2014 December eNotes

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Happy Holidays

Message from the Dean

December 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As Fall semester comes to a close, our faculty, staff and students are preparing for the start of Spring semester.  Over the winter break some faculty and students will be volunteering their time with various medical mission trips, while others will be enjoying time with family and friends.  

I hope this holiday season allows you the opportunity to connect with those who are important to you and allows you time to reflect on all for which you are thankful.  The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences appreciates all you do to support our efforts, allowing us to have such a positive impact on our students and communities we serve. 

Please look for our next edition of eNotes in March.  In January you will be receiving our print newsletter, The Buffalo Pharmacist.  I hope you enjoy reading about the accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students.  My best wishes to you for a healthy and happy 2015!

Warm regards,
James M. O’Donnell, PhD
Dean and Professor

Dr. Gene Morse Named SUNY Distinguished Professor


Congratulations to Dr. Gene Morse, professor, pharmacy practice, for his appointment as a SUNY Distinguished Professor, the highest faculty rank in the SUNY system and given for recognition of national or international prominence in an appointee's professional field.  Dr. Morse is an internationally recognized leader in the field of HIV pharmacology research. Among his most influential accomplishments was developing the charge to national clinical pharmacology groups to pursue therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) and pharmacogenomics, establishing the National HIV TDM Registry for protease inhibitors.

He created groundbreaking methodologies important to drug-level measurements in human subjects, including development of novel liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry methods for quantifying HIV protease inhibitors, and development of a pharmacology laboratory for a National Institutes of Health-funded AIDS Clinical Trials Group, increasing the number of antiretrovirals nationally and internationally.

The founding leader of the new SUNY Global Health Conferences and SUNY Global Health Institute, Morse is internationally renowned as a leader in assessing pharmacokinetics of new medications addressing Hepatitis C and tuberculosis in relation to HIV.  He also established a highly successful antiretroviral pharmacology training program at the University of Zimbabwe.

Pharmacy and MBA Graduate Survey

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is conducting survey research to characterize the short and long term benefits of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree on the career of a pharmacist. For those of you with an MBA degree, your completion of a short 15-minute survey would be greatly appreciated. All responses will be kept confidential and will be used towards this analysis. To participate in the survey, please contact Christopher Daly, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice at cjdaly@buffalo.edu or 716-645-4793. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Alumni Notes

Alumni and Friends Receptions: American Associaton of Pharmaceutical Scientists and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was pleased to host two alumni and friends receptions over the past few weeks.  In November, a reception was held at the AAPS Annual Meeting in San Diego.  In December, we were back in California for the ASHP Mid-Year Meeting in Anaheim.  Both events gave alumni, friends, faculty and students the opportunity to visit and reconnect. The ASHP Mid-Year Meeting also gave our P3 and P4 students the opportunity to learn more about post-graduate residency training and to interview for residency positions.    

Class Notes

Kimberly Zammit '86 & '00
Visited with students and presented on Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) and the results of the New York State CDTM Pilot Program.  Dr. Zammit's presentation included discussion of the benefits CDTM brings to patient care and medication management as well as the results of the NYS CDTM Pilot Program and explanation of the rationale for "credentialing" pharmacists who participate in CDTM Review.  

Charles Greenberg '07 
Promoted to supervising pharmacist with Reliant Medical Pharmacy where he provides in-depth customer medication therapy management programs in addition to daily retail pharmacy services. This includes assisting customers in developing a med synchronization plan designed to minimize trips to the pharmacy and educating them about prescription use and interactions.

In Memoriam

Alfred Brownell '54

Ronald Dawes '54

Faculty/Staff Notes

Awards and Recognitions

Rebecca Brierley:
Appointed Secretary of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Administrative Section.

Presentations & Publications

Alice Ceacareanu:

Ceacareanu AC.  A Pharmacist's Perspective on Metformin Use and Cancer Outcomes. 2014 J Pharm Pract. In Press.

Ceacareanu AC, Wintrob ZAP. Casebook in Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Drug Dosing. Chapter 24 - Pharmacokinetic Considerations in Oncology. 2014 Thomson Digital. In Press.

Alan Forrest and Brian Tsuji:
Presented at the 5th American Conference on Pharmacometrics (ACoP): Modeling PD Variability in ID (PK and MIC are the beginning, not the end of the story) Variabilities in Accounting for Variability:  Where does PK stop and PD start?

Zachary Wintrob

Wintrob ZAP. Should Pharmacokinetic Safety Challenges Prevent Metformin Use in Patients with Cancer?  J Pharm Pract. In Press.

Ashley Woodruff:
Woodruff A, Jensen M, Loeffler W, Avery L. The use of advanced screencasting and embedded assessment to create hybrid pathophysiology and therapeutics modules. AJPE 2014;78(6):Article 128.

Woodruff A, Dorward A, Hempel C, Loeffler W. Association of loop diuretic dose at discharge on 30 day readmission rates in acutely decompensated heart failure patients. Pharmacotherapy 2014;34(10):e181.

Student Notes

Pharmacy Legislative Advocacy Invitational Day (PLAID)


NYS Assembly Representatives, Students and Professor Fiebelkorn

The Student Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (SPSSNY) and the Student Pharmacists' Association of Western New York (SPAWNY) hosted the 2014 Pharmacy Legislative Advocacy Invitational Day (PLAID) on November 13.  Student leaders: Mia Magliazzo '16, Kevin Lavery '18, Kelsey Violanti '18, Corey Wells '17, Ali Scrimenti '17, and Ryan St. James '16 organized the event which hosted New York State Assembly representatives: Robin Schimminger, Jane Corwin, Michael Kearns, Raymond Walters, and a representative from Timothy Kennedy's office.

P1 and P2 students posted questions to the panelists regarding CDTM, provider status, NYS and student immunizers, as well as how students can become involved in impacting legislative policy and health care issues.   

APhA-ASP News: UB Recognized as Outstanding Chapter Region 1

apha asp

The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists attended the APhA-ASP Regional Meeting where UB was recognized as the outstanding chapter in Region 1 for their involvement with Operation Diabetes and Operation Heart during the 13-14 academic year.  Congratulations!

Also during the regional meeting, Olivia Dioguardi '18 was installed as regional delegate, which is the third consecutive year a UB SPPS student has held this position.

APhA-ASP also conducted these events during the last half of the fall semester:

  • Generation Rx Presentation at Orchard Park High School: Educating high schools students on prescription drug abuse
  • UB Wellness Services Smoking Cessation Training: Operation Heat and Operation Self-Care collaborate with UB Wellness Office
  • Self-Care Library Discussion on OTC Pain Medication: Presented information on pain relievers at the Amherst Main Library

Student Phamacist Compouding Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the UB Local 2014-2015 Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition: Brenda Basile '16, Patrick Rose '16, Craig Sauers '16, Nahid Zaman '16 (alternate).  This team will represent UB in the 2015 MEDISCA Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition in Gainesville, Florida, March 2015.

Tyler Mullen Presents at SUNY Global Health Institute Meeting

Tyler Mullen '16 presented at the inaugural meeting of the SUNY Global Health Institute at the SUNY Global Center in New York City. He presented on Student Opportunities within the SUNY Global Health Institute.

Adolfo Quiñones, PhD Nominated for UB Blavatnik Regional Award

Dr. Adolfo Quiñones, postdoctoral fellow in Professor Javier Blanco's lab, is one of UB’s institutional nominees for the 2015 Blavatnik Regional Award For Young Scientists.  This award acknowledges and celebrates the excellence of outstanding postdoctoral scientists and engineers from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut working in disciplines within the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.  Winners and finalists will be announced Summer 2015 with three winners receiving $30,000 in unrestricted funds, and six finalists each receiving $10,000 in unrestricted funds.

Iffat Shafiq and John Diep Present Poster at ACCP Annual Meeting

accp student poster

Congratualations to Iffat Shafiq '15 and John Diep '15 for being chosen in the Top 5 Student Poster Finalists at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting. Winning Poster Title: Ceftaroline and daptomycin combinations demonstrates synergistic and bactericidal activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from a patient who failed daptomycin.