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Welton O'Neal Named 2021 Paul Parker Award Recipient

Dr. Welton O’Neal (PharmD 1981, R126), Vice President of Medical Affairs at Supernus Pharmaceuticals, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Paul F. Parker Award.

As one of the most accessible healthcare providers, pharmacist-led monoclonal antibody clinic makes sense

Pharmacists are arguably one of the most accessible healthcare providers to the public, especially during pandemic times, and often go unrecognized for their effort and sacrifices to help curb this devastating virus. One shining example of a pharmacist who readily contributes to the frontline battle is Dr. Gavin Howington (PharmD 2014). Howington, an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at UK HealthCare and Clinical Assistant Professor at the UK College of Pharmacy, is making a daily impact on the lives of high-risk patients who contract COVID-19. Through the use of monoclonal antibody therapy, Howington helps the healthcare field gain control over a virus that continually evolves over time.

How a UK alumna is helping humanitarian relief operations in Syria

Since 2011, Dr. Khaula Sawah has dedicated her pharmacy career and personal life to aiding those affected by the Syrian war and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Syria and Turkey. She is also the co-founder of the non-profit Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-USA (UOSSM USA) and currently serves as president of the organization in the U.S.

'Honest pride and belief in self' is essential for students says UKCOP's first Black PharmD

Long ago, while reflecting on his life’s accomplishments, Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis said, “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” This statement perfectly describes the education and career of pharmacy pioneer Dr. Welton O’Neal. O’Neal (PharmD 1981, R126) was the first Black student at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy to graduate with a PharmD. He was also the first Black man to complete the post-PharmD pharmacy residency training at UK HealthCare under the program director, Paul Parker, PharmD, and his direct mentor, John Piecoro, PharmD. Having paved the way for Black pharmacy students and achieved tremendous personal success, O’Neal currently works at Supernus Pharmaceuticals, leading the organization as Vice President of Medical Affairs.

UK College of Pharmacy to help address inequities with new scholarship

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy has created a scholarship in an effort to address inequity within the pharmacy profession. The scholarship, put in place at the request of UKCOP’s students, was created after students help identify the need for more substantial scholarship support to enable attendance of a more diverse student body.

UK Pharmacy Residency Alumni Named ACCP Fellows

Frank Romanelli, PharmD, MPH, BCPS; Alex Flannery, PharmD, PhD, BCCCP; and Philip Empey, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, have been elected as Fellows of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy by the ACCP’s Board of Regents. Obtaining Fellowship from the ACCP is the highest of all honors that a member of the organization can receive from the College. Members who earn this award are selected for being outstanding individuals who lead by example, both in and outside of the ACCP. The Fellow status also honors qualifying ACCP members for their excellence in practice, science and service within Clinical Pharmacy. To display this high honor, Romanelli, Flannery and Empey have all earned and been granted the right to use the initials “FCCP” (Fellow of the College of Clinical Pharmacy) within their professional titles.

College of Pharmacy to Host Annual White Coat Ceremony

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy will host its annual White Coat Ceremony to recognize its incoming students. This year's ceremony will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021, at the University of Kentucky's Singletary Center for the Arts.

UK College of Pharmacy Develops Website to Highlight Pharmacy Influencers from Across the Globe

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy turned 150 this week, a testament to the continuous work of alumni, employees, and supporters of the college. To celebrate this monumental event, the College of Pharmacy has launched a new microsite to showcase the many diverse backgrounds and accomplishments of 150 pharmacy influencers, alumni, and employees connected to the college.

Commercial Insurance to Reimburse for Pharmacist-Provided Services in Kentucky

On March 18, 2021, Kentucky House Bill 48: An Act relating to reimbursement of pharmacist services sponsored by pharmacist and Representative Danny Bentley1, was signed by Governor Beshear. The passage of this bill followed three years of legislative advocacy by the Kentucky Pharmacists Association and the Advancing Pharmacy Practice in Kentucky Coalition (APPKC), an advocacy group of pharmacy stakeholder organizations in Kentucky, including the Kentucky Pharmacists Association, the Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists, the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacy Services Corporation, the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, and the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice.

Clark Kebodeaux Joins AACP’s Prestigious Leadership Development Program

Clark Kebodeaux, PharmD, BCACP, has been selected to participate in AACP’s 2021-2022 Academic Leadership Fellows Program. Kebodeaux joins the 18th cohort of 30 individuals who represent some of academic pharmacy’s brightest future leaders from around the country.

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In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.