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LETTER FROM THE DEAN
In April 2005, we will be dedicating the new CVS/pharmacy Education Center of the University
of Florida College of Pharmacy at St. Petersburg College. It will be an exciting time as our
distance campus programs continue to grow and mature. We will be admitting our fourth
class to completely "build out" the campuses in St. .. . . ,.i - I Orlando and Jacksonville. Our
students are doing great things academically and professionally. I could not be more proud of their
As we tour the new building in St. .... ... we will see a new skills laboratory that
is a miniature of the skills lab we have in our new building in Gainesville. It will have a model
, N pharmacy and stations used for compounding. We have an increasing presence in our curriculum
0 for compounding and those practices that seem to be providing a niche area of specialty for
pharmacy. Our students are interested in many areas of pharmacy but we see an increasing desire
4 among our students for preparation to own their own business.
Along with those interests, the ,. 1..has 11..... 1..11, conducted its inaugural Institute
for Pharmacy Entrepreneurs which hosted 85 participants. The Institute was designed to
bring pharmacy owners who are contemplating an "exit strategy" for retirement together with
Pharmacists interested in ownership. Educational tracks were developed for each group and
social events II .. I for the participants to become acquainted. The ,. I I-.. has been fortunate
to appoint Brian Kahan, Kahan & Associates, EL., as the new Director of the Institute. Plans for a
second institute are underway.
Along with our growing first-professional-degree program, we continue to have significant
growth in the Working Professional Pharm.D. program. Since 1997, we have graduated more than
700 Pharm.D. students from the program. We add approximately 200 new students each year.
This year, we have new students located in Korea. Korea is moving toward the Pharm.D. degree as
the entry level practice degree and the baccalaureate pharmacy graduates there have asked for our
program to help them prepare for the change. Our first class of German students will graduate this
May. The ,. I t.. has truly developed a global outreach to pharmacist wishing to have the skills
associated with the Pharm.D. with the intent purpose of using those skills in their own country.
It is exciting to see our vision of pharmaceutical care moving worldwide.
Our faculty continue to be productive in research. The ,. I I..-. is now ranked number 13
in total NIH funding among all . I'... -, and schools of pharmacy. This ranking puts us ahead of
such notable schools as Purdue, Ohio State, Kentucky, UNC Chapel Hill, Minnesota, University
of Texas, Austin, University of Wisconsin, University of Maryland and the University of Michigan
among others. We won't stop there! The faculty continue to work hard every day educating future
scientists and our professional students while at the same time producing research that will change
the world we live in.
I continue to be proud to be the dean of such a wonderful,. II.. The faculty, staff and
students are among the best anywhere. We also want to thank our alumni for their continued
support of our programs. Go Gators!!!
ON THE COVER:
Bill Noriega ('54) established William H. Rffee, Ph.D.
his pharmacy in 1956. Associate Provost for Distance,
(I-r) Mary Noriega Denham, Continuing & Executive Education
Bill Noriega Melecia Dean, College of Pharmacy
Noriega, and John Noriega.
Photo by Jeff Knee
is produced by the University of Florida College
of Pharmacy for its alumni, faculty and friends
Dean and Associate Provost of Distance,
Continuing and Executive Education
William H. Riffee, Ph.D.
Executive Associate Dean
William J. Millard, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for
Michael W. McKenzie, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Distance,
Continuing and Executive Education
Sven A. Normann, Pharm.D.
Assistant Dean for Administration
and Financial Affairs
Associate Dean for Curriculum
L. Douglas Ried, Ph.D.
Kelly Markey, Director
Megan Miller, Asst. Director
Director of Public Relations,
Linda Homewood, APR
JS Design Studio
7 Research & Innovation
trends in pharmacy
12 Blackboard Notes
faculty news, honors & awards
1 8 Making the Grade
spotlight on students
alumni & development news
The Art & Science of .
By Linda Homewood
The C II.. .. of Pharmacy skills lab is filled on rar I ....I .1., I-
with bustling pharmacists in lab coats, mixing, rr.. . i I
weighing ingredients - beakers and burners reach I ,, Ii I I I..
state-of-the-art facility used to train beginning ph ,,1,, '. -in I.. ,-
now is also a training facility for experienced pha' ', ... .11. ,-
up medical compounds.
A pharmacist's role of preparing drug mixti .. i I ,I-,
ments and recording their own formulas, or com 111- Il, : I I..
back to early civilization, when a mortar and pest .. '
tool of the trade. The Latin phrase Secundum Art ..n - i ,
favorably with skill"- was used to describe the t I I ,-,l i-
ing medicines to address a patient's particular nec I I.. I . I,
symbol Rx, still used today, comes from the Latin I I ,.. I ,-,
But with the Industrial Revolution came th.. I .... liii- I
pharmaceutical companies, which manufactured I -
quantities. The modern pharmacist's role shifted , i i .11. , I
distributing. The number of pharmacists practice i . n, ii l
began to decline by the 1940s. Even so, 60 perce I -
tions dispensed required skill in compound-
ing to prepare pills, powders, ointments and
Today, the pharmacy profession is
returning to its roots with patients and
doctors again realizing the need for specific
doses and customized medications. By the
turn of this century, with more than 40,000
compounded drugs being dispensed each
day, there has been a renewed demand for
this specialized skill.
The .- II.. 1.., partnering with a phar-
maceutical supplier Medisca Network, Inc.,
offers the comprehensive pharmacist training
certificate program. The program curriculum begins with a self-
study section for 26 hours of continuing education credit. Upon
completion, the pharmacist attends a four-day live program at UF
for an additional 30 hours of credit.
"Licensed pharmacists from anywhere in the world can
benefit from continuing education in compounding by studying
from home and then traveling to UF for further hands-on interac-
tive training," said Art Wharton, M.S., director of continuing edu-
cation and clinical associate professor in the C I.. .. of Pharmacy.
Compounding, simply put, is customizing a prescription.
The pharmacist - in consultation with the prescribing physician
- creates a pharmaceutical alternative that is better suited to a
specific patient need. Routine compounding performed by phar-
macists may include creating a topical cream to replace an anal-
gesic tablet; preparing a liquid medicine alternative for patients
who have difficulty - ll ,,11 mixing a child-approved flavor
to help a parent and even altering a medicinal form or flavor for
improved veterinary use.
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There are several important roles the compounding phar-
macist plays in partnership with physicians, Neil Cohen, director
of technical operations at Medisca Network, Inc. said.
The primary role is to assist the physician by reinforcing
positive therapeutic outcomes. 'Non-compliant behavior' is a
phrase used by medical practitioners in describing a patient who
does not adhere to a prescribed drug regiment. Compounding is
often the solution to improving compliance by tailoring the medi-
cine to the patient's needs or preferences, Cohen said. When the
pharmacist becomes skilled at this, doctors will come to depend
on them for compounding advice.
Besides being a consultant, the compounding pharmacist
must also be a technical expert, researcher and business devel-
oper. The live CE program focuses on these varied topics.
Led by Wharton, sessions are also taught by C II.. .. of Pharmacy
faculty Cary Mobley, Ph.D., Jeff Hughes, Pharm.D., Ph.D. and
Paul Doering, M.S.
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Supporting Pharmacy Entrepreneurship
through Continuing Education
cally throughout the year,
the class is limited to 15
students for optimal lab
instruction. UF C II..1.. of
Pharmacy alumnus, Eric
Russo, Pharm.D., a phar-
macist at Hobbs Pharma-
cy in Merritt Island, Fla.,
attended the CE program
that UF has worked with
Medisca to build such
an excellent program,"
Russo said. "Compound-
ing pharmacists - par-
ticularly in the southeast
- can really benefit from
the education and techni-
cal support offered for the
first time in this region."
Tony Dos Santos,
president of Medisca,
Inc., created the
Medisca Network to form
alliances with reputable
universities to provide
supplying formulas and
services. To further
support academia, Dos
Santos is donating $500
to the ,. I I.... in the name
of any UF alumni who
register for the CE course,
or who refer another
Dos Santos views the
baby-boomers as a driv-
ing force in the rebirth of
"The generation of
baby-boomers has always
changed the world," Dos
Santos said. "The idea of
getting old is not easily
accepted by them. They
are placing a demand for
The corner drugstore, commonly thought of as an
American icon of the past, struggles to survive today
with increasing market competition in pharmaceutical
sales. The College of Pharmacy hopes to help preserve
the future of private ownership with the creation of the
Institute for Pharmacy Entrepreneurs.
A three-day workshop designed by business and
financial experts, under the guidance of Earlene Lipow-
ski, R.Ph., Ph.D., associate professor in the UF College
of Pharmacy, uses a combined approach of educating
and networking to facilitate independent pharmacy
ownership. The workshop, offered for the first time last
August at UF's College of Pharmacy campus, was de-
signed with two curriculum tracks. One track benefits
pharmacists who are current business owners and the
other track targets recent graduates and pharmacists
working for others who may be interested in becoming
independent pharmacy owners.
Theresa Wells-Tolle, president of the Florida
Pharmacy Association, worked with business leaders
and College of Pharmacy educators for the past year
to devise a quality program that provides business
education to pharmacists and students.
As an independent owner of Bay Street Pharmacy
in Sebastian, Fla., Wells-Tolle identifies a major issue
that community pharmacy owners face.
"What happens to their business as they approach
retirement? They want to know how their business
can go on as the neighborhood drugstore without
being bought out by national drugstores," Wells-Tolle
The National Community Pharmacy Association
reports that between 1991 and 2001, the number of
all retail pharmacies remained relatively unchanged,
with a total of about 55,000 drugstores in the United
States. During that time period, however, the number
of privately owned stores decreased by 32 percent.
Chain outlets accounted for about 12 percent of the
shift in market share, while the remaining 20 percent
of the market was taken by mass merchants and
supermarkets adding pharmacy departments to their
Workshop presenter Robert H. Buchanan, J.D.,
from PCE Stratus Valuations, notes that when a large
mass merchant store like Wal-Mart appears, it usu-
ally displaces more than one small drugstore in the
area. However, Buchanan points to an industry trend,
new since 2001, in which
are beginning to make a
comeback and regain their
share of the market.
"As a patient care
service, there is a demand
for the community phar-
macy with its personalized
service," Buchanan said.
"They aren't as easily - _ .
replaced as the local hard-
ware store and this creates 1
a great opportunity to keep
independent pharmacies . 1
alive in the community."
Wells-Tolle sees educa-
tion about the business l A. t-
side of the pharmaceutical .. i / .
industry as the key to ex-
ploiting this new opportunity. Students are exposed to
many career opportunities in clinical experiences and
in internships for retail pharmacies, but they typically
don't learn about their own business opportunities, she
Designed to meet the needs of working pharma-
cists, the workshop was planned as a weekend event.
The curriculum, offering continuing education credit,
teaches pharmacists how to implement a business
and financial plan, make "build vs. buy" decisions,
prepare a succession plan, and develop exit strategies.
With its first-time offering, Institute organizers
hoped to attract at least 50 participants who could
be split into the two curriculum tracks. The response
was so favorable that registration was closed after 86
pharmacists from Florida, Georgia and Alabama signed
up, Lipowski said.
Dinner and evening social activities were included
in the weekend so that pharmacists could begin to
develop networking relationships and collaborations
for possible future business ventures, critical to the
succession plan of independent ownership.
"One of the long term goals of the institute is to
facilitate interaction between the two groups -
buyers and sellers - to see if this might be a way
to help them connect for business opportunities and
exchanges," Wells-Tolle said.
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Spring 21".'. GATOR.
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A UF Family Affair
By Linda Homewood, Photos by Jeff Knee
W hen you enter Bill's Prescription Center in Brandon, Fla., it's hard to believe
the words, "Est. 1956" embossed into the threshold as you enter this modern
pharmacy bustling with pharmacists, technicians and clerks. It's not unlike the
Walgreens across the street, except that it's more like walking into a family reunion.
Justo "Bill" Noriega worked hard to open his
own pharmacy after he graduated from the Univer-
sity of Florida C II.. .. of Pharmacy in 1954. As his
business grew, so did his family of pharmacists.
In 1965, his sister, Melecia Noriega graduated as a
pharmacist from UE In 1981, son John Noriega,
and in 1990, daughter Mary Noriega Denham also
graduated as pharmacists from UE
Bill shows great pride in telling about his
family His grandfather, a pharmacist in Cuba,
moved to Florida and practiced pharmacy in nearby
Ybor City He describes his father, who was not a
pharmacist, as a tireless family man who worked
365 days a year. He calls his father his hero, who
taught him the work ethics that enabled Bill to put
himself through pharmacy school and later made his
"My father taught me that you only have to
work half a day," Bill said, "So, I worked 12 hours
and I took 12 hours off."
Applying the same "working math" to his retire-
ment, Bill still works about four hours a day while
his son, John, runs the family business full time.
Today, the pharmacy has 21 employees including
Mary, who works part time along with her family
responsibilities that include raising twins. Bill's
sister, Melecia, completed her pharmacy internship
in the family store, but later went on to work in
hospital and other pharmacy settings.
The Noriegas have built their community
pharmacy practice on patient care from the first
year when Brandon had only 1,800 residents and
two doctors. Bill had a phone extension from the
business to his home next door. Pediatricians
called him in the middle of the night asking if he
could mix up drug formulas for babies. It did not
matter to Bill whether or not the families were his
"I had the first 24-hour pharmacy way back in
1956," Bill states , ., II1 "For the first 14 years,
no one answered the store phone but me. When
patients called, they always spoke to the pharma-
cist," he said.
Robert and Marcia Mehaffy, both 84, have
been customers since the store opened in 1956.
Robert suffered an industrial accident in 1968 that
continued on page 6
Spring 2005 GATORx 1 5
A UF Family Affair continued on page 6
"You have to listen to patients'
problems even when you are
really busy. Being a pharmacist
means being on your feet, giving
service, every day."
required multiple surgeries over many years to
reconstruct his jaw. The Noriegas made sure that
his prescriptions were always available, even when
times were tough. They offered patient care far
beyond the average retail pharmacy, Robert said.
"I wouldn't change pharmacies - no way! I
couldn't praise this family any higher," Robert said
as he waited to pick up his order.
With a population of 200,000 today, their
patient care philosophy has not changed. John,
who literally grew up in his father's store, now
manages the business. Sharing his father's commit-
ments, his focus is on patient care, giving service,
and being the best pharmacy - not only in
Brandon - but in the world.
It is common for John to chat with customers
while he is working - asking them how they are
doing. One time a customer answered that she had
just been stung by a bee and wasn't sure what to
do. He stopped what he was doing to see if she
needed immediate medication. He gave her water
and asked if he could give her a ride home.
"You have to listen to patients problems
even when you are really busy," John said. I..,,-%
a pharmacist means being on your feet, giving
service, every day"
John has kept the business growing through
modern technology and specialization. Computers
and robotic pill machines ensure accuracy and
speed in keeping up with the daily demand for
prescription medicines. He also has improved
services like drug compounding, providing
SI .. .., 11, mixed formulas not only to his customers,
but to other area pharmacies as well.
Building the best pharmacy isn't the end of the
road for John, it's just the beginning. When asked
about his vision for the future, he says he hopes to
see community pharmacy practice grow through-
out the United States. John has contributed a
$100,000 gift to his family's alma mater in support
of his belief in pharmacy education and to help
establish the UF Institute for Pharmacy Entrepre-
neurs. The Institute offered its first educational
workshop August 2004, and in keeping with the
Noriega dream of reaching across the country,
it will be offered August 2005 in Atlanta, said
Institute Director Brian Kahan.
"I would like to bring young and old phar-
macists together so we can continue the growth of
U.S. community pharmacy practice," John said.
6 | Spring 2005 GATORx
UF Pharmacy professor Ray Bergeron pushes hard for his
U F s Pa te nt Kin discoveries to make the jump "from paper to patient."
By Aaron Hoover
Hundreds of University of Florida faculty members have
patented one or two of their discoveries, while a few have several
patents or even a dozen.
Ray Bergeron has 90 issued patents and 104 patents pending.
Bergeron, Duckworth Eminent Scholar and a graduate
research professor of pharmacy, is also among an elite few
academic researchers nationally with two separate drugs in clinical
trials - the final stage before marketing. The bulk of his patents,
meanwhile, are paid for or licensed by pharmaceutical companies
that seek to someday benefit from his discoveries, he says.
"For an academic research group to have two compounds in
clinical trials...I doubt there's another such group in the country,"
says Thomas Neenan, vice president for business operations at
Genzyme Drug Discovery & Development, which is conducting
clinical trials on Bergeron's drugs aimed at treating some forms of
cancer and a genetic blood disorder known as Cooley's Anemia.
Bergeron says he's scientist first, businessman second. For
him, it's crucial that his scientific work make the jump from
"paper to patient."
"I could take the posture that, 'I did a nice job with a research
project - it's in a Class A journal, people ask me to talk about,
I'm No. 1 in the field, and I can go home now,'" Bergeron says.
"But when you see patients and you see sick
kids, you say, 'I can't do that, I have kids, too.'"
Bergeron didn't start his career with that -e
perspective. After earning his doctorate in
chemistry at Brandeis University in 1972 and
serving under a Nobel laureate as Harvard :.. II , aymon
he spent four years studying how microorgan- Proess
isms uptake and sequester iron at the University has turned
of Maryland - as basic science a pursuit as they investment
But when a job offer led him to UF in 1979, chemistry i
he developed a friendship with Richard Streiff, payment ot
a hematologist at Shands Hospital at UF who Genzyme C
shared his interested in iron-related diseases, purchase a
The friendship increased Bergeron's (NMR) spe
appreciation for applied sciences. His first area Patent
of interest: diseases related to or complicated desirable, B
by iron overload - particularly thalassemia, or take $12.6
Cooley's Anemia. The disease shortens red blood generate cc
cells' lifespan, requiring patients to receive regu- the device.
lar blood transfusions, which in turn introduces The st
excess iron. Unless it is removed 1, 1,... I I the supercond
iron builds up and causes liver and heart failure workstation
and death. The standard treatment: A wearable determine
pump that injects an iron-binding chemical way microl
through a needle into the stomach. The ordeal examine ce
is so painful that many of the estimated 25,000 "Havir
Cooley's Anemia patients in the United States opt quite a ben
out of the proper treatment regimen, some with Margaret Ja
fatal consequences, woman. "It
Bergeron knew a better treatment would tive in secu
be a pill. He experimented with iron-binding in recruiting
molecules until he came up with one that seemed like an excel-
In the popular misconception of how new drugs come
about, that would be the end of the story - problem solved, cure
created. However, Bergeron spent as much time advocating for his
new drug as he did engineering it.
Such advocacy is key: Clinical trials typically involve three
phases, each costing millions of dollars. It's not unusual for
drug companies to spend $100 million on a single drug before
it reaches consumers. Given that enormous expense, companies
only invest when they think they have a sure bet.
"The reality is, even if you do get your technology patented,
the fight has just begun," Bergeron says. "Because all future
developments are controlled not by me or the university, but in
board rooms, and you have to be willing to work very closely with
the corporate sector."
If the Genzyme clinical trials are successful, and if Bergeron's
other developments reach similar peaks, both he and UF stand to
reap quite a ...I II 11, but money is not his motivating factor.
"If these things work, everything good happens," he says.
"I'll make some money, but most important to me, I get to look at
myself and say, 'You really did something that helped people!'"
ng Research Rewards
d Bergeron, Ph.D., Duckworth
or of Drug Development,
drug patent profits into an
in research at the C I I.... of
The department of medicinal
received a patent royalty
f more than $400,000 from
orp. and used the money to
nuclear magnetic resonance
income like this is extremely
ergeron said, because it would
million in grant awards to
'mparable revenue to purchase
ate-of-the-art NMR, with a
acting magnet and a UNIX
n, is used by researchers to
chemical structure in the same
iologists use a microscope to
ig this equipment will be
efit to our department," said
mes, Ph.D., department chair-
will make us more competi-
ring future grant awards and
g top researchers."
Spring 2005 GATORx 1 7
I RESEARCH & INNOVATION
FORENSIC SCIENCE DISTANCE EDUCATION
You've seen the television shows - Crime Scene Investigators - you
name the city There is always a team picking up samples at the scene of a
crime. There are scientists in lab coats looking at drug samples and DNA
through microscopes, and experts giving testimony in courtrooms.
So who are these people, and how did they get their credentials
anyway? They aren't doctors, nurses, or EMTs...The answer is they are
forensic scientists, and they go to .. II.... like the University of Florida to
get advanced education in the field of forensic science.
Students like Terry C. 11. -, a crime lab coordinator for the Tucson
Police Department Crime Lab, and Mike Byrnes, a special agent with the
FBI, convened in C. III.. - Ill.. to take final exams as their last step toward
earning a master's degree from the University of Florida's distance learning
forensics degree program.
The more than 20 students of forensic toxicology completed their
coursework online so they could work full time while updating their
credentials at home.
"This program ill . .. 1 the most flexibility," said C.Ill. G , who
received her master's degree and a certificate in forensic toxicology. "The
degree will augment my credentials in court, and it will also help with new
methods and programs that may be brought into the lab."
The UF distance learning program offers master's degrees or certifi-
cates in three areas. The forensic DNA and serology, and drug chemistry
degrees are awarded through the C II.... of Pharmacy. The forensic
toxicology degree is awarded through the C II.... of Veterinary Medicine.
A program that is available in all areas of the country may be
. .....' ,11, important for rural area law enforcement that struggles to keep
staff updated with new technology and crime scene techniques.
Byrnes, who lives in Pennsylvania and participates on the Bureau's
crime scene/forensic team Evidence Response Team, is currently pursuing
a master's in drug chemistry as well as a certificate in DNA and Serology
"I find that this scientific training helps me maintain an analytical
mindset, both toward daily case work and crime scene analysis," Byrnes
said. "I also help teach techniques to other law enforcement agencies and
am always interested in presenting the most insightful and up-to-date
Interest in UF's distance education forensic science program has
increased over the past four years, said Ian Tebbett, Ph.D., a .. II.. .. of
pharmacy professor and program director. The program started out with a
first-year 'Itl..I -,1T-'itL of 112, and this year course '..:-I'. [[11t--t.it- are expected
to exceed 1,000.
"The program has � .1,. i11 doubled ',i-I. .t[[tri. tiL each year since its
inception in 2000," said Tebbett. "We expect to see continued growth for
the foreseeable time."
A program that is practical and available in all areas of the country
may be . -I . -, 11, important for rural area law enforcement that struggles
to keep staff updated with new technology and crime scene techniques.
8 | Spring 2005 GATORx
trends in pharmacy
Forensic DNA & Serology students, Arijana Pozder &
Ana Milos, in their lab at the International Commission
on ! , - Persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Although this was not a primary consideration
when the UF program was developed, organizers have
been approached by students and their employers in
rural parts of Florida and other states who see this as
a useful educational opportunity, said UF pharmacy
professor Donna Wielbo, Ph.D., who also helps organize
Given the international nature of crime and terror-
ism, and utilizing the portability of distance learning,
Tebbett also has been working to combine educational
efforts with universities and agencies outside of the
"The goal is to make quality educational materials
in forensic science available internationally and in
multiple languages in an effort to develop an interna-
tional network of organizations involved in training and
education in crime detection and prevention," Tebbett
UF has joined forces with the University of Edin-
burgh in Scotland, University of Canberra, Canberra
Institute of Technology, the Australian Federal Police,
Silpakorn University in Bangkok and Feevale University
in Brazil to develop and deliver their programs.
Students around the world are finding their way
to the program's Web site (www.forensicscience.ufl.
edu) where they can ask questions about registration,
courses, credit transfers - or even sample a free case
Elena Ceresa, a student from Ireland currently
registered for the online Certificate in Forensic Toxicol-
ogy, said her goal is to work in a forensic lab in Ireland.
"I chose UF because the program seemed well
structured and because of the professionalism shown in
dealing with my queries," she said.
"The program has practically doubled
enrollment each year since its
inception in 2000." - lan Tebbett, Ph.D.
Spring 2005 GATORx 1 9
Distance Learning Solutions:
College of Pharmacy Extends
Partnership with DigiScript
By Ryan Witherell
DigiScript Inc., a leading provider of on-demand learning and training solu-
tions, and the College of Pharmacy announced in December a $2.3 million
Over the next three years, the College of Pharmacy will continue to use
DigiScript's video-based distance learning solution, IntelectureSM, to offer its
Doctor of Pharmacy degree program to off-campus students in Orlando,
St. Petersburg and Jacksonville, Fla.
"Our partnership with DigiScript
has been tremendously successful
since its inception," said William
H. Riffee, Ph.D., UF Associate B .. --*.. --..- -
Provost for Distance, Continuing and .. , ........ .
Executive Education and Dean of the -........
College of Pharmacy. "Intelecture :..- . .. .
has helped us reach out to new .'
audiences that otherwise would not
have had a chance to attend our
college. In the time it would have taken to build the necessary facilities to ac-
commodate additional degree candidates and hire an entirely new faculty, we
have students well on the way to their careers."
Intelecture is an online, on-demand distance education solution that captures
traditional classroom lectures on video and makes them available to stu-
dents through an interactive Web-based learning platform. Students access
Intelecture via the Internet and can log-on to a class, watch video footage of
the lecture, view handouts and browse synchronized PowerPoint� slides from
anywhere at anytime.
"It's a win-win situation for us," said Riffee. "Not only are we expanding our
college in a cost-effective way, we are preserving the integrity of the classroom
experience by capturing our professors at their best: in a lecture setting among
DigiScript's on-campus staff will record 800 to 1,000 hours of lectures per
semester over the next three years. DigiScript has also added a new indexing
feature to Intelecture that College of Pharmacy students can use to search
thousands of archived lectures in a variety of ways, including searches by key
word and by faculty member.
"The University of Florida is a true leader in the distance learning field," said
Edward Pearson, DigiScript's president and CEO. "We are proud of our work
with the College of Pharmacy over the last few years and excited to continue
our rewarding partnership."
The University of Florida began its relationship with DigiScript in the fall of
2002 to help increase enrollment in its pharmacy program in response to a
serious nationwide pharmacist shortage. Since 2002, the College of Pharmacy
has added 150 students each year and expects to double its current number of
graduates to 1100 students, 600 at off-campus sites and 500 on the Gainesville
campus, by 2006.
Looking for Preceptors
While internship has long been a part of pharmacy
training it is only relatively recently that pharmacy
education recognized the importance of incorporat-
ing practice experience, provided by pharmacy practitioners,
as part of the formal educational process. The exposure of
pharmacy students, to patients and practice experience is no
longer limited to the fourth year - it's now offered throughout
the entire curriculum. This growth recognizes the unique
educational value that the preceptor-practice environment
brings to the student to model behavior in the "real world"
setting. The ,. I I.... setting, no matter how good the discussion
groups or practice simulations, cannot duplicate the actual
practice setting. This is where students apply what they have
learned from a passive lecture environment to an active practice
Education literature supports this Chinese Proverb: "I hear,
and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand."
Classroom instruction typically produces retention rates of five
percent for lectures, 20 percent for audio visual presentations,
and 50 percent for discussion groups. In contrast, 75 percent
retention occurs through actual practice. Only by being a part
of clinical practice can students see the details. In the practice
arena preceptors are able to demonstrate and explain the small
details while I11 ,ii, students to implement the knowledge
they learned in class.
The exposure of pharmacy students, to
patients and practice experience is no
longer limited to the fourth year - it's now
offered throughout the entire curriculum.
The Benefits of Being a Preceptor
The benefits can be thought of in two ways. There are
immediate benefits, which occur during rotation and the long
term consequences of being a role model. The old training
saying, "see one, do one, teach one," is backed up by educa-
tional literature that indicates that you can achieve 90 percent
information retention when you assume a teaching role. You
can never really understand a process until you have taught it
to successive students, answered their questions, and observed
The greatest benefit for the preceptor is that intangible
and unpredictable long-term benefit of self-satisfaction that you
have made a difference in one - or many persons - lives.
When we practice, we affect patient care positively everyday.
For each student we teach who does the same; we add a
multiple to our own benefit to the world. Henry Adams said
that a preceptor affects eternity; he/she can never tell where
their influence stops.
Being a Role Model
A role model is much more than the sum of your pharma-
cotherapy or technical knowledge accumulated over the years.
Content changes every day and what is the drug of choice
today, is out tomorrow and back again the day after. What stays
constant is how you deal with change and the complex series of
competing interest in your professional and personal life. What
you model, that is vitally important, are attributes such as being
patient centric, creating professional and therapeutic relation-
ships, making decisions in a setting of uncertainty, balancing
competing priorities, and dealing with not being perfect.
Students who learn these lessons will make the transition to
competent professionals with much greater ease. It is after that
transition that they then become good 1. II.. ,.... and partners.
Anything we can do to help that transition is a benefit to our
patients, our profession, and ourselves.
The UF Pharmacy Student Experience
Students at the University of Florida are required to
complete several introductory experiences in their first and
second years, These experiences (Practicum I-IV) are meant
to provide an opportunity to look through a window into the
profession. In these they begin the process of practice-based
By far, the most concentrated experience-based learning
comes at the end of the student's degree program in their
Advanced Practice Experiences (rotations). These rotations are
full time, four or eight-week experiences in a variety of practice
settings with at least one clinical faculty member preceptor.
Our students participate in 44 weeks of rotations as third and
fourth-year students. They start rotations in March of their
third professional year and finish in February of their fourth
professional year. Beginning Spring 2006, 330 students will be
scheduled for 11 rotations each. That is a total of 3,630 rota-
tions needed. For this reason, we are in need of new sites that
would be able to provide the II ,, - rotations:
10 1 Spring 2005 GATORx
trends in pharmacy
� Ambulatory Care
(8 weeks in an ambulatory clinic)
, Adult Medicine
(8 weeks general inpatient)
, Drug Information (4 weeks)
, Community Practice (4 weeks)
, Oncology, Pediatrics or Geriatrics
(4 weeks inpatient or outpatient)
Ambulatory care and Drug Informa-
tion rotations are a high priority as we
ramp up from 205 students in 2005 to 330
students for the 2006 year. We are inter-
ested in sites that can provide rotations that
students could choose as electives. These
electives span the entire possible range of
pharmacy career types. Most of our sites
are in Florida, but we are open to sites and
locations outside of the state and even the
Becoming a preceptor requires an:
1) Affiliation agreement, if your practice site does not already have one
2) Faculty appointment
3) Rotation - II I . that provides a description of your expectations of the
These requirements are the paperwork, which is necessary but typically
not too difficult, that Ill - a rotation to be included in the possibilities for
students. The one requirement, which does not have paperwork, is your
desire to teach what you do and what you know to the next generation of
pharmacists. If you have that, we can help you with the rest. Please contact
the Office of Experiential Programs to find out more about the process of
becoming a preceptor.
Randell Doty, Pharm.D.
Director of Experiential Programs
doty@ . - .i 'i.. i,,
David M. Angaran, MS
Assistant Director of Experiential Programs
angaran@c II , 1 . i,
UF is "Springing Up" at St. Petersburg College
By Linda Homewood
The College of Pharmacy showcases its newest facility April 15-16, at St. Petersburg College with a com-
bined building dedication and National Advisory Board meeting.
The CVS/pharmacy Education Center at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy at St. Petersburg
College was opened to returning pharmacy students in the spring 2005 semester. More than classrooms,
the 8,500-square-foot facility offers a new skills laboratory that is a scaled-down version of the lab used
in the new Gainesville pharmacy building. It also features a model pharmacy, patient counseling room, and
stations for compounding - a growing area in pharmacy practice, said College of Pharmacy Dean and As-
sociate Provost of Distance Education William Riffee, Ph.D.
"This is an exciting time as our distance campus programs continue to grow and mature," Riffee said, "We
will be admitting our fourth class this fall to complete the 'build-out' of the St. Petersburg, Orlando and Jack-
Speakers for the Friday morning dedication ceremony represent institutions with varied interests, but whose
leaders share a common vision in education. The speaker lineup for the event includes: Jon Roberts of CVS/
pharmacy - honoring the $1.1 million building gift when it acquired Eckerd Corp. in Florida; UF College of
Pharmacy representatives, William Riffee, Ph.D., dean, and Jessica Ortiz, student council president; Carlos
Alfonso, member of UF Board of Trustees; Carl Kuttler, Ph.D. and Lars Hafner, representing St. Petersburg
College and its University Partnership Center; and Theresa Dolan, D.D.S., dean of UF College of Dentistry,
who - with construction now underway for a sister facility - applauds the pharmacy completion.
An open house and tours of the new pharmacy education facilities follows the dedication ceremony. The
College of Pharmacy National Advisory Board convenes in the afternoon at the CVS/pharmacy Education
Center to begin their semi-annual meeting. The board continues its meeting Saturday morning, ending with
a look at "student life at a distance campus," and then joining students and their families at a Family Day
Photos from top: 1~ .. Isskenderov; St. . . , , .,, Campus; Jennifer Konaszewski it.. ,' and Gina Hanna.
Spring 2005 GATORx | 11
Prescription for Drug Safety in Rural Hospitals
Dr Hartzema meets with hospital . .it at George E. Weems Memorial
Hospital in Apalachicola, Fla.
Improving medication safety in small rural hospitals has been
a work-in- progress for researchers at the University of Florida
C II..c.. of Pharmacy. The project's principal investigator,
Abraham Hartzema, Pharm.D., a UF C II..1.. of Pharmacy professor
and eminent scholar, said improving patient safety and preventing
medication errors were the research team's primary goals.
UF has collaborated with the Department of Health, Office
of Rural Health and Florida Medical Quality Assurance, Inc. to
increase the safety of medication management in 12 rural Florida
hospitals. Designated as critical access hospitals, these facilities
have 25 or fewer beds and provide emergency medical treatment
to small communities.
"These hospitals have very limited resources and -i '11111,
They often do not have a pharmacist 1I-, . - II on staff and must
contract with pharmacists at other sites for medication review,"
The researchers presented their work on drug safety in rural
hospitals in December at the American Society of Health-System
Pharmacists mid-year clinical meeting in Orlando.
Kristin Weitzel, Kristin Weitzel, Pharm.
D., clinical assistant professor in the
department of pharmacy practice,
chosen as the 2005 C II..e.. of Pharmacy
Teacher of the Year, is recognized for
her excellence, innovativeness, and
effectiveness as a teacher.
After receiving her Doctor of
1 .Pharmacy with Highest Honors from
r UF in 1998, Dr. Weitzel completed a
Community Practice Residency at Virginia Commonwealth
University/Medical C II..). of Virginia School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Weitzel assisted in the development of the Pharmaco-
therapy 2 and Pharmacotherapy 6 courses, creating strategies
to promote an active, student-centered approach that incorpo-
rated group collaboration and presentation, case-based essay
and multiple choice examinations, and peer evaluation. She
The Journal of the American Medical Association in 1995
published a study that found medication errors resulted from 16
types of failures in the hospital management system. Aspects of the
management system related to drug knowledge, dosing, II.., ,
transcription, tracking and inter-service communication accounted
for 78 percent of the errors. In 2000, The Institute for Safe Medica-
tion Practices studied adverse events nationally that led to serious
injury or death. The study found pharmacy management systems
can prevent errors at every stage of the medication process.
To work toward creating a management system, The Depart-
ment of Health, Office of Rural Health awarded nearly $95,000
each year for three years to establish internal quality control for
each of the 12 critical access hospitals. The hospitals enlisted UF
as a research and education provider. In the first year, UF faculty
made site visits and organized summit conferences and hospital
staff completed a needs assessment and started two medication
safety initiatives. Each hospital appointed medication safety officers
and established medication safety committees. In the second year,
UF faculty continued to make site visits and observed operational
procedures established by the newly formed committees.
Hartzema's project team includes Almut Winterstein, Ph.D.,
clinical assistant professor and Jessica De Leon, Ph.D., coordinator
of research programs from UF; Tom Johns, Pharm.D., associate
director for pharmacy services at Shands HealthCare, Alyson
Widmer from Shands/UF Information Technology and Robert
Winkler, hospital administrator and Warren Bailey, Pharm.D.,
from Doctor's Memorial Hospital in Bonifay, Fla.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality awarded
an additional $150,000 six-month grant last fall to fund health
information technology planning, which includes computer
systems that 11 - for timely review of new prescription orders
by pharmacists in other locations. This planning grant will lead
to larger funding for implementation - a goal the UF team is
working toward, Hartzema said.
examined technologies for alternative content delivery, and assessed
Blackboard and WebCT utilities. Strategies and outcomes in these
courses have been documented through manuscript and abstract
publication in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Pharmaceuti-
C II I i, ii, with other faculty to design a template for
Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice experiential teaching,
Dr. Weitzel has developed a 12-hour curriculum used to provide
training for almost 200 pharmacy preceptors throughout Florida.
Now, transitioning this program to a Web-based platform, she
hopes to establish it as a resource for advanced community
pharmacy experiential training for ,. II..- .I, I- of pharmacy
In her work to further pharmacy education, Dr. Weitzel has
developed and revised teaching curriculum for accredited commu-
nity pharmacy practice and primary care pharmacy residency
programs, serving as a preceptor for 13 residents in these programs.
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faculty news, honors & awards
Pharmacy Chair Appointed to Professorship in
Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., C II.. .. of Pharmacy profes-
sor and department chair, was named the V Ravi Chandran,
Ph.D. Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences this September by
C II..4.. of Pharmacy Dean William H. Riffee, Ph.D.
"Dr. Johnson's extraordinary leadership and excellence in
research has been recognized by her peers in the academy and
now by our .. II.. .. through her appointment to the Chandran
professorship," Riffee said.
Johnson joined UF in 1998, and three years later was
appointed professor of pharmacy and also of medicine, in
cardiology. In July 2002, she was appointed chair of the
department of pharmacy practice. Her current research
focuses on pharmacogenomics and cardiovascular disease-
gene associations, as well as the influence of race and
ethnicity on drug responses.
UF Alumnus V Ravi Chandran, Ph.D. established the
professorship in 2000 with a $100,000 gift to the ,. II.. ..
This year, he contributed another $100,000, which combined
with other donations and matching funds, has brought the
endowment to more than $400,000.
Chandran earned a master's in pharmaceutical science
from Jadavpur University in Calcutta. In 1981, he left India to
study pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics at UF, where he
earned his Ph.D. In 1989, Chandran started one of the first
pharmaceutical companies to create generic drugs for prod-
ucts whose brand patent had expired. Today his company,
American Generics, Inc. in, II , N.Y., is a fully automated,
computer-integrated manufacturing facility.
While acknowledging the honor in being selected for an
endowed professorship, Johnson credits the valued support of
alumni who make it possible.
"It's former UF graduates like Dr. Chandran who give
so much back to their . II... that really make a difference,"
A New Approach to
Studying Proteins that
Affect the Aging Brain
A UF pharmacy -
researcher is taking a
novel approach in his
study of the effects of
protein oxidation on the
brain during the aging pro-
cess. Like an astronomer
searching the galaxy for
only specific stars, Laszlo
Prokai, Ph.D., must first
identify dozens of proteins
out of millions. Dr Prokai with mass spectrometer used to
The National Institute conduct his research
on Aging awarded a five-year $1.3 million grant to Prokai, a professor of
medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy, to study the biochemical
mechanisms that cause age-related deterioration in brain function through
free-radical oxidative damage. This process, called carbonylation, results
in a chemical change brought on by free-radical attack mostly within
Prokai has discovered a way to streamline the protein search using
mass spectrometry together with his newly developed isotope-coded
affinity-tag (ICAT) methodology - now under UF patent pending.
"The ICAT method has broadened the scope of identifiable proteins,"
Prokai said. "Only a handful of all possible oxidation-susceptible proteins
could be detected before. This new method will make it possible for us to
Common research protocol was very tedious and limiting, Prokai said.
In the study of genomics, researchers have to sift through approximately
30,000 genes to gather data, which is not a simple task. In proteomic
research - the study of proteins - the task becomes exponentially
compounded because there are millions of proteins. To further complicate
this research, while genes are like static blueprints, proteins have
functions and the aging process does not affect all proteins, Prokai said.
"This makes the research multi-dimensional. Not only do we have
to find the right proteins to study, we have to look even farther to
examine parts of a protein to find out where the oxidation is occurring,"
Using existing research methods, the process of searching for proteins
that suffer oxidative damage upon aging was intuition-driven with no clear
point of beginning. Each protein had to be examined one by one, most
being ruled out. Prokai compares his new method to having a road map.
Prokai said the improved research technique is a stepping-stone to a
bigger goal. In the future, he hopes to apply the understanding of age-
associated carbonylation of brain proteins to discoveries in drug treatment
or prevention of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's,
and to treat strokes and brain injuries.
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S I I
As Charlie kicked off what turned out to be
a very long hurricane season for Florida
last August, UF/Shands Drug Information
and Pharmacy Resource Center found a new role
researching drug stability during extended power
The center, a free service to healthcare
professionals located in the State of Florida,
received a phone call from Damon Day, Pharm.
D. at Walgreens Pharmacy in Edgewater, Fla. His
store lost power during the hurricane and Dr. Day,
a recent UF C II..1.. of Pharmacy graduate, was
concerned about the stability of their refrigerated
medications. He asked the center to provide any
information they could to help him determine
which drugs could be kept, and which ones would
need to be disposed.
Candy L. Smith and Leigh T Jolliff, Pharm.D.
candidates, were on student rotations at the center
and researched the : II i';- drugs for him:
> Neurontin Liquid (seizures, neuropathic pain
and diabetic neuropathy)
, CombiPatch (hormone replacement therapy)
, Promethagen suppositories (nausea and
, Desmopressin (central diabetes insipidus)
, Foradil (asthma, COPD, bronchospasm
, Lantus Insulin (Diabetes)
> Thyrolar (hypothyroidism)
� Orapred (asthma, COPD, gout, lymphocytic
� Xalatan (eye drops for treatment of glaucoma)
The stability of these medications after
reaching room temperature is important because
temperature can affect the drug's shelf-life. If
temperature decreases the drug efficacy, the
appropriate result may not be achieved and the
patient's health may be compromised, said Paul
Doering, center co-director.
Dr. Day's store soon had its electricity
restored, but several area pharmacies remained
without power, which increased his work load
tremendously He not only used the information
researched by the center for his own practice,
he also forwarded it system-wide. Ultimately,
the center's drug research reached all Walgreens
pharmacies in Central Florida - proving to be a
valuable resource throughout the state as three more
hurricanes loomed ahead.
Veronika Butterweck, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics
Journal Advisory Board Member
d The Journal Planta Medica is one of the
leading international journals dedicated
to the field of medicinal plant and natural
products research. As a member of the
journal's advisory board, Dr. Butterweck
will provide general scientific input to the
editorial board and will be involved in the
review of manuscripts submitted to the
Guenther Hochhaus, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmaceutics
Fellow in American Association of
Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)
AAPS confers the honor of Fellow to
recognize individuals for outstanding
contributions that elevate the stature
of the pharmaceutical sciences and for
professional excellence in the field relevant
to the mission of AAPS. The primary
criterion for selection as an AAPS Fellow is
professional competence reflected through
scholarly and research contributions to the
pharmaceutical sciences such as original
articles, scientific presentations at AAPS
Annual Meetings and/or patents.
William 1,11 . 1, C II..g.. of Pharmacy
executive associate dean congratulated
Hochhaus on his achievement.
"F.. II - 1hI in AAPS is very prestigious
honor," Millard said. "Fewer than five
percent of the 10,000-plus members of
AAPS are F.. II
Julie Johnson, Pharm.D.
Professor and Chair of Pharmacy Practice
Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
2005 Distinguished Alumni Award
This award, in its 35th year, is given to
OSU alumni who have made outstand-
ing contributions to the profession of
pharmacy, in the fields of public health
and public service, and/or promoting the
activities of the ,. II.. .. and its students. It
will be presented to Dr. Johnson in May at
the OSU Annual Alumni Awards Banquet.
The OSU letter stated, "You have
distinguished yourself as a celebrated
educator, administrator, investigator and
clinical pharmacist. Your alma mater is
very proud of you."
Sean Sullivan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics
Editorial Board Appointment to Current
Current Pharmaceutical . i. ..i-- I -
publishes full-length reviews and mini
reviews on major topics in Pharmaceutical
S1.. .1i- I -1 The aim of the journal
is to cover all the latest and outstanding
developments in the medicinal chemistry,
pharmaceutics and pharmacology of
molecular drug targets such as disease-
specific proteins, receptors, enzymes or
Each issue contains a series of timely
in-depth reviews written by leaders in the
field covering a range of current topics
in Biopharmaceutical Sciences. Current
Pharmaceutical , i i,.. . I - - is an
essential journal for all pharmaceutical
scientists involved in drug discovery and
As a member of the editorial board, Dr.
Sullivan will be responsible for review
of manuscripts for publication in the
journal. He will also become an advocate
of the journal, promoting the journal to
.- II.. ,..... -. and inviting them to contribute
review articles and/or special issues.
Kristin Weitzel, Pharm.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
Practice; 2005-2006 Chair American
Pharmacists Association (APhA)- Academy
of Pharmacy Practice and Management
The APhA Academy of Pharmacy
Practice and Management (APhA-APPM)
is the academy for pharmacists involved
in delivering or managing pharmaceutical
services in every pharmacy setting, includ-
ing retail pharmacies, hospitals, clinics,
and specialized settings. The American
Pharmacists Association has more than
50,000 members dedicated to improving
medication use and advancing patient
care. Founded in 1852 as the American
Pharmaceutical Association, APhA is the
first-established and largest professional
association of pharmacists in the United
14 1 Spring 2005 GATORx
faculty news, honors & awards
New Research Method Could
Bolster Antibiotic Arsenal
By Melanie Fridl Ross
all it a chemical crystal ball.
A new approach to predict
whether a drug in develop-
ment is likely to work, and which
dose is best, could get antibiotics
to market faster and more cheaply,
Hartmut Derendorf, Ph.D., chairman
of the department of pharmaceutics
reported in March at the annual meet-
ing of American Society for Clinical
-1111 . I - - and Therapeutics.
In recent years, scientists world-
wide have sounded the alarm: There
simply aren't enough drugs to combat
bad bugs. Bacteria are increasingly
adept at outwitting the traditional
Yet designing and testing
new antibiotics can be a slow and
costly process - if pharmaceutical
companies even bother, Derendorf
said. Many would rather invest in
compounds aimed at patients with
chronic conditions such as high
cholesterol or diabetes, not in drugs
designed to be used for a week or two
and then stopped once an infection
clears, he said.
Now UF researchers have
devised a patent-pending method
that combines testing of various drug
concentrations right at the site of
infection with a series of laboratory
analyses and mathematical models
designed to streamline drug develop-
ment. The method helps better
determine which drugs are worth
studying in people and at which dose,
avoiding the typically lengthy and
expensive trial-and-error approach
that can take years to play out.
"About one new antibiotic a year
is approved," Derendorf said. "That's
certainly not enough. Even more
worrisome - there are very few in the
pipeline right now."
About 70 percent of bacteria
found in hospitals resist at least one
of the drugs commonly used to treat
the infections they cause, according
to the Food and Drug Administration,
which warns that unless problems are
detected early and swift action taken
to find substitute drugs that work,
previously treatable diseases could again emerge in more virulent
forms. Public health officials cite antibiotic resistance as a growing
problem for a host of diseases, from childhood ear infections to
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration published a report
i. . II. attention to inefficiencies in the drug and medical product Dr Hartmut Derendorf
development process, urging changes to make the process "more
predictable and less costly" The latest estimates put the cost of bringing a new product to market
at $1.6 billion or more.
UF researchers are working on an approach known as PK/PD, which combines principles of
pharmacokinetics, or an analysis of drug concentrations in the body, and pharmacodynamics, their
effect on bacteria or how a drug kills bacteria.
"In the past, the focus always was on the serum concentration; blood samples were taken and
the serum concentration of the drug was measured and that number was used to make dosing
decisions," said Derendorf, whose work is primarily funded by the pharmaceutical companies
Pfizer and Sankyo. "And that may not always be the right place to look. Most infections are not in
the blood but in other sites of the body Some of the recommendations we have may not be the
UF researchers have developed a patent-pending
technique called microdialysis that uses a small needle ""About one new
probe to measure how much of a drug actually ends up
in the fluid surrounding the bacteria at sites of infection .
and are among the first in the country to test the method antibiotic a year is
in people. These concentrations can differ widely from
those found in the bloodstream, said Derendorf, who approved... there
has published results from studies that evaluated the
technique in people and animals with various infections.
In the past, microbiologists would expose bacteria a re very few in the
to certain concentrations of an antibiotic and then
determine the minimum concentration that prevents pipeline right now."
bacterial growth. That number was taken and compared
with concentrations of the drug in the blood, and from
those two numbers a dosing decision is made.
"We feel that's not the optimal way go," he said. "It doesn't give you the full story - it doesn't
tell you, for example, how quickly the bacteria are killed."
So UF scientists developed a system of pumps they can use to expose bacteria to changing
concentrations of an antibiotic, mimicking the concentration profile that would be present in a
patient at the actual site of an infection. They can then measure how quickly the bacteria are killed
or see if they regrow, and use mathematical modeling to estimate the optimal dose for the patient.
Consider one recent example: Derendorf led a series of laboratory experiments designed to
evaluate an investigational, sustained-release form of a cephalosporin antibiotic. Ultimately the
PK/PD approach showed that the difference in drug concentrations in the tissues arising from the
standard form of the drug versus the sustained-release variety was so minimal that development of
the new formulation was not warranted.
"Using the information early on to make a 'no-go' decision for a product so you don't do a lot
of other experiments to study a compound that later will be dropped - that alone saves a lot of
UF researchers say they will continue to apply the screening approach to other drugs in
various situations and also will seek to develop better ways of determining how frequently and
at what dose a drug should be given to minimize the development of resistance. They recently
,. II I i .. I, for example, with NASA to analyze blood and tissue concentrations of an antibiotic
in people living for a few days in a simulated zero-gravity atmosphere.
"This approach is not just limited to anti-infectives," Derendorf added. "We can expand it to
other classes of drugs. It may be useful to answer many, many different questions."
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Annual Report in Brief
Publications & Invited Presentations
Medicinal Chemistry 24
Pharmacy Health Care Administration 8
Pharmacy Practice 42
Pharmacy Health Care Administration
Geltex Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Glaxo Smith Kline, Inc.
Hoffman LaRoche, Inc.
Merck 8 Company, Inc.
Sankyo Company, Ltd.
West Pharmaceutical Services
16 1 Spring 2005 GATORx
Foundations & Societies
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
American Diabetes Association
American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education
American Heart Association
Children's Hospital - New Orleans
Institute for the Advancement of Community Pharmacy
Juvenile Diabetes Association
National Kidney Foundation of Florida
Shands Teaching Hospital
Suwannee River Area AHEC
UF Research Foundation
United Negro College Fund
Florida State Agencies
Department of Citrus
University South Florida
Honors and Awards
College Research Dollars
Pharmacy Health Care Administration
Funding by Category
# of Awards
Florida State Agencies 2
Foundations & Societies 29
nations E Societies
University of Minnesota
* President-elect of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology
*Who's Who in America 2003
*Faculty Recognition Award 2003-2004
*Leadership Award, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association
*Interdisciplinary Family Health Core Faculty Recognition Award
* 2004 College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year
*Who's Who Among America's Teachers
*Elected co-Chair 2008 Gordon Research Conference
"Peptides, Chemistry & Biology "
*Elected co-Vice Chair 2006 Gordon Research Conference
"Peptides, Chemistry & Biology"
*University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award for
*Leon I. Goldberg Young Investigator Award, American Society
Pharmacology and Therapeutics, March 2004
*University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award,
*Asked to chair a NASA OBPR Life Sciences Advisory Sub-committee
to design a path for rodent habitat for the International Space Station.
*Academic Leadership Fellow, American Association of
Colleges of Pharmacy.
Doug Ried, Mike McKenzie, Carole Kimberlin and Mike Meldrum
*Lyman Award by American Journal for Pharmaceutical Education
(AJPE) for best manuscript.
Rich Segal and Almut Winterstein
*Research was winner of the APhA-APRS Postgraduate Best Paper
Award in the Clinical Sciences section at the American Pharmacists
Association Annual Meeting, 2004.
*PHRMA Foundation Sabbatical
*3M Junior Faculty Award
*American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Presidential Trainee Award
Spring 2005 GATORx | 17
M Nl TH GIll R El
Note from the Editor...
Our "Inside Edition" correspondent has revealed Alberta's secret identity as one of our own pharmacy students.
But, in keeping with Gator Spirit's -,. ,, - i, ,,, i,, UAA tradition to preserve mascot identity, you- the reader
must be sworn to secrecy and never tell!
t's Great to be a'Real' Florida Gator
Sure, you've seen her at
football games and at other
events on the arm of her
beau, Albert, but you prob-
ably never knew that Alberta has a
real life studying to be a pharmacist.
Yes, our very own pharmacy student
-who shall remain unnamed- is
completing her fourth and final
year as a part of UF's Spirit Mascot
program. , I11, after this year, she
must shed her reptilian uniform
and don her new uniform - a
white coat - to complete clinical
rotations in order to become a real
But don't be surprised to
see Alberta next year because the
uniform is shared as the responsi-
bilities are so great. It gets rather
confusing in the 'world of Gators'
where reality and identity is relative.
Besides being Alberta, the real student's other accomplishments
include serving as vice president of the Gainesville campus chapter of Rho
Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society, being a member of the Academy of
Student Pharmacists, and the 3PD C II.... of Pharmacy class representative.
Alberta recalls several great experiences during her tenure as a 'real
Gator.' One was a tailgate wedding, in which friends of the Gator-fan
couple surprised them with an appearance of Alberta and Albert. However,
Alberta said her most memorable experience was two years ago at the
New Hope For Kids Celebrity Mascot Games in Orlando. Professional
and ,. I I.... sports mascot teams from all over the United States competed
against each other in games like tug of war, tricycle races and wheel-barrow
"It was a great weekend of fun for a great cause," Alberta said.
But wait, we have still more secrets to reveal...the real Alberta is really
dating Albert! Who are these mystery UF students leading double lives?
Well, we can tell you that "our" Alberta and her Albert, were high school
sweethearts at Lemon Bay High School I'.. '11 I)
About her years as a real Gator, Alberta said she met great people along
the way and saw how special the mascots are to UF and the surrounding
"I was amazed that two characters could have such an impact on
people," Alberta said.
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spotlight on students
License to Growl
L ast fall, the C I I.... of Pharmacy participated in the UF
homecoming parade for the first time in 10 years. The theme for
Homecoming 2004 was "License to Growl" and our students used an
Austin Powers theme to show their Gator spirit.
The float, sponsored by Walgreens, was decked out with dancers
in go-go boots and tie-dye, a disco ball, and a prescription for Albert.
The King of Mojo, Dean "Austin" Riffee, recruited by the students, took
his place on the : I i overseeing all. The pharmacy students put their
creative energy to work for five weeks to get the float ready before the
Rho Chi Iota Chapter Casey Adkinson
Pharmacy Honor Society Claudia Battello
Rho Chi Officers 2004-2005 William Bundy
President Kyle Campbell
Jamie Kisgen Janice Curley
Gainesville VP Heather Davis
Kourtney Long Christopher Deisch
Jacksonville VP Joanna Doyle
Seiha Kim Danielle Dragonette
Felicia Fong Kong Mandy Harrison
St. Pete VP Amanda Hudson
Amy Pasanen Chau Huynh
Treasurer Mee Soon Jang
Ben O'Neal Troy Jarvi
Secretary A'ishah Khan
Dimple Patel Jean Kohler
Historian Erica Konopka
Elisabeth O'Conner Stephanie Kreatsoulas
Heriberto Martinez, Jr.
Spring 2005 GATORx | 19
Student Awards and Recognition
SAaron Emmel, a second-
year pharmacy student at
the ,.I -1 II. distance
learning campus, received
r i a student scholarship from
the National Association
of Chain Drug Stores.
Selected from more than
440 applications across
the United States, Aaron
was one of 29 students
recipients awarded a $2,000 scholarship to meet
educational expenses for the Pharm.D. degree.
"The NACDS Foundation Scholarship
Program is an excellent opportunity for us to
support pharmacy students who have demon-
strated a desire to pursue community pharmacy
as a career choice," said Kurt Proctor, NACDS
American Pharmacists Association
Academy of Student Pharmacists
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Back row: Sarah Yarborough, Carta Wells, Leandra LePorte; Front row: Judy Wu,
Amanda McMurtrie, Mary Hopple (President), Sherine Goor, Kelli
E-mail your student organization photo to Homewood@ufl.edu
Biotechnology Education Scholarship
Supports students interested in Biotechnology with
strong GPA; demonstrated financial need
Russ & Carol Blaser Memorial
Married student with children in third or fourth
professional year, GPA 3.4 or higher, financial need
Good academic standing and an interest in a career
in community pharmacy practice
Russell McKelvey, Shawn Anderson, Erika Diaz,
Jamie Kisgen, Adriana Natoli
Given to two students in final two years
Kayla Holston, Carlos Sevilla
Supports students in Jacksonville with
Aaron Emmel, Tafana Fiore, Carolyn Piazza,
Sarah Rainey, Kim Terhune
Harris and Hamilton Award
sponsored by FPA
Student is a son, daughter or immediate
family member of a current FPA member
who has been a member for at least 5 years.
Academic achievement, leadership qualities and
accomplishments as well as involvement in extra
Institute for Pharmacy Entrepreneurs
Awarded to a 3PD or 4PD who has an interest in
Ritesh Patel, Seiha Kim
Jerry Elaine Klimetz Scholarship
sponsored by Broward County
Resident of Broward County; outstanding student;
Student in second professional year with financial
need and academic excellence.
Financial need, first professional year
Richard Boll, David Wong, Thomas Van Winkle,
Third or fourth professional year, good academic
standing, sincere interest in community practice
8 demonstrate leadership ability in maximizing
relationships, effectively communicating 8
Walgreens Award sponsored by FPA
Work experience, have at or above a 3.2 GPA,
written essay "Retail Pharmacy in the Future" 300
words or less and involvement in volunteer work
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spotlight on students
Jacksonville Campus Hosts
and community service
anuary 7-9, 2005, more than 100 pharmacy
students from our four campuses, convened
at the I -, II.. campus to participate
in SOAR 2005. The Student Organization
Annual Retreat (SOAR) is the annual student
leadership retreat designed to enhance the
leadership skills of current and future officers of
the pharmacy student organizations. This year's Harold O'Steen ('54)
co-chairs were Kati Grudzinskas (2PD) and Brian Gaynor (2PD).
Some of the topics this year included membership recruitment,
professionalism, career networking, community service, fundraising,
budgets, and parliamentarian procedures. Albertson's sponsored
this year's conference and a special keynote address was delivered by
alumnus and C I I.... of Pharmacy National Advisory Board member,
Mr. Harold O'Steen. SOAR 2006 will be hosted by the St. Petersburg
Changing of the Guard
Tour guides Derek Stephens and
Janette Garcia showed off the new
campus facilities and labs to the Col-
lege of Pharmacy Class of '54.
"Spending the day with the Grand
Guard was an amazing opportunity,"
Derek said. "Being able to see a
glimpse of the past and at the same
time, show them the present and future
of the college was truly exciting."
Farrell Andrew Simon
Spring 2005 GATORx | 21
LETTER FROM YOUR ALUMNI PRESIDENT
Dear Fellow Gators,
I hope this letter finds you and yours
doing well after the unprecedented hurri- ..
cane season of this past year. My family and
I are still working on repairs to our house i.
but otherwise we are happy and healthy
Speaking of hurricanes, I feel like a hurri-
cane-force wind has l, b II.. I me through
this past year. I cannot believe this is the
end of my year as your Alumni President
and that in July I will be installed as the
Florida Pharmacy Association President at
the FPA 115th annual meeting. Please join me in welcoming our new
Alumni president, Bob Pruneau ('80) as we look forward to these
, On April 15, the,. II.... will dedicate the CVS/pharmacy Educa-
tion Center at the St. Petersburg campus site. This new, state-of-
the-art facility will be located on the campus of St. Petersburg
C II..g.. in Seminole, Florida. The building is a smaller version
of the new building in Gainesville, complete with a skills lab
and CVS mock pharmacy!
, Late August, (date to be announced soon) is reserved for our
2nd annual Institute of Pharmacy Entrepreneurs, which will be
held in Orlando this year. Last years gathering of pharmacists,
business professionals, and investors was a tremendous success
and we expect even more out of this year's meeting.
, October 7-8, the .- II.. '. will welcome back graduates from years
ending in 0 and 5 for the 2005 Alumni Reunion Barbecue, held
during Homecoming weekend. On Friday, there will be a CE
Program and a class party that evening. Saturday morning, join
former classmates and friends at the Reunion Barbecue where
you will have a chance to visit with faculty and students. F-., II.
the group will head to the Swamp to watch our new coach lead
the Gators to victory over Mississippi State.
, October 21, is the date to mark your calendar for the Ken
Finger Memorial Day and Golf Tournament. This is the 12th
year the .- I I.. .. has held this event - which kicks off with a
morning CE program, II .. by lunch and a golf tourna-
ment on the course at Haile Plantation. All money raised from
this great event will support graduate:..II ii -and student
SNovember 3-5, will be a special reunion for the class of 1955,
as they will join other Gator alumni to commemorate their
50-year reunion during Grand Guard weekend.
As you can see, there are many things going on at the . II..
I look forward to seeing you at one (or more) of the events this year.
Kathy Petsos, R.Ph.
Class of 1979
2004-2005 (.*-. . of Pharmacy Alumni President
For more information visit
22 1 Spring 2005 GATORx
College of Pharmacy Events
Join friends Er alumni at these events...
April 1-5, Orlando
COP Symposium - April 2
Dean's Night Out - April 2
Graduate Research Showcase
April 14, HPNP Building Gainesville
Dean's National Advisory Board
April 15-16, St. Petersburg
CVS/pharmacy Education Center Dedication
April 15, St. Petersburg
FPA Annual Convention
July 6-10, Marco Island
Gator Reception - July 8
FSHP Annual Meeting
August 5-7, Orlando
Gator Reception - August 6
Institute for Pharmacy Entrepreneurs
August (TBA), Orlando
Dean's National Advisory Board
September 17, Gainesville
11th Annual COP Alumni Reunion
October 7-8, HPNP Building, Gainesville
Ken Finger Memorial Day f
October 21, Haile Plantation, Gainesville
Grand Guard Reunion - Class of 1955
November 3-5, Gainesville
ASHP Midyear Meeting
December 4-8, Las Vegas, NV
alumni & development news
Grand Guard class of 1954
T he class of 1954 celebrated their 50th reunion this past fall with a
weekend that included a tour of the new pharmacy building and its
new museum, an evening of dancing, and tours of the campus. During
a special lunch with Dean Riffee, the alumni shared personal stories of their
careers in pharmacy, which ranged from the retail arena to pharmaceutical
and hospital. Pharmacy classmate Bonny Sanchez defined his career in
- pharmacy as a one where "I knew what I did made a difference to people's
lives." Third-year pharmacy students Derek Stephens and Janette Garcia
joined the group for lunch and were moved by the passion these alumni
k shared for the college and the profession. Afterwards Derek and Janette
gave the group a tour of their new pharmacy building and compared classes
today with classes 50 years ago.
On November 3-5, 2005, we will welcome back this year's Grand Guard
-the class 1955. Alumni from the Class of 1955 are invited to come back
to campus for a weekend full of events. In addition to the football game and
- Dancing the night away - Manutel and Betty Salazar induction ceremony, the College of Pharmacy will host a special lunch with
- (L-R) Back row: Dean - - Bonny Sanchez ('54), Dean Riffee and other faculty members in the new Pharmacy building.
Norma Sanchez. Front row: Pat Moses, Anita Thompson ('54), This is a great opportunity to catch up with old classmates and recall
Charlie Moses ('54), Betty Salazar Manuel Salazar ('54).
Not pictured here -Jean Plowden ('54). memories of your days in Pharmacy school. A tour of the new building will
> Charlie Moses proudly displays his Grand Guard medal, cap off your day.
Gran *ii, lae al ea
Spring 2005 GATORx | 23
Alumni Reunion: September 2004
Forces of Nature Can't Beat Gator Spirit
either rain, nor sleet, nor hurricanes
prevented UF C II. of Pharmacy alumni
from celebrating their 18th annual barbecue
reunion in September. Those who attended,
welcomed the much needed relief from hurri-
canes and cleanup efforts. McKesson sponsored
the event that included a CE component on
Friday On Saturday, there was a barbecue feast
with student organizations and tours of the
pharmacy building before heading off to see the
Gators defeat Eastern Michigan
With a high number of no-shows and
i - cancellations, due to the forces of nature -
a the .. II.. .. donated unused football tickets to the
United Way, who gave them to families who were
affected by the hurricanes. The leftover meals
were donated to the C.,,. II1. Regional Utility
crews who were working nonstop to restore
power to the area.
Our reunion ended on a very positive
note when the . II.... awarded four $1,000
scholarships to deserving students. These awards
were made possible due to the generosity of
.a -i alumni who supported the Reunion Scholarship
C III, ,1 . '-A big "thanks" goes to the 'Top Class
of 1984 and to the 'Top Donors,' Paul Ackerman
and Luis Lamela.
This years reunion will be held on
Homecoming weekend, October 7 & 8. On
Friday, continuing education will be offered in the
afternoon, and there will be an evening reception
for classes ending in "0" or "5." On Saturday, the
group will enjoy great barbecue, student booths
and kid activities, with special guest appearance
of Albert and Alberta. We will also have C II..
'of Pharmacy items for sale. If you are interested
..... in helping with the reunion please contact Megan
:". -Miller at megan@c T, I, I
Mark your calendar for October 7, and join us for Good Gator Fun with friends old and new!
24 1 Spring 2005 GATORx
alumni & development news
H or l l Gifts from our alumni and friends help to create an outstanding
IH o n o r R oll pharmacy program and an exceptional learning environment.
2003-04 Gifts, totaled by class year:
Dr. Charles H. Gilliland, Sr.
Dr. Arthur G. Zupko
Mrs. Edith P. Vass
Mr. Walter E. Jacobs
1950 - $5.800
Mvlr RadoIrd M. Brown, Jr.
rMlr Lelan.d B. Dunwoody
Mr. Thomas R. Guy
Mr. John C. King
Mrs. Wanda C. Ebersole
Mr. Carey E. Jones
Mr. Al Chiles, Jr.
Mr. Roy H. Golden, Jr.
Mr. Melvin H. Rosenthal
Mrs. Jean B. Rowland
Mr George B. Browning
Or jjnies M. Crampton
Mr. Eli Novick
Mr. Daniel B. Page, Sr.
Dr. William C. Rape
Mr. Justin A. Scarpone
1954 - $2,350
Mr. Chiro J. La Russa
Mr. Charles W. Moses
Mrs. Esther J. Plowden
Mrs. Anita P. Thompson
Mr. Joel V. Bressler
Mr. Rene J. Croteau
Mr. Alan M. Heilpern
1956 - $1,435
Mr. Arthur A. Adler
Mr. Philip Ciaravella
Mr. Judson Darden, Jr.
Mr. Charles D. Stidham
Mr. John B. Winn Ill
Dr. Donald E. Cadwallader
Mr. Ralph A. Fernandez
Mr. Manuel N. Glaros
Mr. John W. Jones
Mr. John H. Myers
1958 - $1,600
Mrs. Barbara W. Blood
Mr. John R. Cone III
Mr. David C. Jewell
Dr. Noel 0. Nuessle
Mr. Kenneth D. Stewart
C. Hildon Barton
Dr. Ronald J. Brenner
Mr. Richard A. Canady
Mr. James H. Leggett, Jr.
Mr. Billy R. Lowe
Dr. Robb E. Ross
Dr. Edward P. Winters
Mr. Robert B. Taylor
Mr. Hoyt E. Terrell
Mr. Gilbert N. Weise, Sr.
1961 - $2,570
Mr. Walter E. Dykes
Mr. J. Warren Godcharles
Mr. Ray W. Golden
Mr. Donald H. Oakes
1962 - $3.915
Mrs Carolyn K. Boyle
Mir John 'i Boyle
Mr. Kenneth J. Ellington
Ms. Valerie C. Griffith
Mr. Larry B. Hayes
Mr. Robert C. McCurdy
Mr. Philip 0. Sparks
Mr T.ed A. Bond
rMs Sandra E. Buck-Camp
Colonel Henry W. Cogley
Mr. Alan M. Cohen
Dr. William J. Eells
Ms. Gay Harlowe
Mr. David C. Ray
Mr. Gene Sego
1964 - $22,150
Mr Davd Kazarian
Mrs Carolyn A. Perkins
Mrs. Marsha A. Tharp
Mr. Charles S. Jones
Mr. T. Ray Lowe
Mr. James V. Manning
Dr. Anthony M. Messina
Mr. Robert W. Morgan
1967 - $2,545
Dr. James E. Berger
Mr. Peter R. Blake, Jr.
Mr. Edwin E. Kroeker
Mrs. Elaine Y. Muther
Dr. Natalie A. Pope
Mr. Vincent E. Trunzo
Dr. Dennis J. Weber
1968 - $1,550
Mr. John L. Benton
Mr. Francis C. Davanza
Mr. Gerald C. DuBois, Sr.
Ms. Janice M. Eaton
Mr. William L. Everett
Mr. Robert J. Renna
Mr. Michael W. Stamitoles
Mr. Paul A. Ackerman
Colonel Robert N. Brooks
Mr. Steven C. Kimbrough
Mr. James R. LeFils
Mrs. Linda T. Syfrett
Mr. Donald R. Taylor
Dr. Alexander W. Yewtuck
Mr. Arturo A. Codina
Mrs. Ada K. Keele
Captain Henry W. Land II
Mr. John D. Oswalt
Dr. Salvador Pancorbo
Miss Barbara F. Shank
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1972 - $1,495 19
Mr. Willard L. Bass, Jr. M
Mrs. Tweenar W. Chapman M
Mr. John H. Cromer M
Mr. Kenneth D. Dean M
Dr. Barry H. Dvorchik M
Mr. Roger R. Gumtow M
Mrs. Zoila Blain Martins M
Mr. Stephen G. Reeder M
Mr. John D. Taylor
Mr. Hewston A. Vereen, Jr. 19
1973- $2,525 Dr
Mr. James W. Alonso M
Mr. Paul S. Elias M
Mr. Dean C. Litwiller M
Mr. Marshall L. Mathis M
Mr. Harry P. Maxson II M
Mr. Charles K. Norman
Mr. Anthony R. Perry 19
Mr. C. Rod Presnell M
Mr. John M. Rutledge I'
Mr. Michael H. Schneider M
Ms. Deborah L. Wood Dr
$ I I 6 I l
r. James D. Adams
r. John Q. Boatright II
r. Thomas F. Emslie
r. J. Lamar Folsom, Jr.
r. William G. Perry
r. Danny R. Soles
r. George E. Udud, Jr.
r. Curtis M. Warren
975 - $2,005
s. Gayle L. Andersen
. Alice S. Batenhorst
s. Lisa Coello
r. Ralph F. Collins III
r. John C. Read
rs. Christine W. Ternenyi
r. George S. Ternenyi
r Carl L. Allison Ill
r Thomas P. Ball, Jr.
s. Marlene C. Bass
. Cecilia W. Hines
rs. JoAnn T. Johnson
enniferY Liang, M.D.
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...Honor Roll continued
Mr. Michael R. MacLeay
Mr. Ronald L. Morton
Dr. David W. Newton
Mrs. Kimberly M. Nichols
Mrs. Lynn Richards
Mrs. Elizabeth R. Stark
1977 - $2.925
Mr K.ennelh W. Bates
Mlr L.eo.njrdj B. Black
Mrs. Susan K. Cavaliere
Ms. Catherine H. Duncan
Mr. Michael H. Hebb
Mr. David R. Hill
Mr. Michael G. Mustard
Mr. John M. Roehm
Dr. Roy J. Sturgeon
Mr. Mark R. Walker
Mr. Roger B. Woolwine
1978 - $2,222
Mrs. Lynn W. Bennett
Mrs. Louise A. Buckmaster
Mr. David A. Crane
Dr. Jimmy C. Dickert
Mr. Leon Greenstein
Mr. David Hunt
Ms. JoAnn Nuccio
Mr. David B. Winkles
Mrs. Marjorie J. Brown
Mrs. Melinda J. Collado
Mr. Roger D. Grabach
Mrs. Linda S. Hedrick
Mr. Frank S. Katz
Mr. ChienKuo C. Lin
Dr. Larry M. Lopez
Mrs. Christine H. Menkin
Dr. Allison B. Ochsner
Mrs. Katherine C. Petsos
Mr. Frederick W. Sanders
Mr. John D. Schriner
Mr. Craig A. Smith
Mr. James M. Sopocy
1980 - $1,160
Mr. John D. Adicks
Mrs. Janice E. Allred-Moody
Ms. Kathryn L. Beeson
Mrs. Joanne P. Goetz
Mr. Michael J. Hunter
Mrs. Tambria Lee Johnson
Mr. Albert P Marshall
Mr. A. Satar Ibrahim Sheth
Mr. Steven Carl Swan
Mr. Frank W. Thomas
Mr. Gary J. Tillotson
Mrs. Nhung Thi Tuyet Vu
1981 - $13,690
Mr Bru.:e David Adams
Dr. Philip S. Burton
Mr. Dale E. Duce
Mrs. Julia A. Hester
Mr. Mark Hobbs
Dr. Ralph P lafrate, Jr.
Ms. Deborah L. Klapp
Dr. Ginette Lapierre
Ms. Robin Ann Lewitt
Dr. Michael A. Mone
Mr. Carl M. Nelson
Dr. Sven A. Normann
Mrs. Sally F. Otero
Mrs. Maria C. Perez
Dr. A. Garnell Rogers, Jr.
Mr. Paul G. Rohrbaugh
Mrs. Wendy A. Stearns
Mr. Steven A. Stone
Dr. Marie Ann Talton
Mr. Mark J. Ather
Mrs. Terrie S. Nager
Mr. E. Joseph Rascati
Mrs. Shari L. Somerstein
Mr. Robert Michael Thomas
Mrs DaUn J. Elmore
rls Chieryl A.
Mrs. Janelle B. Perkins
Mr. Mark S. Robertson
Mrs. Susana M.
Mrs. Kathleen M. Smith
Dr. Gregory C. Tompkins, Jr.
Ms. Susan E. Tuttle
Mrs. Lillian S. Weiss
Mrs. Ardith A. Wells
1984 - $1,120
Mr. Alan A. Beauregard
Mr. Mark R. Heller
Ms. Oona P Keating-Carillo
Mrs. Martha M. Little
Mrs. Audrey Mills
Mr. Terry D. Mundorff
Mrs. Marjorie S. Phillips
Ms. Jane L. Woods
Mr. Andrew Zagorski, Jr.
Dr. Charles H. Chodorow
Dr. Masako N. Murphy
Mrs. Terry L. Wehagen
Ms. Li-Fen Yeh
Dr. Janet W. Montgomery
Dr. Karen L. Rascati
Mr. William Gary Simmons
Dr. Pei-I Chu
Mrs. Lisa T. English
Mrs. Ivon P Gonzalez
Mrs. Margaret A. Harris
Dr. Eric T. Rutherford
Mr. Michael R. Sale
1988 - $14,875
Dr Roberi G. Bell
Or Gary G. Cacciatore
Mr. John Garcia
Mr. John M. Riherd, Jr.
Ms. Pat L. Summerfield
Mrs. Theresa W. Tolle
Dr. Lesa M. Whalen
Dr. Sheila D. Andrews
Mr. Michael P Ciell
Dr. Ava Wix Eure
Ms. Nancy L. Francella
Dr. Darryl K. Joranlien
Mrs. Lorraine M. Mobley
Dr. Isabel M. Moraguez
Dr. Dominic V. Morelli, Jr.
Dr. Douglas E. Peterson
Dr. Vera F. Reinstein
Dr. Aixa M. Rey
Mrs. Cindy A. Turner
Dr. Christine K. Crain
Dr. Vanessa C. Sanchez
Dr. Michele Weizer-Simon
Dr. Thomas R. Hawthorne
Dr. Sarah A. Hein
1992 - $1,280
Dr. Maria De Los A. Diaz
Dr. Frankie L. Jefferson
Dr. Tracy L. McMorrow
Dr. Sophia D. Meuleman
Dr. Dawn C. Napolitano
Dr. Robert W. Townsend
1993 - $2,625
Dr. Susan D. Beltz
Dr. Katherine A. Castle
Dr. Renee M. DeHart
Dr. Karen M. K. Jeffries
Dr. Elena Mendez-Rico
Dr. Theodore H. Morton
Ms. Michelle M. Pham
Lindsey Hoop Tincher
Dr. Donna M. Beehrle-Hobbs
Dr. Carolyn M. Brown
Dr. Jeffrey A. Crisafulli
Dr. Karen P Daniel
Dr. Melissa K. Foss
Mr. Bryan D. Henderson
Mr. Kevin McBride
Dr. Debra L. Phillips
Ms. Catherine S. Reilly
Dr. Debra R. Taldi
Mrs. Clare I. Gumula
Dr. Angela J. Murphy
Dr. Nha H. Tran
Dr. Kim F. Yim
Dr. Cristina M. Gastesi
Ms. Theresa F. Girard
Mrs. Valerie L. Hickman
Mr. Michael K. Hintz
Dr. Andrea R. Redman
Dr. Michael W. Williams
Ms. Charlotte A. Young
1997 - $1,075
Dr. Michael A. Land
Dr. Dianne E. Lane
Dr. Kristin M. Morse
Dr. Susan Rourke-Webb
Dr. Heather D. Stoeffler
1998 - $1,075
Dr. Randee P Gore
Dr. Brenton S. Kottas
Dr. Tim E. Moyer
Dr. Scott A. Neel
Dr. Heather R. Pass
Dr. Jeffrey M. Wells
Dr. J. Roger Accardi
Dr. Hector L. Cruz
Dr. Carmen N. Gerkovich
Dr. Mercy Gonzalez
Dr. Melissa E. Marino
Dr. Bright Chiedozie Onubogu
Dr. Scott W. Poxon
Dr. Tina M. Wegmann
2000 - $1,217
Dr. Lisa A. Boothby
Dr. Ginny M. Campbell
Dr. Nancy S. Davis
Dr. Eddie L. Hamilton
Dr. Wendy E. Hirst
Dr. Cynthia 0. Howell
Dr. Kim C. Mucherino
Dr. Elizabeth A. Piazza
Dr. Erin L. Robinson
Dr. Andrea C. Ruygrok
Dr. Sandy A. Wright
2001 - $1,265
Dr. Teri Y. Burnell
Dr. Brent C. Draper
Dr. Jeffrey D. Fain
Dr. Gwen A. Haasch
Dr. Renata Kralj
Dr. Loretta V. Lemoine
Dr. Regine M. Mohomed
Dr. Linda C. Popowski
Dr. Lydia G. Ross
Dr. Brian S. Ruderman
Dr. Kim C. Williams
2002 - $1,545
Dr. Osote Chaiyachati
Dr. Cynthia J. Conley
Dr. Benny B. Cruz
Dr. Erika D. Ernst
Dr. Beckie A. Fenrick
Dr. Maresa D. Glass
Dr. Helen D. Gutierrez
Dr. Carla D. Kennedy
Dr. Beata McCormack
Dr. Linda F. McElhiney
Dr. Joanne Meyer
Dr. Paul D. Mollo
Dr. Jennifer O'Donnell
Dr. Laura M. Vance
Dr. Margaret C. Yarborough
Dr. Kevin R. Zupancic
2003 - $1,190
Dr. Lauren Anderson
Dr. Gary J. Appio
Dr. Marilyn M. Aretz
Dr. Vincent J. Carnovale
Dr. Marie M. Cusack
Dr. Kevin W. Garlow
Dr. Judith B. Higgins
Dr. Kenneth H. Jackson
Dr. Shirley Kwok
Dr. Anthony W. Tamer
Dr. Natalie D. Tara-Kopal
Dr. Kimberly N. Waddleton
Dr. Cynthia G. Willis
Dr. Andre B. Charvet
26 1 Spring 2005 GATORx
alumni & development news
Valerie Griffith ('62)
Last July, Valerie moved into the
Oak Hammock community at the
University of Florida.
Deborah Wood ('73) and
Carl Allison ('76)
The Allisons recently opened their
third pharmacy in Florida. They
have two in Lake City and one
in Jasper. Their son, Jared has
been accepted into UF College of
Melinda Collado ('79) and
Anthony Collado ('64)
Anthony and Melinda's daughter,
Ashley is attending The Univer-
sity of Florida. Presently she is a
sophomore majoring in mass com-
munications and minor in business
George E. Udud ('74)
George says he's enjoying life, and
it doesn't seem like 30 years since
he was at UE The twins are 9 and
Taylor is 14. He is moving into the
new Clermont Wal-Mart Super
Center this spring, and moving
into a new house at the same time.
George sends "Best wishes to all."
Mark Walker ('77)
Daughter, Jessica, graduated from
UCF winter of 2004 H , I - ,.
Daughter, Casey, will graduate
from UF College of Engineering
spring of 2005.
Jim Nash ('75)
Since graduating in 1975, Jim
has spent most of his career at
St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.
Jim is currently a clinical phar-
macist specializing in nutrition
support. Jim and his wife, Donna
and daughters Julie (UF graduate,
August, 2004) and Joy always look
forward to the UF football season.
Melanie Lewis ('89)
Melanie is a home-school mom
of four boys and works one day
a week at Westlab Pharmacy in
Gainesville. The family is excited
this year to have a foreign
exchange student from Sweden.
Melanie says they are looking
forward to teaching her about
American culture and professions.
Theresa Wells Tolle ('88)
Theresa has recently completed
her term as President of the
Florida Pharmacy Association.
She and husband Joe have three
children, Taryn, age 8, TJ., age 5,
and their third "baby gator" was
born last October.
Shannon Miller ('96)
Todd, Shannon, and big brother
Brandon Miller welcomed their
newest addition on January 12,
Linda Rolston ('81 & '97)
Linda graduated from the WPPD
program in 1997. Her son,
Zachary, is 8 years old and she is
the treasurer for his PTA. She has
21 years at Bay Pines and the VA,
staying ahead in the clinical arena
with prescribing privileges and
team work. Linda continues to
teach a geriatric clerkship and says
she learns more from her students
Stephen Howell ('00)
Stephen and his wife, Nancy, who
have been married since October
1999, welcomed a new addition to
the family Shelby Nichole Howell
was born July 13, 2004. Stephen
works at St. Vincent's Medical
Center in Jacksonville.
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The Development and Alumni Affairs office has grown and added lots of new faces. Don't
be confused if Megan looks different then you remember. Megan Bailey left us in August to
pursue her master's in management full time, before getting married this past January to her
In November, we welcomed a new Megan - Megan Miller as our new Assistant Director
of Development and Alumni Affairs. Megan recently moved to Gainesville with her husband
Scott, a financial analyst with Shands HealthCare. Before joining us, she earned her MBA from
the University of Alabama and worked at Merrill Lynch in public relations. She will be spear-
heading our reunion and alumni events while building relationships with alumni and friends.
Jennifer Magary also joined our team in November. As the Program assistant, she dove
right into Career Days. Jennifer has been in Gainesville since 1988 and graduated from the
University in 2000. Her role will be to organize the 14 outreach events the office handles
throughout the year (see call out box).
In October, we welcomed Diane Harris as our senior secretary. A native of Bell, Fla.,
she moved back to the area with her husband and two high school-aged children. After going
through two hurricanes in Deland, she is excited to be back in her hometown and closer to
Our most recent addition is our much needed student assistant Haney Alvarez. She is
studying business administration and event management at UF, and will be with us through
Back row: Jennifer Magary, Diane Harris; Front row: Megan Miller,
Haney Alvarez and Kelly Markey
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Ke singer Memorial Day
Gol f Tournament
olf, Grads and Generosity was the theme of the 11th
annual Ken Finger Memorial Golf Tournament held last
November. More than 100 alumni and friends turned
out to play golf and attend a morning session for continuing
education. This year - thanks to the generosity of Walgreens
- a prize buffet table i11 I . I all teams to walk home with a
prize. Tenet Hospital System sponsored three teams of future
pharmacy graduates giving them an opportunity to mingle with
alumni and pharmacists from all areas of the profession.
Thanks to the support of alumni, friends and corpora-
tions, last year's tournament raised more than $30,000 to assist
pharmacy practice :.. II - and the Academy for Excellence
fund, making the day worthy of Ken Finger's legacy. This year's
tournament will take place October 21 at Haile Plantation Golf
and Country Club. We look forward to seeing old friends and
Thanks to our 2004 Ken Finger Memorial Day Sponsors
* Abbott Laboratories
* Tenet Hospital System
* Robert and Maria Bell
* Gold Standard Multimedia, Inc.
* Roche Diagnostics
* UF Bookstores
-Bruce Byrd, Mike
Brodeur, Bill - -it and
jack . and
(pictured) along with
Steve Simmons and
John . ' third
Roche (First Flight)
* Bruce Durbin * Jeff Hall
* Joseph Shuryhan * Vic Morelli
Reeder Team (First Flight)
* Steve Reeder * Chris Reeder
* Jake Beckel * Jon Beckel
Medco (First Flight)
* Rod Presnell * Mario Gonzalas
* Sara Lowe * Steve Glass
Pharmerica (Second Flight)
* Ron Salem * John Dunwoody
* Cindy Flowers * Alex Roman
Staley Team (Second Flight)
* Ben Staley * Ken Klinker
* Priyesh Patel * Richard Ernie
O'Steen Team (Second Flight)
* Harold O'Steen * Steve Simmons
* John Reger * Jack Page
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Donald M. Bell, Jr.
('82) - died October
20, 2000, in a plane
crash. He was born
January 12, 1956, in
Pittsburgh to Donald
M. Bell, Sr. and Jean
Hayton Bell. He was a
veteran of the U.S. Air
Philip Ciaravella ('56)
- a native of Tampa,
passed away August 27,
2004. A graduate of the
University of Florida,
Dinter ('54 Pharmacy/
'65 Medicine) - Dr.
Dinter died June 19,
2004. He founded the
Stuart Eye Institute in
1969 and was chief
of staff and head of
surgery at Martin
He was born in
Detroit and had lived
in Fort Lauderdale
as a teenager before
University of Florida
where he received a
degree in pharmacy.
He served with the Air
Force during the late
VIPs and dignitaries
to European bases. He
attained the rank of
captain. He attended
medical school at the
University of Florida,
interned at Harvard
and did his residency at
the University of Miami
and the Bascom Palmer
Eye Institute. He
enjoyed many outdoor
activities and rode a
Melville A. Erickson
('53) - Mr. Erickson, a
Stuart resident for 17
years, died February
10, 2004. He was born
in Le Sueur, MN, and
served in the Air Force
during WW II. He was
a retired pharmacist.
Carl H. Fuhrer ('48)
- died April 18, 2004
at Halifax Medical
Center, Daytona Beach.
Mr. Fuhrer formerly
Pharmacy and Eastgate
Pharmacy in Winter
Park. Mr. Fuhrer, an
army captain serving
in WW II receiving
a Purple Heart, was
born in Jacksonville,
and moved to Daytona
Beach in 1982. A
graduate of the
University of Florida
College of Pharmacy, he
was a chief pharmacist
for the Veterans
N.M., and Vinton, VA.
Mr. Fuhrer also was a
in the VAs central office
in Washington, D.C.
An usher and member
of St. James Episcopal
Church, he volunteered
during special events
for the City of Ormond
Beach. Mr. Fuhrer was
an avid bridge player
and enjoyed .. .1.i -,
fishing and traveling.
Hamilton ('40) -
passed away peacefully
on August 22, 2004,
at his residence in
Pasadena, CA. Jack
was raised in Jasper,
FL, and attended the
University of Florida.
In 1940, Jack joined
the Air Corps and
flew fighter planes in
Southeast Asia during
WW II, where he
made many eternal
military service, he
married his childhood
Ingram, in Las Vegas
on June, 29, 1941.
Jack attended U.S.C.'s
School of Medicine
and obtained his M.D.
degree in 1950. Jack
specialized in Urology,
opened a practice in
Huntington Park, and
joined the medical
staffs of St. Francis
Medical Center and
Hospital, where he was
strongly admired and
respected. He taught in
the Urologic Residency
Program at U.S.C.,
served as President
of the U.S.C. Medical
and earned the honor
of Professor Emeritus.
After the death of his
wife Lanora in 1989,
Jack returned to Florida
to live in Orlando,
while there, he married
his late wife's college
roommate Jane Pace
Hardy After Jane's
death in 1999, Jack
moved to Pasadena,
CA to be nearer his
James E Hughes ('76)
- died May 1, 2003
at Brockton Hospital
after a period of failing
health. Born and raised
in Brockton, he was a
graduate of Brockton
High School and the
University of Florida.
Mr. Hughes had been
a registered pharmacist
and a resident of
Florida for 20 years
and a Brockton resident
for the past 10 years.
Mr. Hughes served in
the U.S. Army during
the Vietnam War.
Betty Dowling Jones
- died November 5,
2004 in Birmingham,
a short battle with
cancer. Mrs. Jones and
her deceased husband
Jack H. Jones ('51)
were active in Florida
across the state during
Jack's long pharmacy
James H. McClendon
('48) - died March
2, 2002. Born in
Bremen, GA, he moved
to Central Florida
in 1950. He was a
member of Azalea Park
John Allen Pelot
('55) - died January 9,
2004 at Blake Medical
Center. He was born
in Bradenton, lived in
St. Petersburg many
years, and returned
to Bradenton 12
years ago. He was a
pharmacist with Eckerd
Drugs for 31 years.
Mr. Pelot was a U.S.
Army veteran of WW
II, a member of Palm
View Baptist Church,
a member of The
a Freemason, and
a member of the
Scottish Rite. He
received a bachelor's
degree in Agriculture/
. .II. in 1953,
and also in pharmacy
in 1955, both from the
University of Florida.
Hazel Smith Pfeiffer
- peacefully passed
away on February 3,
2005, surrounded by
M. Kenneth Pfeiffer
('50), her husband
of 57 years and her
close family members.
Hazel was born in
Canoe, AL and was
a lifelong resident of
Pensacola, FL. After
marrying in April
1948, Hazel joined Ken
in Gainesville, FL to
help put him through
Pharmacy School at the
University of Florida.
Hazel worked with Ken
to open and run their
Pfeiffer Drugs. Hazel
enjoyed golf and
painting as well as
spending quiet time in
the mountains. She was
a loving wife, mother
and grandmother and
greatly enjoyed walking
for fresh air and
Charles Edwin Riggs,
Sr. ('45) - of Trenton,
FL, died June 29,
2004 at Myers Health
Center. Mr. - - was
born in White Springs
and moved to this
area from West Palm
Beach. He was a retired
pharmacist. He was a
1945 graduate of the
University of Florida
College of Pharmacy,
and practiced retail
pharmacy in West
Palm Beach for nearly
50 years. He was a
usher and deacon
at First Presbyterian
Church in West Palm
Beach, and a 32nd
degree Mason. He
was an avid supporter
of UF athletics, a
50-year member of
Gator Grand and a
50-year Florida Board
of Pharmacy certificate
Thomas Lamar Rogers
('57) - died June 9,
2004 after a brief
Mr. Rogers was
born and raised in
Gainesville and was
a graduate of the
University of Florida
College of Pharmacy.
He was a retired
pharmacist. He was
a U.S. Air Force
veteran. He worked as
a pharmacist in Ocala
for many years, and
was a charter member
of Marion County
He was also a longtime
resident of Leesburg,
and moved to Lady
Lake in 1991. He was
an avid Gator fan, a UF
football session ticket
holder for more than
40 years and a member
of Lake County
Gator Club. He was a
member of North Lake
in Lady Lake, and a
past member of First
Presbyterian Church in
Robert T. Wallace
('52) - died i.... .1
January 14, 2003
at Edward White
Petersburg. Born in
Davenport, Iowa, he
came here in 1963
from Jacksonville. He
was a pharmacist at a
Liggett Drug store and
also at Kash n' Karry
He was Presbyterian.
his wife of 55 years,
Mable "Mae", a brother,
Homosassa Spring; and
a sister, Jeanne Daniels,
Marshall W. (Woody)
Whigham, Sr. ('38)
- died Sunday,
December 12, 2004.
A native of
GA, Woody has been
a Pensacola resident
for most of his life.
He was a graduate
of the University of
Florida, class of 1938, a
member of First United
a pharmacist in
Pensacola for 60 years
and former owner of
"The Drug Shop" and
an avid gardener.
John B. Winn, III ('56)
- of Crystal River, died
August 7, 2004 at Life
Care Center of Citrus
County, Lecanto. Born
in Arcadia, he was a
life-long resident of
Crystal River. He was a
retired pharmacist with
Walgreens Drugs, a
former owner of Winn's
Rexall Drugs of Crystal
River, an Army veteran
of the Korean war, and
Protestant. He received
his Pharmacy Degree
at the University of
Florida and was a
member of Citrus
* Charles C. Cleghon
* Mike H. Toole ('35)
* Kathrine E Trimble
Spring 2005 GATORx | 29
ElIUTE Of J| I"L
.'0BSITY OF FLOF
College of Pharmacy
P.O. Box 100484
Gainesville. FL 32610
PERMIT No. 726