According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States more than 450,000 people are hospitalized each year due to a condition called atrial fibrillation, or AFib. AFib can cause chest pains, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, and ultimately increases the risk of stroke. While there are a variety of treatments for AFib, the American College of Cardiology Oversight Committee recently published an updated medication decision pathway for management of anticoagulation for AFib, venous thromboembolism (VTE), and other heart conditions.
Many still have questions about the vaccines and the rise of the new variants. To help answer those questions, the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy hosted a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, with a panel of healthcare experts from UK HealthCare and the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine.
In 2017 the #MeToo Movement took the world of Hollywood by storm as dozens of women came forward with their experiences with sexual harassment. These stories created a domino effect in other industries as more women began to come forward, and the world began to see what women already knew: sexual harassment was a universal problem. As other industries worked on dealing with these "revelations," the field of pharmacy remained quiet.
UK College of Pharmacy graduate student Kaitlind Howard received a competitive grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project that previously received pilot funding from the UK Igniting Research Collaborations program.
The Lyman T. Johnson African American Group, in partnership with the University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity, hosted the 30th Annual Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer and Torch of Excellence Awards on Feb. 1 virtually.
Each college was asked to nominate alumni who embody the characteristics of determination and hard work and have affected the lives of people on campus, the community, the state, or our nation. The UK College of Pharmacy selected alumna William Ifeachor as the recipient of the 2021 Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award.
The UK College of Pharmacy's very own Anisa Moore was awarded the 30th annual Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer Award. The Lyman T. Johnson award is presented by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association’s Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni Group and the University of Kentucky Office of Institutional Diversity.
While Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to attend an all-white school, Vertner Taylor graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, making him the college’s first African American graduate. Taylor’s completion of his Bachelor of Science degree predates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, making his achievements that much more significant.
The University of Kentucky is one of many vaccination centers that have begun administering COVID-19 vaccines to the public--but, with the added bonus of incorporating future healthcare leaders. UK College of Pharmacy students have been given the opportunity to administer vaccines alongside other medical professionals at the clinic since its opening in January.
During his tenure at Kroger, Hudspeth impacted countless lives, and he continues to be an example and mentor for other Black students hoping to pursue a healthcare career. Most recently, Hudspeth joined UK HealthCare to manage its retail location within Chandler Hospital. In addition to traditional community pharmacy duties, he reviews patient charts, consults on medication, and assists in discharging patients.
Alum Chris Harlow knows too well how access to high-quality healthcare can save lives. Harlow is the co-founder of St. Matthews Community & Specialty Pharmacy in Louisville, Ky, and a tireless advocate for patients struggling with substance use disorders. When Harlow was in his last year of pharmacy school, he learned of his mother's accidental overdose and passing. “If my dad had access to Narcan, he could have saved my mom’s life.”