New program to educate pharmacists on pharmacogenomics. The efforts are going forward to help the pharmacists also explain to the patients how it works and what the information has to offer. The new group of graduates will be the first group of pharmacists to be information equipped.
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The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, will collaborate with the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy to promote PharmGenEd, in an educational campaign to more than 100,000 pharmacy practitioners and students across the country.
Currently, however, pharmacogenomics education materials are not readily available to healthcare professionals, and there appears to be a gap between healthcare providers' knowledge and the expectations of patients regarding pharmacogenomics testing.
This project will also acquaint practitioners of pharmacy and medicine with sequence differences in the genome and how they may influence therapeutic outcomes. "The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is pleased to support this important educational initiative," said Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., the organization's CEO and executive vice president. "Pharmacists practicing in hospitals and health systems need to take a lead role in educating patients about what pharmacogenomics means for their individual therapy."