NCPA touts success stories from its Ownership Workshop
The National Community Pharmacists Association is highlighting the results from its Ownership Workshop ahead of two that will take place later this year. The NCPA Ownership Workshop, sponsored by McKesson, has been offered by the Alexandria, Va.-based organization for more than 20 years. The upcoming workshops are slated to take place June 8-10 in Denver, Colo., and Oct. 4-6 in Boston.
The more than 20 years of workshop success stories include Hashim Zaibak, who currently owns 11 pharmacies under the Hayat Pharmacy Name in Milwaukee, Wis., and attended the NCPA Ownership Workshop to learn more about the business side of pharmacy.
“I had wanted to own my own store since pharmacy school, but my training was in pharmacy, not business, so I really had no idea what ownership would entail,” Zaibak said. “When I heard about NCPA’s Ownership Workshop I thought, ‘Maybe here’s how I can get the info and learn the skills I need to start my own pharmacy business.’ Turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever done, and it was really the push I needed to purchase my first pharmacy.”
Since the workshop’s inception, NCPA said it estimates that more than 2,500 pharmacists have attended, with more than half ending up as pharmacy owners and others still owning multiple, as Zaibak does.
One of the more recent pharmacy owners to attend is Whitney Culpepper, who came to own Hoover Hometown Pharmacy ins Hoover, Ala. 18 months ago. “The Ownership Workshop was an invaluable experience for me. I took away an incredible amount of practical knowledge from it,” Culpepper said. “Afterwards, the speakers became resources for advice as I opened my own independent pharmacy a year and a half ago. I can confidently say I would not be where I am as an owner if I hadn’t attended the Ownership Workshop.”
The program covers such topics as the keys to building a successful pharmacy practice, financial planning, marketing tips, a breakdown of a pharmacy’s technology needs and strategies for floor planning, pricing and product placement, among others, NCPA said.
“It provides a real-world perspective on what ownership entails and equips attendees with the knowledge they need to confront challenges successfully,” said Kurt Procter, NCPA’s Innovation Center director whose team offers the workshop three times a year around the country, said that the workshop. “It’s made the difference between dreaming about ownership and doing something about it.”
Registration for both the June and October workshops is currently open on NCPA’s website.
Head of the class: Top pharmacy schools
DSNbreaks down many of the top pharmacy schools in the country.
Whether they work for community drug stores, supermarkets or big-box stores, managers have one thing in common: Hiring the right pharmacist is one of the biggest decisions they will ever have to make.
According to Salary.com, the median salary for a pharmacist as of March 1 is $126,880, and that’s a major investment for any retailer. A doctor of pharmacy degree, or PharmD, is considered by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education to be the entry-level requirement for today’s pharmacists, and the accompanying course work typically takes students six years to complete.
To help hiring managers find the right pharmacists for their specific retail environments, Drug Store News has compiled a list of 25 of the top pharmacy colleges in the United States, all accredited by the ACPE, with some information about each:
University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
Students can prepare for careers in retail pharmacy at the college’s Tucson and Phoenix campuses, and rotations, which place students in various real-world settings, are offered across the state. Rural settings are emphasized to encourage students to pursue careers in areas where professional pharmacists are needed most.
The college, ranked among the top 20 nationally by U.S. News and World Report, also has a rural medication therapy management program that pairs its Medication Management Center with rural pharmacies, including two independent pharmacies, to provide comprehensive medication reviews to rural patients.
The University of Arizona’s new Health Sciences Innovation Building provides state-of-the-art instructional space and simulated real-life scenarios for teams of students, faculty and health professionals in several disciplines.
“The college values and promotes all areas of pharmacy, trying to ensure that all patients get help with their drug therapy no matter the setting or location. Clinical pharmacists are critical to this key role,” dean Rick Schnellmann said.
Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
With locations on the main Auburn campus and in Mobile, Ala., thanks to a working relationship with the University of South Alabama, the HSOP recently rolled out its new Practice-Ready Curriculum, which reimagines how pharmacists are trained
The curriculum is designed around key competencies that every graduating pharmacist must master, and the teaching methods covering these competencies are integrated across all aspects of practice with authentic learning environments and assessments. The flexibility of the curriculum allows students greater opportunities for electives, and lets them focus on areas pertinent to their specific career paths, HSOP officials said.
“We believe the Auburn practice-ready graduate will be the best prepared pharmacist ever trained,” the school’s dean, Richard Hansen, said. “At the Harrison School of Pharmacy, along with an innovative curriculum, we have an outstanding faculty that is not just [made up of] leaders in the classroom, but also in practice, as most of our faculty continue to practice in locations around the state.”
University of California at San Francisco School of Pharmacy
The school will launch a new PharmD curriculum this summer in which course work will be offered year-round over three years, instead of the traditional four years with summer breaks. While both curricula call for students to approach learning with a scientific mind-set, the new learning plan goes a step farther.
“We prepare our PharmD student to think critically, to identify and solve problems, and to practice at the top of their licenses,” Sharon Youmans, the school’s vice dean, said. “These are all critical to contemporary community pharmacy practice and, in fact, the entire first year of our students’ introductory practice experiences are in community settings.”
A few highlights of the school’s new curriculum include:
• Patient-centered curriculum taught through the lens of organ systems and disease categories;
• Early involvement in real-world practice with diverse patient populations;
• Integrated, cumulative and continually enforced learning;
• Continuous synthesis of knowledge and regular review of learning;
• Active, team-based learning; and
• Pass/no-pass grading.
Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Committed to the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, the care and development of the whole person, Creighton’s pharmacy school was established in 1905. Over time, the schools of pharmacy, occupational therapy and physical therapy came together to form the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in 2002.
Craig Kessler, the school’s chief pharmacist and an assistant professor of pharmacy practice, pointed out that the school owns and operates the campus pharmacy inside a Catholic Health Initiatives clinic at the Creighton University Medical Center, which allows students to work directly with patients and a collaborative care team that encompasses 19 healthcare professions.
Kessler also noted that the campus pharmacy offers introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences for students in their first, second and fourth years, which he said can show students how interdisciplinary teamwork can better impact a patient’s health.
Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
Ranked among the top Catholic universities for pharmacy in the United States, the school was founded in 1925. In 2015, it earned a Pinnacle Award from the American Pharmacists Association Foundation, which APhA’s website says honors“significant contributions to the medication use process.”
The school prepares students to excel in retail pharmacy careers through hands-on drug store experiences, and through classroom interaction with award-winning clinical faculty members.
“Our curriculum offers concentrations that students may choose for retail pharmacy careers,” J. Douglas Bricker, the school’s dean, said. “The community pharmacy practice concentration and the entrepreneurism concentration provide unique learning experiences and prepare our students to be the best in the field.”
The Giant Eagle Center for Pharmacy Practice, a simulated retail pharmacy lab, allows students to develop skills in dispensing and consultation. Additionally, student pharmacists spend time in the Duquesne University Pharmacy, a faculty-designed, university-owned retail pharmacy, which exposes students to a variety of patient types, especially those from underserved and minority populations.
University of Florida College of Pharmacy
The college is in its third year of implementing a team-based learning curriculum for students interested in retail pharmacy. The program stresses the development of strong interpersonal skills and provides students with a keen understanding of drugs.
“The University of Florida College of Pharmacy prides itself on preparing students to be pharmacy leaders in the 21st century and excel in their chosen field of pharmacy,” Julie Johnson, the college’s dean, said. “Our rigorous training and curriculum give our graduates a competitive edge when it comes to securing pharmacy jobs.”
Ranked No. 1 in Florida and among the top 10 pharmacy programs nationally by U.S. News and World Report, approximately 45% of Florida’s graduates move on to community pharmacy careers, according to the school’s website. Mentored by more than 40 faculty members, graduate students have the chance to participate in cutting-edge pharmaceutical research.
University of Illinois-Chicago College of Pharmacy
With campuses in Chicago and Rockford, Ill., the school’s pharmacy programs are rated No. 6 nationally by U.S. News and World Report. Students in UIC’s PharmD program must complete six years of study, but the first two years of pre-pharmacy coursework can be completed at any accredited college or university. The school’s 2017 graduating classes at both schools had a combined 187 members, with a 99% on-time graduation rate.
The college differentiates its joint-degree opportunities from the dual degrees many other pharmacy programs offer, and said that course requirements in dual-degree programs are entirely separate, whereas some classes in joint degree programs satisfy requirements in both disciplines and create more integration.
Originally formed by Chicago druggists in 1859 and called the Chicago College of Pharmacy, the school’s first graduating class comprised two people. The college was lost in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which wiped out 20,000 buildings, but it reopened in a new location in 1872 with a fall class of 37 members. The Rockford campus became part of the college in 2010.
University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
Founded in 1885, the college is a founding member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and points proudly to its leadership in community pharmacy practice and training.
According to its website, Iowa was the first multisite community pharmacy residency program to be accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and the APhA. Its pharmacy programs were ranked among the top 20 nationally by U.S. News and World Report in 2016.
“Innovative community pharmacy initiatives in the state of Iowa are revered nation- and worldwide, and educational programming at the UI College of Pharmacy mirrors this trendsetting landscape,” Donald Letendre, the school’s dean, who also is a professor, said. “A new, forward-thinking curriculum, highlighting integrated pharmacotherapy courses and active learning strategies, has proven to give students an edge upon graduating and starting careers in community pharmacy, and beyond.”
Third-year Iowa pharmacy students have the chance to spend their winter or spring break caring for patients in underserved nations. Fourth-year Iowa pharmacy students must complete a series of five-week practice experiences that include international opportunities in such places as Belize, Japan and Romania. Iowa also has among the first programs in the United States to offer a professional certificate in palliative care, as well as a postgraduate, Year 2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Pharmacy residency.
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Founded as the Louisville College of Pharmacy in 1870, the school was transported from Louisville, Ky., to Lexington, Ky., in 1957 — box-by-box and in personal vehicles owned by students and faculty members.
The college recently developed Curriculum 2020, which includes a community service learning component that transports students from the classroom to the community. In collaboration with a nonprofit community partner for six months, students assess needs and develop a health-based program to serve the community. After they implement their ideas, students report on the outcomes achieved.
The university’s proximity to impoverished areas of Appalachia gives students the chance to serve and make a real difference in the lives of many in need.
“Community practice is essential to what we do at the college of pharmacy. In keeping with our tradition of innovation, our community-based residency program was among the first in the United States,” R. Kip Guy, the school’s dean, said. “In the community setting, our graduates have grown successful owner-operator pharmacies, risen to direct pharmacy at major commercial entities and built successful new types of specialty pharmacies from the ground up.”
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Based in Baltimore, with a satellite campus in Rockville, Md., the school offers three doctorate degrees and four Master of Science programs. Students in the PharmD curriculum are offered nine dual-degree opportunities in fields such as law and business. Community pharmacy is a popular career choice for Maryland students after graduation.
“The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy incorporates community pharmacy-based activities within our practice labs, where students gain experience in patient counseling, safe medication order processing, immunizations and other patient care activities,” Cherokee Layson-Wolf, the school’s associate dean of student affairs, said.
The school, which U.S. News and World Report ranked ninth nationally, works closely with retail pharmacies to offer real-world training opportunities, Layson-Wolf said. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of a pharmacy’s workflow and help with MTM and administering immunizations, among other patient services.
“We have arrangements with many retail pharmacy companies to conduct onsite interviews with our students for their internship programs,” Layson-Wolf said. “Company representatives come to our school multiple times each academic year to participate in career seminars and career fairs.”
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
As the second-oldest pharmacy school in the United States, MCPHS stresses communication, community involvement, critical thinking, collaboration and the creation of successful relationships with clients and colleagues in its curriculum.
The college focuses on healthcare careers and offers more than 100 programs across its Boston, Worcester, Mass. and Manchester, N.H., campuses, as well as online. In addition to its accelerated PharmD program in Worcester and Manchester, the university offers a six-year, direct-entry PharmD program and bachelor’s degrees in pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology and toxicology, and pharmaceutical and healthcare business.
“The pharmacy program at MCPHS University has a long tradition of preparing students for successful careers in community pharmacy practice,” Paul DiFrancesco, the dean and an associate professor in the school of pharmacy in Boston, said. “Students have the opportunity to participate in the various community-based professional pharmacy organizations, select retail-based elective courses and focus on retail-based clinical rotations.
The Boston campus is in the heart of the city and its well-known Longwood Medical and Academic Area, which gives students access to the nation’s top hospitals, research facilities, highly sought internships, clinical placements and research opportunities.
University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
Despite being part of a major university, the student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and students can reap the benefits of the school’s association with the University of Michigan Health System, which ranks sixth nationally on U.S. News and World Report’s 2017-2018 list of best hospitals and is a hub for advancements in pharmacy practice.
“Graduates of the University of Michigan PharmD program are well-equipped to enter community, clinical pharmacy, or industry,” Bruce Mueller, the school’s associate dean of academic affairs, said. “Our rigorous curriculum, taught by world-class clinical practitioners and researchers, in conjunction with experiential education and extracurricular opportunities, uniquely prepares our students for success in their chosen field.”
Michigan PharmD students can choose from an array of rotation opportunities. The college has more than 600 pharmacy practitioner/educators at more than 250 sites globally, where students acquire the skills, judgment and confidence to become leaders in the profession.
All PharmD students work on a research project with a faculty member in the field of their choice. Topics include a variety of pharmacy practice-based projects, patient outcomes studies, pharmacy education initiatives and laboratory-based research. Michigan’s interprofessional program prepares pharmacy graduates to work collaboratively with peers in medicine, nursing, social work, dentistry, public health and kinesiology.
University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
Considered the No. 2 pharmacy program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, the college has campuses in the Twins Cities, or Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Duluth, Minn. Class sizes are approximately 107 students annually.
Students at the main Twin Cities location find themselves in a cosmopolitan environment with opportunities for collaboration with professionals in other health disciplines. Pharmacy is one of the six schools that comprise the university’s Academic Health Center.
“While our PharmD program offers a solid foundation of scientific underpinnings, it also focuses on the skills needed for the future of community pharmacy, including communication, patient care, compounding and problem-solving,” Lynda Welage, the pharmacy college’s dean, said. “Our students often take courses in business management or pursue a dual PharmD/[Master of Business Administration] degree to further support their careers in community pharmacy.”
The university offers PharmD/MBA dual-degree programs in separate schools at both of its campuses, but all of those students can become part of the Carlson School of Management’s network of business leaders, academics and alumni. Carlson’s Medical Industry Leadership Institute brings together graduate students from across the university to work on healthcare industry problems.
Founded in 1892, the pharmacy college is the only one of its kind in Minnesota and, according to the university’s website, has trained nearly 5,000 of the state’s 7,500 pharmacists.
University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
UNM’s pharmacy school is the training ground for two-thirds of practicing pharmacists in the state, many of whom work in retail settings and in underserved parts of the state. The college was established in 1945 and was the University of New Mexico’s first for health professions. Its faculty-to-student ratio is 7-to-1. In its class of 2017, 64% of the school’s graduates chose community pharmacy careers.
“Our graduates make a difference in improving health, implementing new treatments and translating best practices into their work within their communities.” Donald Godwin, the college’s interim dean, said. The university’s pharmacy school has alumni living in every U.S. state, but 57% of its more than 3,000 alumni have remained in New Mexico.
The university takes pride in its diverse student population and, in 2016, won the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, as well as national scholarships for its diversity initiatives. During its community outreach day, all student pharmacists fan out across the state to provide health services and education.
The school’s PharmD graduates leave the university with the authority to prescribe and administer a variety of New Mexico Board of Pharmacy-approved medications, including childhood and adult vaccinations, hormonal and emergency contraceptives, naloxone, smoking cessation agents and travel medicines.
University of North Carolina, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Ranked No. 1 nationally by U.S. News and World Report, the school recently revamped its curriculum to better prepare future pharmacists. The biggest change is what school officials called flipping the classroom: Lectures are out, while problem-solving, discussion and team-based activities are in. The school also lengthened what it terms the “patient-care immersion experience” from eight weeks to 24.
The curriculum includes research opportunities that allow students who spot a problem to apply their knowledge and fix it. The school’s health sciences environment provides pharmacy students the chance to collaborate with peers in medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry and social work.
“Our purpose is not to simply prepare pharmacists for the demands of the profession today, but to look ahead and teach the skills that the profession will need tomorrow,” the school’s interim dean Dhiren Thakker said. “The key, we believe, is teaching a new generation of pharmacy leaders who are capable of not just identifying a problem but who can research, design and implement a solution.”
The Eshelman School offers postgraduate training programs that are focused specifically on community pharmacy practice. Its independent pharmacy ownership residency prepares graduates to become entrepreneurs and pharmacy owners, and teaches them to create business models for the ever-changing healthcare market.
Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Designed by faculty members and the college’s Corporate Council advisory board, which includes pharmacy leaders from major drug chains across the country, Ohio State’s PharmD curriculum takes what school officials believe is an innovative approach to instruction. Classes are structured in modules so students can fully experience the integration of science and pharmacy practice.
Students receive hands-on training in their first year and focus on developing the interpersonal skills they’ll need to interact with patients. The Ohio State program, ranked No. 6 nationally by U.S. News and World Report, seeks constant feedback from community pharmacies to ensure that graduates are fully equipped to tackle the challenges of the evolving healthcare system.
The pharmacy college was established in 1885 with a $200 budget for supplies and one part-time faculty member. Among its most well-known graduates is Roy Darlington, whom the pharmacy college website said is the first African American in the United States to receive a doctorate degree in pharmaceutical science.
University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
The college is one of seven schools under the OU Health Sciences Center umbrella, which means pharmacy students have a built-in setting for professional collaboration. The school’s on-site nuclear pharmacy allows student pharmacists to prepare and dispense radiopharmaceutical doses that contain radioactive atoms and are specific to each patient. Such pharmaceuticals are used in diagnostic imaging and other procedures.
The university’s PharmD program is a four-year, full-time, professional doctoral program, in which students spend the first three years in the classroom and their fourth completing nine monthlong rotations in various pharmacy settings. The university has more than 100 training sites, including pharmacies that OU owns.
The college of pharmacy has been in operation since 1893, before Oklahoma became a state, and has produced more than 5,300 graduates. The college was moved from Norman, Okla., to Oklahoma City in 1976.
“Our faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally for their contributions to the college’s teaching, research and service missions as innovative practitioners, distinguished educators and outstanding scientists,” JoLaine Draugalis, the school’s dean, said. “Our students are actively involved in the community through many volunteer efforts, such as health fairs, brown bag events and service projects.”
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Known colloquially as PittPharmacy, the school was founded in 1878 and has a rich enough history to warrant its own museum. The university recruited Jonas Salk in 1947 to conduct research on polio, and the professor and his team developed the first polio vaccine that became available to the public in 1955. Salk Hall is now the home of the university’s schools of pharmacy and dental medicine.
Students in Pitt’s PharmD program can choose from six areas of concentration, including the community, leadership, innovation and practice option and the global health option.
“I am passionate and committed about ensuring that pharmacists are prepared to meet patient needs in a rapidly changing technological and healthcare environment,” Patricia Kroboth, the pharmacy school’s dean, said. “Pharmacists need to utilize the power of data and new technologies to understand their communities and individual patients, and to personalize medication therapy.”
All PittPharmacy students participate in a simulated community pharmacy practice network made up of 80 chain and independent pharmacies, where they provide patient care and document the care provided. Their grades are based on the “bill for patient care services” they submit to faculty.
Purdue University College of Pharmacy
Ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s 10 top pharmacy programs in the United States, the school opened its doors in 1884 with seven students and four faculty members. Today, it has 85 faculty members whose research has led to breakthroughs against HIV, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and many other conditions and diseases.
Of its 150 May 2017 graduates, 54 (36%) made community and retail pharmacy their career choice, at an average salary of just more than $117,000, according to the pharmacy school’s website.
“The Purdue College of Pharmacy has worked strategically to develop key partnerships with community pharmacy, both large chains and independents, to create innovative practice sites, community pharmacy residency programs and experiences for our students that advance pharmacist-provided patient care,” Eric L. Barker, the pharmacy college’s dean, said. “Providing leading-edge experiences is essential in the rapidly evolving arena of health care and community practice.”
Purdue offers a four-year PharmD program, but to be eligible, students must first complete Purdue’s two-year Pre-Pharmacy Program or similar work at another accredited school. In total, Purdue offers 10 different pharmacy programs to its students with 700 practice experiences.
University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy
The university’s selective PharmD program typically attracts 800 applicants annually, but only 130 are accepted. Graduates of the college have proven to be successful business people and pharmacy professionals.
URI pharmacy graduate Joseph Mollica is the former chairman of Dupont Merck Pharmaceutical. Another alumnus, Ernest Mario, was co-chairman and CEO of Alza and former co-chairman and CEO of Glaxo. According to the school’s website, they are the only pharmacy graduates in the United States to head up Fortune 500 companies.
Over the past five years, URI pharmacy graduates have achieved a 95% average pass rate on the national pharmacist licensing exam, and a 100% employment/continuing education rate upon graduation.
“In addition to a strong employment rate on graduation and superior pharmacy board pass rate, the URI College of Pharmacy prides itself in developing strong community and professional leaders,” E. Paul Larrat, the school’s dean and an alumnus, said. “We make it a point to partner with pharmacies in the community. Graduate pharmacists invested in their communities are incredibly important to promoting the health of the patients we serve.”
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Starting in 2017 and ending in 2022, USC is launching a strategic plan, with input from students, faculty and associates, that it hopes will help it prioritize choices, align resources and generate new partnerships, according to its website.
Based in Los Angeles, with its very diverse ethnic makeup that includes an extremely large Asian population, the school has roughly 400 pharmacists who oversee and guide the work of its students, who offer such free services to the community as immunizations, clinics and health fairs.
The school provides an array of degree and certificate programs, with the most popular being the PharmD. Its continuing education curriculum helps practicing pharmacists stay current.
“The USC School of Pharmacy leads the nation in advancing pharmaceutical care and education. Our rigorous curriculum, customizable degree options and emphasis on hands-on learning and interprofessional education provide students with unparalleled training,” Vassilios Papadopoulos, the school’s dean, said. “Our location within a major academic medical center in the heart of a vibrant and diverse city offers extraordinary opportunities for internships and service learning.”
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
PharmD students can study at university campuses in Memphis, Knoxville or Nashville, Tenn., but all spend their first nine months in Memphis, the pharmacy college’s main campus. UTHSC comprises six colleges — pharmacy, allied health sciences, medicine, nursing, dentistry and graduate health sciences — and provides ample opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration. In addition, there is a children’s research hospital, Veteran’s Administration hospital, a trauma center and other nearby hospitals.
Dawn Havrda, the school’s dean of academic affairs and assessment, said he school has a state-of-the-art Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation, with more than 40,000 sq. ft. set aside for the kind of realistic patient simulation a community pharmacist may encounter — including a drive-through window.
“At UT, we want our students to not only be successful in today’s community pharmacy setting, but the setting for future,” dean Marie Chisholm-Burns said. “We provide our graduates entering practice with valuable experiences, certificates in essential areas of community practice and a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to deliver patient-care and population health.”
University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
From its beginnings in Galveston, Texas, 125 years ago, the college has become a national leader in pharmacy education as its No. 3 national ranking by U.S. News and World Report attests.
The college prepares future practitioners to meet challenges as lifelong learners and leaders in drug therapy management by offering the PharmD degree and graduate programs leading to research-focused masters and doctorate degrees, officials said.
The university has developed cooperative pharmacy programs with the universities of Texas at El Paso and Rio Grande Valley to address the healthcare needs of residents along the U.S.-Mexico border, and the shortage of pharmacists there. PharmD students can complete their first two years of pre-pharmacy requirements at the El Paso or Rio Grande Valley campuses, then come to the main Austin campus for the next two years of training. They complete their last two years back at their original schools.
The college helps its more than 500 PharmD students prepare to enter the workforce by offering them mock interviews with such supermarket employers as Kroger and H-E-B. Exchange programs with universities in Portugal, Spain and England give fourth-year PharmD students the chance to complete a summer advanced pharmacy practice experience rotation in a structured program overseas.
University of Washington School of Pharmacy
The school is creating a new PharmD curriculum, which should be available to students for the 2019 autumn academic quarter. Already ranked No. 9 nationally by U.S. News and World Report, the school is committed to providing a rigorous and well-rounded education.
“We are the driving force for innovation that has changed pharmacy across the nation,” Sean D. Sullivan, the school’s dean and a professor there, said. “We led the change for pharmacist-administered vaccines and advocated for better patient counseling standards.”
The school’s Community Residency Program prepares pharmacists to be leaders and excellent providers of patient care in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. The Providence Pharmacy of Monroe, Wash., serves as a residency site, providing advanced community pharmacy training and education in addition to the school’s Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience at such drug chains as Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy.
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy
With 40% of its PharmD graduates moving on to community and retail pharmacy careers, the school provides its students with extensive and advanced pharmacy practice experience in community and retail settings.
The school, housed on the university’s main Madison campus, proudly pointed out that from 2015 to 2017, its PharmD graduates had the best first-time pass rate among Big 10 Conference schools on the North American Pharmacist Licensing Examination. According to the NAPLEX website, 99.21% of UW-Madison graduates passed the exam the first time they took it, compared with the national average of 87.95%.
“Many graduates of the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy are leaders in community and retail pharmacy, with a deep commitment to serving their local communities and improving patient health,” Steven Swanson, the school’s dean, said. “Our rigorous and competitive PharmD program prepares pharmacists for more than the fundamentals by also building leadership, interprofessional and communications skills.”
UW-Madison’s health sciences campus, which includes the School of Medicine & Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Veterinary Medicine, the Center for Interprofessional Practice and numerous research center partners, gives students the chance to develop collaborative skills.
Lupin gets FDA approval for generic Xenazine
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Lupin’s generic Xenazine (tetrabenazine) tablets. The drug is indicated to treat chorea associated with Huntington’s disease.
Lupin’s generic Xenazine will be available in 12.5- and 25-mg dosage strengths. The product had a U.S. market size of roughly $288.1 million for the 12 months ended January 2018, according to IQVIA data.