Pills, Potions, Poisons Featured in Magazine

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) featured Pills, Potions, and Poisons in their latest publication, The Pharmacologist (see pages 47-49).

The program is currently directed by Drs. Downing and Summers. The deadline to apply for the 2017 program is April 16, 2017.

Learn more at go.osu.edu/ppp.

Submit posters for 4th Annual Symposium on Preparing Health Professionals to Serve Underserved Populations: Ongoing Opportunities and Lessons Learned

IPEP Call for Proposals

The deadline to submit to the 4th Annual Symposium on Preparing Health Professionals to Serve Underserved Populations: Ongoing Opportunities and Lessons Learned is March 27th.

Download full details here: CallforPosters_OSUIPEP4thSymposium_Final 20170206-2295iys

New Online Readiness Tool Available

The Ohio State University’s new Online Readiness Tool is ready to use! Produced by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE), the tool is designed to provide students of all ages with a glimpse of the skills they need to be successful online and what they can expect from an online experience at Ohio State.

Link: http://go.osu.edu/readiness

Applications now available for Pills, Potions, and Poisons

Pills, Potions, PoisonsApplications are now available for The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy’s high school summer course, Pills, Potions, and Poisons. Designed for rising 10th – 12th graders interested in the biomedical sciences (including careers in pharmacy, medicine, laboratory research, etc.), this science enrichment and career exploration program will be held on July 17-22, 2017 (Mon-Sat, 9AM-4PM) on the Ohio State campus. Through lab experiments, projects, and field trips, students will investigate questions such as: Can we find a “perfect” drug, and if so, what properties would it exhibit? What are the similarities and differences between therapeutic drugs and illegal “street” drugs? How do we discover new drugs? What types of careers are available in the pharmaceutical sciences?

For more information or to submit an application, visit: go.osu.edu/ppp

Questions can be directed to Molly Downing, PhD, at downing.211@osu.edu or Katie Summers, PhD, at summers.266@osu.edu.

The deadline for application submission is April 16, 2017.



Volunteer Opportunity

The hospitals in Franklin County who participate in the Central Ohio Healthcare Preparedness Coalition are conducting a full scale, mass casualty disaster exercise.
The event date has been set for April 4, 2017 and will run from 7 am to approximately 4 pm.
This event will be held rain or shine.
The purpose of this exercise is to test and evaluate emergency response plans of Columbus hospitals, law enforcement, fire/EMS along with local and state agencies. This exercise will be the largest exercise ever conducted in Central Ohio with hundreds of participating responders. Your assistance is needed to help make Central Ohio better prepared.
Volunteers play a significant role in ensuring the success of an event by creating a “realistic” exercise environment. Although the details of the scenario cannot be disclosed, efforts are now underway to recruit volunteer actors to portray accident victims. These individuals will be moulaged (applied make-up) to simulate injured victims. The majority of these roles will be scripted to aid in character development and role-play. All volunteers must be at least 15 years of age to participate. A firm commitment is requested when registering for this exercise; however, if you find that you will not be able to participate, please contact Volunteer Coordinators Mary Ann Janning (maryannjanning@franklincountyohio.gov) at 614-525-3608 or Sara Jones (sarajones@franklincountyohio.gov) at 614-525-3018.
Volunteers will report to Columbus Crew’s Mapfre Stadium (One Black & Gold Blvd, Columbus, OH 43211) no later than 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017. There is free parking at the stadium. After registration, participants will receive their assignments, moulage applications, volunteer briefings and safety instructions. Exercise play begins promptly at 9:15 a.m. Throughout the morning, “victims” will be triaged and transported to participating locations by COTA bus and by EMS. Lunch will be provided. At the conclusion of the exercise, all volunteers will be returned to Mapfre Stadium where they will check-out with the Volunteer Coordinator and be released.
Thank you for your interest in participating in this very important community event. We look forward to seeing you.
To register go to http://bit.do/COTS2017

Generation Rx Receives Connect and Collaborate Grant to Expand Opioid Misuse Prevention Services

Columbus, OH – Generation Rx, a medication safety program, has been announced as a recipient of a Fall 2016 Connect and Collaborate Grant from The Ohio State University to support opioid misuse prevention initiatives. Directors Kenneth M. Hale, RPh, PhD, and Nicole C. Kwiek, PhD, will lead efforts in a partnership with OSU Extension, the Kroger Company, and Cardinal Health that focus on combating the opioid epidemic, one of the state’s and country’s most pressing public health concerns.

“Prescription medications are among the most misused substances in the United States, resulting in myriad health, social, fiscal and legal consequences,” said Hale. “Drug overdose is our country’s leading cause of accidental death, and Ohio now leads the nation in the number of these deaths. It is imperative that we address this issue from multiple perspectives in our communities.”

The grant will help fund a two-pronged approach. First, the Opioid Patient Education Program (OPEP) will engage Kroger pharmacists in patient education activities when opioid medications are dispensed. Secondly, OSU Extension will help to solicit input about what K-12 schools need to provide instruction around opioid topics.

“Given that Ohio now requires all K-12 schools to teach about opioids, we want to make sure that teachers and school administrators are well-supported in the planning and execution of this instruction,” said Kwiek. “At this project’s end, we will have a better understanding of educators’ needs, tools to address those needs, and a plan to disseminate these tools more broadly in the state and beyond.”

The program will kick off in Southeast Ohio to assess impact, plan for programmatic expansion, and establish a framework for addressing other medication safety issues moving forward. Ultimately, these relationships will take different forms to address the many medication-related issues that impact the drug-taking culture in which we live.

The project will run January 2017 through December 2018.

The Connect and Collaborate Grants Program is designed to bring together multiple, available university and community resources and leverage existing community platforms to develop programs that achieve measurable, positive impacts in communities while advancing the scholarly goals of the university.

The mission of Generation Rx is to educate people of all ages about the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications. Since 2009, the College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University and the Cardinal Health Foundation have partnered to provide open source educational materials that anyone can use to help prevent the misuse of prescription drugs.

Taste of OSU

Taste of OSU is an Ohio State signature event that brings together more than 50 student organizations to provide a night of international food, cultural performances and exhibits to a crowd of about 4,000 attendees. This year, Taste of OSU will take place on February 17 from 5 – 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.

Entry is free and all are invited to attend. Tickets to purchase small samplings of international foods will cost only $1 each.

NACDS, University of Pittsburgh Extend Test2LearnTMCommunity-Based Pharmacogenomics Certificate Program

January 25, 2017

Contact: Chris KreseNACDS
(703) 837-4650

NACDS, University of Pittsburgh Extend Test2LearnTMCommunity-Based Pharmacogenomics Certificate Program 

 Well-received community pharmacy certificate program expands national tour to include three new locations in North Carolina, California and Ohio 

Arlington, Va. – Building on the positive outcomes and engagement in the initial phase of the Test2LearnTMCommunity-Based Pharmacogenomics Certificate Program, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, today announced plans to expand the national tour to three new locations: Duke University in Durham, N.C., Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy located in Irvine, Calif., and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Pharmacogenomics is an emerging field of study that combines pharmacology and genomics to ensure that medications are used in a safe and effective manner based on a person’s genetic makeup. The certificate program is designed to enhance pharmacist skills to help to ensure that the right patient is getting the right medicine at the right dose using genetic test results.

NACDS and the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy adapted Test2LearnTM from an innovative University platform that enables students to learn by using real genetic data in highly-interactive exercises. The certificate program is comprised of online home study modules and in-person live components, including an optional activity for learners to undergo personal genomic testing. In addition to the in-person aspect of the program, pharmacist participants will also learn how to administer the training to others during the “train-the-trainer” component of the course.

“We are providing community pharmacy with an education program that trains pharmacists to improve patient outcomes through a more personalized and tailored approach to medicine,” said NACDS President & CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. “The inaugural Test2LearnTM tour generated a great deal of interest and positive feedback from participants and faculty, so we are delighted to be able to expand the tour to include additional locations in the Midwest, South and on the West Coast.” 

Test2LearnTM teaches the principles of pharmacogenomics as well as its practical implications in disease states such as cardiology, oncology, neurology and infectious diseases, among others. It trains pharmacists to decipher genetic tests, translate that information, and make appropriate recommendations for the patient, including clinical decision making, interpretation of patient results, and counseling and collaboration with prescribers to help optimize patient medication regimens. 

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a Practice-based Continuing Pharmacy Education activity, as defined by ACPE. The online home study module and the one-day live in-person module total approximately 20 credit hours of pharmacogenomics educational content. Program participants have the unique opportunity to use an anonymous genomic data set, or their own personal data, for the in-person educational module.  

The first two-day event will occur April 10-11 at Duke University in Durham, NC, and subsequent tours will be April 27-28 at Chapman University, in Orange, Calif., and May 18-19 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Register on NACDS.org. Additional tour stops for 2017 will be announced later this spring. Faculty will include representatives of the University of Pittsburgh. Voluntary genetic testing is through the company 23andMe. 

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