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FergusonMcKenzie C. Ferguson, PharmD, BCPS

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Director, Drug Information and Wellness Center ;

Phone: 618-650-5143
Fax: 618-650-5141

Dr. McKenzie Ferguson is Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Director of the Drug Information and Wellness Center and practices in the Drug Information and Wellness Center. Dr. Ferguson received her B.A. from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and then completed her doctor of pharmacy degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center. Dr. Ferguson is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist. She teaches in the Drug Information and Biomedical Literature courses during fall and spring semesters, respectively. Her research interests include evidence-based medicine and patient safety in vulnerable populations and professional development for students, residents and preceptors. 


PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, 2006-2007, SSM St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis
Doctor of Pharmacy, 2006, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis
Bachelor of Arts in Biology, 2002, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Clinical interests:

My areas of clinical interest are in drug information and patient safety within the health-system setting. My background in clinical management and strong interest in drug information will enable me to join my two areas of clinical interest in a useful way from which others can learn. I also believe community involvement is a key role for pharmacists. My focus in the community setting includes speaking on a variety of drug information topics and directly interacting with patients. Through this interaction, I believe patients are encouraged to be advocates of their own health, pharmacists are viewed as approachable healthcare professionals and our profession is promoted as an integral component of the healthcare team.

Practice site information:

My current practice site is the SIUE Drug Information and Wellness Center (DIWC). The DIWC is a unit of the Department of Pharmacy Practice in the School of Pharmacy. The mission of the DIWC is to improve the quality of health care through communication, expansion, and integration of accurate, complete, and unbiased medical information ultimately benefiting health care providers, students, residents, health care professions and the community. The staff at the drug information center responds to requests for drug information only from SIUE faculty, alumni, preceptors, and contracted requestors.

The Drug Information & Wellness Center is also dedicated to supporting wellness in the community. Our participation in chronic disease management programs and health fairs not only aids community awareness, but it also teaches pharmacy students the importance of these contributions to the community.

Learn more about the DIWC.

Scholarly interests:

My research interests include evidence-based medicine, advancement of health literacy in the Deaf, patient safety and professional development for students, residents and preceptors.


Organizational membership includes ACCP and ASHP.

Professional Presentations & Publications:

McNicol ED, Ferguson MC, Haroutounian S, Carr DB, Schumann R. Single dose intravenous paracetamol or intravenous propacetamol for postoperative pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD007126. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007126.pub3.

McNicol ED, Ferguson MC, Hudcova J. Patient controlled opioid analgesia versus non-patient controlled opioid analgesia for postoperative pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD003348. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003348.pub3.

Ferguson MC, Liu M. Focus groups to understand Deaf & hard of hearing patients' communication experience with pharmacists. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2015;55:153-60.

Ferguson MC, Shan L. Survey evaluation of pharmacy practice involving deaf patients. J Pharm Pract. 2015 Jan 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25613055.

Ferguson MC, Herndon CM, Tait R, Hecht KA, Lavin M, Neumeister M, Rowland, K, Timpe Behnen EM, Wesley C. An innovative, case-based, inter-professional approach to pain. American Pain Society's 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2013.

Timpe Behnen EM, Carlson A, Ferguson MC. Impact of sugar substitutes on glucose control in diabetic patients. J Pharm Tech. 2013;29:61-5.

Ferguson MC, Liu Min. Using focus groups to understand deaf & hard of hearing patients’ communication experience with pharmacists. Seed Grants for Transitional and Exploratory Projects (S.T.E.P.). Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Graduate School. FY 2013-2014. (Funded)

Herndon CM, Hecht KA, Rowland KC, Wesley CA, Timpe EM, Ferguson MC, Lavin MA, Neumeister MW. An innovative, case based, inter-professional approach to pain: a modular course. NIH Pain Consortium Centers of Excellence in Pain Education 2012-2015. Funded. (Co-I)

Ferguson MC. Novel new drugs to know about. CE presentation. (9/12, 10/12) SIUE School of Pharmacy Golf Scramble CE, Alumni Event CE

Ferguson MC, Timpe EM, Harp J. The prevalence and quality of noninferiority studies in major medical journals. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Fall Meeting, 2011.

Bergman SJ, Ferguson MC, Santanello C. Interferons as therapeutic agents in infectious diseases. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2011;25(4):819-34. 

Ferguson MC. Current therapies for chronic hepatitis C. Pharmacotherapy. 2011;31(1):92-111. 

Ferguson MC, Hammer M. Adverse drug reactions. In: Encyclopedia of pharmaceutical technology. 4th ed. London: Informa Healthcare;2011.

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