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August 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The August 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Home away from home: Welcoming and retaining graduate students from abroad
  • Notes from the CD3 Anniversary Symposium
  • Ginkgo biloba and stroke recovery
  • Leadership Lessons from Distinguished University Professor Paul Erhardt
  • Substance abuse research, Dr. Caren Steinmiller
  • Pharmacy Camp inspires future Rocket scientists
  • Student research and awards
  • Community education, Elias Bassil
  • International APPE: Chun Wong’s Journey
  • Tradition, Ethics and the Professional Advancement Ceremony

May/June 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The May/June 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Spring 2014 Commencement
  • Women in Science
  • Class of 2014 Valedictorians
  • Student Recognition
  • Recent Grad Sets the Bar High during APPE Rotation
  • Alumnus Phil Miller earns highest honor
  • Pharmacy staff members earn advanced degrees
  • College Celebrates Graduation of Inaugural Learners
  • Upcoming Events
  • Register online for the annual Golf Outing

Alumnus Phil Miller ’71, ’88 earns highest honor

Dr. Martin Ohlinger (left) with Philip Miller ’71, recipient of the Walter M. Frazier Award and Mate Soric, PharmD ’09 recipient of the Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Dr. Martin Ohlinger (left) with Philip Miller ’71, recipient of the Walter M. Frazier Award and Mate Soric, PharmD ’09 recipient of the Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Philip Miller, ’71, ’88, is the recipient of the Walter M. Frazier Award from the Ohio Society of Health-system Pharmacists (OSHP).

This award, the highest honor bestowed by OSHP, recognizes sustained exemplary service in health-system and community service. Among the qualifications for the award are high moral character, good citizenship, and high professional ideals. Miller, who has made significant contributions to health-system pharmacy, receives a plaque, a lifetime honorary membership to OSHP and OSHP Annual meeting registration and lodging.


April 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The April 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • The SCCP Student Research Symposium
  • Annual Preceptor Forum and Appreciation Luncheon
  • Picture This: A glimpse at recent events
  • Diversity in Practice: Dr. Monica Holiday-Goodman reflects on Diversity Certificate program
  • The Power of Girls: LKS hosts Girl Scout educational event
  • Upcoming Events

February 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The February 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy
and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Script Your Future
  • Love Connection
  • Life After the BSPS degree
  • Dr. Cappelletty’s Shining Star Award
  • Saine ’79 honored by ISMP
  • Award for UT SNPhA chapter
  • UT research at APhA meeting
  • Rx Impact and Pharmacy Advocacy
  • March 11, 2014 Law CE Registration

Cappelletty’s Shining Star Award

This year’s Shining Star Awards have been announced by the university, and once again, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is represented among the award winners. Dr. Diane Cappelletty, associate professor of clinical pharmacy and co-director of the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory, earned the award, which recognizes above-and-beyond commitment to student centeredness. Award winners are selected through a nomination process, and recipients are presented with a trophy, a gift card and premiere parking for a month.

In the past two years, the Shining Star Award has also been presented to other members of the college’s faculty and staff, including Dr. Steve Peseckis, associate professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, and Deb Sobczak, director of student services for the pre-professional division.


Record attendance at the Fall Formal Dinner and Dance

“What does the Fox say?”

Photo by Zachary Henz, Narrative by Matthew Jordan

The 61st Annual College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Formal Dinner and Dance, held on November 16, 2013, proved to be an enchanting night to remember. Through the hard work and dedication of the representatives of Kappa Psi, APhA-ASP and Lambda Kappa Sigma, a total of 184 students and faculty were in attendance, selling out every seat in the Ingman Room (Student Union). Both faculty and students joined in a night of celebration of student accomplishments, thanks to student organization representation and Dr. Christine Hinko. Attendees emjoyed a comical evening from Dr. Vince Mauro’s Pharmacy Game Show (with Dr. Laurie Mauro and Ms. Katie Yates assisting) and Dr. Serres and company’s ‘What Does the Fox Say?’ choreographed dance. With a record attendance from ticket sales, a total of $500 was donated to the Perrysburg Community Clinic.


A shift toward e-prescribing

AJMC Study: More Than Half Now Write “e-prescriptions”

More than half of those who write prescriptions today do so electronically, according to a study published this month in The American Journal of Managed Care. The increase is nearly eight times the number who were writing e-prescriptions just four years ago, the study found.

The jump comes after a federal law that took effect in 2009, which provided incentives for Medicare providers to write prescriptions electronically. E-prescriptions are encouraged to eliminate medical errors and improve patient medication adherence. For the full study, click here.

Led by Meghan H. Gabriel, PhD, of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in Washington, D.C., and co-authored by Varun Vaidya, PhD, from The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, researchers studied the rise in e-prescription use from December 2008 to December 2012 by examining data from Surescripts. This leading e-prescription network serves more than 240 million patients nationwide through most chain, franchise and independent pharmacies. Data revealed that during the study period, the share of doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who used e-prescriptions jumped from 7 percent to 54 percent; or 47,000 to 398,000. The share of prescriptions written electronically rose from 4 percent to an estimated 45 percent over the same period, with 86 percent of prescribers using electronic health records (EHRs).

Meanwhile, the share of pharmacies able to accept e-prescriptions rose as well. At the start of the study period, 70 percent or 43,000 pharmacies could accept electronic prescriptions, and by December 2012, 24 percent or 59,000 were able to do so.

The study described changes in federal law that provided incentives for physicians and pharmacies to convert to e-prescriptions, as well as grants that helped rural communities close technological gaps. In 2008, only 61 percent of rural pharmacies could take e-prescriptions, compared to 75 percent of urban pharmacies. By 2012, this gap had closed (93 percent of rural and 94 percent of urban pharmacies could take e-prescriptions).

In 2003, Congress passed the Medicare Modernization Act, which was followed by federal regulations and changes to state laws in 2006 that allowed exchanges of electronic information. In 2008, Congress passed the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), which provided incentives to Medicare providers to use e-prescriptions.


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

Stars, Stripes and Rocket Pride

On October 16, the U.S. Capitol’s House Chamber flew Old Glory in honor of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. P3 student Zach Henz was inspired to celebrate American Pharmacists Month in a way that acknowledged political advocacy in the pharmacy community. Zach, who is the Policy vice-president for the UT chapter of American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, requested this unique honor through the office of Representative Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]. The actual flag, along with a certificate of authentication, was sent to the college.