College of Pharmacy

February 19, 2020

Study: Higher opioid doses fail to lessen pain


Pharmacist Dr. Corey Hayes and colleagues found that higher opioid doses did not bring more pain relief—but did increase the risk of harmful side effects. (Photo by Jeff Bowen)

Increasing chronic pain patients’ opioid prescription doses does not seem to improve pain, according to a VA study. Researchers from the Central Arkansas and Minneapolis VA health care systems and three universities looked at prescribing data of more than 50,000 VA patients taking opioids. They found that patients who had their opioid dosage increased did…

February 10, 2020

Poison and Drug Information Center at UAMS Inspires Career Choices

Ben Boulden

Josh Harper, Pharm.D., a certified specialist in poison information, takes a call while working in the Arkansas Poison and Drug Information Center.

Spending a month last May in the Arkansas Poison and Drug Information Center helped Masha Yemets, a UAMS College of Pharmacy student, define the career path she wants to follow. Yemets, who graduates in May, spent that month answering calls in the center from a broad cross-section of the public. “I had an inkling I…

January 27, 2020

Bone Research Showcased as Vibrant, Vital at UAMS

Amy Widner

Crowd shot of poster session from above

Bone health is an expanding area of research with far-reaching clinical applications — from regenerating limbs to stopping bone cancer in its tracks — and UAMS is well-situated as a leader in the field. That was the resounding theme of the Showcase of Medical Discoveries: A Focus on Bone Research, held Jan. 22 at UAMS….

January 15, 2020

UAMS Study Finds Raising Opioid Dosage Increases Risks, Ineffective for Pain

Ben Boulden

Brad Martin, left, and Corey Hayes recently had their research into the effectiveness and risks associated with increasing the opioid dosage a patient receives published in two scientific journals.

Increasing the opioid dose that a chronic pain patient regularly receives also increases their risk of adverse health outcomes while showing no significant reduction in pain, according to studies by University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers. Brad Martin, Pharm.D., Ph.D., and Corey Hayes, Pharm.D., Ph.D., authored the two studies published separately online this…

December 23, 2019

College of Pharmacy Ph.D. Program, Dual Degrees Offer Fulfillment

Ben Boulden

Antino Allen, seated center, leads one section of the College of Pharmacy's graduate program. Some of his students, left to right, are Madison Trujillo, Taylor McElroy, Tauren Brown, Pilar Simmons and Fabio Ntagwabira. Lab technician and research associate Jing Wang, M.D., Ph.D., is a research associate on Allen's research team.

Choosing a career is sometimes difficult if a student has more than one interest. However, if a student has a passion for both pharmacy and research, pursuing concurrent Pharm.D., and Ph.D. degrees can unite those interests and double them. Amanda Stolarz, Pharm.D., Ph.D., came to that realization early in her study to earn a doctorate…

December 19, 2019

College of Pharmacy Faculty Promoted, Celebrated

Ben Boulden

The College of Pharmacy recently celebrated the promotions of Dwight Pierce, left, Eddie Dunn, Jacob Painter and Antino Allen.

The UAMS College of Pharmacy recently celebrated the promotions of four faculty members: Jacob Painter, Pharm.D., from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Eddie Dunn, Pharm.D., from associate professor to professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Antino Allen, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor in Department…

November 8, 2019

New Program Takes Fourth-Year Pharmacy Students to Rome

Ben Boulden

Fourth-year College of Pharmacy students visit St. Peter's Square during a one-month rotation.

In October, UAMS College of Pharmacy students learned new things about pharmacy practice in one of the world’s oldest cities, Rome. In their fourth year, pharmacy students are required to rotate in ten, one-month blocks through different specialties or clinical settings to gain education and experience about pharmacy practice. On Sept. 30, 10 fourth-year pharmacy…

November 4, 2019

New Exhibit Celebrates 140th Anniversary of UAMS

Spencer Watson

A new exhibit from the UAMS Historical Research Center celebrating the 140th anniversary of UAMS has been installed near the College of Medicine administrative offices.

Turning 140 years old means having a lot of history to celebrate. That history is the focus of a new exhibit composed by the UAMS Historical Research Center on display across from the College of Medicine administrative offices on the first floor of the Central Building. Those who researched, curated and installed the display said…

August 28, 2019

White Coats Symbolize Entry to Profession for Pharmacy Freshmen

Amy Widner

Group shot of students from above

The first white coat that a pharmacy student puts on may not feel like it “fits,” but give it time, said Cindy Stowe, Pharm.D., dean of the UAMS College of Pharmacy. “My feelings toward my first white coat were a little conflicted, a bit of a love-hate relationship, which, when I look back on it,…

August 22, 2019

UAMS Graduates Reunite and Reminisce at Alumni Weekend 2019

Benjamin Waldrum

Judy Huneycutt and Jill Lancaster, both CON '69, pose for photos during the Saturday night Golden Grad dinner at the Capital Hotel.

UAMS graduates from all colleges spent the Aug. 16-17 Alumni Weekend living it up in Little Rock, enjoying hands-on learning, fine dining and each other’s company. More than 100 UAMS alumni and guests, many from this year’s Golden Graduates, the Class of 1969, reconnected with old friends and colleagues, making the most of their time…

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