Mortar & Pestle - November 2017

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Greetings from West Lafayette


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Greetings from West Lafayette and Purdue University! The winds of change have been blowing hard on campus and fueling excitement and energy. This is especially true in the Purdue College of Pharmacy. As many of you know, on July 1, I began my new role as Dean of this great college. I am honored to serve the faculty, staff, students, and alumni in this capacity and look forward to our time together. I am also grateful that Drs. Danzhou Yang and Val Watts have joined our leadership team as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Associate Dean for Research, respectively. Oh, and if you haven't noticed, Purdue's new "dean" of football, Jeff Brohm, is off to a great start, too!

It has been a busy and highly productive first few months. I have enjoyed meeting alumni and friends at events in Nashville, Louisville, Fishers, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Northern Indiana, and Chicago. Homecoming was a hot one, but was a great celebration with the Purdue Pharmacy family.

I recognize the rich tradition and legacy of the Purdue College of Pharmacy, and we have launched a Strategic Planning process that will help us define our aspirational goals and allow us to realize a vision of being bold leaders, moving together to the highest level of excellence in our teaching, discovery, and providing patient care. As our Strategic Plan takes shape, I will keep you updated via a variety of communication channels including the College's (@purduepharmacy) and my own (@DeanEricBarker) Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter streams. Follow us.

Lastly, a word of gratitude to two key College leaders. Dr. Holly Mason, our Senior Associate Dean, has indicated his desire to return to the faculty effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Mason has served the College for 20 years in this role, and we are ever grateful to him. His role in the College is so important that it will take two people to replace him(!); we are currently searching for an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Assistant Dean for Learning and Assessment. I close by sharing my personal thanks to Dean Emeritus Craig Svensson for his support during the transition and his bold leadership of our College these past 11 years. Dr. Svensson's leadership moved the College to new heights, solidifying our place as one of the very best colleges of pharmacy in the nation. 

Hail Purdue and Boiler Up!

Eric L. Barker
Dean & Professor

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Choosing a Path Less Traveled: From Pharmacy to McDonald's

Judy Davenport (BS 1985), Linda Shields (BS 1977) & Randy Shields (BS 1975) 

A Purdue College of Pharmacy education can set the course for numerous career opportunities—from the varied field of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences to less traditional avenues. No matter the course, the College is proud of our alumni who have gone on to lead successful, meaningful lives. We are honored to have them represent Purdue and to apply the skills they learned as students to positively contribute to their communities. Judy Davenport and Randy and Linda Shields prove that a Purdue Pharmacy education will get you where you want to go in life, even if you choose a path less traveled. And it’s a tasty one, at that! 

Judy Davenport’s father was a surgeon, and she was very interested in medicine because of his influence. Her mother was a chemist, so that was of interest to her, as well. Pharmacy provided a perfect blend of both of those worlds. “I chose Purdue because I knew I wanted to be a pharmacist when I was a junior in high school,” says Judy. Purdue was one of the top pharmacy programs in the country and she lived in Muncie, Indiana, so the decision was easy. “I never even looked at any other schools.”

Upon graduating from Purdue in 1985, Judy started her career in hospital pharmacy in Chicago, but later switched to industry after a few years. She was a sales district manager for Glaxo Pharmaceuticals just before she became a McDonald’s franchisee with her husband, Art. “I enjoy helping develop and mentor people in their careers, which is what I did at Glaxo, and that carried over to McDonald’s.” She made the decision to switch careers because the opportunity presented itself, allowing her to further herself in the business world. “It gave Art and me the chance to be entrepreneurs running our own business, and it was just too good to pass up.”

Randy ShieldsGrowing up, Randy and Linda Shields each had neighbors or friends who owned their own community drugstores which interested them. Both felt pharmacy was a great career since they enjoyed math, science, and medicine. They chose to attend Purdue and the College of Pharmacy because of its outstanding regional and national reputation, and Randy was fortunate to receive an athletic scholarship to play basketball (pictured right). “I found the Pharmacy staff to be first class, outstanding people who were flexible and willing to help me complete all my classes so I could graduate on time,” says Randy. “I can never say enough about the quality, professionalism, and kindness of the faculty and staff!”

It was during Linda’s sophomore year and Randy’s senior year at Purdue when the two met. “Prof. Dane Kildsig introduced us while showing me how a student (Linda) was doing her class lab calculations homework on the new computer system tied into the University of Illinois' super computer,” comments Randy. He then saw her in the halls where they spoke a few times before asking her on a date. They were married the last year of Linda's BS degree in Pharmacy while Randy finished his MSM with the Krannert program, graduating a day apart in 1977. They set off to California for their first jobs; Linda began working as a licensed pharmacist at a unique retail pharmacy store near Hollywood and Vine, and Randy began his 18-year career with Eli Lilly and Company. The couple started a family and moved around over the years, but it was in the 1990s when Randy decided to leave Lilly as the pharmaceutical industry was changing. “Linda and I each had lost a parent and I a favorite boss/mentor which gave us a perspective of life through our Christian faith,” he says. “Some of our thoughts were to settle down closer to our relatives to help them more and to allow our family to grow and jump into a community with a business we could enjoy and possibly get our children involved in. That became a McDonald's franchising opportunity, right in Indianapolis!”

How many franchises do you own and where are they located?
Judy Davenport: Art and I have three restaurants all located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Randy Shields: Linda and I have owned six McDonald's franchises around the Indianapolis area.

What do you enjoy most about operating these franchises and being part of the McDonald’s community?
JD: The most enjoyable part, by far, is interacting with the customers, especially our regulars. In addition, supporting community functions from sports teams to schools and churches is very rewarding. I also served on the Ronald McDonald House board for 10 years, including a term as president, and Art is currently a board member. This was very rewarding as the House does so much to help families going through some of the toughest challenges of their lives. I can’t even imagine having a sick child. Serving the House gives me a chance to help families during a medical crisis in a very different way than pharmacy, but with the same satisfaction that someone has benefitted from my service.
Linda Shields: We enjoy all of the Indianapolis townships we are located in and love being a part of each local community through the schools, neighborhood and business associations, police and fire department programs, and the Ronald McDonald House Children Charities where Randy is on the Executive Committee of the Board. As we say at McDonald's, “We serve the community in more ways than one!” He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association, our state trade association, and has served on a number of McDonald's local co-op, regional, and divisional leadership committees over the years. I have also served as the McDonald's Indiana Women's Owner/Operator Network President. 

How does your Purdue Pharmacy education help you operate your franchises?
JD: Pharmacy gave me the foundation to build my career on to become successful in my life and career. It taught me to pay attention to the small details, whether that was making sure the correct medication was being delivered or listening closely to a patient and actually hearing what they were saying. While these skills were not part of our formal education, they were a necessary part of being able to succeed in the pharmacy world, as well as in the business world and life.
RS: Our Purdue Pharmacy degrees have given us: 1) knowledge to be contributors in our chosen careers immediately upon graduation. We were prepared to meet our jobs head on and to make a difference, and it helped us get ahead faster. We were also prepared for change. We could apply all our knowledge to another area that required pharmacy, medical, business, and economic expertise. 2) Perspective. We were taught a lot, including patient and medical team communication, law, and business practices. I also took additional business and communication courses as electives from the Krannert School of Business. We had a great perspective from our experiences in pharmacy and business as many national topics and issues arose over the 18 years before we applied what we learned to our personal, family business. 3) The idea that education is a lifelong process. Everything we have done since leaving our pharmacy careers continues to change, but, that's what Purdue teaches you…to be a lifetime learner! The world will only continue to change, and we must embrace it and enjoy it each and every day.

Lastly, we need to know…what is your favorite item on the McDonald’s menu?
JD: Without a doubt…Big Mac!
RS: For breakfast, I like a Great McD Coffee with an Egg McMuffin and for lunch/dinner the Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken!
LS: I like the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit for breakfast and the Filet of Fish for lunch/dinner.

Judy Davenport    Randy and Linda Shields
LEFT Judy Davenport outside one of her McDonald's franchises in Kentucky
RIGHT Linda and Randy Shields at one of their MdDonald's fanchises in Indiana

Borches Establish the Svensson Family Endowment for Excellence

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It is with great pride that the Purdue College of Pharmacy announces the establishment of the Svensson Family Endowment for Excellence in recognition of the tireless contributions made to the College by Dean Emeritus Craig Svensson and his wife, Sue, and to honor their family. The primary purpose of this unrestricted fund is to allow the College the flexibility to support areas of importance that are intended to assist in the advancement of the College. The Dean of the College or the Dean’s designee shall determine how the available revenue shall be used for this purpose. This endowment is made possible by the generosity of Richard and Anne Borch. Dr. Borch retired in 2014 as the Lilly Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. 

"Anne and I wanted to do something special to recognize the outstanding leadership and enormous contributions to the College and University from Craig and Sue over the past decade. We thought that an endowment would be a fitting recognition of the sustained excellence that they have demonstrated and encouraged in others. Craig and Sue are wonderful people, and it has been our privilege to know them.”
– Richard Borch

Faculty Research Spotlight: Dr. Carol Ott

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The Purdue College of Pharmacy is pleased to highlight Dr. Carol Ott, Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice, whose research focuses on mental health and addictions treatment, including the opioid epidemic. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. and opioid addiction is driving this epidemic. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids, enough to give every American adult a bottle of pills. Dr. Ott has demonstrated specialized knowledge and skill in optimizing care of patients with psychiatric illness by assessing and monitoring patients, recognizing drug-induced problems, and recommending appropriate treatment. She also works under collaborative practice for independent medication management in first-episode schizophrenia and mood disorders. In 2016, she spearheaded a live videoconference, “Identifying and Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care”, through the College’s Continuing Education program.

What first drew you to your chosen profession and research field? I was working in geriatric consulting and had an opportunity to move to providing these services in psychiatric hospitals. That was 25 years ago, and I have had a great opportunity to practice in different areas of mental health and addictions treatment, as well as teaching, since then.

Briefly describe your current research. I am a member of the Indiana Medicaid DUR Board and Mental Health Quality Advisory Committee and have been able to evaluate Medicaid databases that relate to use of antipsychotics in the pediatric patient population, as well as the use of opioids with other medications, like gabapentin. Evaluation of prescribing practices relative to antipsychotic use in pediatric patients allows Indiana Medicaid to implement medication prior authorizations that focus on the clinical evidence base and reduce inappropriate use in these patients. This reduces the risk of significant side effects and moves patients to more appropriate drug therapy for their diagnosed conditions. The evaluation of the gabapentin/opioid database will inform Indiana Medicaid about the number of patients who use both medications and may be at greater risk of adverse outcomes.

I also provide consultation for psychiatric medications reviews for the Tippecanoe County Public Defender’s Office, which has given me the opportunity to work on projects related to the provision of addiction treatment in the justice system and how telepsychiatry may improve this treatment. Telepsychiatry can allow an incarcerated person to have a mental health evaluation by a psychiatrist with recommendations for appropriate treatment in the corrections setting.

What interests you most about this research? My research and consultation efforts have given me insight into the views of the general public about the treatment of addictions, specifically opioid use disorders. Needle exchange programs and the use of naloxone in emergency situations are important tools in addressing the opioid epidemic. I find that many people really don’t understand why needle exchange programs can provide harm reduction in terms of preventing the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C, or how these programs allow people contact with healthcare providers who can give them information about and encourage them to consider seeking treatment for an addiction. Speaking to community groups and working with the justice system and Indiana Medicaid allow me to reach a larger number of the general public.

What do you hope to accomplish through this research/scholarship? I hope to educate the people about the clinical evidence base to use all the tools in our toolbox to address the opioid epidemic.

What do you enjoy most about working with pharmacy residents and students? I am the faculty advisor for the Purdue Pharmacy student chapter of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP). The students in CPNP Purdue are passionate about empathy and care for those with mental health disorders and addictions. They are especially excited about learning about needle exchange programs and being able to volunteer in the program in Tippecanoe County, as well as becoming trainers for the use of naloxone in emergency situations in the Purdue campus and Greater Lafayette community. Our current PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy resident, David Butterfield, will be helping to provide the naloxone training and volunteering in the needle exchange program, so this provides a more rounded experience for him.

The Primary Care Psychiatry Foundation and Purdue College of Pharmacy’s Office of Continuing Education
are pleased to present a free CME/CPE/CNE credit series on Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse. 
You may learn more here.

LyoHUB: Advancing Lyophilization


Technology roadmapPurdue University professors Dr. Elizabeth Topp, Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, and Dr. Alina Alexeenko, Aeronautics and Astronautics, are co-leading a consortium called LyoHUB, an industry-led partnership dedicated to advancing the science and technology of lyophilization/freeze-drying. 

During the International Society of Lyophilization and Freeze Drying meeting held on September 12, 2017, at Pfizer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, around 125 industry and academic members from around the world with interest in lyophilization celebrated the release of the LyoHUB Lyophilization Technology Roadmap.

This roadmap, funded through a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) grant, was the culmination of two years of workshops and meetings involving over 100 contributors who identified lyophilization needs in products, process, equipment, education, and regulatory interface. Dr. Pikal of the University of Connecticut and Dr. Stacy Springs of the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) provided remarks at the meeting celebration.

You may read more about LyoHUB in an article featured in Purdue Today. The roadmap is also available on the LyoHUB website

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Dr. Topp (L) was interviewed by Barb Lewis (R) on Inside INdiana Business where she discussed the LyoHUB roadmap.
(photo provided by Inside INdiana Business)

View the interview here.

Indiana Pharmacy Modernization Bill

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Purdue Pharmacy faculty, students, and alumni are making a difference in the State of Indiana. On June 7, 2017, Govenor Eric Holcomb held a bill signing ceremony for HB 1540, the Pharmacy Modernization Bill. This bill is transformational in many regards. The 2017 legislative session also included high-impact pharmacy bills for the expansion of immunizations per SB 51, electronic prior authorization per SB 73, and for epinephrine and other emergency medications per SB 392. We are proud of Drs. Gloria Sachdev and John Hertig, Indiana Pharmacists Alliance Legislative and Regulatory Council co-chairs, and Dr. Karen Hudmon, as well as Representative Steve Davisson (BS 1981) and Senator Ron Grooms for their leadership to move these important reforms forward.





Student Summer Internship Experience

Photo of Olvia Walker, Andrew Smith, and Olga Vlashyn in Baltimore"Good morning, Baltimore!"

Written by Andrew Smith, Olga Vlashyn & Olivia Walker
3rd Year Professional PharmD Students

This summer, three Purdue College of Pharmacy students had the opportunity to complete pharmacy administration internships at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Andrew Smith, Olga Vlashyn, and Olivia Walker—all current 3rd year professional PharmD students—participated in a ten-week program at the 1,000+ bed academic medical center. During this time, the students were paired with leaders within the Department of Pharmacy at the hospital and participated in a breadth of formative experiences, ranging from shadowing pharmacists in different areas of practice to hearing think-tank discussions about drug pricing. By the end of the summer, each student walked away with a greater perspective on the profession, more direction with their future careers, and an abundance of memories, friends, and mentors.

The journey began last November 2016 when the students applied for the internship program. After each student submitted their curriculum vitae, letter of intent, and letters of recommendation, they were invited to a 30-minute phone interview in early January with the coordinators of the program. During this conversation, the students were asked to rank their top three areas of interest, with a wide range of options including everything from oncology and critical care to informatics and outpatient safety. In mid-February, the students received the long-awaited phone call that they had been offered positions—Andrew in the Center for Medication Quality and Outcomes, Olga with Formulary Management, and Olivia in the Ambulatory and Care Transitions Division.

They started their internship in June and students were required to complete at least nine weeks in their respective areas. Throughout this time, they had numerous opportunities to learn about moving the pharmacy profession forward. On a weekly basis, all of the interns participated in pharmacist discussions focused on curriculum vitae development, professional dress, research opportunities, and residency application advice. The discussions also provided panels of various pharmacists within Johns Hopkins that allowed students to ask questions specific to a certain area, such as medication safety, critical care, or pediatrics. Furthermore, the interns attended a Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) information session which allowed them to gain insight into what makes an HSPA residency different from a traditional pharmacy residency.

The students also traveled to other sites affiliated with Johns Hopkins to further learn how to excel as rising third-year professional students and future Doctorates of Pharmacy. Specifically, they took trips to Home Care Group and Bayview Medical Center. Touring the different campus locations allowed the interns to engage with a panel of pharmacists and ask them questions about how they are excelling in their current positions. One of the final trips the interns took together was to the headquarters of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in Bethesda, Maryland, where they learned about the importance of advocating for the pharmacy profession and the importance of getting involved in leadership positions on a national level.

In addition to taking full advantage of all that the internship offered, the students endeavored to create unique opportunities for themselves. This included everything from attending formulary management meetings to attending virtual webinars hosted by the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst. Internship activities were conducted under the guidance of distinguished pharmacists, all of whom were eager to support the students in their journey. By learning to utilize these relationships and internalize meaningful feedback, each student grew as a professional.

Finally, the group took time to explore experiences outside of the hospital. Although Baltimore was a change of pace from the West Lafayette campus, they soon found themselves feeling at home in “Charm City.” The time invested to explore Baltimore and the surrounding areas was just as significant as the hours spent within the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Most meaningful were the activities that allowed them to find a support system in their preceptors, pharmacists, and fellow interns. Whether it was an Orioles game organized through Johns Hopkins or volunteering their time to serve residents at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, the students found a community of dedicated individuals of all ages who were present throughout the challenges and triumphs of the summer. Thanks to the experiences provided by Johns Hopkins, and the people within it, the students returned to Purdue in the fall filled with confident growth as student pharmacists and a reinvigorated passion for pharmacy. 

The Johns Hopkins Pharmacy Internship Class of 2017          Olivia Walker and Olga Vlashyn pose in front of the Billings Hospital Administration Building          Andrew Smith poses in front of the Billings Hospital Administration Building
LEFT The Johns Hopkins Pharmacy Internship Class of 2017 representing 10 different states in total from around the country
MIDDLE (L to right) Olivia Walker and Olga Vlashyn pose in front of the Billings Hospital Administration Building
RIGHT Andrew Smith poses in front of the Billings Hospital Administration Building

BSPS Student Spotlight: Amanda Graboski

Photo of Amanda GraboskiAmanda Graboski
3rd Year BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences Student

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

Honors & Awards: 2016-2017 Purdue Dean’s List Student; Kenneth and Betty Heimlich Scholarship Recipient; Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Merit Scholarship at the University of Rochester; Scholar Athlete Award Recipient (high school)

Internships: Worked in the lab of Dr. Daniel Flaherty conducting medicinal chemistry research for the summer of 2017; worked for Tim Graboski Roofing, Inc., the summer of 2016

Participation in Organizations: Recruitment Co-Chair of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity; Safety Officer of the Women’s Club soccer team; Undergraduate research in the Flaherty Lab

Hobbies: I love sports and play on the club soccer team at Purdue. I am a huge Steelers fan as my dad’s side of the family is from Pittsburgh. I like to paint/draw and decorated my apartment with some of my work. I love to explore new places with my dog, Coral.

What has your experience as a student been thus far in the Purdue College of Pharmacy? The hospitality on campus and in the Midwest is more than I could have ever imagined. The second I stepped onto campus, I was welcomed with open arms and offered endless opportunities. I was encouraged to look into a research lab by my incredible advisor, Mrs. Pedley, to see if research was for me. Since joining Dr. Flaherty’s lab, I confirmed research as my career path and it has truly changed my life. It’s still a shock to me that the Purdue College of Pharmacy encourages undergraduate research and holds seminars and job fairs to offer their students everything and more.

What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to attend graduate school and pursue a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry or Pharmacology with a focus on drug discovery. Once I graduate with my degrees, I would like to work in industry as a chemist performing drug discovery research in the field of infectious disease.

Why did you choose Purdue? I am a transfer student who spent my first year of college at the University of Rochester where I was recruited to play soccer. Juggling soccer and a pre-med schedule was incredibly difficult. I realized during my first year that I was truly passionate about and interested in pharmacy, but the U of R didn’t have a program. I decided to look into other schools, and of course Purdue was one of them. I was extremely unsure about transferring, but applied anyway. Once I was accepted, I visited the campus with my parents. Purdue is stunning, so the second I arrived on campus I couldn’t help but fall in love. There are endless opportunities that Purdue offers its students, and I felt as if transferring would open up so many doors within the field of pharmacy. Transferring meant that I had to give up a huge piece of me—being an athlete—to best prepare myself for a career in pharmacy. It was a big decision and was tough to make, but looking back on it now, Purdue has been nothing short of incredible and transferring was undoubtedly the right decision. 

University of Rochester soccer game           Amanda with Coral
University of Rochester soccer game                                                                      Amanda with Coral

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Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University is an invitation to the Purdue family to join together, through private giving and personal involvement, to boldly advance our University as a national and global leader that continues to move the world forward. 

With a goal of $2.019 billion, Ever True is the largest fundraising effort in Purdue history. The campaign spans July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2019, concluding in the University's 150th anniversary year.

Make a profound impact at Purdue University by partnering with the College of Pharmacy. Through Ever True: Campaign for Purdue University, the College seeks to attract outstanding prospective students and reduce their debt, recruit and retain the best faculty, and plan for the future through various giving opportunities which will enable us to further our mission.

Pharmacy Women for Purdue

Mark your calendar!

The Pharmacy Women for Purdue (PWFP) Spring Conference will be held during April 12-13, 2018, at Purdue University. PWFP supports and encourages professional and leadership development through networking opportunities with alumnae, and we welcome several guest speakers to campus each year to share their insight. More information about the event and PWFP can be found here

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22nd Annual BoileRx Golf Classic
Friday, June 1, 2018

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
Lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m.
Shotgun start at noon.
We will play 18 holes on the Ackerman-Allen Course.

More information can be found here or by contacting Dana Neary, Manager of Alumni Relations and Special Events, at or (765) 494-2632.

Campus Construction

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Planning to visit West Lafayette?

You may wish to consult Purdue University's list of construction and travel alerts and the State Street Project
construction resources for information regarding navigation in and around the West Lafayette campus.
Construction will continue into 2018.


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