College News

NAPLEX Scores Surpass National Average

Members of the UMN College of Pharmacy PharmD Class of 2021 scored a 89% passing rate on the NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) between April and October 2021. This surpasses the national average of 85%.

The ECHO Program - Focused on Pharmacogenomics-Informed Clinical Care

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The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy was proud to host the nation's first Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) program focused on pharmacogenomics-informed clinical care. Pharmacogenomics (PGx) ECHO launched in October 2021 and focuses on improving a health professional’s confidence in utilizing PGx in patient care by providing case-based education and consultation through telementoring. Read more about the ECHO Program.

Center for Orphan Drug Research and the Department of Theater Arts and Dance to Collaborate on New Production Focused on Rare Diseases

The University of Minnesota Center for Orphan Drug Research and the Department of Theater Arts and Dance are collaborating to develop a new production focused on bringing attention to those diagnosed with a rare disease. Read more about this project.

Minnesota Health Plan Summit on Medication Management

On November 19, the College of Pharmacy, with support and collaboration from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), hosted the first Minnesota Health Plan Summit on Medication Management. Representatives from regional and national plans participated in the Summit. Attendees included representatives from nine health plans, three pharmacist organizations, MDH, and the College of Pharmacy. This event was funded by the MDH, which has provided ongoing support to advancing pharmacist practice to improve the health of Minnesotans.

The primary goal for this event was to create connections across payers to increase awareness of the opportunities and challenges in driving optimal value and in providing payment to sustain the value of medication therapy management (MTM) services provided by qualified pharmacists. This goal was achieved as participants learned from each other, discussed how to overcome challenges, and left with renewed energy to advance the provision of MTM services in Minnesota. We look forward to ongoing conversations and collaborations to optimize health for all Minnesotans! 

University of Minnesota Designated as Rare Disease Center of Excellence

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has announced that the University of Minnesota is among the initial cohort of institutions designated as Rare Disease Centers of Excellence

The College of Pharmacy and the Center for Orphan Drug Research were prominently featured in the University’s application, which highlighted contributions in education at the undergraduate, professional, and graduate student levels; collegiate research; and community engagement activities such as Rare Disease DayRead more about this designation.

Huge Milestone Reached with IV Baclofen

CODR’s commercial partner, Allaysis, has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA for an intravenous baclofen product. If there are no hitches in the review process, the product will be available for marketing in late 2022. The development of this product, which is an orphan drug, has provided important financial support for CODR in the form of graduate student stipends and multiple published peer-reviewed papers.

ASHP announces Pharmacogenonics Accelerator Program with College

ASHP has announced the creation of the Pharmacogenomics Accelerator program in collaboration with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. The goal is to accelerate the implementation and growth of pharmacy-led pharmacogenomics services in hospitals and health systems.

PhD Alumni: Help current PhD students be better prepared for their chosen career paths

Alumni, we invite you to take 10 minutes to tell us what skills and experiences are essential for success in your current role. We will use this information to help guide workshops, career development trainings, and career support for current and future U of M Ph.D. students.Take the survey now.

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