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04/17/2014

Role of a Pharmacist in Medication Adherence - Across the Ages

Pharmacists are healthcare professionals known for their medication expertise to provide the best care for their patients. Using very unique skills such as medication knowledge, disease management, and patient education, pharmacists can improve patients’ medication adherence. Patients have the opportunity to contact their local pharmacist through multiple ways to develop a connection with their pharmacist and receive the best treatment. Focusing on pharmacists’ relationships with patients of various age groups can help determine ways to improve overall medication adherence. Pediatrics: Pharmacists play an important role in the well-being of pediatrics. Factors contributing to non-adherence may include minimal parental support, improper...

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04/11/2014

VIDEO: 6abc Highlights Students, Faculty at USciences Research Day

6abc showcased the diversity and growth of research pursuits at University of the Sciences during the 12th Annual Research Day and 27th Annual John C. Krantz, Jr., Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 10.

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04/08/2014

Occupational Therapy Students and Faculty Present at National Conference

USciences made an impact at this year's national occupational therapy conference. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) organized the largest group of occupational therapists and occupational therapy students in the world. USciences' Occupational Therapy Department was strongly represented. Students and faculty members were honored with multiple presentations and awards this year. Below is a list of these awards and presentations. Congratulations to all those that represented USciences and the profession of occupational therapy so strongly. Dr. Rondalyn Whitney, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA - Dr. Whitney was honored as a Fellow of AOTA. She also presented, "Is Reality Broken? Introducing the First...

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04/07/2014

Pharmacy Students, Leaders Unite for Pharmacy Legislative Day at Capitol

More than a dozen student pharmacists from University of the Sciences' Philadelphia College of Pharmacy converged on the Pennslyvania Capitol for the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association's (PPA) Pharmacy Legislative Day on Wednesday, April 2.

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04/02/2014

Medication Adherence in the Elderly Population

Which population do you see most at your local pharmacy? It is the elderly population (ages >65), that are usually at the pharmacy trying to fill multiple prescriptions. There are many areas that the elderly population needs assistance with, in order to achieve optimal medication therapy and prolong life. Barriers such as polypharmacy, comorbidities, and growing disabilities can be analyzed to provide better treatment outcomes. Barriers: The elderly population struggles with an increasing number of medications or polypharmacy as they age. Italian researchers concluded that number of drugs prescribed at hospital discharge and minimal comprehension about the purpose of each...

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03/24/2014

Study: Lack of Social Activities Persists Throughout Childhood for Kids With Autism

Dr. Rondalyn Whitney weighs in on new research conducted by a group of occupational therapists provides insight into the specific social activities that challenge children and pre-teens diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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03/20/2014

All Grown Up - Medication Adherence in Adults

As individuals grow older, the more likely they are to depend on medications to manage a disease state or to even extend their life. Therefore, in order for a medication regimen to be successful in treating a patient, it is important to stress the value of medication adherence. The adult population (ages 19-64) takes many medications on a regular basis, either for acute or chronic diseases. To improve adherence in adults, barriers such as cost, health literacy, and pill burden should be addressed. Barriers: Prescription medication can be very expensive and therefore may play a role in adult patients’ adherence...

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03/18/2014

WOLB Talk 1010 Highlights PCP's First Female Graduate

In observance of Women's History Month, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy alumna Susan Hayhurst was recognized as a "pioneer female pharmacist" on Baltimore's WOLB Talk 1010 on March 18.

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USciences to Host Free Community Discussion on Obamacare on March 25

As the Affordable Care Act’s March 31 enrollment deadline draws near, University of the Sciences, in conjunction with state Rep. James Roebuck (D-Philadelphia), will host a discussion regarding this complex law on Tuesday, March 25, from 7-8 p.m., at the University’s McNeil Science and Technology Center, located at 45th Street and Woodland Avenue.

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Video: Pharmacy Experts Discuss Hotly Debated Painkiller Zohydro on NBC10

Dr. Andrew Peterson, Dean of Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy; and Dr. Dan Hussar, Remington Professor of Pharmacy, recently shared their expertise regarding the hotly debated painkiller, Zohydro, on Philadelphia's NBC10 @ Issue.

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