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Life After: the BSPS degree

Three alumnae of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program and their pursuit of their educational and career goals

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The B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program is nearing 20 years old. Over the past two decades, the program has garnered recognition in the pharmacy and pharmaceutical science communities because of its well prepared graduates and its unique offerings. Meet these graduates, in various stages of their careers, who have used their degrees to reach their goals and embark on competitive and fulfilling careers.

Jasmine (Lawrence) McFarland, BSPS ‘11, majored in pharmacology/toxicology as an undergraduate student. Now a research analyst in the pediatric pharmacy department at the University of Toledo Medical Center,  she is using her degree to research drug safety for infants with colic and tuberculosis.

Jasmine’s knowledge of pharmacology and chemistry, gained during her undergraduate coursework, has helped her transition to the important work of creating drug doses in concentrations that are safe for infants.

In addition to her work as a research analyst, Jasmine is completing a master’s degree in pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University. She will earn her degree in May of 2014. After she completes her master’s degree, Jasmine would like to work in the Toledo area as a forensic toxicologist.

Erika (Parker) Naddaf, BSPS ‘06, majored in Pharmacy Administration and entered the pharmaceutical industry after graduation. Her first job, as a territory sales representative at Forest Pharmaceuticals, required her to educate physicians in an outpatient setting. Her outstanding work earned her a promotion.

As an institutional specialty sales representative, Erika was responsible for market share growth of a specific product portfolio in her territory. She educated clinicians, analyzed data and used the business analysis skills she learned as a Pharmacy Administration major.

In 2013, Erika married Dr. Mark Naddaf in Columbus at the Ohio Statehouse. She has returned to Toledo and is continuing to advance her career in pharmaceutical science as a hospital account manager for Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Brandy Farmer, BSPS ’04, who majored in Pharmacology/Toxicology, earned a doctor of pharmacy degree at University of Tennessee in 2009. Farmer is now part of the Pharmacy Specialist Team at Sanofi, the world’s fourth largest pharmaceutical company (based on prescription sales).

The Pharmacy Specialist Team includes pharmacists and clinical experts who support community pharmacies, state associations and colleges of pharmacy to help advance the leadership of pharmacists in patient care – from medication management to resources and programs.

L-R: McFarland, Naddaf and Farmer


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is the Scientific Editor and College Communicator for The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is a triple alumna of The University of Toledo with master's degrees in English and Education and a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy.
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