their medications to the local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) where they will be screened for assistance programs. Since its creation, the program has provided continuing education to more than 190 individuals and successfully enrolled 25 pharmacies into the C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network.

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HSOP Faculty, Staff, and Students Participate in Training at UAB

Several HSOP faculty, staff and students are participating in the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science Training Program. The training opportunity provides trainees with more than 50 hours of didactic and interactive instruction in clinical and translational science competencies. This year’s class is the program’s largest and also includes a record number of disciplines, including Nursing, OB/Gyn, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Psychiatry, Dentistry, Neurology, Radiation Oncology, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Nutrition Sciences, Neurosurgery, Physical Activity/Epidemiology, Community Mental Health, Cardiovascular Disease, Kinesiology, Veterinary Medicine, Surgical Oncology, Immunology/Rheumatology, Infectious Diseases, Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstruction Surgery, and Transplantation.

Those participating from HSOP are Dr. Courtney Gamston (PHS Ambulatory Care Clinician), Grace Hoffman (P2), Dr. Josh Hollingsworth (adjunct faculty member in HORP), Dr. Amal Kaddoumi (faculty member in DDD), Dr. Annie Kirby (PHS Dietician), and Dr. Nathan Pinner (faculty member in Pharmacy Practice).

Last Updated: February 14, 2017