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Dean's Hall of Fame

Kensington Pharmacist Posthumously Inducted into Dean’s Hall of Fame

Huseyin Tunc, BSP ’83, pharmacist and owner of Kensington Pharmacy in Kensington, Md., was posthumously inducted into the Dean’s Hall of Fame for Distinguished Community Pharmacists as part of the annual banquet hosted by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) student chapter on April 29. Established in 2006, the Hall of Fame Award is presented each year by Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School, in recognition of a pharmacist’s leadership, entrepreneurship, and passion for independent pharmacy.

“Since opening its doors, Kensington Pharmacy has become a place where everyone – patients, pharmacists, technicians, staff, and their families – knows each other,” said Eddington. “Mr. Tunc was a trustworthy and caring health care advocate and mentor. He greeted all patrons by their first names, provided mentorship to his employees, and personally delivered medications to patients at any time. With the support of his wife, he lived his dream of pharmacy ownership in the United States. I am honored to present his family with the 2017 Dean’s Hall of Fame Award for Distinguished Community Pharmacists on his behalf.”

Building a Better Life for His Family

A native of Turkey, Tunc graduated from the University of Istanbul Pharmacy School in 1975. He owned and operated a pharmacy in his hometown of Antalya, Turkey for four years before immigrating to the United States with his wife in 1979. After settling in Silver Spring, Md., Tunc enrolled in the School of Pharmacy, graduating with his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy in 1983. He worked in the inpatient pharmacy at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring before joining a national supermarket chain as a community pharmacist, where he held positions of increasing responsibility for more than 20 years.

Although Tunc experienced tremendous success during his career with the supermarket chain, he remained committed to his entrepreneurial dream of once again owning and operating an independent pharmacy. He completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Phoenix and opened Kensington Pharmacy in 2005. His daughters Zeynep Tunc, PharmD, and Melike Tunc, PharmD – graduates of the School of Pharmacy’s Classes of 2006 and 2008, respectively – later joined him in the family business.

“According to his family, Mr. Tunc was not only a devoted father and loving husband, but also a true entrepreneur,” added Eddington. “His mission to provide the highest quality pharmacy health care to patients continues through the friendly, helpful service offered by his business; his store’s clean and enjoyable atmosphere; the convenience and communication provided to patients; and staff members’ pharmacy expertise. At Kensington Pharmacy, patients are truly treated like family.”

Moving Forward in His Memory

Following a courageous battle with colon cancer, Tunc passed away in April 2016. His family has established the Huseyin C. Tunc Memorial Fund to preserve his legacy and help give others a chance to follow their dreams.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for tonight,” said Pinar Tunc, who, along with her daughters, accepted the award on behalf of her husband. “Huseyin was an incredible husband and father, excellent pharmacist, and amazing human being. Although tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of his passing, his light and his spirit are always with us. I encourage you to be kind to one another and help each other – both as students and as pharmacists after graduation – because you never know what tomorrow will bring.”

The NCPA annual banquet recognizes the NCPA student chapter’s yearly achievements. It is also the event at which new chapter officers are installed. “This outstanding group of students is the future of the profession, and a group of which we can be especially proud,” said Eddington.

The chapter’s goal is to promote independent pharmacy with the intent of increasing students’ awareness of its advantages, encourage newly practicing pharmacists to pursue pharmacy ownership, and support independent pharmacy’s already established positive image.

Malissa CarrollABAE, Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB NewsMay 18, 20170 comments
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otc pain relievers

Ask a Pharmacist: Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

Each day, millions of people visit their local pharmacy to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers to help alleviate a wide range of minor aches and pains. Because these medications are available for purchase without a prescription, many people assume that they are risk-free, and safe to use without worry. However, OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen contain potent compounds that can lead to a number of adverse effects when not used correctly. In fact, researchers have long established that consuming more than the recommended amount of acetaminophen can lead to liver damage, and another recent study from researchers in Denmark found that ibuprofen was associated with a 31 percent increased risk for heart attack.

Although these findings can be frightening at first glance, there is no need for patients to abandon their go-to pain reliever. Below, Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD, BCACP, FAPhA, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice Science (PPS) and associate dean for student affairs at the School of Pharmacy, answers some frequently asked questions about OTC pain relievers and offers guidance to help ensure their appropriate use.

What problems can OTC pain relievers help relieve?

OTC pain relievers can help relieve minor aches and pains, such as muscle soreness, joint pain, and some headaches, and fever. However, the use of OTC pain relievers for these issues should be short term.

How can patients determine which OTC pain reliever is best for them?

Patients should talk with their pharmacist, physician, or other health care provider to discuss which OTC pain reliever is safest for their use. These health care professionals can offer personalized recommendations that take into consideration the patient’s other health conditions and medications.

How can patients ensure that they are using OTC pain relievers safely and correctly?

Patients should carefully read product labels and be sure to take only the recommended dose as indicated on the label. In addition, patients should make sure that they inform all of their health care providers that they are using these products, so that they can be included on their medication lists. Many over-the-counter combination products for cough, cold, and sleep contain the same ingredients found in OTC pain relievers, so some patients might discover that they are unintentionally taking more medication than recommended.

What are some common side effects associated with OTC pain relievers?

Most patients who take acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin do not experience side effects, but those who do might experience nausea and stomach pain. Taking these medications with food can help minimize nausea. However, patients should keep in mind that dangerous side effects could be associated with all OTC medicines, so it’s best to consult with a pharmacist or other health care provider for guidance about which medication is best to take for their unique circumstances.

Can OTC pain relievers be taken safely with patients’ other medications?

Patients should speak with their pharmacist or other health care provider about whether they can safely take OTC pain relievers with their other medications. Each person is likely to have different health conditions and/or take different medications that might affect the safety and effectiveness of OTC pain relievers.

What is the maximum length of time that patients should use OTC pain relievers?

Unless otherwise directed by a health care provider, OTC pain relievers should not be used longer than seven days. If pain or fever persists or is not relieved at the recommended dose on the packaging, patients should visit their health care provider.

Do you have any additional advice for patients who might be thinking about using OTC pain relievers?

Even though some pain relievers are available over-the-counter, they are still medicines and we need to ensure that we are using them safely. OTC pain relievers can be effective for aches and pains, and often, stronger pain medications may not be needed. Talking with your pharmacist or other health care provider can help ensure that you find the best pain reliever for your needs.

Malissa Carroll Clinical Care, For B'more, PeopleMay 3, 20170 comments
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Cold and Flu Season

Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

The holidays might be over, but cold and flu season is just reaching its peak. While many of the ailments often associated with the winter months usually aren’t serious for healthy adults, their symptoms can leave people feeling miserable and cause them to miss time with family, work, and school. For children and older adults, the risk for developing complications from these illnesses is much higher. In fact, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year.

However, there are steps that all individuals can take to reduce their risk of becoming sick during winter. Below, Tim Rocafort, PharmD, BCACP, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the School of Pharmacy, answers some frequently asked questions about the common cold and flu, and offers advice to help people stay healthy.

Are people more likely to become sick in the winter?

Health care professionals continue to debate the reasons why people seem more likely to become sick in the winter. Recent studies have shown that some viruses responsible for the common cold and flu peak during this time because they are able to replicate easier. Combine this knowledge with the fact that our immune systems are also less efficient at protecting us against certain viruses during the colder months of the year and we have the perfect environment to facilitate the spread of those illnesses. In addition, people often stay indoors as the temperatures outside drop, which further facilitates the transmission of a host of illnesses.

What are some of the most common illnesses associated with the winter months?

The most common illnesses associated with the winter months are the common cold and flu.

What are some indicators that a person might be too sick to go to work or school?

Experiencing symptoms that appear to get progressively worse or last longer than three days are good indicators that a person should remain at home to limit the spread of the illness to others. In addition, if a person experiences any of the hallmark symptoms associated with the flu, including fever, muscle and body aches, fatigue, and even nausea and vomiting, he/she should stay home and seek care from a health care provider.

What over-the-counter medicines are available to help manage cold symptoms?

There are a myriad of over-the-counter medicines to help individuals manage cold symptoms. I recommend that patients only use those medicines that are specific to the symptoms they are experiencing at the time, such as a cough or congestion. There are numerous medications that have been designed to treat several symptoms at the same time, but those medications are often more expensive and you might not be experiencing all of the symptoms that they address. Always be sure to read the medication labels carefully before purchasing, or ask a pharmacist to help guide you in selecting the best one for your symptoms.

Can over-the-counter medications or other treatments speed an individual’s recovery from a cold?

Some medications promise to shorten the duration of a cold if patients take them within a certain time frame after the onset of symptoms. However, it truly is a combination of rest, good nutrition, and proper medications that will help individuals recover as quickly as possible from a cold.

How can individuals tell whether they have a normal cold or a more serious illness, such as the flu?

The common cold will include symptoms such as coughing, runny or stuffy nose, and congestion. On the other hand, symptoms associated with the flu – while often similar to the common cold – will include fever, chills, muscle or body aches, fatigue, and headache.

What is the flu vaccine? How effective is it, and who should receive it?

The flu vaccine is an immunization that nearly all individuals ages 6 months and older should receive each year to help protect against the flu. There are different types of flu vaccines that individuals can receive depending on their age, existing medical conditions, and allergies. Although it is not 100 percent effective against preventing the flu, it is a great source of protection when combined with other healthy habits.

Are there any side effects associated with the flu vaccine?

There are no serious side-effects associated with the flu vaccine. Some people who receive the vaccine may experience some initial redness or pain at the site of injection, but that is just a temporary reaction.

What additional steps can people take to avoid becoming sick in the winter?

Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs that cause the cold and flu. In addition, it is very important that patients take care of themselves and allow adequate time to recover – whether through rest and/or treatment – when they feel ill. These measures will not only help patients get better sooner, but also prevent others from getting sick.

What other advice can you offer to individuals who want to stay healthy this winter?

To help keep you and your family healthy during the winter months, I recommend that you bundle up as the temperatures drop, regularly wash your hands – regardless of whether you are sick or not – and lessen your interaction with others who might potentially be sick, as you are more likely to contract their illness during this time of the year.

Malissa CarrollABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGAJanuary 19, 20170 comments
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Cherokee Layson-Wolf

Layson-Wolf Named APhA-ASP Outstanding Chapter Advisor

Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD, BCACP, FAPhA, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) and associate dean for student affairs at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been named the 2016 American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Outstanding Chapter Advisor. This award is presented each year to an exceptional pharmacy faculty member who has promoted with distinction the welfare of student pharmacists through various professional activities.

“Dr. Layson-Wolf has dedicated her career to helping student pharmacists at the School exceed their potential both inside and outside of the classroom,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy. “She has served as the advisor for the School’s APhA-ASP chapter for more than 10 years, mentoring its members and helping them win numerous awards and recognitions for their stellar patient education and outreach efforts. We are thrilled for her to be recognized at the national level and congratulate her on her success.”

The Student Becomes the Teacher

Layson-Wolf received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the School in 2000. She completed a residency in community pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University and Ukrop’s Pharmacy before returning to the School as an assistant professor in 2001. She is board certified in ambulatory care pharmacy, and has held numerous positions at the School, including serving as assistant dean for experiential learning.

“The members of our chapter were excited to learn that Dr. Layson-Wolf would be recognized as APhA-ASP’s Outstanding Chapter Advisor this year,” says Elissa Lechtenstein, a third-year student pharmacist and president of the School’s APhA-ASP chapter. “She has provided more than a decade of service to our chapter and has ensured that all of our projects and programs align with the organization’s national mission to serve as the collective voice of student pharmacists, provide opportunities for professional growth, improve patient care, and envision and advance the future of pharmacy. She is an inspiration not only to me, but to all of the student pharmacists that she encounters through her work with our chapter.”

Expanding Her Impact Beyond the Classroom

Layson-Wolf also serves as director of the University of Maryland PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program. In 2014, she was honored by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) with its Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award. Her practice specialties include immunization, self-care, point of care testing, medication therapy management (MTM), and diabetes management. She currently serves as a pharmacist with the School’s Patients, Pharmacists Partnerships (P3) Program, a pharmacist-delivered comprehensive medication management program for individuals with chronic diseases.

“Pharmacists are the most accessible members of the health care team, and I strive to encourage students in the School’s APhA-ASP chapter to leverage their involvement in the nation’s largest student pharmacy organization to help expand the profession and develop innovative education and outreach programs that showcase the impact that pharmacists can have on patients’ health care,” says Layson-Wolf. “Watching the student pharmacists that I advised and mentored go on to achieve great success in the profession is one of the most rewarding aspects of my career, so it is an incredible honor to be recognized for my work with the students in this organization.”

Layson-Wolf will receive her award at the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition, scheduled for March 4-7, 2016 at the Convention Center in Baltimore.

Malissa CarrollABAE, Education, People, UMB NewsMarch 8, 20160 comments
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