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June 9, 2005

UI Pharmacy Faculty, Former Students Honored For Research Paper

Two University of Iowa College of Pharmacy faculty members and two of their former students were honored for authoring the best manuscript in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE) for the year 2004.

AJPE is the official publication of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Each year, AACP gives the Rufus A. Lyman Award to recognize the most notable original research or scholarly work published in AJPE during the preceding year. The award, given annually since 1969, is named in honor of Lyman, who was the first editor of AJPE.

Jared Freml, Pharm.D., Karen Farris, Ph.D., Gang Fang, M.Sc., and Jay Currie, Pharm.D., were named the recipients of the 2005 Lyman Award for their article, "Iowa Priority's Brown Bag Medication Reviews: A Comparison of Pharmacy Students and Pharmacists." Freml, the lead author on the paper, and Fang were professional and graduate students, respectively, at the UI College of Pharmacy when the research was completed. Farris, an associate professor in the college's Division of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, was senior author on the paper. Currie is an associate professor (clinical) in the division.

The manuscript documents a study of the Iowa Priority Brown Bag Medication Reviews, a component of the Iowa Priority Prescription Savings Program, which provides prescription drug discounts to Medicare-eligible Iowans. The UI team studied the Brown Bag Reviews to determine the percentage of drugs that could have been substituted with a generic product or interchanged with a therapeutic equivalent, and compared recommendations made by pharmacists and pharmacy students as to cost and therapy.

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