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Joel Levitan, BSP ’69, Takes Office as Ohio Pharmacists Association Trustee

The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) announced today that Joel Levitan, R.Ph., of Sylvania, Ohio, was installed as a Trustee at its 136th Annual Conference held April 4-6 in Columbus.

Levitan is a 1969 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy.  He has practiced community pharmacy in the city of Toledo for 42 years.  For 20 years, he has served in leadership roles with the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy.  He is a past recipient of OPA’s Bowl of Hygeia Award.

“We are pleased to add Joel Levitan to our association’s Board of Trustees. He has been a valued member of the organization and the pharmacy community for many years, and we look forward to working with him as a Trustee,” said Ernest Boyd, OPA Executive Director.

OPA, established in 1879, represents more than 4,000 pharmacists, pharmacy educators, and pharmacy students throughout the state. It is OPA’s mission to unite the profession of pharmacy and encourage interprofessional relations, while promoting public health through education, discussion, and legislation.


Deborah Randall, BSP ’77, Takes Office as Ohio Pharmacists Association Trustee

The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) announced today that Deborah Randall, R.Ph., of Fremont, Ohio, was installed as a Trustee at its 136th Annual Conference held April 4-6 in Columbus.

Randall is a 1977 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy.  She has practiced community pharmacy in the Cleveland area for more than 30 years. She currently works as a staff pharmacist at Gibsonburg Pharmacy in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Randall has also been active in the Sandusky Valley Academy of Pharmacy as well as the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Association.

“We are pleased to add Debbie Randall to our association’s Board of Trustees. She has been a valued member of the organization and the pharmacy community for many years, and we look forward to working with her as a Trustee,” said Ernest Boyd, OPA Executive Director.

OPA, established in 1879, represents more than 4,000 pharmacists, pharmacy educators, and pharmacy students throughout the state. It is OPA’s mission to unite the profession of pharmacy and encourage interprofessional relations, while promoting public health through education, discussion, and legislation.


March 2014 Student of the Month, Shewit Ghidey

Shewit Ghidey, center, with Drs. Early and Hinko

Shewit Ghidey, center, with Drs. Early and Hinko

Shewit Ghidey is the March 2014 Student of the Month. Nominated for her leadership in organizing the Sam’s Club Diabetes Health Fair and the Latino Health Fair, Shewit is enthusiastic about patient care initiatives. She is actively involved in the leadership of Student National Pharmaceutical Association and earned third place in SNPhA’s regional clinical skills competition in March, reinforcing the college’s reputation for preparing excellent pharmacists. Shewit is described as a creative, visionary leader and as a role model for other students.

Student of the Month nominations are submitted retrospectively for the previous month. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the college’s Academic Performance Committee.


Alumna Deb Saine, ’79, earns ISMP Cheers Award

Deb Saine photoThe Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has announced its 16th Annual Cheers Awards winners. The Cheers Awards honor individuals, organizations, and companies that have set a standard of excellence for others to follow in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events; for more information, visit www.ismp.org/Cheers/.

Deb Saine, MS, RPh, FASHP, who earned her bachelor’s in pharmacy at The University of Toledo in 1979, is a recipient of the Cheers Award. Saine is the Medication Safety Manager at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA and was recognized in 2012 as the Distinguished Alumna of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Deb Saine is being honored as a nationally recognized patient safety expert who has created several invaluable safety tools. She co-authored the 2013 Medication Safety Officer’s Handbook, which is being used in more than 15 different countries and has led numerous national-level committees working to improve medication safety. She spearheaded the creation of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Medication Safety Section Advisory Group, and served as its first chair; that group’s efforts culminated in the first annual Medication Safety Collaborative held this year. Deb has mentored students, residents and peers, which has produced new safety leaders in the U.S. and abroad.

 


PCCA Names Matt Buderer, RPh, Pharmacist of the Year

2013 Pharmacists of the Year banquet honoring Matt Buderer,Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) has named Matt Buderer, RPh, of Buderer Drug Company in Perrysburg and Sandusky, Ohio, as its Dr. M. George Webber 2013 Compounding Pharmacist of the Year, an award which is presented annually to an independent pharmacist who has demonstrated service excellence to patients, healthcare providers and pharmacy colleagues. Compounding is the pharmacy method of preparing customized medications to meet each prescriber’s and patient’s unique needs. The late Dr. Webber, for whom the award is named, was a long-time professor with the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, and was instrumental in the formation of PCCA in 1981. PCCA President Jim Smith presented the award to Buderer on October 25, 2013, during the company’s International Seminar, held in Sugar Land, Texas.

Buderer is a third-generation pharmacist and an innovator in his field. He has pioneered new compounding techniques developed a large formulary, and his grasp of biochemistry and pharmacology has led him to great relationships with prescribers and patients in his community. He has developed a strong relationship with his local professional baseball, basketball, and football teams, often working directly with their trainers to fix up the players when they need it. Buderer is committed to finding the right medication or formula the patient can take, tolerate and afford. He runs a drug repository program that allows long-term care pharmacies to donate paid for medications to his pharmacy for indigent patients. Buderer has a strong commitment to quality and safety in his pharmacies, and has great relationships with his local legislators on behalf of the pharmacy compounding profession.

Buderer’s family – wife, Nancy; father, Jim; mother, Joyce; and sons, Nathan and Andy (oldest son, Bryce, was unable to attend) – surprised him onstage to help celebrate his award. And several friends and pharmacy colleagues, including Tom Marks, RPh; Gary McCrory, RPh, CCN; Peter Ford, BScPharm; Chris Simmons, RPh; John Preckshot, RPh, CCN; and Lizzie Dragon, gave heartfelt and humorous accounts of what Buderer’s friendship and leadership has meant to them.

Serving compounding pharmacists since 1981, Houston, Texas-headquartered PCCA provides the fine chemicals, equipment, devices, accredited training courses and seminars, and technical consulting assistance necessary to allow compounding pharmacists the ability to compound unique dosage forms according to the patient’s individualized medication needs and the physician’s prescription. PCCA currently has more than 3,900 pharmacist members throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and countries around the world.


November 2013 Student of the Month

016165e1f26da806af015d2f0b28cdb4666d19a038Matthew Jordan is the November 2013 Student of the Month. As the vice-regent of Kappa Psi, Matt co-chaired the Fall Formal Dinner, bringing together students and student organizations in a collegial and collaborative manner. The well-attended Fall Formal Dinner hosted the largest group of faculty and staff attendees in recent years. Matt, who is also the historian for Pharmacy Student Council, demonstrates leadership with his positive attitude and constant focus on inclusiveness and professionalism.

Student of the Month nominations are submitted retrospectively for the previous month. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the college’s Academic Performance Committee.


November /December 2013 Refill e-newsletter

The November/December 2013 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • A shift toward e-Prescribing
  • Stars, stripes and Rocket Pride
  • From intern to analyst: Trevor Eaton
  • Advising award for Deb Sobczak
  • Science and the Sister Cities
  • Fast-tracking science students to CPPS
  • Global warming’s impact on the pharmaceutical industry
  • Meet Dr. Isaac Schiefer
  • Upcoming Events

Dr. Hinko honored with alumni award

hinko awardDr. Christine Hinko, executive associate dean and associate dean for Student Affairs, is the recipient of the 2013 Jack L. Beal Postbaccalaureate Alumni Award from The Ohio State University. Presented to those who have “contributed significantly to research and scholarship in the pharmaceutical sciences and/or contributed outstanding service to the professional practice of pharmacy,” this award aptly represents the continued work of Dr. Hinko.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Hinko (pictured above with husband, Al) remarked, “My career has given me the opportunity to work with so many talented pharmacy students who continue to inspire me.” The feeling is certainly mutual for pharmacy students at UT.


Med Chem graduate student earns TOXI travel award

Raziya Shaik

Raziya Shaik, a graduate student working with Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich in the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, earned a travel award to the American Chemical Society Division of Toxicology  (TOXI) conference. Following the meeting, an article she wrote about her experiences was featured on the TOXI website.

“I am a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. I pursued a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry in India. I came to the University of Toledo in August 2008 and joined the laboratory of Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich. My thesis research focuses on the synthesis of modified uridines and their use as radical precursors for the study of oxidative damage to RNA.“

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2012 ASHP Clinical Skills Competition

Stephanie Ogorzaly and Cindy Williams, 2013 PharmD candidates, competed in the 2012 Clinical Skills Competition at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Meeting. After earning a spot as a Top 10 Finalist team; they took second place overall out of 120 teams from across the U.S.  The semifinal round consisted of submitting a written plan for a patient case. For the finals, they had to orally present the case to a panel of three judges and defend their therapeutic plan during a rigorous Q&A session.  Previously, they had won local competition and had competed at the state level as well.

The Clinical Skills judges and coaches for 2012 at the local level were Drs. Gayle Kamm, Anita Stonehill-Ridner and Laurie Mauro.  The detailed coaching they provided helped Ogorzaly and Williams to prepare for the state and national competitions.