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February 9, 2015
Two news items caught my eye recently that I see as harbingers of the future. On January 30, President Obama said that he will ask Congress to support a $215 million “precision medicine” initiative. The President defined precision medicine as “delivering the right treatment, at the right time, every time, to the right person
January 7, 2015
One thing I have learned during my short time as president is that I will not suffer from a lack of advice. And that is a good thing. All feedback is important, but the comments I receive from alumni are particularly instructive for two reasons: (1) Alumni are well versed in the school, its history, and traditions and (2) Alumni are working, or have worked, in a wide range of roles within pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry
October 31, 2014
There are many forces bearing down on the nation’s health care system ranging from the imperative for broader access to the changing roles of providers. But without question, one of the most relentless change agents is science and technology. The Electronic Health Record of the future will essentially be the complete history of your body
August 22, 2014
There was a time when the only way to keep perishable foods from spoiling was to store them with a block of ice in an icebox. Companies delivered ice to homes for this purpose. Many went bust after electric refrigerators replaced ice boxes and companies that made and sold this new technology replaced those that delivered ice
July 7, 2014
With events continuing in the 150th commemoration of the Civil War, it strikes me that one of the more overlooked aspects of the war continues to be its global impact. The Union’s victory over the Confederacy not only dealt a fatal blow to slavery in the United States, but it served as a catalyst to human rights reform across the world
June 12, 2014
During my third professional year in pharmacy school, I learned about an opportunity to spend six weeks working at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, the Mecca of clinical research – my true dream job (if it didn’t involve leaving Vermont!)
May 14, 2014
The issue of prescription drug abuse has grown in the past 10-15 years from a “dirty little secret” to a nationwide epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one person dies every 19 minutes from an accidental overdose or suicide resulting from prescription drug abuse
April 28, 2014
If you could reduce health costs and improve patient outcomes, would you? That’s the question posed by the ACPHS students who produced this video advocating for the expansion of New York State’s Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) legislation
April 16, 2014
The College recently held a Student Research Symposium where more than 30 students developed posters summarizing their research for an audience that included faculty members and fellow students. As an educator, it was gratifying to see students who were once apprehensive about getting involved in research stand confidently in front of their posters and answer questions about their projects
March 21, 2014
The FDA is beginning to roll out a $20 million enhanced programto test the quality and safety of generic drugs. This initiative follows a string of high profile contamination cases, including one at a Massachusetts compounding facility in 2012 that led to an outbreak of fungal meningitis, eventually claiming the lives of 50 people