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Updated March 20, 2019

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Catch the Spirit in the HSOP School Store

The Harrison School of Pharmacy has launched a school store in partnership with the Auburn University Bookstore. Apparel, drinkware, and other items are available for purchase online. All proceeds from the HSOP store will be used to support student success through various programs. To learn more, click HERE or visit

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Auburn and ADPH Battle Opioid Crisis Through Interprofessional Conference

Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The crisis is one that touches people from all walks of life, reaching every demographic and socio-economic status. Finding a solution to such a large problem requires an even bigger united effort between those involved in it. It is with that mindset that faculty from the Harrison School of Pharmacy and the Alabama Department of Public Health created the Conquering the Crisis: Fighting Substance Abuse in Alabama conference in 2017. Learn more about how HSOP faculty are working to bring people together to combat the crisis.

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HSOP Projects Reach Tiger Giving Day Goals

The two Tiger Giving Day projects involving the Harrison School of Pharmacy each surpassed their goals on Feb. 21. The project to raise funds for supplies for the new Auburn University Health Care and Education Clinic at the Boykin Community Center raised $14,105, reaching 117% of its goal of $12,000. Also, the project to raise funds for Dr. Amal Kaddoumi’s Alzheimer’s research study raised $17,240, reaching 114% of its goal of $15,000.

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Pharmacy Summer Camp Applications Available

The Harrison School of Pharmacy is bringing health care to rising high school juniors and seniors, and rising college freshmen through the Harrison School of Pharmacy Summer Camp. Facilitated by HSOP faculty, staff, and students, the camp allows participants to explore the profession through various learning experiences with a goal of familiarizing students with the pharmacy profession and the many opportunities available in this field. If you are interested or know someone who may be, more information can be found at

Check Out The Latest Issues of AU InforMed

The HSOP Drug Information Center has released two issues of its AU InforMed newsletter for 2019. Topics covered include a review of new drugs approved in 2018 and a focus on colorectal cancer. To learn more, visit the AU InforMed page on the HSOP website.

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Pharmacy Family Reunion Set for March 29-30

Mark your calendars for a weekend on The Plains! Come back to Auburn and enjoy a reunion with the pharmacy family, March 29-30. The Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association and the HSOP Office of Development & Alumni Affairs welcome graduates back for a weekend of fun. Come home and spend a weekend socializing with other alumni and participate in a free continuing education opportunity. See a full schedule for the weekend and RSVP for this great event.

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HSOP Graduate Stan Harrell Inducted into Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Stan Harrell, a 1958 Harrison School of Pharmacy graduate, was inducted into the Auburn University Entrepreneur Hall of Fame on March 28 as part of the annual Auburn University Entrepreneurship Summit. Harrell founded Pharmacy Management Services, Inc. (PMSI) in 1972 and built it into a powerhouse that was ranked No. 21 in Business Week Magazine’s annual listing of the 200-best small companies in the United States. Learn more about Harrell and his drive to succeed.

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Three HSOP Alumni Named ASHP Fellows

Three Harrison School of Pharmacy graduates were recently named Fellows by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Earning the honor were Stephen Davis (Class of 2018), Brent Fox (Classes of 1998 [BS], 1999 [Pharm.D.], and 2005 [Ph.D]), and Brad Wright (Class of 2004). Davis, who will be HSOP’s 2019 commencement speaker, is Director of Health System Strategy with Shields Health Solutions. Fox is an associate professor in HSOP’s Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, and Wright is an associate clinical professor in HSOP’s Department of Pharmacy Practice. To achieve ASHP Fellow status individuals must have successfully demonstrated sustained commitment or contributions to excellence in pharmacy practice for 10 years or more, contributed to the total body of knowledge in the field, demonstrated active involvement and leadership in ASHP, and have actively been involved in and committed to educating practitioners and others.

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Century Pharmacy Celebrates a Century in Business

Located near the Florida-Alabama border is the town of Century, Florida and its local pharmacy, Century Pharmacy. This year the pharmacy celebrates 100 years in business. An institution in the town over that time, it is now owned by HSOP graduate Julie Booth-Moran. Read more about her and her pharmacy in this feature from the Pensacola News Journal.

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We Want to Hear from You

One of our favorite things around the Harrison School of Pharmacy is when we hear from our alumni and friends. We would love to hear from you with updates on your practice, career, or life in general. Please send any updates or news items you have to

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Williams Earns Darden Scholarship

Dw’Nesia Williams, a member of the Harrison School of Pharmacy Class of 2022, was recognized as a recipient of the Darden Foundation Scholarships, which were presented at the Foundation’s Black Tie Gala Event at the Opelika Marriott on Saturday, Feb. 2. 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.

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Haynes Selected for NCPA Leadership Council

Hannah Haynes, a P2 from Montgomery, Alabama, has been selected by the National Community Pharmacy Association (NCPA) to serve for the upcoming year as a member of the NCPA Student Leadership Council. Only eight students are selected each year to serve on SLC from chapters across the country. HSOP’s chapter has been recognized as one of the top-three chapters in the country for the past several years, including winning Chapter of the Year in 2018. The chapter also has had several students over the past several years on SLC.

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Patterson Wins APhA-ASP Counseling Competition

Madissen Patterson, a P2 from Athens, Alabama, recently won the local APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition. She competed against seven other student on both the Auburn and Mobile campuses and represented HSOP in the following rounds at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Seattle, Washington. 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.

P4s Look at Opioid Prescribing in the United States

Harrison School of Pharmacy fourth-year students Rebecca Whitmore and David Whisenant, along with faculty member Dr. Marilyn Bulloch, were published recently in Pharmacy Times. Their article, “Opioid Prescribing Limits Across the States,” analyzed laws and regulations across the country regarding opioids. Read the full article on the Pharmacy Times website.

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Bunn Selected for NIH Fellowship

Haden Bunn, a member of the HSOP Class of 2019, recently accepted the position of Clinical Pharmacokinetics Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) upon graduation. He is the first Harrison School of Pharmacy graduate to be accepted to the fellowship. The Clinical Pharmacokinetics Research Fellowship at the NIH is a two-year post-doctoral training program where fellows will develop specialized skills in clinical pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic/pharmacogenomic study design, methodology, and data analysis and presentation. In addition to serving as lead investigator on his own research project(s), Bunn will also collaborate with NIH researchers in studies of drug metabolism/transport, drug-drug interactions, drug-gene interactions, and dose-escalation/dose-safety/tolerability studies.

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Smith Awarded Pharmacists Mutual Scholarship

Cynthia Smith, a member of the HSOP Class of 2020, was recently awarded with the Pharmacists Mutual Community Pharmacy Scholarship. A native of Hot Springs, Florida, she is one of up to 20 students nationwide to receive one of the scholarships. To be eligible, students must plan to practice in either an independent or small chain community pharmacy, or an underserved geographic or cultural community, preferably in an independent or small chain community pharmacy.

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Clinical Research Team Advances to Second Round

The HSOP Clinical Research Challenge team of Chance Partlow, Nate Silar, and Forrest Stewart have advanced to the second round of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Clinical Research Challenge. All three students are members of the HSOP Class of 2021. The ACCP Clinical Research Challenge is a team-based competition in which three-person teams from compete against other schools and colleges of pharmacy nationwide. The HSOP team made it to the top 40 teams nationwide to proceed to the second round. Teams achieving the top 20 scores after the next round will advanced to Round 3, in which they are invited to submit a complete research proposal. The teams with the top three research proposal submissions will present their research design during a poster session at the 2019 Annual Meeting, Oct. 26-29 in New York, New York.

P4s Develop Information for State Employees

HSOP students in their fourth year completing rotations at the State Wellness Center and Pharmacy recently put together a newsletter for state employees educating on issues related to American Heart Month. Working on the project were Kristen Williamson, Richard Deloney, and Kristy Nelms, working under the direction of Dr. Camille Quiles. Check out the full newsletter online.

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Al Rihani Wins Boshell Poster Competition

Sweilem Al Rihani, a graduate student conducting research in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development under Dr. Amal Kaddoumi, took first place in the poster competition at the Boshell Diabetes Research Day. His poster was titled “From high-throughput screening to drug repurposing: Granisetron alleviates Alzheimer’s disease pathology in TgSwDI mouse through CaMKII/CREB pathway.”

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Hard Work Pays Off for Incoming P1

Auburn senior Will Cordell was recently admitted as part of the HSOP Class of 2023. Selected as the outstanding student in the College of sciences and Mathematics each of the last three years, his hard work and dedication paid off with his acceptance to HSOP. Read more about Will in this profile from COSAM.

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HSOP Announces 2019 Pharmacy Fellows

Dean Richard Hansen recently announced the inaugural Harrison School of Pharmacy Fellows. Five faculty members were recognized among four new fellowships. The inaugural Pharmacy Fellows are Dr. Dana Carroll and Dr. Kimberly Garza (Dr. Lucinda Maine Pharmacy Education Fellows), Dr. Jianzhong Shen (Jack and Lillian Clift Pharmacy Fellow in Research), Dr. Heather Whitley (Mahlon G. Turner Pharmacy Fellow in Outreach), and Dr. Lea Eiland (Graduates of the 1980s Pharmacy Fellow). Read more about them on the HSOP website.

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Durham and Smith Earn Promotion

HSOP faculty members Dr. Spencer Durham and Dr. Forrest Smith have been approved for promotion, Dean Richard Hansen announced Monday. Durham is promoted to Associate Clinical Professor while Smith is promoted to Professor. The promotions are effective Oct. 1, 2019. Durham has been with HSOP since 2013 as a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. He also maintains a practice site with the Central Alabama Veterans Administration. Smith has been a faculty member at HSOP since 1987 in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. He currently serves as the Director of Graduate Programs at HSOP.

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Kaddoumi Recruiting for Research Study

Dr. Amal Kaddoumi, professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, is currently recruiting participants for her Alzheimer’s disease research study. Her work focuses on oleocanthal, a compound found in extra virgin olive oil, and its effect on the blood brain barrier. If you know of anyone who may be interested in participating, or for more questions, contact Dr. Kaddoumi at

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Calderon Gives Talks in Panama

Dr. Angela Calderon, associate professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, recently gave a pair of talks while on a trip in Panama. On Feb. 5, she presented on mass spectrometry-based natural products drug discovery at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama. She then presented on mass spectrometry-based strategies to assess bioactivities of natural products at the II International Symposium on Chemistry, Biology and Pharmacological Properties of Natural Products at the IV Iberoamerican Symposium on Cancer Research and IX Iberoamerican Symposium on Medicinal Plants in Panama City, Panama on Feb. 8.

Last Updated: March 28, 2019