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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.

'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.

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.

College of Pharmacy Hires New Practice Implementation Pharmacist

Dr. Kyle Bryan (PharmD 2019) recently accepted a new role as a Practice Implementation Pharmacist at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy after completing his formal education and post-graduate training. His new position focuses on assisting pharmacists in all areas of practice with the implementation of the recently approved House Bill 48.

Alex Flannery and David Feola Receive Inaugural Clinical Research Catalysts Pilot Award

Alex Flannery (PharmD, PhD) and David Feola (PharmD, PhD) recently received the $50,000 University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s Inaugural Clinical Research Catalysts Pilot Award for their research project “Urinary Immune Cell Profiling in Sepsis-Associated Acute Kidney Injury.”

UKCOP Continues to Bring Hope During the Era of COVID-19

With the continued presence of COVID-19 in the United States, vaccination distribution efforts are at an all-time high, especially throughout the state of Kentucky and Fayette County. As of July 4, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 2 million Kentucky residents, or nearly 50% of the state's population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

UK College of Pharmacy Hosts Town Hall New COVID Variants & Vaccines

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.

A Duty to our Community: How Can Pharmacy Students Help?

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.

What You've Wanted to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines

We spoke with University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy professors Brooke Hudspeth, PharmD., and Vince Venditto, Ph.D., to get answers to some of your common COVID-19 vaccine questions. Hudspeth is a pharmacist and associate dean at the college and is part of the task force overseeing the rollout out of the COVID-19 vaccine at UK and UK HealthCare. Venditto is an assistant professor with training in vaccine development and is working with Hudspeth and others on a clinical trial to understand the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in Kentucky.

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

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.