2005 News

While a number of antiviral medications are used to combat typical types of influenza, only 2 are active against the new avian influenza virus, known as H5N1, according to Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy professor and clinical pharmacist specializing in medications to treat infectious diseases.
Leaders from 6 Vietnamese pharmacy schools joined with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy and UCSF Global Health Sciences, and the United States Pharmacopeia to sign a partnership agreement on November 12, 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to expand the role of pharmacists and pharmacies in Vietnam.
Dissolving thin strips containing over-the-counter medicines are now being used by consumers to treat their coughs and colds and runny noses.
A new benefit for prescription drugs will be offered through Medicare beginning January 1, 2006. Medicare recipients who are eligible for this benefit must evaluate their drug benefit options and enroll in a drug plan.
Attempts have failed by Health Management Organizations (HMOs) to cut drug costs by putting physicians at financial risk if their prescription costs exceed their medical group's drug budget. This was the finding of a study led by School of Pharmacy faculty member Helene Levens Lipton, PhD, which was released September 5, 2005 in Journal of Health Policy Politics and Law.
The same level of legal scrutiny that applies to research funded by the US government should apply to research funded by industry, according to UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member Lisa Bero, PhD, and co-authors of a study that appeared July 20, 2005 in the online issue of American Journal of Public Health.
Katherine Yang, PharmD, MPH, UCSF School of Pharmacy assistant clinical professor, is one of nine UCSF faculty members awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support early career development of resea
The UCSF School of Pharmacy was the largest recipient of 2004 research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) among pharmacy schools in the United States. The School's 2004 total NIH award funding was US$23.5 million.
The growing use of herbals and dietary supplements calls for increasing consumer education of products, their ingredients and effects, possible interactions with other medications, and much more.
The pros and cons of legislating a pharmacist's right to refuse to dispense emergency contraceptive medications was the topic of discussion at a meeting held Tuesday, April 19, 2005 among doctor of pharmacy students from the School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco and law students from the University of San Francisco. Full story:
Whether or not pharmacists or pharmacies should be legally allowed to refuse to dispense medications is the cause of current state and national discussion and proposed legislation. At center stage are contraceptives. Speaking out are right to life and pro choice advocates as well as pharmacists, pharmacy owners, legislators, and attorneys on both sides of the issue.
The UCSF School of Pharmacy maintains its ranking as the best doctor of pharmacy degree program in the United States, according to a survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report.
Steve Kayser, PharmD, clinical pharmacist and cardiology drug expert warns that the risks could outweigh the benefits of making cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, available in the United States without a prescription. In January 2005, two United States Food and Drug Administration expert committees voted down such a proposal for American consumers, citing concerns for patient safety.
Special Report / Fall-Winter 2005: An overview of School accomplishments based upon a written report that Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD submitted to a UCSF faculty committee as part of a review of her performance as dean from 1998 to 2003. Includes updates from 2003 through March 2005. "My first 5 years as dean...and since" and more.
More than 33% of adults in the US pursue non-conventional medical treatments, therapies, and techniques. These include acupuncture, herbal remedies, and homeopathy, respectively. In light of this fact, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened an expert committee to study the extent of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by Americans. In a report released January 12, 2005, the committee recommends: