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Kick-Off Event Educates Those Impacted by Asthma

22 May 2015, 12:01 PM

Children Learn from SIUE School of Pharmacy studentsFamilies with children who suffer from asthma attended the East St. Louis Asthma Kick-Off event hosted by educators from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy, in partnership with Harmony Health Plan of Illinois and the City of East St. Louis on Thursday. Celebrated Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee spoke at the event held in the East St. Louis City Hall Rotunda.

The event served to engage and empower those impacted by asthma. The chronic lung disease ...

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SIUE’s Lubsch Appointed President-Elect of Pharmacy Advocacy Group

22 May 2015, 8:46 AM

Lisa Lubsch, clinical associate professor in the SIUE School of PharmacyLisa Lubsch, clinical associate professor in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, has been appointed president-elect of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG).

PPAG’s membership spans 50 states and 20 foreign countries, and is the primary resource for pediatric medication therapy in children. PPAG develops educational programs for practitioners and families to influence the safe and effective use of medications in children.  

"I'm excited and ...

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SIUE Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy to Raise Asthma Awareness with May 21 Kick-Off Event in East St. Louis

19 May 2015, 10:33 AM

It’s an old problem that has gripped a vulnerable group of people for years, but Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy hope to breathe new energy into helping children manage asthma. SIUE health care educators are seeking to engage and empower those impacted, while consolidating efforts of those working to mitigate its effects.

“Asthma is the number one reason why children are hospitalized in the St. Louis Metro region,” said Dr. Lisa Lubsch...

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SIUE Pharmacy Students Encourage Healthy Habits and Literacy

15 May 2015, 1:29 PM

Pharmacy Students Participate in Community Service EventFirst-year professional pharmacy students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville promoted healthy habits and literacy to nearly 9,000 area children this spring. For the ninth consecutive year, 80 SIUE students participated in the community service event.

SIUE students visited nearly 500 pre-kindergarten through third grade classrooms throughout Madison and St Clair counties. They prepared and delivered 30-minute presentations on topics like poison prevention, proper nutrition and physic...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Conducting Community Blood Pressure Event

15 May 2015, 8:27 AM

Students and faculty of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy are making blood pressure checks convenient by conducting screenings for employees at area businesses on Friday, May 29.

"It's estimated that more than half of people with high blood pressure are not aware that they have the disease," said Dr. Christopher Lynch, clinical programs director and professor at SIUE. "By going to places of business we are able to reach those who might never go to a health fair an...

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SIUE’s Ilcewicz Stands Out in Tennis and School of Pharmacy

12 May 2015, 9:15 AM

Haley IlcewiczSIUE women’s tennis standout Haley Ilcewicz became the first Cougar student-athlete to complete her athletic eligibility while enrolled in the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

Head Coach Amanda Pratzel, who assisted in recruiting Ilcewicz, knew this wouldn’t be an easy task for the Lockport native, but was impressed at how she balanced school and tennis.

“Haley never once let the two affect each other,” said Pratzel. “She excelled in the classroom and on the court.&#822...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Research Addresses Effective Communication with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patients

28 April 2015, 8:15 AM

A study conducted by researchers in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy addresses effective communication with deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) patients.

The study, published in the “Journal of the American Pharmacists Association,” indicates pharmacists’ ability to communicate with the deaf and HOH population will impact medication adherence and errors.

An article written by Rachel Lutz on PharmacyTimes.com further highlights the research.

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SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Bergman Partners on IDPH Campaign

21 April 2015, 4:55 PM

Scott BergmanDr. Scott Bergman, associate professor in the Southern Illinois University School of Pharmacy, is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Public Health on a new statewide initiative to promote appropriate use of antibiotics in outpatient health care settings.

Antibiotics are often misused in outpatient and other health care settings, contributing to reduced effectiveness of these important drugs and making even common infections more difficult to treat.

The Precious Drugs & Scary Bu...

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SIUE Dept. of Social Work and School of Pharmacy Hold Drug Abuse Workshop

20 April 2015, 6:00 PM

Dr. Kelly GableAn audience of 100 local social workers, probation officers, police officers, teachers and Drug Enforcement Agency representatives attended “Hooked by Prescription: The Rx Drug Epidemic,” a continuing education workshop on April 10 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Coordinated by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Social Work, speakers from the SIUE School of Pharmacy presented on prescription drug abuse and dependence. 

“This was a gre...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Students Excel in Residency Program Matches

16 April 2015, 2:35 PM

Zac VinsonThough all students graduating from the Southern Illinois University School of Pharmacy obtain a doctorate of pharmacy, some, such as fourth-year student Zak Vinson of Clinton, seek to advance their educations and careers through a residency program. Vinson has been accepted into the residency program at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, while 18 of his classmates have also received assignments. 

“I decided to do a residency, because I see the progress that pharmacy, as ...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Recognized by Honor Society

10 April 2015, 10:55 AM

Miranda WilhelmLast week, 16 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy students were inducted into the National Pharmacy Honor Society Rho Chi. Additionally, Dr. Miranda Wilhelm, clinical associate professor for the School, received the Rho Chi Faculty Achievement Award from SIUE’s Chapter of Rho Chi, Delta Beta.


The Rho Chi Society seeks to advance pharmacy through intellectual leadership. Membership in the Rho Chi Society is accorded to the few who distinguish themselves by academic...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Student Community Service Recognized Nationally

8 April 2015, 12:25 PM

GenRXawardSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy students received national recognition at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) conference in San Diego, March 28. The School’s student chapter of APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) received an award for “Best Implementation of Generation Rx activities for Region 4.” 

The Generation Rx Initiative is an educational program that increases public awareness of prescription medication abuse and...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Announces Teachers of the Year, Scholarship Awards

31 March 2015, 4:10 PM

Gupchup, Schober, Lynch, Crider.Dr. Gireesh Gupchup, dean of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, announced winners of the Teachers of the Year and Scholarship Awards at the school’s annual awards ceremony March 18. The recognition comes as a result of votes cast by current students of the School.

“Teaching and scholarship endeavors are truly appreciated as the School of Pharmacy moves to greater heights,” said Gupchup.

Dr. Mike Crider, chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Scie...

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SIUE Pharmacy Students Win ICHP Awards

26 March 2015, 2:20 PM

Megan LeBaronTwo Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy students earned awards at the Spring Meeting of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists/Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists. More than 200 hospital pharmacists, faculty members, pharmacy technicians and students from Illinois and Missouri gathered at the event in St. Charles, Mo. 

The students created posters as their senior capstone projects. Megan LeBaron’s poster tied for first plac...

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SIUE Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy Conduct Interdisciplinary Educational Simulation

27 February 2015, 1:11 PM

Health Sciences Students
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy collaborated to hold a simulation event on Thursday, Feb. 26. The event educated more than 200 students on the topic of medical error disclosure.

The unique interdisciplinary effort was supported by a $7,425 Excellence in Undergraduate Education (EUE) grant through the University. The EUE program funds projects that contribute to excellence and innovation in undergraduate education.

“Very little ...

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School of Pharmacy’s Kerr Has Diabetes Research Featured on healio.com

13 February 2015, 11:03 AM

SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Jessica Kerr, PharmD, led a survey of American Association of Diabetes Educators members to determine their knowledge of regulations concerning insulin use in commercial driver’s license holders. Writing for healio.com, author Amber Cox posted the story Thursday, Feb. 12.  Kerr is assistant chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and an associate professor.

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Receives ACPE Reaccreditation

10 February 2015, 4:11 PM

Gireesh Gupchup

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) professional program has received continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The accreditation is valid for a full eight years until 2023.

“The eight-year ACPE accreditation of the doctor of pharmacy program at SIUE manifests the excellence of this program and our commitment to exceeding national standards in pharmacy through the dedicated wo...

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SIUE Pharmacy Professor named Fellow with American Pharmacists Association

9 February 2015, 10:53 AM

Fred Gattas

Dr. Fred Gattas, clinical assistant professor in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, has been named a Fellow with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

“I am honored that my peers, fellow APhA nuclear pharmacists, thought I would be a good candidate to be recognized as an APhA Fellow,” said Gattas. “To be associated in the same group as so many other pharmacists whom I admire is exciting. Pharmacy is such a small world, and being around o...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Hosts More Than 200 at Diabetes Patient Education Symposium

9 February 2015, 10:17 AM

Diabetes Patient Education Symposium

On Saturday, Jan. 24, more than 200 members of the Metro East community gathered in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Morris University Center to participate in the 9th annual Diabetes Patient Education Symposium.

The program was hosted by the SIUE School of Pharmacy American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists. They partnered with Novo Nordisk, American Diabetes Association and Alton Memorial Hospital.

This year’s program offered an expert panel of s...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Wilhelm Appointed to Journal of the American Pharmacists Association Editorial Advisory Board

6 February 2015, 3:41 PM

Miranda Wilhelm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s Dr. Miranda Wilhelm was recently appointed to the editorial advisory board of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA)Her duties will take effect on March 27, beginning at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) 2015 annual meeting in San Diego.

A clinical associate professor, Wilhelm will serve a three-year term and provide vision for the JAPhA within her areas of e...

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