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A Delegate for Patient Care

UF Pharmacy dean leads college recognition at national meeting University of Florida dean of the College of Pharmacy is becoming a delegate for patient care in the largest U.S. association of pharmacists. The American Pharmacists Association, at its annual meeting in March, selected William H. Riffee, Ph.D. as…

UF Hosts National Student Compounding Competition

The University of Florida College of Pharmacy hosted the second annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition in March, welcoming national leaders in compounding pharmacy and students competing from 14 U.S. pharmacy colleges. The weekend competition, sponsored by Medisca Group of Companies, was organized in three phases. Each university team of three…

UF launches new online master’s degree for patient-care pharmacists

The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is launching an online Master of Science in Pharmacy in Medication Therapy Management degree, with classes starting this month. The program is the first master’s program available in the emerging field of medication therapy management, and can be completed in less than two…

UF recruits FDA senior scientist to advance Florida’s drug development, regulatory science efforts

A leading scientist in clinical pharmacology at the Food and Drug Administration is taking a new academic role at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy to improve drug development and create tools and approaches to make sure new products are safe, effective and within FDA-regulated standards. Lawrence J. Lesko, Ph.D., director of the Office of Clinical Pharmacology at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, will lead the college’s new pharmacometrics and systems pharmacology initiative in the interdisciplinary Institute of Therapeutic Innovation at the UF Research and Academic Center, now under construction in Orlando.

Distinguished Service Professor and Student Favorite Retires

Paul Doering, a distinguished service professor in pharmacotherapy and translational research at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, has retired after 35 years of outstanding service to the college. Doering plans to continue his work with students and pharmacists through lectures and seminars. Rumor has it that he is working with the Department of Pharmacy Services at UF&Shands on a special project to help pharmacy students make the transition from the classroom to the clinic less difficult.

UF pharmacy technician training broadens career options

Pharmacy technician jobs, once sought after by younger workers, are attracting older workers as new licensing laws take effect. While economic uncertainty and unstable job markets linger, many workers, not ready to retire, now see these jobs as stable and fulfilling second careers. The change in demographic became apparent after the first year of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s 14-week training program for pharmacy technicians. Program Development Coordinator Judy Riffee, R.Ph., began teaching pharmacy technicians at the college’s Gainesville campus in 2008 — before new legislation was proposed.

First-year Pharmacy Students Pledge Their Professionalism

More than 200 first-year pharmacy students put on their professional white coats for the first time on March 19 during the college’s Professional Coating Ceremony. The student pharmacists, from four UF campuses across the state, gathered at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to confirm their commitment…

Distinguished Professor Earns Double Recognition in Drug Development

The process of bringing one new drug to market can take a decade and hundreds of millions of dollars. Hartmut Derendorf, a distinguished professor in the UF College of Pharmacy, is finding ways to tighten expenses and shorten timelines while balancing patient variability, drug safety and effectiveness against all possible risks. His work was recognized by two national pharmacy organizations this year. In July he received the 2010 Volwiler Research Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy at its annual meeting in Seattle. “Dr. Derendorf is an exceptional leader and teacher. He is not only known for his incredible contributions to pharmaceutical education, but for his leadership and mentorship to advance research that is vital to the academic community,” said Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., AACP executive vice president and CEO, when she presented the award.