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04/29/2016

What is Big Data and how will it revolutionize the health industry? Part II

Big Data is poised to revolutionize the healthcare industry. The revolution goes beyond just analyzing text based notes. It is being used in predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, genomics, and in many other ways. You may have heard the term “Internet of Things.” This refers to the fact that many devices are now connected to the Internet, from your phone to your car to wearables like the Apple Watch and FitBit. It is estimated that by 2020, there will be 25 billion connected devices. These devices capture real time data, and allow for real-time alerts. They produce tons of data on...

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04/28/2016

The Reference Product Strikes Back

A lot of consideration has gone into biosimilars and what they mean for the biologics drug market. The idea behind biosimilars is that they will reduce costs by providing cheaper alternatives to existing biologic drugs. As mentioned in previous blogs however, biosimilars are by no means a cheap and simple cure to high drug costs. There are several road blocks like high production costs and long periods of development biosimilars must face on the way to the market place. These road blocks cut into the discounts biosimilars could offer. This leaves a unique opening for reference products. Reference products could...

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04/25/2016

More Faculty, Staff, Student and Alumni Achievements

Student Mathematics Papers Presented at Section Meeting Faculty sponsor and Professor of Mathematics Dr. Salar Alsardary led a group of USciences students to present papers at the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Section of the Mathematical Association of America at Muhlenberg College on April 2, 2016. The undergraduates presented on three topics. The History of Algorithms: Deion Floyd PhC’17, Eli Halpern C’17 Sudoko: Matt Marshall BI’19, Tori Lugiano C’19 The History of Knight's Tour: Brianna Mengini PharmD’20, Brielle Okulicz PharmD’20, Jaden Daubert PharmD’20 Student Life’s Deena Smith, a Residence Director for Goodman and Wilson Halls, was recently accepted into the Regional...

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04/21/2016

Biosimilars and P&T Committees

Imagine that you are on an APPE rotation at a local managed care organization (MCOs) and your preceptor asks you to research a medication that is being considered on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (P&T Committee). Because P&T Committees are inter-professional committees designed to consider whether to add a new medication to a formulary, you as a student pharmacist are expected to find information to help make that decision. Since pharmacists are expected to speak the language of business and science, your research must cover a broad area. As you begin to research the medication, you notice that it is...

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04/18/2016

PCP Students Among Hundreds of Pharmacists Who Gathered in PA Capitol as “Now Is The Time...”

On Wednesday, April 6, hundreds of pharmacists and student pharmacists converged at the Capitol in Harrisburg for Pennsylvania Pharmacy Day to push the theme of "NOW is the time...” The theme specifically selected to mean the time for pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), for advancing the role of pharmacists' in healthcare, and for protecting patient care. The event was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA). Pharmacists and student pharmacists held over 160 appointments to meet with legislators throughout the day, along with a press conference and rally in the Main Rotunda at the Capitol. The rally focused on key legislative...

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Public Perceptions of Moral Insanity in the 19th Century

Dr. Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, assistant director in the Writing Programs, was invited to present at the “Histories of Forensic Psychiatry and Forensic Psychology” conference held March 17-18, 2016, at University of Canterbury in New Zealand, thanks to a travel grant offered by the conference organizers. Put together by Dr. Heather Wolffram, the conference included a small group of international scholars from Spain, Germany, Hungary, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and aimed to shed light on the intersection between the two disciplines. The conference program stated: “The intersection of the human sciences with the law has been an area of...

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USciences Prof Moderates Healthiest Nation Town Hall with U.S. Surgeon General

The American Public Health Association (APHA) celebrated Public Health Student Day by hosting a Google Hangout featuring U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on April 8. The Hangout was an opportunity for students from around the country to chat with the nation’s top doc and brainstorm ways to improve the health of our country. APHA Student Assembly Chair Suparna Navale, a doctoral student at the Kent State University Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, provided opening remarks, and Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Public Health Tamar Klaiman, PhD, MPH, and former APHA Student Assembly Chair, moderated the discussion which was viewed...

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Advocating Senior Care in the Community

Submitted by: Lauren Atkinson PharmD’017 Community outreach programs are a vital component to the well-being of a community as well as the organization providing the service. On March 22, 2016, 19 student members of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) PCP chapter attended an annual event at Star Harbor Senior Community Center on Springfield Avenue near campus. ASCP’s main goal nationally and at University of the Sciences is to improve the lives of seniors. The annual Star Harbor Senior Center visit is an effective way to reach that goal by educating senior citizens on the importance of health and...

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PCP Student Receives Travel Grant for National Conference

Christina Ly PharmD’17 was one of only four students selected nationwide to receive a travel grant worth up to $2,500 from the American College of Apothecaries (ACA), International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) and American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP) Foundations. Ly received the award at the 2016 ACA/IACP/ACVP Educational Conference held from February 24-27, 2016, in Coronado, CA. The Educational Conference is a joint endeavor by the three hosting organizations, ACA, IACP, and ACVP. The conference provides continuing education sessions to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that are focused on topics related to independent pharmacy, pharmaceutical compounding, pharmacy law, and...

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04/15/2016

Introduction to Biosimilars

As clinical guidelines are published and the pharmaceutical industry innovates, the practice of pharmacy changes. At the fore front of innovation is the biologic. These medications are capable of achieving clinical outcomes that traditional small chemical medications cannot. Biologics are not without disadvantages. In addition to being more challenging to create, these medications are also orders of magnitude more expensive. This cost has kept biologics as an alternative or not even an option to patients who would greatly benefit from their use. In order to solve this issue, the pharmaceutical industry is developing biosimilars, or medications that are similar to...

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