Tue Nov 29, 2011
If you are a pharmaceutical company seeking to switch your prescription medication to one sold directly to consumers—as an over-the-counter or OTC drug—William Soller, PhD, has your road map.
In a recently published study, Soller and co-authors analyzed the questions framing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee deliberations on prescription(Rx)-to-OTC switches since 2002—focusing on those addressing the first switches in a given drug class.
Thu Nov 17, 2011
The robotic pharmacy at the UCSF Medical Center is the recipient of a 2011 Best of What’s New (Archived) designation by Popular Science. Each year since 1987, the publication reviews thousands of innovations and chooses the top 100 winners that represent significant steps forward. The robotic pharmacy uses robotic technology and electronics to automate the preparation and tracking of medications with the goals of improving patient safety and increasing efficiency.
Wed Nov 09, 2011
The office of Lisa Bero, PhD, on UCSF’s Laurel Heights campus has long been a key portal between the School of Pharmacy and the world at large, including countries where billions of people cannot get even the most vital life-saving drugs.
Fri Oct 28, 2011
Michael Nordberg, MPA/HSA, is the newly appointed associate dean of administration and finance for the UCSF School of Pharmacy. He served the position as interim associate dean from July 1, 2009 to September 26, 2011 when he accepted the position full time at the completion of a comprehensive recruitment for the job.
Wed Sep 28, 2011
An analysis by UCSF faculty members from the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine has found that the half-dozen most reputable electronic drug information resources—tools commonly used by clinicians to make prescription and patient monitoring decisions—may not provide key elements of some medications’ black box warnings.
Mon Aug 29, 2011
Michael Williams, MA, is the first executive director of academic, administrative, and research technology for the UCSF School of Pharmacy, effective August 1, 2011.
Thu Aug 11, 2011
Faculty awards: Cutler, Fujimori, Huang, Wells. New faculty members: Abate, VanOsdol, Rodondi. Retiring faculty members: Kahl, Shafer, Wang, Kayser, Koo. PharmD students: Campbell, Wheeler, Ho, Lam, Campbell, Loucks, Marotto, Huynh, Luu, Chua, Stephens. PhD students: Gray. New appointments: Penick Brock, Williams. Research update: Giacomini, Uskokovic, Long-Boyle, Cheng, Guglielmo, Phillips, Bero, Kayser, Dennehy, Finley, Burchard, Burlingame, Wells, Jacobson, Fujimori, Renslo, Prusiner.
Tue Aug 09, 2011
The 2nd Annual Bay Area Biotechnology Symposium, presented by the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Industry Outreach Program in coordination with the UCSF Postdoctoral Scholars Association at Mission Bay in late May 2011, fully lived up to its billing: “Pharmaceuticals of the Future: Case Histories and Challenges.”
Fri Jul 29, 2011
William Soller, PhD, and Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD, faculty members in the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy, were sources for a July 25, 2011 Los Angeles Times feature about the safety and effectiveness of saving money by splitting pills or taking medications after their expiration date.
Fri Jul 08, 2011
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), used with a novel pyruvate chemical compound that is specially labeled to be read by the MRI machine, is being applied for the first time in humans to study the aggressiveness of prostate cancer in patients and the success of prostate cancer therapies. The chemical compound is energized, then quickly injected into the prostate cancer patient before imaging begins.
Wed Jun 22, 2011
A study by researchers with the UCSF School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy finds that the Medicaid program is likely paying far more than necessary for medications and not offering patients the most effective ones available.
Wed Jun 08, 2011
In the current issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, two faculty members of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy issue a call for prioritization in prescription labels’ increasingly long lists of adverse drug events (ADEs).
Wed May 18, 2011
The 13th annual Spring Research Seminar highlighting work by students, residents, and faculty members in the UCSF School of Pharmacy Department of Clinical Pharmacy—and featuring 48 project posters—was held May 3, 2011 on UCSF’s Parnassus campus.
Rifkind Award winners
The winners of the 4th annual Gary Rifkind Spring Research Seminar Awards are:
Thu May 05, 2011
Education researcher Tina Penick Brock, BSPharm, MSPH, EdD, became the UCSF School of Pharmacy associate dean of teaching and learning, effective March 11, 2011. She joined the School’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy faculty in July 2010. Her credentials include:
Tue Apr 26, 2011
The robotic pharmacy at UCSF Medical Center was featured on Cable News Network (CNN) on April 22, 2010, in the report 21st Century Pharmacy. By automating the dispensing of medications, UCSF aims to improve medication safety and free the pharmacist to spend more time improving drug therapy, explained Lynn Paulsen, PharmD, UCSF Medical Center’s director of pharmaceutical services, who was highlighted in the report.
Fri Apr 01, 2011
Timothy Cutler, PharmD, a faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, is the 2011 recipient of The Albert B. Prescott / Glaxo SmithKline Pharmacy Leadership Award from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).
The annual award spotlights a young pharmacist who the association deems likely to evolve as a significant leader of the profession. Cutler received the award at the annual APhA meeting held in Seattle, Washington, March 25-28, 2011.
Mon Mar 21, 2011
The California Poison Control System (CPCS) is now connecting with state residents through text messaging, Twitter updates, Facebook quizzes, online games, and even a mobile application (app), which was launched today as part of National Poison Prevention Week — March 20-29, 2011. The CPCS is the first poison control system in the U.S. to reach the public through these popular electronic venues.
Fri Mar 18, 2011
Taking potassium iodide in reaction to any perceived threat to California of radiation exposure from Japan is not advised for California residents at this time, according to Stuart Heard, PharmD, FCSHP, a faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, and the executive director of the California Poison Control System.
Mon Mar 07, 2011
Automated robots in a new, high-tech pharmacy now prepare medications for UCSF hospital patients with the aim of improving medication safety while freeing UCSF hospital pharmacists and nurses to spend more time caring directly for patients.
Tue Mar 01, 2011
US$1 billion budget gap, student fee increases likely to continue, Levens Lipton keynote address to CPhA, Nkansah and the Dr.
Tue Feb 22, 2011
Lisa Bero, PhD, a faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy was named to represent The Cochrane Collaboration on the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) after the Collaboration was awarded an Assembly seat on January 23, 2011. The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organization that promotes high-quality research and evidenced-based decisions about health care.
Thu Jan 20, 2011
Nancy Nkansah, PharmD, a faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, appears with Mehmet Oz, MD, on The Dr. Oz Show to caution consumers about 5 over-the-counter-drugs that are often misused.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
Proton pump inhibitors
Multi-symptom cold and flu medicines
The Dr. Oz Show segment, “The Dangers of OTC Drugs,” was broadcast January 12, 2011.
Tue Jan 11, 2011
A box just four-feet square is the latest addition to the analytical armory of the National Bio-Organic Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Resource Center, which is directed by Al Burlingame, PhD, a faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the UCSF School of Pharmacy.