Imagine if an individual’s DNA could be matched to the most effective medication to treat his or her case specifically. Using pharmacogenomics, researchers and providers are getting closer to achieving this goal.
Managing medications can be difficult. An aging population with a variety of health challenges brings the need for more at-home care options, especially for managing medications.
Shannon Reidt, Pharm.D., MPH, assistant professor in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, and her team members found that at-home pharmacy visits can help people better manage their medications.
A 53-year-old man from northern Minnesota had been seeing his mental health doctor for years, but never received care from a primary care doctor. When the man noticed heart-related side effects from his medications, it was time for him to seek primary care. But since he had never seen a primary care doctor in his lifetime, the process of setting up an appointment, sitting in the waiting room and seeing a new doctor was overwhelming.
Mark Schneiderhan, Pharm.D., a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, and an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy in Duluth, says the process of going to a primary care doctor can prevent mentally ill patients from seeking primary care, an essential piece to their overall health care.
A lot can change in twenty years. From a program shift to a doctoral degree, to an addition of another location in Duluth, Dean Marilyn Speedie has been with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy through a wide range of exciting moments. As she prepares to step down as dean in early 2017 and transition to a faculty appointment, Speedie is leaving the College of Pharmacy better than when she started. In fact, the school was just ranked the number 2 Pharmacy school in the country by US News and World Report.
We sat down with Speedie to ask her about her time here in the College of Pharmacy and how it will continue to move forward and serve the needs of Minnesota.
At the first sign of a headache or sore back, many of us reach for a bottle of over-the-counter pain medication. Advil, Tylenol and aspirin are commonplace in many of our medicine cabinets, and because they are over-the-counter medications, we think they are safer than prescription medications. As a result, we often overlook the recommended dosages on the back of the pill bottle.
According to Jean Moon, Pharm.D., assistant professor in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, over-the-counter pain medications can be just as harmful to your body as prescription medications when used incorrectly.