University of Arizona R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy alumnus John A. "Andy" Ware made an estate gift commitment establishing the John A. and Frances P. Ware Endowment.

Community pharmacist and University of Arizona R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy alumnus John A. "Andy" Ware made an estate gift commitment establishing the John A. and Frances P. Ware Endowment prior to his death in March. The $2.3 million endowment will provide for the college's most pressing needs in the coming years.

Ware's gift helps solidify the strong reputation of the college, recently ranked No. 7 by the American Association of the Colleges of Pharmacy for grants and contracts awarded by the National Institutes of Health, said Rick Schnellmann, dean of the Coit College of Pharmacy, adding that the college is grateful for Ware’s generous gift, which will benefit many students.

"Our graduates go on to significant careers in pharmacy, business, academia and research. Andy Ware was one of those success stories," Schnellmann said. "He was a trusted pharmacist and successful businessman who continued to advocate for and enhance the field by forging a career dedicated to improving the practice of pharmacy."

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Please welcome the newest additions to our PharmCat Family!

Hongxu Ding, PhD is the new assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science, Bonnie LaFleur, PhD is a new Research Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and the Director of Health Outcomes & PharmacoEconomic Research (HOPE) Center, Joan Navarro is the new Administrative Assistant for the Office of the Dean, and Michele Vaughan, MBA is the new Director of Communications!

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COP Faculty Maryam Fazel was interviewed by the US News and World Report for this special article

It's familiar, available over the counter, inexpensive and versatile. Aspirin, a salicylate drug, is also the veteran in the class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These days, however, most people reach for newer NSAIDs like ibuprofen or take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to ease pain or reduce fever.

Aspirin's anti-clotting action and preventive properties may be its most enduring benefits. An influential health panel, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, recommends that certain adults take low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease, stroke, pregnancy complications and colorectal cancer.

However, some recommendations were recently narrowed because of aspirin's major side effect: internal bleeding. Aspirin isn't for everyone. Here's what you should know about aspirin's pros and cons.

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Congratulations to all 2021 Faculty and Staff award winners!

The Jack R. Cole, PhD Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient is Dr. Alan Barreuther. 
The Danny & Rae Jacob Award for Pharmacy Practice recipient is ALI MCBRIDE, PHARMD
The A. Jay Gandolfi New Investigator Award recipient is JIM GALLIGAN, PHD.
The Dr. James Halpert Faculty Research Award recipient is WEI WANG, PHD.
The Schnellmann Family Faculty Award recipient is MARYAM FAZEL, PHARMD
The Faculty Service and Outreach Award recipient is CAITLIN CAMERON, PHARMD
The Staff Excellence Award recipients are LIZ CORONADO and LUZMARIA HERNANDEZ.
The Findlay Russell, MD Distinguished Citizen Award recipient is Dr. Kelly Fine.

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One of 5 students in the world selected for the podium presentation at ISPOR Europe 2021

Meet Srujitha Marupuru, a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Arizona, in the Health and Pharmaceutical Outcomes program. Marupuru and co-authors, Harman Dhatt, David Rhys Axon, PhD, Dr. Terri Warholak, PhD, and Marion Slack, PhD Emeritus submitted a poster and presentation for consideration at ISPOR Europe 2021 and the poster and paper were both were selected! “Impact of Shared Decision Making on Outcomes Among Patients with Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” is the title of the research project that the poster and presentation highlights.

This project is one of the top five projects selected to be presented at the Student Research Spotlight at Virtual ISPOR Europe 2021! Five student presenters from around the world were chosen based on receiving the highest scored student abstracts for Virtual ISPOR Europe 2021. The Student Research Spotlight is the podium presentation where the selected students present their research to the conference attendees. Marupuru had the honor of presenting the paper at the conference. You can watch the presentation here. 

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COP selected for the Provost's Investment Fund for the Phoenix Campus Compounding Instruction

Nancy Alvarez, PharmD and Caitlin Cameron, PharmD submitted a proposal for the Fall 2021 Provost's Investment Fund (PIF) competitive round and were approved for funding!

The project will expand experiential learning for student pharmacists and will allow the College to scale to meet the needs of a growing cohort on the Phoenix campus.  The ability to provide instruction, demonstration, and practice in the technical skills required to compound sterile and non-sterile products enables students to be well prepared for other experiential learning in occurring in pharmacies.


The Wellness Committee sponsored a visit from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD). Free pets and licks were offered to assist students in finals preparation. 

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