UT College of Pharmacy partners with American Heart Association to identify medication errors

May 11, 2009 | Events
By Staff



The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy, in conjunction with the Start! Toledo Heart Walk and the American Heart Association, is helping to improve the human condition by organizing medication reviews through area pharmacies.

Medication reviews allow pharmacists to identify problems that might result from being cared for by multiple physicians or using multiple pharmacies.

The Start! Heart Walk will take place Saturday, May 16, beginning and ending at the Glass Bowl on UT’s Main Campus. Free medication review vouchers, valued at $100 each, will be available at the heart walk and at participating pharmacies. The participating pharmacies have committed more than 1,000 total hours, at a value of more than $100,000, for the medication reviews.

Dr. Johnnie Early, dean of the College of Pharmacy and chair of the 2009 Start! Walk, has enlisted the participation of local pharmacies, including some Kroger, Rite Aid, Target and Walgreens pharmacies; community pharmacies Kahler Pharmacy, the Pharmacy Counter and Ryan Pharmacy; the UT Employee Health Center; the Cordelia Martin Health Center Pharmacy; and the Mercy Health Partners pharmacies at St. Ann, St. Charles and St. Vincent.

The medication review project initiated by the college is the first of its kind to be associated with the Start! Heart Walk and the American Heart Association.

The UT College of Pharmacy has a national reputation for consistently training well-prepared and knowledgeable pharmacists who successfully transition into pharmacy practice. Through the efforts of prestigious faculty, the college enjoys more than a 90 percent on-time graduation rate and a 100 percent placement rate for its graduates. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in pharmaceutical sciences with majors in medicinal chemistry, pharmacology/toxicology, pharmacy and health-care management and pharmaceutics; master’s degrees in several areas; the PhD in medicinal chemistry and the PharmD; and residency and fellowship training.