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Message from the Dean

Daniel C. Robinson, PharmD, FASHP

Daniel C. Robinson, BA, PharmD

Welcome to the Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Web site. The College of Pharmacy at WesternU in Pomona, California is an exciting place to visit and an exciting place to learn. I hope that you will use this Web site to explore our academic programs, learn about our outstanding faculty and read about our many accomplishments. More…

Faculty Spotlight

Kabir Lutfy, PhDDr. Kabir Lutfy

Dr. Lutfy has been with the College of Pharmacy since 2003. He has recently been funded a grant in the amount of $447,000 by the University of California, Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP).  The grant which is entitled “The role of endogenous PACAP in nicotine addiction” is to fully characterize the role of endogenous PACAP in the motivational effects of nicotine and to determine the effect of exogenous PACAP and related ligands on reinforcing and aversive effects of nicotine. The project is expected to provide complementary and basic science information that advances our understanding of the neuroscience of nicotine addiction. The project may lay the foundation for the development of pharmacotherapy to curb nicotine addiction.  For the full story click here and for more news about Dr. Lutfy click here.

Arbi Nazarian, PhDDr. Arbi Nazarian
Associate Professor

Dr. Nazarian has been with the College of Pharmacy since 2007.  He recently received $446,000 in funding for his National Institutes of Health (NIH) R15 grant entitled “Insulin Mechanism of Diabetes-Evoked Enhancement of Nicotine Reward”.  The goal of the grant is to bridge the gap in our understanding of the mechanisms that mediate tobacco use in persons with diabetes.  The research project is significant because the findings reflect an important step towards elucidating the neural substrates that contribute to enhanced susceptibility to tobacco use in those that have diabetes.  The findings will have important health implications towards developing specialized treatments for people with diabetes who are suffering from health complications that are exacerbated by tobacco use.  For the full story click here and for more news about Dr. Nazarian click here.


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About Our Programs

About Our ProgramsThe College of Pharmacy offers three programs:

Mission and Goals

Mission and Goals Educating future pharmacy professionals to serve the health care needs of society and improve the quality of patient care through science, caring and humanism More…

Featured Story

Making a Difference

Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy continues to lead the way in student mentoring, in training future pharmacy owners as well as in Interprofessional Education. In this issue we highlight the accomplishments made by our alumni, students, and faculty members and the many ways they have contributed to the community and the patients they serve. Read our latest issue of RxBound to learn more.

COP News

American Pharmacist Month

October is American Pharmacist Month, a whole month dedicated to promoting the role and contributions pharmacists continue to make in healthcare. To share and celebrate this month, our APhA-ASP/CPhA chapter at WesternU reached out to the City of Pomona. We asked Mayor Elliott Rothman to declare October as American Pharmacist Month in Pomona. On October 5th, 2015 Kevin Mai, APhA-ASP/CPhA President, accepted a proclamation signed by the mayor and the council members, officially recognizing this month city wide. We are incredibly honored to have our own city acknowledge our worth as pharmacists. It is our hope that this proclamation will encourage people to form and foster relationships with their local pharmacists, as their pharmacists will continue to promote the well-being of our community.

Dr. Mireles

The WesternU Patient Care Center Pharmacy Provides Free Medication Disposal to the Community

The Pharmacy in the Patient Care Center (PCC) at Western University of Health Sciences now has a secure dropbox to assist the local community with the disposal of unnecessary and expired non-controlled medications .

Cardinal Health Continues their Support of WesternU’s Aspiring Independent Pharmacists

WesternU College of Pharmacy students pursuing careers in independent pharmacy will continue to have access to a number of generous scholarships thanks to a $100,000 donation from Cardinal Health.

“We are confident that WesternU’s student pharmacists are receiving an education and experiences that will prepare them to be the next generation of pharmacy owners, and we are proud to support that effort with this additional scholarship funding,” said Daniel Rim, Director of Sales, Pacific South Region for Cardinal Health.

Physical Assessment CE

November 6-8, 2015, 3.225 CEU’s or 32.25 Contact Hours, WesternU, HSC Bldg., OMM Clinic, 450 E. 2nd Street, Pomona, CA

As pharmacists expand their scope of practice under new legislation (SB493), physical assessment is a key skill necessary for advanced practice. This 32.25 hour course will prepare the pharmacist to obtain a history and perform a basic physical examination that will enable them to assess and monitor drug therapy. The course will employ written materials, videos, lectures, demonstrations and hands on practice and feedback. For detailed course information click here.

WesternU COP Ranks Third Among Top Pharmacy Research Institutions

According to a report released by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), WesternU COP is ranked No. 3 among private colleges in obtaining grant research funding.  

Palomares Day

Through a relationship fostered between the Pomona Unified School District, SIHS and WesternU’s Pomona Health Career Ladder program the Palomares Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) 10th-graders took a field trip to the WesternU College of Pharmacy Compounding Lab.

2014 CASE VII Gold Award

RxBound, a joint effort of the College of Pharmacy and University Advancement, won a 2014 Gold Award in the Special Constituency Magazines category as part of the CASE District VII 2014 Awards of Excellence.

Continuing Education and Events

Physical Assessment CE – November 6-8
Thanksgiving (University Closed) – Nov. 26-27
ASHP Mid-year Meeting – December 6-10
Winter Break (University Closed) – Dec. 21-Jan. 1

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