College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy is proud to offer an outstanding cutting edge curriculum, state of the art high tech classrooms, inter-professional education experiences, and a talented group of faculty and staff committed to the success of students.

Dr. Daniel Robinson, DeanMessage from the Dean


Welcome to the Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Website. 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 Website to explore our academic programs, learn about our outstanding faculty and read about our many accomplishments.


Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Quang Le
Associate Professor

Dr. Quang Le is one of three national research leaders to receive a Value Assessment Research Award of $100,000 from PhRMA Foundation.

The three grants, totaling $300,000, are the latest funding to be announced in the PhRMA Foundation’s Value Assessment Initiative, which is designed to improve patient outcomes while reducing inefficiencies in health care by better assessing the value of medicines and health care services. 

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Dr. Ying Huang, Associate Professor

Dr. Bradley Andresen, Associate Professor

Dr. Huang and Dr. Andresen have been awarded $409,223 in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through an R15 grant entitled “Topical Delivery of Non-β-blocking R-carvedilol for Prevention of UV-induced Skin Cancer”.  This three-year project addresses the unmet need of skin cancer, the most common type of cancer worldwide. The proposed studies aim to repurpose R-carvedilol, an enantiomer in the racemic β-blocker carvedilol, an FDA-approved cardiovascular drug, for skin cancer prevention. 

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Featured Story

Game Changers

Discover more about the events that have transpired over the year, and the many accomplishments of our college, students and alumni. Read our latest issue of RxBound to learn more about Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy.



NAPLEX Results

On March 1, 2019, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy released their NAPLEX results for all schools of pharmacy 2016-2018. We are very pleased to report that our 2018 graduates had a first-time passing rate of 97.62%. This places our 2018 graduates at #3 in California (less than 1% point from the top spot) and #15 in the nation (out of 134 schools).

Congratulations to each and every member of the College of Pharmacy! Click here for the full NABP report. #WesternUProud  

Essential Medical Spanish for Pharmacists Program/Consultation

The purpose of this course is to provide essential Spanish for pharmacy consultation. The course will include online modules, didactic, and interactive learning. The course will provide modules in cultural sensitivity and Spanish medical terminology. Students enrolled in this elective will facilitate workshops in Spanish consultation for beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners.. 



For information about how to support the College of Pharmacy, please contact:
Olabisi Carr, Director of Development
at (909) 469-8339.

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COP News

WesternU College of Pharmacy research scientist receives $120,000 grant for cancer research

Preshita Desai, BPharm, PhD, received the 2019 AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Research Fellowship for her project, “Tumor Treating Fields Triggered Targeting of Nanoparticles in Cancer.” 

The grant is a joint effort between Novocure and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) to recognize and encourage innovative research on Tumor Treating Fields. The fellowship grant — worth $120,000 over two years — also provides related research equipment, the InovitroTM TTFields Lab Bench System, free of charge. Only two such fellowships were awarded via a worldwide call for grant proposals. Click here to read more from Novocure.  

Desai is a research scientist in the laboratory of Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Executive Associate Dean Sunil Prabhu, BPharm, PhD. Receiving the grant marks a professional high point, she said. Click here to read the full story.

AACP Walmart Scholars

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholars award is conferred to individuals with interest in pursuing a career in academia. WesternU College of Pharmacy has two recipients of the 2019 AACP Walmart Scholars program. Dr. Neeloufar Fakoufar is a current PGY-1 resident with Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman. She will be co-mentored by Dr. Schwartzman and Dr. Anandi Law. Hajer G. Ibrahim is a current fourth-year COP student. Dr. Hyma Gogineni will serve as her mentor for the program.

WesternU College of Pharmacy Dean inducted into California Pharmacy Hall of Fame

Dr. Daniel Robinson, Dean

Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Dean Daniel Robinson, PharmD, has been inducted into the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Hall of Fame. He joins 42 pharmacists and is one of only four deans to receive the recognition since it was first awarded in 1997.

Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame during the California Pharmacists Association awards ceremony at the Western Pharmacy Exchange on April 13, 2018, in San Diego. Click here to read the full story.


Chair-Elect of the Administrative and Financial Officers Special Interest Group for AACP

Congratulations to Mark Goggin, Senior Director of Operations for the College of Pharmacy. He is Chair-Elect of the Administrative and Financial Officers Special Interest Group for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. 

Mark has been very active in this group for a number of years and his contributions have been instrumental in setting a framework for shared communication between school and colleges of pharmacy nationally.


Faculty In Action

Dr. Eric GuptaAt the National Lipid Association Scientific Sessions held in Las Vegas, NV from April 26-29, 2018, Dr. Eric Gupta, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at Western University of Health Sciences was installed as President-Elect of the Pacific Lipid Association, one of five regional chapters of the NLA covering the states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.  The NLA is an interprofessional organization consisting of lipidologists from medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dieticians, and other health disciplines.


CASE Honors WesternU RxBound Publication

Western University of Health Sciences’ RxBound magazine won the CASE District VII Award of Excellence Silver Award in Special Constituency Magazines.

RxBound is a joint effort of the College of Pharmacy (COP), University Advancement and University Public Affairs, and is published biannually for alumni, faculty, students and friends of the College of Pharmacy.

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WesternU Summer Health Professions Education Program


WesternU Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) students participated in a hands-on workshop making hand cream and lip balm in the WesternU College of Pharmacy Compounding Lab. WesternU was one of 13 institutions nationwide hosting SHPEP, which encourages underrepresented students to enter health professions.  Click here to view the video.

Continuing Education and Events

August 24: Preview Day
September 2: Labor Day Holiday – University Closed


Dr. Amandi Law with fellow Yuna Bae

Only nine fellowship programs in the U.S. meet the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s (ACCP) rigorous standards and guidelines for certification. Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Pharmacy has two of them.

The ACCP Board of Regents and the ACCP Research Fellowship Program Peer Review Committee re-certified the COP Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration Chair and Professor Dr. Anandi Law’s Fellowship in Health Outcomes for a full five years. This certification recognizes that her program meets ACCP Fellowship Guidelines. A full review is conducted on established fellowship programs and preceptors who have graduated two or more fellows. For the full article click here.


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

Dr. MirelesThe 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 .