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Gayane Besnelian, PharmD ’01, is the CEO/President/Pharmacist at Arcade Lane Compounding Pharmacy in Pasadena, CA.  While in pharmacy school, she was a recipient of the Humanitarian Award by Elli Lilly. Dr. Besnelian serves on annual medical mission trip to Armenia, a humanitarian cause that aims to provide medical services, including medicinal needs to developing towns and villages in Armenia. She holds various certifications specializing in immunizations, diabetes, cholesterol, and medication therapy management. She also received specialized training in compounding with special emphasis in hormone restoration. Dr. Besnelian gives lectures at various institutions about profession of pharmacy and compounding medications. One of her recent talks was on “Sex Hormone Therapy Using Pharmacotherapeutic Compounding Medications” at the 11th Armenian Medical World Congress. She also gave a talk on “Compounding Pharmacy” at Glendale Adventist Hospital, as well as “Pharmacy Career” at Loyola High School to a pre-med group of students.Nogie Demirjian, PharmD '13

Nogie Demirjian, PharmD ’13, is featured in a newsletter produced by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) about a 16-week advanced research elective he took in the DHS Office of Pharmacy Affairs, where he led a project looking at ways to assess sterile compounding to improve medication safety within DHS hospitals.

Faculty News

Pharmacy Practice and Administration Department faculty members have published a wonderful overview and update on Collaborative Pharmacy Practice. This was an Invited Publication directed to Dr. Law by Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice (A Dove Press Journal). The CORE (Community Pharmacy Research and Education) faculty members were asked to participate in a “collaborative” attempt at writing this review article. This is the second publication through a group effort by CORE. Citation: Law AV, Gupta EK, Hata M, Hess KM, Klotz RS, Le QA, Schwartzman E, Tai BB. Collaborative Pharmacy Practice: An Update. Invited Publication in Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice. Published Date June 2013 Volume 2013:2, Pages 1 – 16. Click here to view the article.

The College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the following faculty promotions:

Dr. Fadi Khasawneh has been awarded $416,976 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his project, “Investigation of Platelet G-Protein Coupled Receptors.”

Posters presented by Pharmacy Practice and Administration faculty at the recently held American Diabetes Meeting in Chicago, Ill.:

Dr. Janice Hoffman was successful once again in securing a $4,000 Target Case Study Competition grant for “Capturing the growing Pharmacy market.”

Congratulations to the Pharmacy Practice residents and fellows for 2012-13 on their many accomplishments.

Megan Nguyen, PharmD ’00, presented “Managing Resistant Community Acquired Infections” at the annual Western Foot and Ankle Conference, held June 20-23, 2013 in Anaheim, Calif.

Drs. Micah Hata and Emmanuelle Schwartzman are the recipients of a $20,000 Partners in E grant in the amount of $20,000 for the first year of a two-year award. Partners in E was developed as an education and outreach program by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with funding by the CA DHHS. The focus of the Partners in E program is to educate and deploy a pharmacy student workforce with the attitudes, knowledge, and skills required to identify and resolve barriers to e-prescribing.  Pharmacy students will receive comprehensive classroom instruction on pharmacy informatics and specific e-prescribing issues from school or pharmacy faculty experts.

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius and her former resident Dr. Noelle deLeon recently published an article that compares the use of Niacin for lowering lipid levels in the U.S. and Canada; prior to the two large trials (2011) that showed questionable outcomes with Niacin. Jackevicius CA, Tu JV, Ko DT, de Leon N, Krumholz HM. Use of niacin in the United States and Canada. JAMA Intern Med 2013: Online ahead of print: June 10, 2013. Click here to view the article.

Dr. Jonathan Watanabe published the following papers:

Dr. Karl Hess published a paper with his AE student, Olga Krymskaya, PharmD ’13. Olga Krymskaya, Karl Hess. Pre and Post Rabies Prophylaxis: Current Recommendations. Pharmacy Today. Click here to view the paper.

Student News

Eva Levbarg, PharmD '14College of Pharmacy student Eva Levbarg, PharmD ’14, received the 2013 Student Leadership Award from the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The award was established to recognize the contribution of pharmacy students to CSHP, the pharmacy profession, and local communities. Each year, one student from each of the California schools of pharmacy is eligible to receive this award. Their outstanding activities in pharmacy and/or community service have been exemplary.

Read the latest updates from the students themselves in the latest Student Government Association Newsletter.

Upcoming Events & Conferences

August 28: Alumni Summer Mixer. Celebrate summer and reminisce with fellow WesternU Alumni. Join us for an evening of complimentary appetizers, drinks and lively conversation as you meet up with former classmates at Buster’s Lounge at Dave and Busters, Ontario Mills Mall, 6:30-8:30 p.m. To RSVP, contact Susan Terrazas at sterrazas@westernu.edu or 909.706.3476 or Austin Braunwalder at abraunwalder@westernu.edu or 909.469.8495 by August 26.

September 18-21: CE Program: Intensive Course in Geriatric Pharmacy and Board Review, Marina del Rey Marriott, Marina del Rey, CA.

September 21: CE Program: MTM – A Clinical Approach, Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA – 10am-3pm. RSVP at http://fountainvalleymtm.eventbrite.com by Sept. 16.

October 8: CE Program: Maximizing the Opportunities for Learning on Pharmacy Practices, 94th Aero Squadron – San Diego, CA  – 6:30-9pm. RSVP at http://westernucontinuingeducationsd.eventbrite.com by Sept 30.

October 18-20: CE Program: Contemporary Compounding Intensive CE (Certification Course), WesternU Campus. RSVP at http://westernuoctobercompoundingcourse.eventbrite.com/ by October 10.

October 24: WesternU’s Pumerantz Lecture in the evening on campus. Details to follow.

October 31-November 3:California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists’ Seminar in Anaheim, CA. WesternU dinner, Friday, November 1,  5:30  p.m., Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria (in Downtown Disney). RSVP online. Also, visit us in the CSHP Exhibit Hall at Booth #164.

November 9: WesternU’s A Tribute to Caring at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. Save the date!

December 8-12: American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists’ Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, FL. WesternU reception TBA

See a full list of upcoming events on the Online Alumni Events page.

For information or to RSVP, please contact Ligaya Chan at lchan@westernu.edu or (909) 469-5501.


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