Insights and commentary from our University experts, thought leaders, and graduate students on pharmaceutical, science, healthcare, and educational topics.

10/17/2014

VIDEO: Mayes College Alumnus Shares Experiences in Ireland

Alumnus Patrick Connaghan PhB'14 is currently continuing his education and basketball career in Carlow, Ireland through the Sport Changes Life Foundation's Victory Scholarship program.

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10/15/2014

Community Pharmacy Medication Adherence

Medication adherence is a growing concern for health care providers. For this reason many community pharmacies are focusing on was to increase medication adherence rates. This can be done in various ways ranging in diverse settings. Medication therapy management (MTM) are services provided by pharmacists to increase therapeutic outcomes. There are approximately 1.5 billion preventable adverse effects that cause $177 billion in injury and death. A major target for MTM occurs in community pharmacies. The Pennsylvania Project studied 107 Rite Aid pharmacies that trained pharmacist to perform interventions including asking questions about medication adherence and 111 control pharmacies that did...

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10/13/2014

Get Vaccinated: Flu is Bigger Threat to You than Ebola, Says USciences Prof

With the 2014-15 flu season officially underway, pharmacy professor Daniel Hussar, PhD, at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, urges people to stop worrying about Ebola and get a flu shot instead.

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10/08/2014

USciences Students Advanced to Semifinals of National Pharmacy Competition

Three doctor of pharmacy students at University of the Sciences excelled to the semifinals of the 2014 American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Clinical Pharmacy Challenge earlier this month in Austin.

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10/07/2014

PCP Student Gained 'Invaluable Learning Experience' During Rotation

“Pursuing a professional career in pharmacy and beginning my journey as a Mason have been two of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Alexander R. Micale PharmD’16, a fifth-year student at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences.

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10/05/2014

Measurement of Medication Adherence

Medication adherence is a growing concern for health care professionals today. For this reason, there are various ways to measure medication adherence. This can be done by pharmacists, physicians, or patients themselves. Pharmacists can measure medication adherence through many ways. A cheap and easy way to see if a patient is adherent is to look at the refill rates. These medication adherence rates can be calculated by the medication possession ratio (MPR) or proportion of days covered (PDC). MPR, as stated by Dr. Nau, is the days’ supplied over a time interval. The PDC is the number of days covered...

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10/02/2014

Physician Assistant Students to Celebrate PA Week, Oct. 6-12

You're invited to join students in the physician assistant studies program at USciences as they celebrate America’s more than 100,000 clinically practicing physician assistants during PA Week 2014, Oct. 6-12.

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09/28/2014

Medication Adherence/Compliance/Persistence: What is the Difference?

“Medication adherence is the degree that patients follow (adhere) the directions provided by a healthcare provider.” Medication adherence is measured as a percentage of medication the patient consumed, following the proper directions, during a time-period. The prescribed directions taken into consideration in this percentage include the number of doses and the dosing interval. Medication compliance is a term used in the past that is similar to medication adherence. However, there are a few critical differences. The ISPOR work group believes the word compliance means to follow a command. The authors proposed the definition of compliance to include patient conformity to...

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09/24/2014

Physics Prof to Explore Solar System, Cosmology with Philly Youth

Physics professor Paul Halpern, PhD, will serve as the guest presenter for the Y.A.L.E. School's Philadelphia campus open house on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7-9 p.m.

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09/22/2014

OT Students, Faculty Attend AOTA's Hill Day in D.C.

Sixty students and faculty from the University’s Department of Occupational Therapy joined the more than 550 occupational therapy practitioners and students from across the nation for this year's American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15.

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