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Craig Svensson, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences, talks about the importance of the new practice lab. (31 seconds)
Hanley Wheeler, senior vice president of central operations for CVS, talks about CVS Corp.Ős association with Purdue. (57 seconds)

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October 26, 2006

Purdue opens new pharmacy practice lab

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's pharmacy program filled its latest prescription Thursday (Oct. 26) with the dedication of the new CVS Pharmacy Practice Lab.

Kim Plake checks a video camera in the CVS Pharmacy Practice Lab
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The 1,968-square-foot practice lab, located in the Robert E. Heine Pharmacy Building, is almost twice the size of the previous practice lab and offers the latest educational technology. The setting replicates that of current professional pharmacy practice labs.

"With the addition of the new CVS Pharmacy Practice Laboratory, Purdue's stellar pharmacy program continues to address and anticipate the needs of students, their future employers and future patients," said Purdue President Martin C. Jischke. "Purdue students will have access to the best resources available to practice and master their skills before entering the work force. Pharmacists play an increasingly important role in health care and have more interaction time with patients than doctors or nurses."

The practice lab is named in recognition of CVS/pharmacy Corp.'s $300,000 gift, the largest single contribution to the $825,000 project.

"As the need for pharmacy graduates expands, so does the need for space and resources to educate the students," said Hanley Wheeler, senior vice president of central operations for CVS. "By providing the top students in the nation with the best resources available, we will produce outstanding pharmacists to be a part of our health-care future. CVS pharmacy is honored to participate in this effort."

Jim and JeanAnne Chaney of Cleveland also contributed to the project. Dick and Susan Brychell of Valparaiso, Ind., owners of Pharma-Card Pharmacies, made an additional major contribution, which was matched by their company.

JeanAnne Chaney graduated from Purdue's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1961.

The Brychells both attended Purdue, and Dick graduated from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1973.

The new lab's design focused on flexibility and technology to keep pace with the quickly changing world of health care.

"The new practice lab offers top-of-the-line educational technology, access to high-quality equipment and a flexibility that provides a greater capacity to teach the latest techniques found in pharmacy practice," said Craig Svensson, dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences. "The required degree of the profession has evolved from a bachelor's degree in pharmacy to a six-year Pharm. D., which emphasizes clinical education."

In addition to the main lab area, there are six smaller presentation rooms built with moveable walls to transform them into four larger rooms as necessary.

The lab's main room will be used for demonstrations, compound preparations and traditional pharmacy practice work. Its configuration can be altered to best suit the lesson being taught, and a video camera transmits images from the demonstration table to television screens throughout the space, said Kim Plake, an assistant professor of pharmacy practice who helped design the new lab.

"Now everyone has the best view," she said. "Students can also replay the demonstration as many times as they need because it is recorded and saved on the network."

Video cameras also will be used to assist instructors in evaluation of students' skills and will be a key tool in teaching the students how to counsel patients, Plake said.

"Patient counseling is a growing responsibility," she said. "Pharmacists must counsel patients not only on the use of their medications and health-care equipment, but also on how to manage their lifestyle and diet. They must do so with confidence and empathy. Students will watch themselves in mock counseling, an effective teaching tool."

The pharmacist is often the person with whom patients are in contact at important points in the health-care process, Plake said.

"Most patients are in a state of shock when they are first diagnosed with a serious illness and do not absorb all of the information given to them by their doctors," she said. "The next medical professional they see is their pharmacist and, at that point, they have developed questions and are seeking additional information."

The lab is outfitted with computers and software to allow students to simulate patient profile work, in which pharmacists review a patient's medications and possible drug interactions. Students also will have access to a variety of equipment to develop their skills in physical assessment, injection technique, medication monitoring and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

"Pharmacy students spend more time in the practice laboratory than they do in lectures," Plake said. "It is the place where they are able to apply what they have learned, practicing so they perform at the highest levels once they are in the field."

The Heine Pharmacy Building also houses the newly renovated Hook Drug Foundation Student Lounge. The lounge, named in recognition of Hook Drug Foundation's $62,500 pledge, had not been renovated since the building was built in 1970.

"It is important for students to have a place to gather outside of the classroom," said Mark Varnau, a board member of Hook Drug Foundation, who graduated from Purdue's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1956. "There must be an inviting space for students to discuss what they have learned, share ideas and just relax. Learning begins in the classroom but continues throughout students' entire educational experience. We wanted to support the strong pharmacy program at Purdue by enhancing the gathering place for students. We also want to continue the strong connection between the Hook family name and Purdue."

"Bud" Hook was a 1928 graduate of Purdue's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as was his granddaughter, Cathy Caperton Arwood, and grandson, John Voliva, Varnau said.

The 974-square-foot lounge was dedicated Wednesday (Oct. 25). The $175,000 renovation expanded the lounge to two rooms. One room will have computers, televisions and gathering areas, and the other will contain two small conference rooms.

The College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences has 1,960 undergraduates, 171 graduate students and 639 professional pharmacy students.

In addition to 648 Pharm. D. students, the pharmacy program has 754 undergraduates and 117 graduate students. U.S. News & World Report last ranked Purdue's doctor of pharmacy program in pharmacy fourth in the nation. The school has educated more than 7,000 pharmacists and 1,000 pharmaceutical scientists and educators since its establishment in 1884.

Purdue pharmacy alumni are well-represented throughout many departments and divisions of companies in the pharmaceutical industry. The school's alumni and former faculty members make up about 20 percent of the nation's deans of pharmacy.

Writer: Elizabeth Gardner, (765) 494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.edu

Sources: Craig Svensson, (765) 494-1368, svensson@purdue.edu

Kim Plake, (765) 494-5966, kplake@pharmacy.purdue.edu

Hanley Wheeler, HHWheeler@cvs.com

Mark Varnau, mvarnau@indy.rr.com

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Kim Plake, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, checks a video camera and projector in the new CVS Pharmacy Practice Lab. Images from the demonstration area are transmitted to video monitors throughout the lab. (Purdue News Service photo/David Umberger)

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