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Release: Feb. 18, 2002

UI College of Pharmacy establishes Center for Improving Medication Use in the Community

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy has established a new Center for Improving Medication Use in the Community. The center will build on the existing expertise of the faculty within the college's Division of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy and the UI College of Public Health to respond to education, research and practice development issues related to medication use in the community.

Research emphasis areas will include studies aimed at improving medication use through the characterization and management of drug therapy problems, effective models of community-based interdisciplinary care, reimbursement for drugs and patient care, and evaluating health outcomes. Post-marketing, community-based drug studies will also be conducted by the center.

In addition, the center, through its practice development and educational initiatives, will undertake projects to improve medication use by patients and strengthen the skills of pharmacists and other health providers to manage and improve medication use by patients. It is anticipated that the center will attract interest from practitioners, patient advocacy groups, state and federal health agencies including Medicaid and Medicare, the pharmaceutical industry, and foundations with expressed interest in medication use issues, especially medication use among the elderly. In addition to studying important questions related to medication usage, there will eventually be a significant public policy component, given the high degree of state and federal interest in the medication use process today.

Projects undertaken by the center will be conducted within the community and include community pharmacies, non-acute care practice sites including primary care and specialty clinics, long-term care facilities, employer-based health care facilities, insurers, and community-dwelling patients.

Initially, College of Pharmacy faculty will serve as the core faculty associated with the center. Over time, faculty from other colleges with the common interest of improving medication use in the community will be appointed to the center and serve as principal leaders or investigators for specific interdisciplinary patient care, research or practice development projects.

Additional collaborative relationships with other UI colleges and departments with research aimed at improving medication use will be further pursued to achieve the research goals of the center. In addition, existing and new collaborative relationships with community pharmacy practitioners, the Iowa Pharmacy Association and other pharmacy practice organizations within and outside Iowa will be further pursued to achieve the practice development and educational goals of the center.

William Miller, Pharm.D., professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy, will serve as director of the center. William Doucette, Ph.D., and Karen Farris, Ph.D., both associate professors of clinical and administrative pharmacy, will serve as co-directors for research. Randy McDonough, Pharm.D., associate professor (clinical) of clinical and administrative pharmacy, will serve as co-director for practice development and Jay Currie, Pharm.D., associate professor (clinical) of clinical and administrative pharmacy, will serve as co-director for education.

For more information, contact William Miller at (319) 335-8695 or via e-mail at william-a-miller@uiowa.edu.