UCSOP Launches Generation Rx with Kanawha & Boone County Schools

DurinAPhM_Twitter_Icong October 2016, American Pharmacist Month, over 100 students from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will be educating students throughout Kanawha and Boone counties on the dangers of prescription drug misuse. Pharmacy students will reach over 500 children by visiting over fifteen 5th grade classrooms at six Kanawha County elementary schools and three Boone County elementary schools throughout the month to deliver an intervention and prevention program called Generation Rx. This evidence based program was developed in collaboration with the Cardinal Health Foundation, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and The Ohio State University School of Pharmacy. The Generation Rx curriculum is designed to increase public awareness of prescription medication abuse and medication safety http://www.generationrx.org.

“The program focuses on positive-decision making and social norming as tools for combatting prescription drug abuse,” said Andrew VanDuesen, Class of 2018 genrxand president of the UCSOP APhA student chapter (ASP)

West Virginia middle and high school students are making poor decisions in regard to substance abuse and particularly with prescription medications. According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 16.% of high school students have taken a prescription drug—such as oxycontin, vicodin, adderall, ritalin, or xanax—without a prescription one or more time sin their life. Early education is key to prevention.

“As a prevention and outreach program, Generation Rx, is designed to help students of all ages, identify and address prescription drug misuse in their homes and communities,” said Dr. Susan Gardner, assistant dean for professional and student affairs. 

In addition, to the elementary school outreach, pharmacy students will educate undergraduate students at the University of Charleston by visiting every UNIV 101 classroom on October 10, 2016 to deliver the college-level Generation Rx curriculum to freshmen. 

For more information contact: Dr. Susan Gardner, susangardner@ucwv.edu.

UC Pharmacy Student Advocates for Childhood Immunizations Worldwide

Around the world, a child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease.

shot at life As the SNPhA Operation Immunization Chair, I was introduced to the Shot@Life campaign founded by the United Nations Foundation. It aimed at increasing the awareness for the use of polio, pneumonia, rotavirus, and measles vaccines in children less than 5 years in developing countries. After conducting a fundraiser here at UCSOP in November 2015, I was able to join the 2016 Shot@Life Summit in Washington, D.C. from February 29th to March 2nd. This was a great honor for me to be part of such a great cause.

Christelle Nagatchou, Class of 2018 with Senator Joe Machin and SNPhA in Washington, D.C.

In D.C., I learned even more about the need for vaccines worldwide and became an advocate for the campaign. I had the privilege to support it through enforcing my role as a future pharmacist and health care provider at the Capitol by meeting with West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s staff and Senator Joe Manchin and his staff. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything as it taught me so much about advocating in what we believe in. I strongly encourage all future pharmacists to be involved in promoting the advancement of our profession!

You can learn more about Shot@Life at: http://www.shotatlife.org/

Contributed by: Christelle Ngatchou, Class of 2018

Celebrating Women in Pharmacy: Ella P. Stewart (1893-1987)

ESSpecial Note: During the Month of March, we will be highlighting women in pharmacy who have contributed significantly to the profession.

Ella P. Stewart was born on March 6, 1893 in Stringtown, West Virginia. As a child, she was very ambitious, showing great interest in education and furthering her knowledge. Stewart always felt she had many obstacles to overcome being from a segregated community. She went to Storer College in West Virginia, the only school in the region that accepted African American students.

During this time, she married and began her family. Unfortunately, her only child died at a young age due to whooping cough. Trying to focus on better things, she began to work as a bookkeeper in a local pharmacy. It was here where her interest for pharmacy began. She applied to the University of Pittsburgh but was denied acceptance due to segregation and discrimination. Even though she was turned down multiple times, she kept persistent and was finally accepted at University of Pittsburgh but was forced to be separate from the other students. She graduated from University of Pittsburgh with the highest marks passing her state licensure exam in 1916. She became the first African American female to be a licensed pharmacist in Pennsylvania and one of the earliest African American female pharmacists in the country.

Stewart moved to Braddock, PA where she managed a drug store, which she later purchased. The stress of the store forced her to divorce her husband and years later step down from owning the drug store entirely. She turned the business over to a fellow graduate, William Stewart, who she married in 1920. Together they moved to Ohio, where she was the first African American employee in an all white hospital. She overcame discrimination and helped desegregate the hospital.

Years later she moved to Toledo, Ohio where she was active in the community and was elected president of the Ohio Association of Colored Women in 1944 and later became president of the same organization on a national level. Stewart was on the forefront of promoting civil rights in her community and frequently went to Washington D.C. to do the same. With the money earned from her pharmacy, she endorsed scholarships to assist young black women in attending school.

With all her knowledge and leadership qualities, she was appointed to be a delegate to the International Conference of Women of the World. There she helped to strengthen peace efforts by promoting understanding and friendship among women all over the world. In 1963, Stewart was appointed commissioner of the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Stewart never stopped fighting to overcome racism even when she faced adversity. She passed away in 1987 but we still remember her motto “fight for human dignity and world peace.”  She has paved the way for both African Americans and females across the country.


Ella P. Stewart Collection. Center for Archival Collections. BGSU Libraries. https://lib.bgsu.edu/finding_aids/items/show/795

Contributed by: Samatha Farrah, P2, Class of 2018

Celebrating Black History: Mary Munson Runge (1928-2014)


Special Note: During the Month of February, Black History Month, will be highlighting African Americans who have contributed significantly during the profession.

Mary Munson Runge was raised in a small town in Louisiana, where her father was a physician that owned the town’s first pharmacy.  He was one of the most successful businessmen in the town, and used his wealth to help the poor.  Runge and her father would help by covering the costs of patients who couldn’t afford their medication; these fulfilled her and her father’s passion for helping the poor and giving back to those in need.

During the 1960s, Runge worked in Oakland, California, an economically depressed region. She chose to work there because it offered possibilities to help others. It allowed her to counsel patients, reach out and educate the populations who needed it the most.  She worked part-time which allowed time for political and leadership opportunities.  Through this work Runge received widespread recognition and awards, receiving honorary doctorates of pharmacy.  She was appointed on many federal programs, such as the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

In 1979, Runge became the first woman and African Amercian to serve as the President of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  As president, she sought out to increase membership among woman, minority, and employee pharmacists. She also wanted to strengthen the bond between the association and the state pharmacy associations.

“The reason I was the first black and the first woman [president of APhA] is that I was the first black and the first woman to have ever run for that office.” –Mary Munson Runge

Maine, during this time, was a hostile environment for new pharmacists due to fears that established pharmacists of Maine’s APhA would stomp them out if they made progress in the organization. At the first caucus of the year, Runge declared that the new pharmacists organization needed to rise from the underground because of the decision by Maine to welcome all pharmacists, because regardless of your family history, genetic makeup, or age they all have important work to do.

“She didn’t pull any punches, and she wasn’t afraid to take on the issues, but always with a sense of humor.” –Lawrence Brown, PharmD, PhD

During her time in office, many pharmacists felt like she welcomed them to the profession and motivated them to advance their careers and leaderships. She wanted to inspire the disenfranchised, which she did in her time during and before her presidency.


Collins, S. (2012, July 31). Runge devotes storied career to the disenfranchised. Retrieved September 21, 2015, from American Pharmacists Association: http://www.pharmacist.com/runge-devotes-storied-career-disenfranchised

Kappa Epsilon. (2014, January 8). Mary Munson Runge 1928-2014. Retrieved September 21, 2015, from Kappa Epsilon: Professional Pharmacy Fraternity: http://www.kappaepsilon.org/in-remembrance/mary-munson-runge-1928-2014/

Contributed by: Caleb Kennedy, P2, Class of 2018

Celebrating Black History: Dr. Robert D. Gibson

RDGSpecial Note: During the Month of February, Black History Month, will be highlighting African Americans who have contributed significantly during the profession.

Robert D. Gibson received the highest honor by the American Pharmacists Association in 2006, the Remington Honor Medal. This medal is awarded to those with distinguished service toward the profession of pharmacy in America. Gibson is known for his focus on advocating for equality in education as well as in the pharmacy.

He received several degrees from different universities throughout the United States and earned his Pharm.D. in 1958 from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  Gibson went on to work at UCSF holding three different positions—Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Academic affairs, Associate Dean for Professional Affairs in the School of Pharmacy, and as Director of the Pharmaceutical Technology Laboratory.  In 2001, Dr. Gibson served as President of APhA. Then in 2003, he served as President of the UCSF Alumni Association.

Presently, Gibson serves as Vice President of the Pharmacists Planning Services, in the California Pharmacists Association Education Foundation as an active Board of Trustees member, and in the Marin County Pharmacists Association as a member of the Board of Directors. Other organizations in which he is a member include: the Association of Black Hospital Pharmacists, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique, and APhA.

Not only did Gibson receive the Remington Honor Medal, but he also achieved several distinguished awards over his career. The Association of Black Hospital Pharmacists awarded him Pharmacist of the year, UCSF awarded him the Martin Luther King Award and Distinguished Alumnus, APhA awarded him the Fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Sciences, and he also received the Fulbright/Hayes Scholarship. Overall, not only is Dr. Gibson a Pharm.D. alumnus from UCSF, he is a distinguished advocate and admired and celebrated educator in the profession of pharmacy.


Photo: Pharmacy Practice News. Black History Month: African-American Pharmacists     [Internet]. 2007 February. Available from: http://www.pharmacypracticenews.com/ViewArticle.aspx?d_id=206&a_id=6657

  1. UCSF School of Pharmacy Editorial Staff. Robert Gibson: alumnus, educator, advocate [Internet]. UCSF; 2015 February 23. Available from: https://pharmacy.ucsf.edu/news/2015/02/robert-gibson-alumnus-educator-advocate
  2. Remington Honor Medal [Internet]. American Pharmacists Association; Available from: http://www.pharmacist.com/remington-honor-medal-0
  3. Robert D. Gibson Scholarship [Internet]. APhA Foundation. Available from: http://www.aphafoundation.org/gibson-scholarship-campaign

Contributed by: Kathleen Jackson, P3 Class of 2017

Celebrating Black History: Wendell T. Hill Jr. (1924-1995)

WTHJSpecial Note: During the Month of February, Black History Month, will be highlighting African Americans who have contributed significantly during the profession.

Wendell Talbot Hill Junior was born in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but was raised in New Jersey. Hill served time in the Army during World War II. Once he returned from the war, he went on to attend Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Hill also attended the University of Southern California where he received his masters and doctoral degrees in pharmacy. Upon graduation, he continued to teach at the University of Southern California between the years 1950-1960. During this time, he also became the chief pharmacist at the Orange County Medical Center in California. (1)

In 1977, Hill moved across the country to Washington, D.C. and took on the position of Dean of Pharmacy at Howard’s College of Pharmacy from 1977-1994. While being the Dean of Pharmacy, Dr. Hill was famously known for assisting in establishing the pharmacy school as well as assisting in the school gaining accreditation. (2) Along with being the Dean of Students, he also held many respected positions such as the president of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

Hill received many prestigious honors such as the Bowl of Hygeia from the A. H. Robbins Pharmaceutical Company. He also was awarded The A. K. Whitney Award  in 1989 from American Society of Hospital Pharmacists. (1) At the beginning of his acceptance speech he stated, “Receiving this award is the highest point of my 39-year career in pharmacy”. (3, p292) Sadly, Hill passed away on March 18, 1995 due to cancer. (1) In the year 1997 though, Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences posthumously presented Dr. Hill the Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal of Honor Award. (2)


  1. Wendell T. Hill Jr. Dies at 70 [Internet]. The Washington Post; 1995 March 23 [cited 2015 September 15]. Available from: http://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1995/03/23/wendell-t-hill-jr-dies-at-70/1fa70690-b5bb-4120-8ad0-cf32c7655457/
  2. Katie Knorvosky. Drake to Honor Wendell T. Hill Jr. with Weaver Medal [Internet]. Drake University; 2007 April 13 [cited 2015 September 15]. Available from: http://news.drake.edu/2007/04/13/drake-to-honor-wendell-t-hill-jr-with-weaver-medal/
  3. Wendell T. Hill, Jr. Taking Charge of the Profession [Internet]. ASHP: 1989 [cited 2015 September 15]. Available from: http://www.harveywhitney.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/1989.pdf

Contributed by: Jessica Rizzo, P3, Class of 2017

Celebrating Black History: Chauncey Ira Cooper (1906-1983)

CICSpecial Note: During the Month of February, Black History Month, will be highlighting African Americans who have contributed significantly during the profession.

Dr. Chauncey Ira Cooper was born on May 31, 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Cooper made a great impact on the history of pharmacy and is acknowledged as one of the most influential activists of minority pharmacists of the 20th century. His first step into the profession of pharmacy began when he completed his pharmaceutical chemist degree (PhC) at the university of Minnesota. Subsequently thereafter, Cooper became instructor at Meharry Medical College in the Department of Pharmacy. Here he made a great difference in the lives of minority students in the pharmacy profession. He energized minority students, especially the African American students. He helped them achieve their goals and pursuits of becoming future pharmacist through words of encouragement and taking the time to mentor the students. Dr. Cooper wanted the students to know that no one and nothing should hold them back from reaching their goals. He was an inspiration to African American pharmacy students at Meharry Medical College.

His efforts towards helping minority students reach academic excellence were recognized by Howard University continued at Howard University were he was was selected as the Dean of Howard University in 1941. Not only was this an outstanding and memorable honor for Dr. Cooper, but it was also a great moment in the history of pharmacy. He became the first African American to be appointed to a prestigious administrative role at a college of pharmacy in the United States. This was an especially significant moment for all minority students and professionals in the profession of pharmacy.

Several years later, Dr. Cooper came to the realization that there was a need for a pharmacy organization that was centered upon the needs of minority community.  Therefore in 1949, he became the founder and first president of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA). The organization was structured to provide minority pharmacy professionals with a positive and encouraging atmosphere to share ideas, converse, and build lasting relationships/connections within the field of pharmacy. A student chapter affiliate was created based upon NPhA and it is called Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). SNPhA is a respected and prominent organization found in American colleges of pharmacies dedicated to promote the excellence and uniformity amongst minority pharmacy students as set forth by Dr. Cooper.

Dr. Chauncey I. Cooper sadly passed away on September 20, 1983 yet his contributions made an unforgettable mark on the history of pharmacy.


Chauncey I. Cooper Chapter Excellence Program. (n.d.). Retrieved September 22, 2015, from: http://snpha.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/CIC-Points-Updated-2014.pdf

Worthen, D. (2006). Chauncey Ira Cooper (1906–1983): Champion of Minority Pharmacists. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association J Am Pharm Assoc., 100-100.

Worthen, D. (2006). Chauncey Ira Cooper (1906–1983): Champion of Minority Pharmacists. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association J Am Pharm Assoc., 100-100. Figure 1.

Contributed by: Vista Khosraviani, P3, Class of 2017

Celebrating Black History: Leo Vinton Butts (1898-1956)

LBSpecial Note: During the Month of February, Black History Month, will be highlighting African Americans who have contributed significantly during the profession.

Born in July of 1898, Leo Vinton Butts was someone who would pave the way for many individuals. Butts was one of the first African Americans to prevail in both the fields of athletics and academics. In 1913, he enrolled in Madison High School in Wisconsin. While attending high school, he was very active participating in sports, namely basketball, track, and football. While Butts was a great athlete of each, he excelled in football, starting two full seasons on the offensive line. This feat would be far from the peak of his athletic career.

The following year in 1918, Butts joined the University of Wisconsin to play football. In only the second game of the season, he was entered into the game as a right guard. This event made him the first African American to play in a game for Wisconsin. While data is limited as to how much he played the remained of the season, it is noted that Butts’ presence was significant enough to where he travelled with the team to away games.

Aside from prevailing and exceeding in athletics, Butts also led the way with the academic side of things. While at Wisconsin, Butts also sought out a degree, that of pharmacy. In 1920, je was the first African American student to graduate from the Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. One of Butts’ most well known work is ‘The Negro in Pharmacy,” his thesis work examining the conditions and state of African American pharmacists during the early-to-mid 20th Century.

After schooling, Butts worked several years as a postman before he was finally able to purchase his own drug store. Butts personally operated the drug store for the remained of his lifetime up until his death.

Leo Vinton Butts played a major role in paving the way for both African American athletes and scholars, notably in the field of pharmacy. In his thesis, he explained the stature and greatness of the pharmacy school at Wisconsin, and how the profession has limited, if any ties to the African American culture. Being the first African American to graduate in the program, it is easily understood how Leo created a path for other students as well as bringing diversity into the program.

I personally am interested in Leo’s feats with regards to doubling as a scholar and an athlete. To play football and to earn a pharmacy degree are highly impressive when accomplished separately. Doing both at the same time is truly impressive.. Having competitive sports in my earlier years, and currently being in pharmacy school, I understand the amount of dedication required for each. I have copious amounts admiration and respect for the each feat from Leo, all as while he broke new ground within the profession for many more to follow.


Bond, G. Leo Vinton Butts ’20. UW Health Sports Medicine.

 Black Histoy Month, African American Pharmacists. Pharmacy Practice News. Issue : February 2007 , Volume 34:02

Contributed by: Matt Montavan, P3, Class of 2017