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Congratulations to Ms. Hoda Masmouei for Being Awarded College of Pharmacy Student of the Year

Hoda Masmouei

Congratulations to Ms. Hoda Masmouei for being awarded College of Pharmacy Student of the Year!

APhA-ASP Fort Lauderdale Chapter Held 4th Annual Glucose Games Charity Flag Football Tournament

APhA-ASP Fort Lauderdale chapter 4th Annual Glucose Games

APhA-ASP Fort Lauderdale chapter 4th Annual Glucose Games

On October 27th 2012, the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Fort Lauderdale chapter held our 4th Annual Glucose Games Charity Flag Football Tournament. The event benefits a local organization called "Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth" (FLIPANY) which empowers Broward county children and their families to address health disparities through physical activity and nutrition education.

Our student-run event has grown dramatically over these past four years. This year we raised $3,000 for FLIPANY, increasing our donations by approximately 50% from last year. Donors included professors, faculty members, friends and families of the College of the Pharmacy, pharmacy corporations and local restaurants and businesses. With almost $8,000 in donations over the past four years, FLIPANY has been able to serve over 750 at-risk children in the community. Together we are working to prevent the onset of diabetes in youth.

This year's tournament hosted over 300 participants who displayed their dedication to our cause. To accommodate the ever-growing event, the tournament was held at a community center in Davie called the Robert H. Bamford Sports Complex. At the start of the event, participants took part in a Guinness World Record-Breaking 100-meter dash for Run for the Planet and National Geographic, contributing to a collaborative effort for the most people to run 100 meters in a 24-hour time period. This was hosted in partnership with NSU's Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) student organization and Dr. Veronica Tomor, Pharm.D, NSU AMCP Chapter Diplomat. This was a great way to add to the WeCAN! Campaign and be part of the group to break a world record, as well as serving as a warm-up for the tournament. At the field, participants also entered raffles and won giveaways and prizes, which included gift-cards to local restaurants and businesses.
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NSU College of Pharmacy Students at Cleveland Clinic Florida Featured in American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Publication InterSections

NSU College of Pharmacy (COP) faculty, Jaime Riskin, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Assistant Professor and Antonia Zapantis, MS, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Professor, as well as alumni Osmel Delgado, PharmD, BCPS, Martha Espinoza-Friedman, Pharm.D., BCPS, and Lori Milicevic, Pharm.D., BCNP were featured for the Pharmacy Practice Model Change implemented at Cleveland Clinic Florida incorporating advanced pharmacy practice students from NSU's COP. Prior to utilizing pharmacy students as pharmacy extenders, providing all patients at the Cleveland Clinic Florida with the opportunity to interact with pharmacists as part of their care seemed like an unobtainable goal. Adding medication histories and reconciliation, as well as discharge medication counseling seemed like a herculean task. Now patients and students benefit from this learning experience.
View the story and full article in ASHP Interactions
View the Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) case report
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NSU Undergraduates Win Second Place in Poster Contest at the 8th Annual Latino Medical Students Association Meeting

Latino Medical Students Association

Dr. Robert Speth with the students: Catalina Breton, Eduardo Carrera and Andrea Linares

Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Miami-Dade College undergraduate students Catalina Breton, Eduardo Carrera and Andrea Linares presented a poster entitled "The Importance of Neurolysin in the Renin-Angiotensin System of the Mouse Brain" at the 8th Annual National Meeting of the Latino Medical Students Association. The poster described work they are doing as student researchers in the laboratory run by faculty member, Robert C. Speth, Ph.D., Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Nova Southeastern University's College of Pharmacy. The poster presenters included Medical Students from elite medical schools throughout the United States as well as pre-med student attendees. The poster was presented jointly with each student presenting a section of the project as smoothly as if passing a baton in a relay race. The students' work and presentation skills were rewarded with a Second Place Award that included a $100 prize.

NSU College of Pharmacy Faculty Wins "Quality Game Ball" for Performance Improvement at South Florida State Hospital

Quality Game Ball

NSU's College of Pharmacy (COP) is the only college of pharmacy in the U.S. that operates a full institutional pharmacy service at South Florida's State Hospital (SFSH) besides a full service community pharmacy at the Davie Campus. On a monthly basis, the Compliance and Performance Improvement Department of South Florida's State Hospital awards a "Game Ball" to the person who has contributed the most to performance improvement of the hospital. The person is usually identified by the work done directly with or for the department and also by other employees that have contact with the candidate. This includes standards related to Department of Children and Family Services, The Joint Commission, Children's Medical Services as well as the community standards of practice for patient care in the chronic care psychiatric hospital setting.

The College of Pharmacy is proud to announce that COP faculty member, Todd Schmidt, Pharmacy Manager at the SFSH won this month's"Quality Game Ball" for the excellent work he continually does to improve quality of care. Congratulations!!

College of Pharmacy in the News Again: Surgeon Studies Sharks' Mouth Bacteria

NSU's College of Pharmacy faculty, Nathan Unger, Pharm.D., assistant professor, Palm Beach, pairs up with Dr. Robert Borrego from St. Mary's Medical Center to study what kind of bacteria harbor in the mouths of sharks found in local Florida waters. The research aims to pinpoint correct antibiotics for bite victims. Read more and view video on

Pharmacy Alumni Dionis Malo Jr., Pharm.D. Recently Promoted to Director of Pharmacy Over a Three-Hospital System

Dionis Malo Jr.

Dionis Malo Jr., Pharm.D., class of 2010, has been recently promoted to Director of Pharmacy over a three-hospital system - St Luke's Medical Center, St. Luke's Behavioral Health, and St. Luke's Tempe - in Phoenix, Arizona. Although Malo will be located in Arizona, and will continue to stay as actively involved with NSU's College of Pharmacy as he has been since graduationg in 2010. We look forward to seeing Malo in upcoming pharmacy conferences and NSU/COP alumni events. Congratulations, Dr. Malo.

Pharmacy Alumni Michael Gillette Joins NSU's College of Pharmacy

Michael Gillette

Michael Gillette received his Pharm.D. degree from NSU College of Pharmacy in 2007. After graduation, Gillette immediately went to work as a community-based pharmacist and then joined the Department of Veterans Affairs. He subsequently completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited PGY-1 residency with an emphasis in hospital practice as well as a 2-year clinical research fellowship in cardiology at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.
Gillette went on to gain valuable experience providing Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services in the managed care setting before starting as an assistant professor at NSU's College of Pharmacy Program in Palm Beach. Gillette has earned a teaching certificate from the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy and is certified by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in Pharmacotherapy and Ambulatory Care. In addition to precepting 3rd and 4th year pharmacy students, Gillette will be involved with teaching cardiology related topics in the College of Pharmacy's Pharmacotherapy 2 course and the Patient Care Management labs. His research interests lie in cardiovascular risk reduction, meta-analysis, and outcomes research. Welcome, Dr. Gillette.

NSU College of Pharmacy Student Chapter of FSHP Welcomed Alumni Guest Speaker, Osmel Delgado, Pharm.D. (2002) at the February, 2013 General Meeting

FSHP Guest Speaker Osmel Delgado

NSU College of Pharmacy Student Chapter of Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists welcomed alumni guest speaker, Osmel Delgado, Pharm.D. (2002), Director of Pharmacy at Cleveland Clinic Florida and president of Southeast Society of Health-System Pharmacists at the February, 2013 general meeting hosted by the College of Pharmacy.
Delgado spoke about the dynamic changes in the pharmacy profession. He indicated that with the current health care environment, the key is to improve quality of patient care while cutting costs. Data shows that pharmacists improve medication-use outcomes for patients when they are included in the patient-care team. Pharmacists, as medication-use experts, can play a substantial role in improving the clinical outcomes by increasing patient adherence and decreasing medication adverse events. However, despite pharmacists' key role as practitioners, they are not recognized as patient care providers under social security act yet.
Delgado addressed the pharmacy students indicating that pharmacy students are standing on a historical point for the profession of pharmacy. Pharmacists can obtain the recognition and entitlement for payment for the patient care services that pharmacists already provide if by joining efforts to convince the state and federal legislators to pass the laws granting this status for pharmacists.
Delgado inspired students to take the initiative and be proactive beyond the classrooms and realize that in a few years, there might not be as many jobs for pharmacists as we know it today. He also stressed that if student pharmacists work alongside the current pharmacy practitioners, there will be a distinguished place for pharmacists as health care providers in the future of the United States, as it serves the goals of the health care reform.
Delgado concluded his presentation by encouraging students to consider attending Tallahassee Legislative Days to further educate themselves about the Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI); Medication Therapy Management (MTM); and student pharmacist-administered immunizations as new standards of practice in the profession of pharmacy are set in motion.

NSU College of Pharmacy Phi Delta Chi Students Support Individuals with Down Syndrome Via Just Dance 2013

Just Dance 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Café Iguana in Pembroke Pines, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy's (NSU COP) Beta Lambda Chapter of the Professional Pharmacy Fraternity Phi Delta Chi (PDC) participated in the Just Dance 2013 charity event. This fun event provided information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome. Through the efforts of organizing pharmacist Gordon Garland of Memorial Regional Hospital, pharmacy students Quyen Trinh, Alexa Vyain, Ting Wong, Sydney Kchao and Priya Sahadeo along with numerous other PDC members, were able to help advertise the occasion, raise funds prior to the event, provide flowers, greet guests, assist in running a food / beverage service, engage participants of all ages through the fun spirit of dancing, and raise money for the Broward County Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization [].
This is the third straight year NSU COP's PDC chapter has participated in the event and every year continues build on the previous. Subsequent to the event this year, Garland noted in reference to the 30+ participating students: "Please extend our sincere appreciation for being a pivotal part of our success and making these special people smile."
The brothers of PDC's Beta Lambda Chapter are proud to support the National Down Syndrome Congress sponsored We're More Alike Than Different public awareness campaign and look forward to participating in this event for years to come. The PDC students further noted their appreciation for the participation of the NSU COP chapter of the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy and presence of their faculty advisors, Sandra Benavides, Pharm.D. and Jennifer Steinberg, Pharm.D.

For more information contact Timothy P. Gauthier, PharmD, BCPS; Phi Delta Chi, Beta Lambda Faculty Advisor, College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice at:
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NSU College of Pharmacy participates in "Habitat for Humanity"

AZO participating in Habitat for Humanity

On Saturday, January 26, 2013 faculty and students from Nova Southeastern University's College of Pharmacy (COP), Palm Beach program, participated in a community service event for Habitat for Humanity in Lake Worth, Florida. The twenty-seven students who attended the event are members of the Alpha Zeta Omega (AZΩ) pharmacy fraternity and were supported by faculty members, Feroza Sircar-Ramsewak, Pharm.D., Instructor and Academic Facilitator, and Michael Gillette, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor. The students and faculty worked with the Habitat for Humanity, Lake Worth Project, painting the interiors of the houses currently under construction in Lake Worth, Florida. Click for photos.

Dr. Nathan Unger Collects Bacteria from Sharks' Mouths to Improve the Treatment of Shark Bite Victims

Nathan Unger, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor, NSU College of Pharmacy, Palm Beach in collaboration with researchers from St. Mary's Hospital, collects bacterial swab tests from sharks' mouths to improve the treatment of shark bite victims. Please click on the links below to view the story and full article:
News from South Florida Sun-Sentinel
News from Orlando Sun-Sentinel
The article in SharkBytes

Dr. Devada Singh-Franco Named Associate Editor for Peer Reviewed Publications

Devada Singh-Franco

Devada Singh-Franco, R.Ph, Pharm.D., assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, has been named Associate Editor for SAGE Open Medicine and SAGE Open Medical Case Reports. SAGE Open Medicine is a new open access, rigorously peer reviewed, online-only publication and SAGE Open Medical Case Reports is a new peer reviewed open access publication.

NSU College of Pharmacy Student Presents at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Conference – October 14-18, 2012

FSHP Quiz Bowl 2012

Noor Daghistani, B. Sc., Class of 2014, from the Pharm. D. Program at the College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University, presented a poster presentation during the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Conference that was held in Chicago between October 14 and 18, 2012. The title of her poster presentation was "Optimization of Epinephrine Nanoparticles Using Ionic Gelation Technique".
Noor Daghistani worked in the lab of Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, B. Pharm., Ph.D., an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, from 2010 to 2011 as Research Assistant.
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is the largest association for the pharmaceutical scientists in US and its annual conference is well attended by pharmaceutical scientists from around the world.

NSU College of Pharmacy Held 2012 Fall Orientation for New Ph.D. Students

FSHP Quiz Bowl 2012

Eight new Ph.D. students, one of whom is a Fulbright Scholar, were recently welcomed to the College of Pharmacy during the college's third annual orientation for Ph.D. students. Five of the new students have chosen to focus their studies in the area of Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics, while two have chosen Drug Development, and one has chosen Social and Administrative Pharmacy. The student population in the Ph.D. program is now twenty five; nine in Drug Development and eight each in the Molecular Medicine and Social and Administrative Pharmacy sequences.
The Ph.D. program in Pharmacy is expected to be an integral component of the research efforts within the College of Pharmacy at Nova Southeastern University.

To view the photo gallery of the 2012 Fall PHD Orientation event, please visit COP photo gallery

NSU College of Pharmacy Phi Delta Chi Raises over $1000 for Saint Jude's Research Hospital

FSHP Quiz Bowl 2012

From Left – Top: Kai Feng (2013), Joseph Kohn (2014),
Riyadh Abdul (Alumnus), David Blanzy (Alumnus),
Jonathan Potter (2013), Priya Sahadeo (International 2014),
Kimmy Quach (2013), Quyen Trinh (2014), Ting Wong (2015)
Bottom: Sydney Kchao (2014), Dave Harriman (2015),
Jenny Pham (2015), Yashira Pabon-Padin (2015)

Through fundraising efforts over last few months, the collegiate brothers of the Beta Lambda Chapter of Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy have raised a substantial amount of money to support their organization including over $1,000 for Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Ting Wong (Class of 2015) from the Palm Beach campus spearheaded the efforts shortly after becoming the new Fundraising Chair with the close support of Beta Lambda President, Sydney Kchao (Class of 2014), Vice President, Priya Sahadeo (International Class of 2014), Alumnus Katherine Nguyen (Class of 2012), and a committed team of 30-plus Brothers and Alumni. Hundreds of flower bouquets and many dozens of roses were sold to over 5,000 participants during each Nova Southeastern University commencement at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. "I am very proud that we are supporting my hometown's prestigious hospital in the fight to 'Finding cures. Saving children," Wong said. Kchao further noted this to be the most successful fundraising event in the history of the chapter. Ms. Devri Pratt and Mr. Richard Kelch of Enrollment and Student Services at NSU expressed their satisfaction with the events and philanthropic efforts, to which the brothers were grateful for the opportunity to provide the service. The Beta Lambda faculty advisor further noted, "It is very gratifying for me to see the group working together and achieving such results. To see such a great outcome is absolutely phenomenal."

Goar Alvarez, Pharm.D., FASCP received the INTERAMERICAN PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION's "Roman Corrons Inspiration and Motivation" Award

FSHP Quiz Bowl 2012

Goar Alvarez, Pharm.D., FASCP received the INTERAMERICAN PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION's Prestigious "Roman Corrons Inspiration and Motivation" Award at the Florida Pharmacy Association's 122nd Annual Convention and Conference held in Marco Island, Florida this past July. The award is bestowed on "those who inspire others to continue to advance the profession..."

News from FSHP Meeting in Orlando

FSHP Quiz Bowl 2012

NSU's FSHP-ASHP Chapter team members Marisa Egipciaco (P3), Alicia Harvey (4), and Hoda Masmouei (P3) placed 2nd in 1st Annual Health-Systems Pharmacy Quiz Bowl Event at 46th Annual FSHP Meeting in Orlando, FL. August 2012.

Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research announces the winner of its inaugural Medicine 2.0 @ Harvard Scholarship

Masmouei Hoda

The Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research (CCHIR) is happy to announce the winner of its inaugural Medicine 2.0 @ Harvard Scholarship!
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) pharmacy student Hoda Masmouei, B.S., M.S. is the 2012 winner of the scholarship to attend the 5th World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps, and Internet/Web 2.0 in Medicine and Public Health (aka Medicine 2.0 @ Harvard). Hoda's scholarship application demonstrated her many outstanding qualities as well as her prominent leadership roles. These include serving as president of the NSU student society chapter of FSHP, which established an Informatics Special Interest Group, and co-chairing a Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity event that raised $10,000 for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Hoda's experience also includes her work as a CCHIR research assistant for an ongoing diabetes mHealth study at the Memorial Healthcare Systems primacy care clinics. Previously Hoda was involved in NIH-supported diabetes research that was published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
In response to her opportunity to see the research presented at the upcoming Medicine 2.0 conference in September, Hoda said she is, "looking forward to meeting the pioneers of health informatics and hopefully being a part of helping to write its future". She also plans to "bring back information to NSU and help expand the horizon of the future of pharmacy for my peers".

NSU College of Pharmacy is Proud to Announce Inaugural Pharmacy Team Involvement as Mentor Partners in Asthma-Friendly Childcare Center Training Program with Florida Department of Health

COP involvement as Mentor Partners in Asthma-Friendly Childcare Center Training Program with Florida Department of Health

Featured in the photograph left to right are: Jamie Forrest,
DOH Asthma Epidemiologist, Dr. Angela S. Garcia, Assistant
Professor NSU COP, Tenim Novoa, P4 student intern NSU COP,
Julie Dudley, DOH Florida Asthma Program Manager, Dr. Don
Torok, Associate Dean FAU and Chairman SFAC, Ryan
DeBraganca, P4 student intern NSU COP.

Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy fourth year student interns Tenim Novoa and Ryan DeBraganca, under the supervision of Angela S. Garcia, PharmD, CPh, Assistant Professor, are collaborating with the Department of Health (Julie Dudley, MS and Jamie Forrest, MS) and the South Florida Asthma Consortium (Donald J. Torok, Ph.D., FACSM and Andrew Cuddihy, MPH) to become the inaugural pharmacy team members serving as Mentor Partners in the Broward County area. The Florida Asthma Coalition through the Bureau of Environmental Public Health Medicine developed a program for Childcare Centers earning statewide recognition as being 'Asthma-Friendly', in efforts to reduce the burden of disease and assist with early recognition and self-management.

Dr. Garcia and the student interns have been working to support Broward County American Lung Association (ALA), South Florida Asthma Consortium (SFAC) and Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) for over three years, providing education on self-management through curriculum such as Open Airways, Kickin' Asthma, and Asthma Prevention and Management. Currently, Broward County does not have any centers recognized, although there are seven childcare centers which achieved this statewide, two of which are located in Miami-Dade County.

The student interns were two of many students able to participate in these programs through the experiential learning curriculum at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy (Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences) and collaborative community partnerships. The student interns provided education modules to children targeting asthma trigger awareness and disease management strategies. What was unique to Tenim and Ryan was their continuous involvement in research collaborations and participation in additional activities whose goals were to improve school attendance and decreasing emergency department visits/hospitalizations. We see this as a very important step in public health contributions by pharmacists and pharmacy student interns in communities with pronounced racial and health disparities such as those seen throughout South Florida. Recently, the Florida Asthma Coalition met in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the All Children's Hospital Education Center Thursday August 2nd to address progress toward strategic plans and statewide goals.

COP Faculty Jennifer Fass-Gershman, Pharm.D., CPh quoted in "Pharmacy Practice News"

Dr. Jennifer Fass-Gershman

Dr. Jennifer Fass-Gershman
Dept. of Pharmacy Practice

COP faculty, Dr. Jennifer Fass-Gershman was quoted in the article "Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs May Share Data" in "Pharmacy Practice News" where her research on prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) was discussed.
Click here for the full article.

Latrice Roebuck, Pharm.D., Class of 2006, featured in Hollywood Gazette for offering medication therapy management services in Hollywood

Roebuck in Hollywood Gazette

"Bridging the gap between you and your health care provider, Pharmaceutical Care Associates is a new business in Hollywood that helps patients manage their medications and coordinates them with their physicians.
Dr. Latrice Roebuck, Pharm D., is a licensed pharmacist from Florida and a graduate of Nova Southeastern University. She currently works at a local hospital in the ICU. Roebuck is an advocate for patients who don't understand their medications, who experience hospitalizations because of their medications, and patients who have difficulty getting their prescribers to address their concerns..." Click here to read the article in the newspaper.

TEDMED Comes to NSU Via Debut HD Simulcast

TEDMED Live@NSU attendees

The world famous TEDMED conference (over 500 million views of TED Talks to date) on medicine and healthcare recently debuted its accompanying HD Simulcast. Approved host institutions like Nova Southeastern University were provided a stream of every TEDMED speaker live from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Presenters included representatives from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and American Red Cross as well as many from academia and industry. Nearly 100 students, staff, and faculty spanning multiple units of NSU attended at least one session during the week in the Chancellor's Dining Room.
Pharmacy student Fernando Blanco said, "It was inspiring to watch all those creative minds speak", while fellow pharmacy student Kerry Anne Rambaran listed her two favorite TEDMED talks as those by David Icke on flexible sensors that can be applied to organs for monitoring and Dr. Leslie Saxon's on

Kaylesh (KK) Pandya

Kaylesh (KK) Pandya, a medical student who is also enrolled in the Masters of Biomedical Informatics (MSBI) Program, capitalized on NSU's status for priority consideration as a host institution and was awarded a TEDMED Patron scholarship. TEDMED Patron scholarships are given to help cover or fully cover the $4999 registration cost to attend TEDMED. KK reported being energized from the experience and that, "Several presentations at TEDMED moved both my heart and my imagination, which both required my brain to work overtime in order to keep up". He also revealed that he was most surprised at TEDMED by "the conversations which occurred between presentations, at the social events, and during meals…I recall having lunch with an ultramarathon runner, a colorectal surgeon, a dentist, a medical student, and an engineer, and our conversation spanned all of these fields and many more."

The TEDMED @ NSU Simulcast event was sponsored by the NSU College of Pharmacy and Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research, assisted by student volunteers from the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the MSBI Student Alumni Network. Event organizers are already looking forward to TEDMED 2013 and are excited about the recent announcement that the live HD Simulcasts will be available to NSU Student Educational Centers in addition to the Davie campus next year.

Dr. Carsten Evans interviewed on News Channel 5: "Prescription mistakes are rampant and under-reported"

Dr. Carsten Evens

… state data, obtained by the Contact 5 investigators, shows since 2007 just over 130 of Florida's nearly forty thousand licensed pharmacists have been disciplined for medication errors. Common mistakes include giving patients the wrong dosage and/or the wrong drug.
"If you're asking have only 130 pharmacists in the state of Florida made errors in the last 5 years, the answer is no," said Dr. Evans
Florida, like most states, does not require pharmacies to report mistakes.
"Unless there's a death, it stops there. So you're not going to find that error," explained Evans.
Read more on News Channel 5 website.

Dr. Matthew Seamon in the news: "A cheaper generic Lipitor is coming soon"

Dr. Matthew Seamon

Lipitor patients are not just imagining it: the generic version of the popular cholesterol-lowering drug that came out Dec. 1 is almost as expensive as the high-priced brand name...Relief is coming. The price of the generic drug — atorvastatin — is expected to plunge after May 31, when several manufacturers will be allowed to put their own versions on the market...
"This will be the big day for consumers," said Matthew Seamon, a pharmacy professor at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. "It's not until the second, third and fourth manufacturers come into the market that you see the price really go down."
Read more on Sun Sentinel website.

College of Pharmacy student Simone Cousins received the 2012 Paul Ambrose Scholarship

Simone Cousins

College of Pharmacy student, Simone Cousins, Pharm. D. candidate (2014), has received the 2012 Paul Ambrose Scholarship (PASP), a national competition sponsored by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR). The PASP scholarship exposes health professions students to inter-professional prevention education and research, and also prepares them as future leaders in addressing population health challenges at the community and national level.

Ms. Cousins will attend a leadership symposium in Washington, DC in June 2012. During the symposium she will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and varying perspectives of public health. She will learn methods to effect change in the community in the areas of: health policy, health literacy, project planning, and health care finance and delivery gain.

She will also receive a micro-grant to develop and implement a faculty-mentored community-based health education project, which is part of a joint collaborative effort between NSU College of Pharmacy and Hispanic Unity of Florida, the largest non-profit organization in Broward County, FL. Project supervision and mentoring efforts will be lead by Silvia. Rabionet, Ed.D., NSU-COP Associate Professor.

During the Spring Break, Ms. Cousins participated in a Medical Mission (in cooperation with International Impact Ministries) providing pharmacy care to persons in need in Nicaragua. Click here to read about the Student Medical Mission Team in Nicaragua.

Informatics research efforts by College of Pharmacy Faculty profiled in the latest issue of City & Shore

City & Shore

Informatics research efforts by College of Pharmacy faculty Dr. Shara Elrod, Dr. Kevin Clauson, and Dr. Elizabeth Sherman were recently profiled in the latest issue of City & Shore. City & Shore is "the premier lifestyle magazine in Broward County" and this issue includes an article on the research being conducted by these COP faculty in order to examine the effects of text messaging on medication adherence in patients with HIV and others with diabetes at Memorial Primary Care Clinics. Click here to read the article in the magazine.

Kappa Psi won the STUEY for Graduate Student Organization of the Year

Kappa Psi won the STUEY for Graduate Student Organization of the Year

Kappa Psi won the STUEY for Graduate Student Organization of the Year. Kappa Psi, the oldest and largest professional pharmacy fraternity in the world, was founded on May 30, 1879 in New Haven, Connecticut. Currently there are 141 chapters (82 Collegiate and 59 Graduate chapters), five thousand collegiate members, and over eighty-thousand graduate members across the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas.

Members of Kappa Psi have shown their leadership skills by attending leadership development seminars and workshops at Local, State, and National levels. The members of Kappa Psi currently serve as leaders on Executive Boards of the most reputable organizations within the College of Pharmacy. Kappa Psi members currently serve as Presidents of Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP), American Society of Consulting Pharmacy (ASCP), Student Government Association, Phi Lambda Sigma: Pharmacy Leadership Society, American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). Not only this, many of our members hold positions at State levels.

Throughout the years, members of Kappa Psi have demonstrated scholastic capabilities by receiving various scholarships through the College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University and reputable Pharmacy Organizations. Members of Kappa Psi are also members of the prestigious organization Rho Chi Society: Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy. Despite their overwhelming workload, involvement and extracurricular activities, they are able share their scholastic aptitude by tutoring fellow classmates. Our members of Kappa Psi have proven to be unique individuals which strive for excellence in their endeavors. Kappa Psi members have attended Florida Legislative Days in Tallahassee, Florida where they represented their school, fraternity, and student body in promoting pharmacy legislation in favor of pharmacy profession.

Kappa Psi continues to show its service by fundraising for various charities such as Susan G. Komen, American Lung Association, Step Out for Diabetes, and Ronald McDonald House. Kappa Psi goes beyond local fundraisers and hosts the Annual NSU Dance Marathon to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Over the last three years, Kappa Psi has raised over $15,000 and continues to raise awareness.

Appointment of Assistant Dean, College of Pharmacy, Palm Beach

Venessa S. Price, Pharm.D. and Dr. Malavé

Nile M. Khanfar, Ph.D., MBA
Assistant Dean, College
of Pharmacy, Palm Beach

The College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the appointment of Nile M. Khanfar, Ph.D., MBA as the Assistant Dean for NSU's College of Pharmacy Palm Beach site. Khanfar is Associate Professor in the Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy department.Since arriving to NSU, his superb publication record has been evident by his consistent authorship and co-authorship of numerous research papers, each year, in leading Peered-Review Journals within his field of expertise. His scholarly work also includes numerous research presentations at national and international conferences. Khanfar has also demonstrated throughout the years his talent for teamwork, and excellent networking abilities. Palm Beach students can attest to his passion for their success and their active participation in professional and scientific activities.

Dr. Angela Garcia on ABC-TV Miami

Dr. Angela Garcia recently appeared on ABC-TV Miami, where she was featured in a segment on the use of technology in the COP classroom. Nova Southeastern University was highlighted for engaging students in the classroom. Click to view the television broadcast.

Venessa S. Price, Pharm.D., class of '98, honored 2012 College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Venessa S. Price, Pharm.D. and Dr. Malavé

Venessa S. Price, Pharm.D., class of '98,
and Andrés Malavé, Ph.D., Dean, College
of Pharmacy

Alumni, Venessa S. Price, Pharm.D., class of '98, was honored as the College of Pharmacy (COP) Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award at NSU's 2012 Celebration of Excellence on January 12th at Signature Grand, FL. Price was conferred this award for her outstanding career accomplishments; her contributions to our diverse communities; the leadership roles she has played in her professional and personal life; and for the critical roles she has played for the College of Pharmacy. Over the years, Price has presented to the students of the NSU COP in a variety of venues including Dean's Hour, Therapeutics, White Coat Ceremony, and the Residency Showcases. Price has also presented at NSU's Fall Classic and Annual Contemporary Pharmacy Issues programs on a variety of topics. She has a passion to give back to the college that has given her the training and education necessary to make a difference in the profession and encourage others to do the same.

Currently, Price is Director of Pharmacy Services at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL. Her interest in pharmacy started in the late 80's working as a pharmacy technician with a large retail chain. After receiving her PharmD degree from Nova Southeastern University in 1998 she completed an Accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at New England Medical Center with the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) in Boston, MA. Price's professional experience reflects the wide array of professions in pharmacy representing her motivation to continually grow and advance professionally. As a Clinical Pharmacist for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates she focused on clinical initiatives, formulary adherence, and cost containment strategies. She was a Clinical Pharmacist specializing in Nephrology and Geriatrics for Jackson Memorial Hospital, and a Clinical Education Consultant for Pfizer, Inc. involved in a variety of services for all healthcare settings and practitioners.

Price was a Clinical Coordinator for North Broward Medical Center assisting the department with The Joint Commission and regulatory adherence in addition to her clinical and supervisory responsibilities. In her previous role as Assistant Director of Clinical Services she supervised the Adult and Clinical Pharmacy Services and Research Pharmacy Services, Co-Director of the PGY1 Residency Program, active participant in the Jackson Health-System Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, and implemented and monitored cost savings/containment strategies.
Price is a member of the Florida Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board and University Health System Consortium, Pharmacy Practice Advancement Committee. She is currently President of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Price also takes great pride in mentoring others in being active in moving the pharmacy profession forward.

Dr. Jean Latimer appointed to serve on the Faculty Advisory Council of NSU

Khyati Desai at AAPS

Jean Latimer, Ph.D., associate professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at NSU's College of Pharmacy has been appointed to serve on the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) of Nova Southeastern University. The goal of the FAC is to enhance, protect, and maintain the intellectual integrity of the university through its academic programs. The Council serves as a forum to recommend new and innovative change; a platform to address academic issues and concerns; and a resource for conceiving, developing, and implementing new projects. Latimer is a cancer researcher and educator who joined NSU's College of Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine.

Dr. Anastasios (Tassos) Lymperopoulos elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association Council

Dr. Anastasios (Tassos) Lymperopoulos

Dr. Anastasios (Tassos) Lymperopoulos, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences at their November 2011 meeting in Orlando, FL. The honor is presented to distinguished faculty who are among the leading professional American Heart Association members, and enables Dr. Lymperopoulos the privilege of carrying the FAHA designation through his professional career.
The election came in recognition of Dr. Lymperopoulos' highly regarded cardiovascular research efforts and his service to the American Heart Association. It acknowledges him as one of the premier researchers in the cardiovascular field in the U.S., as well as worldwide. This honor is a testament to the high regard his peers have for Dr. Lymperopoulos as a scientist.
This new appointment does not come without strings attached, however. Among various other American Heart Association service-related responsibilities, Lymperopoulos will be assisting with planning the scientific program for the annual American Heart Association Conference on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences to be held in New Orleans, LA this July.

Dr. Lisa Deziel-Evans appointed as Vice-Chair of NSU Academic Review Committee

Dr. Lisa Deziel-Evans

The College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Deziel-Evans, Pharm.D., Executive Associate Dean, Professional Program, as Vice-Chair of the Nova Southeastern University Academic Review Committee (ARC). The ARC conducts ongoing, high quality peer review of all the University's academic units and programs to provide a sharpened focus on program areas in which excellence can be achieved to enhance the national stature and assure the most efficient use of available resources. "Dr. Deziel-Evans has served on the academic review committee for many years, and her teaching and leadership experience fits well with the mission and vision of Academic Program Review in helping our academic programs strive towards academic pre-eminence," said Frank A. DePiano, Ph.D., University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

College of Pharmacy Hosts Exposé - Frida Kahlo: Starring in the Sick Role

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was the subject of a lecture sponsored by NSU's College of Pharmacy and held at the Alvin Sherman Library on January 12, 2012. Guests included, the university's Circle of Friends, administrative leadership, and the College of Pharmacy's (COP) alumni, faculty, students, and friends heard Dr. Annette B. Ramírez de Arellano address the topic of "Frida Kahlo: Starring in the Sick Role." The lecture focused on the artist's accidents and illnesses as depicted in her art, letters, and diaries. "Kahlo was not reluctant to share her ailments, symptoms, and therapies," said Ramírez de Arellano, "Her artistic output can therefore be read like a visual medical record of what she experienced throughout her life."

During the 47 years of her life, Kahlo experienced polio, a major accident, and suffered several miscarriages. She was in constant pain, and spent many months in restrictive casts and corsets. She also underwent multiple surgeries, some of which are captured in her art. "Painting was her therapy, and her ill health was a major motif in her many self-portraits," said Ramírez de Arellano, who combines a doctorate in public health with a long-standing interest in the arts.

"Although our major mission is to prepare health professionals, we also want to expose them to the humanities and social sciences. This lecture is an excellent example of our approach to broadening student perspectives at the same time that we reach a broader community and the University's interest in discussing health issues beyond the usual disciplinary boundaries," Andrés Malavé, Ph.D., COP Dean. Ramírez de Arellano is affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico's Graduate School of Public Health and a docent at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of Natural History.

To view the photo gallery of the event, please visit COP photo gallery

College of Pharmacy Launches First Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research in Nation

Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research

The College of Pharmacy has attracted national attention for its newly created Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research (CCHIR). It is the first Center of its kind in the United States and consequently has already been featured in Forbes and at an invited presentation in Washington, DC. The CCHIR aims to generate discoveries that leverage the potential of consumer health informatics to improve patient health. This will be accomplished through its three foci of consumer health informatics, medicines information, and public health informatics. As such, an interdisciplinary approach to research including online health information seeking, social media in healthcare, and mobile health (mHealth) will be used.
"Patients are turning to the Internet in record numbers to look for answers to their health-related questions and are making treatment decisions based on what they find." said Kevin A. Clauson, PharmD, associate professor in the College of Pharmacy and Center Director. "We plan to capitalize on available and emerging technologies to help inform the decision making processes of these e-Patients."

Research efforts at CCHIR are already underway with a trio of mHealth projects being conducted, including a study to measure the impact of text messaging and health literacy on medication adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes. "Cell phone ownership is particularly high in Hispanics and African Americans, which offers tremendous opportunity to tailor mobile interventions for these historically underserved patient populations in South Florida", Clauson also asserted.

The Center will also serve as a training site for students, residents, and Fellows, who will have the opportunity to be directly involved in cutting edge research and programmatic initiatives in consumer health informatics.

NSU Pharmacy's Student from The International Program Presents for the First Time at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Conference – November 23-28, 2011

Khyati Desai at AAPS

Khyati Desai, Class of 2011, from the International Program at the College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University, presented a poster presentation during the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Conference that was held in Washington DC between November 23 and 28, 2011. The title of her poster presentation was "Development of Epinephrine Nanoparticles Using Chitosan for the Treatment of Anaphylaxis".
Khyati Desai, worked in the lab of Dr. Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy from 2009 to 2011 as Research Assistant. This poster is her second research contribution with Dr. Rawas-Qalaji. The first poster was presented last year during the 13th Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Science (CSPS) Annual Symposium in Vancouver, Canada between June 2 and 5, 2010.
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is the largest association for the pharmaceutical scientists in US and its annual conference is well attended by pharmaceutical scientists from around the world.

U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps Promotes NSU College of Pharmacy Alumni to Commander

Christopher G. Lynch

Christopher G. Lynch, Pharm.D., M.Ed., is congratulated by
Rear Admiral, Bob Kiser, US Navy Medical Service Corps

Christopher G. Lynch, Pharm.D., M.Ed., College of Pharmacy alumni, class of 1997, was officially promoted to Commander by Rear Admiral, Bob Kiser, Inaugural Commandant for the Military's Medical Education & Training Campus (METC), on October 7, 2011 at Ft. Sam Houston, TX. Dr. Lynch's promotion by the U.S. Navy to the rank of commander designates him as a "senior officer". Officers promoted to this rank commensurately wear a cover that has clusters of oak leafs on the brim to distinguish them from junior officers. Dr. Lynch has received numerous awards for his overall leadership and professional achievement, including four (4) Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medals; the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal; two (2) Admirals' Letter of Commendation for specific leadership actions; and (4) Commanding Officers' Letter of Commendation for the superior performance of his duties. Read more...

NSU's College of Pharmacy Hosts Health Screenings in Celebration of American Pharmacist Month

Health Screenings

Left: P4 pharmacy student Rodney Moya checking a person's blood glucose
Right: Jane McLaughlin-Middlekauff, Pharm.D. and P4 pharmacy student Matthew Reik screening and counseling a patient regarding her bone density

NSU's College of Pharmacy and the College's Clinic Pharmacy are celebrating American Pharmacist Month during the month of October by hosting a series of health screenings. The most recent health screening was held at the NSU Alvin Sherman Library on October 18th, 2011. Goar Alvarez, Pharm.D., director of pharmacy services and Jane McLaughlin-Middlekauff, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, along with P4 students Rodney Moya and Matthew Reik provided screening of blood glucose and bone density, and also provided health-related education to patients.

NSU's College of Pharmacy Hosts Annual Distinguished Alumni Panel Presentation in Celebration of American Pharmacist Month & 2011 Career Expo Showcase

NSU COP Distinguished Alumin Panel Presentation 2011

Over 120 pharmacy students participated in the College of Pharmacy's (COP) Annual Distinguished Alumni Panel Presentation - Pharmacy Careers: Training vs. Pharmacy Careers in Practice, held on October 6, 2011 in the NSU Health Professions Division Chancellor's Administrative Suite. The event is part of the COP's annual celebration of American Pharmacist Month (October) and the Career Expo and Showcase.

Pharmacy students from Davie, Palm Beach and Ponce, Puerto Rico heard from NSU's Celebration of Excellence (COE) College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni: Nilda Banchs-Sandoval, Pharm.D., class of 2001, Geneen R. Graber-Maxwell, Pharm.D., class of 1996, and Cristina Fueyo-Medina, Pharm.D., class of 2000, who shared their personal and professional journey from pharmacy students to global advocates of the continually evolving pharmacy professions.
The interactive session provided discussion and a question/answer session to help stimulate pharmacy students' career explorations and served as an opportunity for them to personally engage with the Distinguished Honorees as former students, current alumni, and pharmacy career role models and as future pharmacy professional themselves.

To view the photo gallery of the 2011 Distinguished Panel Presentation event, please visit COP photo gallery

COP Alumni, Dr. Eddy Blanco (Class of 2002) Making Waves in South Florida Community

Dr. Eddy Blanco, COP Alumni (Class of 2002) and co-owner of VH Pharmacy, a three generation, family-owned business since 1923 located in Miami is making waves in South Florida Community.
VH Pharmacy, the locally owned family run business continues to reach out and help out their immediate community. VH Pharmacy has provided prescription and patient care services for the past 40 years with the help of Pharmacist Eddy Blanco and brother, Danny Blanco. As they continue to reach out and give to their community, VH Pharmacy launches their newest and most expansive project yet, The Free Children's Vitamin Program. This program involves offering a free 30 day supply of chew-able multivitamins to children up to age 12 in the immediate community. No purchase is necessary and those who are of age will be able to receive the vitamins for up to one full year FREE. See the Press Release for more details and Dr. Blanco's Letter to Editor (Miami Herald).

Dr. Blanco is to be honored at Biz-Ability award luncheon, co-hosted by Ability Exposion and the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, on October 21, 2011 for his use of technology in the accessibility efforts. He has also been featured in NSU College of Pharmacy Alumni Profile of Excellence.

The Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society Celebrated Its Annual Induction Ceremony

Rho Chi memebers

The Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society celebrated its annual induction ceremony on Thursday, Sept.15, 2011. The incoming student members were:

Shana Acosta Atta Adom Belinda Brew
Luliesky Cabrera Heli Chaudhari Arti Chauhan
Chinh Dang Anabel de la Barrera Shimoli Doshi
Kai Feng Stephanie Greenstein Genevieve Hale
Alicia Harvey Sokety Heng Vivian Hernández Morales
Michael Inza Bibi Khan Vu Le
David Lonneman Giovanni Lopez Alex Lopilato
Lyn Munoz-Robledo John O'Brien IV Ankitkumar Patel
Naderge Renard Jeanette Rodriguez Brian Schmahl
Pamela Silva Kelly Swan Yesenia Fike
Hieu Tran Cindy Valiente Ximena Vallejos
Dairon Vazquez Kirill Veselov Cheryl-Ann Nattiline Williams
Chelsea Williamson Tim Yehezkely Ariel Zlicha
Carla Solomon Cindy Chan Vanessa Viera
Alesa Courson

Incoming faculty members: Drs. Ana Maria Castejon, Robert Speth, Shara Elrod, Elizabeth Sherman and Mr. Daniel Vacca.
Ceremony officers: Manisha De (president), Matthew Felser (vice-president), Brett Hensley (delegate), Danica Garcia (secretary), Marisa Abreheim, Nicole Ganzer, and Alicia Ianuzelli.
In addition to family and friends, ceremony attendees were Drs. Richard Finkel, Jose Rey, Hamid Omidian, Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, Angela Garcia, Jennifer Fass, Silvia Rabionet, Lisa Deziel-Evans, Jane McLaughlin-Middlekauf, Andres Malave (Guest speaker), and Alexandra Perez (society advisor).

College of Pharmacy Hosts 2011 – 2012 Pharmacy Student Orientation Ceremony


The College of Pharmacy (COP) held its Opening Orientation Ceremony for the 2011-2012 incoming pharmacy students at the Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach sites on Sunday, August 14th . The ceremony was enjoyed at the Ponce site the following Sunday. Aside from the formal presentations by University and COP administration, students and their family members and guests had the opportunity to converse with COP administrators, faculty, staff, and current students to gain a better appreciation of the COP and its commitment to education and excellence. As such, the event featured an academic exhibition showcasing COP departments and their respective faculty's scholarly and service activities.

Student organizations were also represented, thus allowing the incoming students to interact and engage in conversations with upper classmen as they showcased award-winning research poster presentations and entertained numerous questions regarding student-life at the COP. In addition, attendees were provided with tours by students which included visits to the Drug Information Centers, the Clinic Pharmacy, classrooms, laboratories, and recreational facilities.

Gina Marie Pettineo, College of Pharmacy Alumni, 2011 - "Future Pharmacist of the Year" Finalist

Gina Pettineo

NSU Alumni, Gina Marie Pettineo, Class of 2011, has been selected as a "Future Pharmacist of the Year" finalist for the "Next- Generation Pharmacist Awards Program." Pettineo was chosen for her leadership and service representing NSU's College of Pharmacy in national, regional, and local meetings, community events, and for maintaining the highest academic standards and participation in the classroom while a pharmacy student with a 92.14 GPA.
Pettineo served on the Student Chapter of the Florida Pharmacy Association Executive Committee and was the 2009-2010 President of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists NSU Chapter. Pettineo has also been actively involved in Florida's legislative affairs, most significantly as the primary author of a resolution allowing pharmacy interns to immunize in Florida which eventually became a bill.

Pettineo's advocacy exemplifies the philosophy of promoting leadership, education and training of pharmacy students to enable them to become proactive, motivated, and highly skilled future practitioners.

Pharmacy Student Mohammed Imam Won the 1st Place in Poster Presentation at the Florida Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting & Convention


Post-Bac Pharm.D., Pharmacy student, Mohammed Imam, Class of 2011, was awarded the 1st place in the Poster Presentation: Efficacy of Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12% Oral Rinse in the Reduction of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) at the Florida Pharmacy Association (FPA) 121st Annual Meeting and Convention. Under the guidance of faculty mentors, Drs. Alexándra Pérez and Nile Khanfer, the poster was showcased to over 400 attendees on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura, FL. The poster presentation was a requirement toward completing his Post-Bac Pharm.D. curriculum
The study conducted was a retrospective chart review of adult patients who were in mechanical ventilation for >48hrs. Patients not treated with the Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHX) were identified as the control group and patients treated with CHX were identified as the treatment group. Both groups were comparable except for age (70 years in control group vs 77 years in treatment group, p=0.04). Incidence of VAP was statically the same but numerically higher in control group (18% vs 6%). The number of days from intubation to develop VAP was also not significant. Imam believes that even though the reduction on the incidence of VAP was not statistically significant, it was clinically significant and a larger prospective randomized clinical trial may yield different results.

College of Pharmacy Welcomes New Faculty

Dr. Jesus Sanchez

Jesús Sánchez, Ph.D. joined NSU College of Pharmacy as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy in November 2010. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from the Universidad de Granada, Spain, and earned his Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of Miami, Florida. Prior to joining Nova Southeastern University, Sánchez was an Assistant Professor at Florida International University.
Besides his teaching duties in the College, Sánchez will continue his research efforts into the underlying health issues affecting Hispanic migrant workers in South Florida, particularly those whose drug use places them at high risk for contracting HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C virus infections. The ultimate goal of this work is to provide effective educational systems to reduce that risk.
In addition to having published accounts of his work in a variety of scientific journals, Sánchez has received several awards and honors. In 2003, he was part of the first cohort of grantees to receive a Minority AIDS Research Initiative Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; in 2007, he received an Excellence in Research Award from the Center for Research on U.S. Latino AIDS/HIV and Drug Abuse; and in 2010, Sánchez' work on preventing HIV infection in South Florida was featured on the NIH website:

College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program accreditated through June 30, 2015

Andrés Malavé, Ph.D., Dean, College of Pharmacy recently announced that the American Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has extended the accreditation of Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program through the period ending June 30, 2015. Through the continuing professional efforts of our faculty, staff, and preceptors, the performance of our students, and the contribution of our alumni, we are able to accomplish our mission and advance on our vision of becoming a premier college of pharmacy. Our gratitude also to the office of NSU's President, the Provost and the HPD Chancellor, who continue to give us strong support in all we look to do.

The Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County (LCCB) Scholarship Luncheon

Latin Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

College of Pharmacy Alumni, Licet Martel, Pharm.D., (2008) addressed attendees of the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County (LCCB) Scholarship Luncheon held in May, 2011 at the Renaissance Plantation. Dr. Martel was recipient of a LCCB scholarship in 2006 in partnership with NSU's Health Professions Division (HPD) College of Pharmacy. Dr. Martel's message to 2011 LCCB scholarship recipients reinforced the importance and meaning of scholarships, life-long learning and leadership roles in their personal and professional lives. Dr. Martell shared some of her achievements made possible through the LCCB/HPD and how the scholarship experience broadened her positive impact on public health and pharmacy careers.

Dr. Angela García Has Been Awarded the NSU Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011.

Dr. Angela Garcia

Angela García, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy (COP), has been awarded the NSU Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching in 2011. Dr. García has been extensively involved in teaching Drug Information and Drug Literature Evaluation Skills in the College of Pharmacy among other courses such as Therapeutics and Pathophysiology and Patient Care Management Lab. She continually demonstrates high enthusiasm and creativity when giving lectures, and has been recognized by her students and fellow faculty members. She has shown dedication to student learning by working with other faculty members to create "Lib Guides," which are resources on the NSU COP library page to help students with Therapeutics and Patient Care Management Courses regarding disease state management. Dr. García also has created a WebCT course for the Drug Information Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) so that students have more resources and opportunities to participate in learning activities at all sites.

Additionally, Dr. García's strong commitment to serving patients combined with teaching students is shown through her participation and coordination of the NSU COP Jamaica Medical Trip for Pharmacy students for 4 years. She has published and lectured on the role of pharmacy in the medical missions and continues to do research in this area. Last year, she was invited to lecture at an international conference regarding "Medication Management and Counseling Skills" at Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan. Dr. García will also be recognized as Distinguished Young Pharmacist by the Florida Pharmacy Association in June, 2011. Congratulations to Dr. García on all of her accomplishments!

Students at Tamarac Elementary School Learn About Making Difficult Choices in Medical Research

Ana Maria Castejon, Ph.D.

Left: Robert Speth, Ph.D., Faculty, Pharmaceutical Sciences, NSU College of Pharmacy, 4th Grade Gifted
Students and Teacher, Mr. John Kuhn, Tamarac Elementary School.
Right: Robert Speth, Ph.D in class with the students.

The use of animals in biomedical research is a controversial topic and requires careful thought and critical thinking skills. In a highly interactive session with an inquisitive group of gifted fourth graders at Tamarac Elementary School, Robert Speth, Ph.D., Faculty, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy engaged the students in discussions related to scientific investigations and the use of animals in research to help find cures for diseases. Resource materials provided by the Foundation for Biomedical Research, helped students learn about "difficult choices" supporting the use of animals to develop cures for disease and to discover new drugs. Students engaged in reading and interactive discussions to learn how animals are part of a research team are bred and born for this special work. Dr. Speth also involved the students in reviewing other research materials from "Research Saves Lives" to promote their interest in medical research and saving lives.
The session covered issues such as how drugs developed through animal research can help animals as well as people. One exchange led to dialogue about how a drug developed to treat parasites in animals was later used to prevent River Blindness, a disease that afflicted millions of people in Africa. Dr. Speth also described how using animals to test drugs will reduce the possibility that those drugs may cause harm to people. Dr. Speth and the students also had a lively interchange about health topics ranging from vitamin and mineral deficiency diseases to infectious diseases to radiation sickness to developing cures for cancer.

Pharmacists from NSU College of Pharmacy First in the Nation to Expand Medication Management Services Providing New Rapid HIV Testing Service in Miramar

Ana Maria Castejon, Ph.D.

From left: Dr. Elizabeth Serman, PharmD, Shara Elrod, PharmD,
Assistant Professors of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy
conducting screening at Memorial Primary Care Center

Elizabeth Sherman, PharmD and Shara Elrod, PharmD, Assistant Professors of Pharmacy Practice at the NSU College of Pharmacy have implemented a new rapid point-of-care HIV testing service at Memorial Primary Care Center at Miramar. Drs. Sherman and Elrod are among the first pharmacists in the nation to expand their medication management services into the provision of HIV point-of-care testing. The test is available to anyone, free of charge, with results available in 15 minutes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends HIV screening in adults, adolescents, and pregnant women in health care settings. Recent estimates suggest that 1 in 5 people in the United States who are infected with HIV are unaware of their status. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome. The service is provided on an ongoing basis from 9AM to 5PM every weekday, except Thursday. Memorial Primary Care Center at Miramar is located at 6730 Miramar Parkway in Miramar. For additional information please call 954-276-6601.

NSU COP Student Isabel Olivas, Class of 2014 - Winner of Two Triathlons

Isabel Olivas

NSU COP student, Isabel Olivas, Class of 2014 is the winner of two triathlons.
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NSU and Immunotec Start Clinical Trial in Autism

Ana Maria Castejon, Ph.D.

Ana Maria Castejon, Ph.D., associate professor
at NSU's College of Pharmacy

NSU and the dietary supplement company Immunotec announced today that they will conduct a new research study to determine the effects of a supplement to improve behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder. The 2-year study will investigate the effects of a cysteine-rich whey protein isolate in children diagnosed with autism. The primary function of this research is to establish whether taking a 90-day diet of cysteine-rich whey proteins (which comes in a powder form), will have a positive effect on autistic behaviors. Improvements in affected behaviors may result in an enhanced quality of life for both children and their families. During the clinical study, there will be an analysis of the children's exhibited behaviors.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder currently affecting as many as 1 in 110 children in the United States. The conventional treatment for autism is centered on special schooling and behavioral therapy, and other conventional medical treatments. Whey protein isolate, which is used in this study, is a derivative of dairy product manufacturing, and is commonly used as a dietary supplement or food additive ingredient. The NSU-Immunotec study's principal investigator is Ana Maria Castejon, Ph.D., who is an associate professor at NSU's College of Pharmacy. She and her research team are very enthusiastic about the potential outcomes of this study. "Parents and caregivers are trying different approaches that have gained significant popularity, but have not been proven to be effective," Castejon said.
Gary S. Margules, Sc.D., NSU vice president of research and technology transfer, called the study an "outstanding example of the multidisciplinary approach to clinical research." Castejon is joined by co-investigators at NSU's Mailman Segal Center of Human Development. These researchers have vast experience in children with developmental disorders, specifically in the area of autism behavior.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Margules, Dr. Castejon and their research team. This joint collaborative clinical research initiative marks an important milestone for Immunotec in the field of autism," said John Molson, Vice- President Research & Development at Immunotec Inc.

Sheriff's Special Recognition Award

Sheriff's Special Recognition Award receivers

Left: Jennifer Fass, Pharm.D., CPh, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice & Drug
Information Center, NSU COP Alumni & Sheriff Al Lamberti, Broward Sheriff's Office
Right: Bottom Row - Rachel Radulic, Detective & Christine Sawyer, BSO External Affairs
Top Row - Roma Patel, Student Pharmacist (P4) & Jennifer Fass, Pharm.D.

Jennifer Fass, Pharm.D., CPh, faculty, Pharmacy Practice and Drug Information Center, College of Pharmacy was honored at the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) Annual Awards Ceremony March 25, 2011 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. BSO Sheriff, Al Lamberti, presented Dr. Fass with the Sheriff's Special Recognition Award for her efforts to prevent prescription drug abuse through Operation Medicine Cabinet, a prescription drug take-back program.
Dr. Fass has worked with the BSO for approximately two years. Operation Medicine Cabinet provides individuals with an opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unused, and expired medications. As of January 2011, the drug collection tally was 24,026 controlled substances and an estimated 152,400 non-controlled drugs that were destroyed. Dr. Fass' COP Drug Information Center rotation students have also played an active role in assisting with Operation Medicine Cabinet.
Dr. Fass was featured in the BSO's official newsletter Signal 14 with student pharmacist Lingyun Lu, which can be found at the following link: Dr. Fass' involvement in prescription drug take-back programs was also recently published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy located at the following reference: Fass JA. Prescription drug take-back programs. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2011; 68:567-570.

2010 NSU Human Resources Contact of the Year Award

Human Resources Contact of the Year

Andrés Malavé, Ph.D., Dean, College of Pharmacy and
Ms. Natalie Damian, Director of Operations, College of Pharmacy

Amongst many finalists, Ms. Natalie Damian, Director of Operations of the College of Pharmacy (COP), has been selected and recognized by the NSU Office of Human Resources as the NSU HR Contact of the Year for 2010. As the COP director of operations, Ms. Natalie Damian carries out the conduct and oversight of all financial and budgetary matters for the college. Ms. Damian also fulfills the role of the COP personnel administrator and HR contact. In this capacity, her role as an effective liaison with HR allows her to effectively advise the COP faculty and staff of their responsibilities and opportunities as they relate to HR policies and the mission of the university.
In the very timely, professional performance of her duties, Ms. Damian brings a discerning and knowledgeable manner to bear on both the financial and personnel issues confronting the COP. Her actions and advice are well-reasoned, factually based, clearly presented, and highly regarded. Ms. Damian has the innate ability to resolve conflictive issues in a thoughtful, effective and appropriately discrete manner. Whether the issues are planned or last-minute, she can be counted on to come up with the necessary, professional quality response.

Pharmacy Professor Receives mHealth Grant

mHealth grant receivers

From left to right: Kevin Clauson, Pharm.D., associate professor from NSU's
College of Pharmacy, Shara Elrod, Pharm.D., Angela Garcia, Pharm.D.,
and Elizabeth Sherman, Pharm.D.

The McKesson Foundation recently announced that six researchers have received a total of $1.3 million in research grants as part of its Mobilizing for Health initiative to improve the health of underserved populations with chronic diseases through the use of mobile-phone technology. The first cycle of Mobilizing for Health grant recipients include Kevin A. Clauson, Pharm.D., associate professor at NSU's College of Pharmacy. His research team will conduct a pilot study to assess the impact of SMS/text messages on medication adherence in patients with Type 2 diabetes. The mHealth study team also includes College of Pharmacy faculty: Shara Elrod, Pharm.D., Angela Garcia, Pharm.D., and Elizabeth Sherman, Pharm.D..

Dr. Goar Alvarez elected President-Elect for the Florida Pharmacist Association (FPA)

Dr. Goar Alvarez

Dr. Goar Alvarez has been elected President-Elect for the Florida Pharmacist Association (FPA). Dr. Alvarez has been very active with FPA in different capacities for many years, and this election is an endorsement for his contribution to the association and the pharmacy profession.

Patent Approved for New Cancer Therapeutics

Dr. Appu Rathinavelu

On January 25, 2011 the United States Patent office fully approved the University's request for a patent on "Specific Inhibitors for Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptors". The principal inventor is Dr. Appu Rathinavelu. This is the first approved patent assigned to Nova Southeastern University.

NSU College of Pharmacy student Gabriella Blyumi, receives NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Student Scholarship Awards

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation announced the 2010 recipients of the NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Student Scholarship Awards. The foundation awarded 58 scholarships to pharmacy students representing 39 colleges and schools of pharmacy, totaling $190,000.
According to an NACDS press release, among the 2010 recipients of the awards were 8 students chosen to receive named scholarships that honor distinguished pharmacy leaders and companies that share the NACDS Foundation's commitment to education, research, and charitable work.
Gabriella Blyumin of Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Lisa Dertinger of the North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences, Fargo, received the Edmond Fougera Scholarships.
"As a pharmacist, it is an honor to award these scholarships to deserving pharmacy students," said NACDS Foundation President Edith A. Rosato, RPh, IOM. "These students embody the hopes and dreams of every pharmacist, and are a testament to the future health and well-being of patients they will serve. Congratulations to the scholarship winners and thank you to the generous benefactors and supporters of the NACDS Foundation."
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College of Pharmacy International Students Exchange Program received funding from Taiwan Department of Education

TW Exchange Students

With its official affiliation agreement with Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy proudly received an honorable funding from Taiwan Department of Education to host a clinical pharmacy symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida between November 8 and December 3, 2010. The theme of this event was focus on Geriatric Medication Therapy Management. The activities included lectures, hospital clinical observation, and nursing home visit, etc.

Drug Safety Institute & College of Pharmacy Present the 3rd Annual National Patient Safety Award

PR Students

From left to right: Andrés Malavé, Ph.D., Dean College of Pharmacy,
Denise Toyer, Captain, Deputy Director, Division of Medication Error
Prevention and Analysis, OSE, U.S. FDA,
and Jerry Phillips, R.Ph., President & CEO, Drug Safety Institute.

NSU's College of Pharmacy held its annual NSU Fall Classic continuing education conference on Nov. 6 and 7 at the university's Health Professions Division. The two-day event attracted more than 500 pharmacists. The conference's highlight was the presentation of the Stephanie F. Aleong, J.D., National Patient Safety Award, a co-sponsorship between Brand Institute's subsidiary Drug Safety Institute (DSI) and the NSU College of Pharmacy, to the Food and Drug Administration. The award recognizes individuals or organizations whose efforts have helped advance patient safety. It was presented to Capt. Denise Toyer of the FDA's Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology (OSE), who accepted it on behalf of the agency. The FDA was recognized for its efforts to reduce medical errors. Prior to accepting the award, Toyer made a presentation titled, "The FDA Initiative in Patient Safety: A National Organization's Experience and Impact on Human Safety."

Aleong, the award's namesake, was an assistant law professor at NSU's Shepard Broad Law Center and died in Oct. 2008. Since her death, author Katherine Eban has written a book called Dangerous Doses, which chronicles Aleong's crusade to reduce drug counterfeiters in America. The Aleong award is presented annually and housed in the College of Pharmacy.

College of Pharmacy Faculty and Staff participated in the 2010 Fight for Air Run/Walk

NSU COP Participants in the 2010 Fight for Air Run/Walk. See the Letter of Appreciation here.

NSU Puerto Rico Team to Compete in the First National ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge Semifinals

PR Students

Irene Borrero, Bonnie Perez, and Yvonne Phan.

A team of three students from the Puerto Rico campus of the NSU College of Pharmacy has advanced to the semifinal round of the first annual Clinical Pharmacy Challenge, a new competition developed by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). Congratulations to Irene Borrero, Bonnie Perez, and Yvonne Phan who will compete live against three other teams from across the nation in October at the ACCP Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. The ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge tests knowledge on subjects ranging from pharmacology to biostatistics as well as pharmacotherapeutic topics such as geriatrics and infectious disease. Each round consists of three parts including trivia/lightning questions, a clinical case, and a Jeopardy-style segment. A total of 94 teams from across the United States and Puerto Rico participated in Round One, including three teams from NSU. Two NSU teams (West Palm Beach and Puerto Rico) advanced to the second online virtual rounds. Thank you to all the students who participated in the competition and best wishes to the semifinalists!

2010 Scholarships Recipients


2010 Scholarships Recipients (not all recipients are in this photo).

Congratulations to all Scholarships Recipients (See the poster):

NSU College of Pharmacy launches new Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. Orientation

Left to right: Hugh M. McLean, Pharm. D., Ph.D., College of Pharmacy Associate
Dean for Research & Graduate Education; COP Ph.D. Program students:Fernando
Lopez, M.S.; Nemesio Gonzalez, M.D.; Kenja Correa Nivar, MPHE, CHES; David
Mastropietro, B.S., R. Ph. and COP Dean Andres Malavé.

NSU College of Pharmacy (COP) launched a new Ph.D. program in September that will focus on graduate study and research in drug development, determinants of drug use, and drug discovery. The program will take students between 4 and 5 1/2 years to complete and is the only one of its kind in South Florida. The program began with an inaugural class of four students. Those students are Kenja Correa Nivar, MPHE, CHES; Nemesio Gonzalez, M.D.; Fernando Lopez, M.S.; and David Mastropietro, B.S., R. Ph. Led by Hugh M. McLean, Pharm. D., Ph.D., COP's Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, the program's three sequences will provide students with the following:

The drug development sequence emphasizes the coursework, laboratory, and literature search skills and research that are integral to the theory and practice associated with the incorporation of drug entities into the forms and formulations that best deliver the drugs to the site of the intended medical action. Students who pursue this track will be primarily under the tutelage of faculty in the department of pharmaceutical sciences, a group that has expertise in pharmaceutics-related disciplines. Particular areas of expertise include a variety of drug formulations and novel drug delivery systems.

The determinants of drug use sequence focuses on coursework and research skills which address the dynamic and complex nature of the use and distribution of pharmaceutical products and the provision of pharmacy services. Students who select this sequence are expected to choose one of two tracks: 1) sociobehavioral and cultural pharmacy or 2) pharmacy economics and outcomes. Students who pursue either track in this sequence will be primarily under the tutelage of faculty in the department of Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy, a group with expertise in pharmacoeconomics, health disparities and vulnerable populations, cultural competency, development and implementation of sustainable pharmacy services, patients' decision making, pharmacy marketing, outcomes research, and related areas.

The drug discovery sequence emphasizes the coursework, laboratory and literature search skills and research that are integral to elucidation of the mechanism of action of drugs, and the extent and character of drug actions. Students who pursue this sequence will be primarily under the tutelage of faculty in the department of pharmaceutical sciences, a group that has expertise in areas such as: pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, toxicology, and biochemistry. Particular areas of expertise include cardiovascular pharmacology, molecular pharmacology, anti-inflammatory steroids, and cancer pharmacology.

NSU College of Pharmacy's Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy Earns Official Recognition for Third Consecutive Year From the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy


NSU COP faculty, preceptors, and alumni
provide an informational session on
residency training at the 2nd Annual
Roadmap to Residency Training Workshop,
October 23, 2009 to fulfill one of the criteria
for the official recognition.

The NSU College of Pharmacy's (COP) Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHPs) was awarded the "2010 – 2011 Official Recognition" from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy (ASHP) for a third consecutive year.

The ASHP offers the opportunity for official recognition to SSHPs nationwide who promote membership in local, state, and national health-system organizations; stimulate interest in health-system pharmacy careers; and encourage career development and professionalism among students aspiring careers in health-system pharmacy.
Additionally criteria that led to the NSU COP ASHP-SSHP recognition included successful efforts throughout the year in recruiting members for the ASHP; participating in the administration of the ASHP Clinical Skills Competition at the NSU COP; representing the COP at the national competition at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting; coordinating events featuring speakers representing health-system practice with at least one informational session on residency training; and participating in at least one ASHP – related leadership project. This official recognition serves as the completion of the "triad" relationship between ASHP, the ASHP state affiliate organization, and the SSHP, as well as provides a direct relationship between ASHP and the SSHP. Congratulations to NSU COP Student Society of Health System Pharmacy.

COP Ponce, Puerto Rico student Alejandra Ortiz, Class of 2013 to compete in the XXI Central American & Caribbean Games

Alejandra Ortiz, Class of 2013.

Alejandra Ortiz, Class of 2013

The NSU College of Pharmacy (COP) congratulates our Ponce, Puerto Rico student, Alejandra Ortíz, Class of 2013. Ortíz is competing in the XXI Central American & Caribbean Games (Spanish: XXI Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe, Mayag√ºez 2010) as member of the Puerto Rico National Women's Water Polo Team. This is not Alejandra's first international competition experience - she and her three sisters (also members of the team and better known in Puerto Rico as the "aquatic princesses" (Princesas Acuaticas") - competed in the 2006 Games in Colombia winning the Silver Medal.

The Ortíz sisters aim to "bring home the gold" from this year's games, defeating teams such as the powerful Cuban team who won the Gold in 2006. Team coach, Antonio Pereles Castro, says of the Ortíz sisters that they are all excellent, dedicated, and passionate. Of Alejandra he goes on to say that she is the most academically driven. The College of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and students congratulate the Ortíz sisters and most proudly applaud student Alejandra Ortíz Irizarry for her sportsmanship successes while she also excels as a future pharmacist.

Alejandra Ortiz and her sisters

Alejandra Ortiz and her sisters.

The Central American & Caribbean Games, just like the regular Olympic Games take place every 4 years. This year, for the third time, Puerto Rico is hosting the games in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, from July 18, 2010 to August 1, 2010, with the previous games held in the cities of San Juan in 1966, and Ponce in 1993. The Olympic Torch traveled the island, making its way to the city of Mayaguez for the Opening Ceremony on July 17th. The Olympic Flame will then leave the island on August 1 during the closing ceremony of the games. Athletes from 31 countries in the Caribbean and Central American region are participating in 32 sporting events during the games. A total of 4,965 athletes will be participating in the sports to be held all across Puerto Rico, Colombia, Guatemala, and Guyana. Besides water polo, the events scheduled to take place in Puerto Rico include archery, boxing, equestrian, tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, and wrestling among many others.

NSU College of Pharmacy Faculty Study Publish Paper on Energy Drinks

Authors of the paper on energy drinks.

Stephanie Ballard, Pharm.D., Jennifer Wellborn-Kim, Pharm.D.,
Pharmacy Practice, COP West Palm Beach Site, and Kevin
Clauson, Pharm.D., Pharmacy Practice & Drug Information
Center, COP Fort Lauderdale Campus.

Three NSU College of Pharmacy faculty from the West Palm Beach Student Educational Center ---- Stephanie L. Ballard, Pharm.D., BCPS; Jennifer J. Wellborn-Kim, Pharm.D., BCPS, and Kevin Clauson, Pharm.D., ---- published a paper on energy drinks frequently marketed to individuals interested in athletics and an active lifestyle. Their article was published in the April 2010 issue of "The Physician and Sportsmedicine" Journal, a peer-reviewed medical journal with a focus on promoting good health and good fitness to control life obstacles.

The journal's articles focus on cardiovascular medicine, primary care, sports medicine, nutrition, orthopedics, exercise, physiology, and other areas relevant to patients with active lifestyles. Energy drinks are popular beverages purported to assist with athletic endeavors and weight loss. They have been successfully marketed to young people using social media and sports sponsorship.

According to the College of Pharmacy article, energy drinks may increase athletic performance and aerobic benefits. The researchers found conflicting evidence regarding the impact of energy drinks on weight loss, although some data suggest that combining energy drink use with exercise may enhance body fat reduction. "As with any active substance, energy drink ingredients may cause adverse effects, particularly with high episodic consumption," according to the article. The authors recommend taking a proactive approach and education to reduce risks to patients.

NSU College of Pharmacy Students Visit Lower Keys Medical Center

Lower Keys Visit

Nine 4th year College of Pharmacy (COP) students and three faculty visited the Lower Keys Medical Center (LKMD) for an informal educational site visit during a 2010 COP rural health rotation in June.
Kevin Bray, director of pharmacy at LKMC, engaged the students in an interactive tour while discussing geographic barriers, cultural challenges of a remote health care facilities like LKMC in Key West, compared to other facilities, unique health issues and systems, interdisciplinary teams and the administrative duties of a Hospital Pharmacist. Students gained insight into how physicians' orders are scanned into the LKMC pharmacy system.

During the informational exchange students were able to practice the review and entry processes into the LKMC safe-scan system by the pharmacist for the nurses to deliver the medications to the patients. The COP students were exposed the "a day in the life of the Hospital Clinical Pharmacist" during a tour of the LKMC facility. The COP faculty and students were very grateful for their time spent at LKMC and the opportunity to learn how a medical center pharmacy works and to experience the team work evident in the Island Hospital.

NSU College of Pharmacy West Palm Beach Students Showcase Poster Presentation at the 2010 International Conference on HIV Treatment Adherence

WPB Students

From left: Class of 2011 Pharm.D. Candidates: Sheila Yesquen,
Shawnya Walters, Kailin Li, and Elizabeth Trang.

Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy (COP) Class of 2011 students Kailin Li, Elizabeth Trang, Shawnya Walters and Sheila Yesquen along with COP faculty Stephanie Ballard, Pharm.D. BCPS, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice presented their poster: "Does Distance Affect Outcome of HIV Therapy?" to a multidisciplinary audience from around the world at the 2010 International Conference on HIV Treatment Adherence in Miami, Florida on May 24, 2010.
The conference, sponsored by the International Association of Physicians in Aids Care (IAPAC), aims to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of HIV treatment adherence research, as well as current behavioral and clinical perspectives in a variety of settings. The students expressed their thanks to Dr. Ballard for her help and guidance, as well as Mark Glover, Pharm.D., Director of the NSU COP West Palm Beach Campus, who provided support for the students attending this conference.

College of Pharmacy Participates in the 2010 HPD Health Fair

HPD Health Fair

Pictured from left: Ashley Klein, COP Continuing Education & Professional Affairs; Jennifer Fass, Pharm.D., COP Pharmacy Practice & Drug Information Center; Jeanina Ortíz,, COP Student; JaneMcLaughlin-Middlekauf, Pharm.D., Pharmacy Practice; Judith Sands, RN, BSN, MSL, LHRM, CPHQ, CCM, ARM, CPHRM, Risk Management; Katie O'Brien, COP Student; and William Hardigan, Ph.D., COP Dean Emeritus

Study by trio of NSU COP Faculty receives national and international attention

NSU pharmacy's research team of Dr. Kevin Clauson, Dr. Joshua Caballero, and Dr. Jose Rey conducted a novel study on poker players using drugs and other substances. Their study has received national and international media coverage, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Post Chronicle, the front page of The Miami Herald, El Mundo (second largest newspaper in Spain), United Press International, Discovery Health, Yahoo!, NPR affiliate in Las Vegas, CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, a Chilean newspaper --- and counting!

The study, recently presented at the College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists 2010 annual meeting in San Antonio in late April, found that 80 percent of poker players around the world reported using drugs and other substances to enhance their performance in poker. Poker players are using drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, Valium, and other prescription medications, as well as substances including caffeine, energy drinks and guarana to get an edge over their opponents.

NSU College of Pharmacy and Albertson's Pharmacy Host Community Health Fair

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The brothers of Phi Delta Chi from Nova Southeastern University, College of Pharmacy (COP), and Albertson's Pharmacy in Oakland Park collaborated on April 3, 2010 to host a community health fair providing educational materials and free services to the attendees. The brothers provided services including diabetes, asthma, and blood pressure screenings along with "brown bag" medication reviews while Albertson's provided informational material, free glucometers, pill boxes, and first aid kits. Additionally, Richard Sprys, C.Ph., R.Ph., from Albertson's Pharmacy provided attendees H1N1 immunizations.

Over 75 people were screened which included approximately 33 immunizations. Many of the participants were impressed with the knowledge and friendliness of the pharmacists and students, including Albertson's pharmacist, Robin Weinstock, R.Ph., who commented on the students' professionalism and enthusiasm. Class of 2012 Pharmacy students & Phil Delta Chi brothers, Tracy Cowell and Carmen Ziss indicated the event prepared them to gain confidence in providing screening services along with improved communications skills. Josh Caballero, Pharm.D., COP assistant professor of pharmacy practice supervised the event on behalf on the pharmacy students and was impressed with the level of commitment the brothers displayed. Special thanks to COP pharmacy student and President, Phi Delta Chi, Beth Sizemore, (P2) for assisting Robin Weinstock, R.Ph., in coordinating the event and Richard Sprys, C.Ph., R.Ph., for administering the H1N1 immunizations.

COP Students and Faculty Represent NSU at the 9th Annual Florida Pharmacy Association (FPA) Florida Pharmacy Legislative Days and Health Fair at the Florida Capitol

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Twelve student pharmacists and four faculty members from the College of Pharmacy visited the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee to represent Nova Southeastern University and participate in the 9th Annual Florida Pharmacy Association (FPA) Florida Pharmacy Legislative Days and Health Fair legislative briefings by FPA advocates. Thanks to their participation in staffing the health fair and providing patient care services and screening to over 175 individuals, this year's event was the most successful ever! In addition, NSU College of Pharmacy was granted recognition in the galleries of both the House of Representatives and the Senate as well as the walkway to the FPA in Tallahassee. All total there were 150 pharmacy students, 52 pharmacists, and a few pharmacy technicians from throughout Florida in attendance this year who visited with over 35 Florida legislators.

COP Students Win American Pharmacist Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists Local Patient Counseling Competition

The National Patient Counseling Competition, sponsored by CVS/Caremark in conjunction with the United States Public Health Service, began in 1984 with the goal to encourage student pharmacists in their efforts toward becoming better patient educators. The competition is designed to reflect changes that are occurring in practice, to promote and encourage further professional development of the student pharmacist and to reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a health care provider and educator. The American Pharmacist Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) organization held a Local Patient Counseling Competition at each of our three campuses in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Ponce. Our top finalist from each campus traveled to Washington, DC and competed in the National Patient Counseling Competition held during the APhA Annual Meeting, March 11-15th 2010, in Washington, DC. Although Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy students did not place in the National Top 10, all three students performed extremely well and represented NSU with great pride. Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition and a very special congratulations to our Local Patient Counseling Competition Winners: Munzareen Mirza (P2 - Fort Lauderdale), Clayton Yu (P3 – West Palm Beach), and Sergio Baerga (P3 – Ponce).

Congratulations to 2010 NSU College of Pharmacy STUEY Nominations

College of Pharmacy Conducts Bone Density Screening at the NSU Fischler College of Education Health & Wellness Fair

Bone Density TestThe brothers of Phi Delta Chi from Nova Southeastern University, College of Pharmacy (COP), participated in the NSU Fischler College of Education Health and Wellness Fair held on March 26th, 2010 at the NSU, North Miami Beach campus. The College of Pharmacy students provided bone density screenings in English and Spanish to approximately 25 employees. The purpose of the event was to empower the public with knowledge regarding bone density while allowing pharmacy students to gain experience using the bone density equipment. Pharmacy students, Brian Schmahl and Chris Maceri, both Class of 2013, stated they enjoyed screening the patients, discussing the importance of calcium supplementation and being able to participate in the event which provided a great opportunity to learn.

COP Pharmacy Practice faculty, Jehan Marino, Pharm.D. and Joshua Caballero, Pharm.D. supervised the event which was highly welcomed by the coordinators of the Health Fair and participants who indicated that the pharmacy students were very courteous, efficient, and knowledgeable. Phi Delta Chi expresses their thanks to COP faculty Stephanie Ballard, Pharm.D. and Angela Garcia, Pharm.D. who assisted in training the pharmacy students as well as Goar Alvarez, Pharm.D., Director of the NSU Outpatient Pharmacy who provided the bone density equipment. Congratulations to the Phi Delta Chi volunteers, the COP faculty, and all the participants who made this event a success.

Dr. Kevin Clauson quoted in the Wall Street Journal

Dr. Kevin Clauson"... Guarana products often claim to simply boost energy, and some say they enhance mental performance. Some are marketed as weight-loss aids. Several studies do link guarana to weight loss, but they tend to be small, short term and often involve products with other ingredients—overall, not yet conclusive, scientists say. The claim that guarana improves energy and boosts mental function makes sense given that caffeine is known to do so, says Kevin A. Clauson, associate professor at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A British study of 26 college students, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in 2007, found guarana tablets boosted scores on a battery of tests for memory, alertness and mood compared with the same students' performance on a different day after taking a placebo...." Read the entire article.

NSU College of Pharmacy Honored with the "2010 Agents of Change Award"

Andrés Malavé and Lois Wexler

Andrés Malavé, Ph.D., R.Ph.,
Dean College of Pharmacy is
presented with 2-1-1 Broward's
"Agents of Change Award" by
Broward County Commissioner,
Lois Wexler

The 2-1-1 Broward "Agents of Change Award" was created to recognize community leaders that are committed to transforming our community by creating opportunities that assist 2-1-1 Broward connect Broward County residents with health, social, and crisis intervention programs. Honorees are also recognized for their efforts to propel the work of the organization and strengthen its ability to provide quality services.
The College of Pharmacy's professional degree program of study prepares pharmacy graduates for life-long learning and leadership capabilities as medication therapy managers in our nation's healthcare system. As part of their training, pharmacy students complete a service learning internship with 2-1-1 Broward volunteering their time receiving and making helpline calls to the communities served by 2-1-1 Broward. In this capacity, students become familiar with many of the issues facing Broward communities, such as mental health, shelter, healthcare, childcare, etc.
It is estimated that over 50,000 volunteer hours have been worked by NSU's College of Pharmacy students over the past 12 years. That support has helped 2-1-1 Broward assist a greater number of Broward County residents in need of crisis or suicide intervention or linkage to critical health and human services making these students and the faculty of the NSU College of Pharmacy truly Agents of Change!

NSU College of Pharmacy Student Awarded 2010 Walgreens Diversity Scholarship

Dr. Kevin ClausonWalgreens, one of the three largest drug store chains in United States with over 6500 pharmacies across 49 states, presented Melissa Jules, College of Pharmacy Student, Class 2011, with the 2010 Walgreens Diversity Scholarship award. The award, presented by Vivian Ceballos, R.Ph., Walgreens Pharmacy Supervisor for Miami South, recognizes student leaders possessing academic excellence and a commitment to address diversity issues within the College of Pharmacy. The goal is to continue to develop student pharmacists who are compelled to provide the highest level of pharmaceutical care in diverse community settings.

NSU College of Pharmacy proudly salutes Michael Escudero, Pharm.D., Class of 2007, West Palm Beach

Dr. M. Escudero Congratulations to Michael Escudero, Pharm.D. , c/o 2007 West Palm Beach, for his outreach to the Hispanic community of South Florida regarding health promotion and disease prevention.
Dr. Escudero will be a monthly guest speaker on Univision TV 23 - Despierta Ameríca "Pregúntale al Farmacéutico," (Ask the Pharmacist), speaking on different topics of interest addressing health concerns amongst Hispanics. He has presented on topics such as medications and your pharmacist, diabetes, healthy bones, medications and children, drug interactions, and heart disease .

You may view his presentation videos in the Spanish language on the following link:

College of Pharmacy Professor Appointed to CDC Panel

Dr. Kevin ClausonKevin A. Clauson, Pharm.D., an associate professor of Pharmacy Practice at NSU College of Pharmacy and adjunct associate professor at NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine's Biomedical Informatics Program, was appointed in July to the National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Special Emphasis Panel. The NCPHI Panel formed a scientific review group to review each of the 5.5 million dollar proposals funded by the CDC in order to create national Centers of Excellence in Public Health Informatics. The NCPHI was established in 2005 and resides within the CDC Coordinating Center for Health Information. It is comprised of the Office of the Director and five divisions committed to the advancement of the science of biomedical informatics. Centers of Excellence funded in the previous cycle by NCPHI include Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Medical School, New York City Health Department, University of Utah, and University of Washington.