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Husson University School of Pharmacy Awarded Grant to Improve Outcomes for Local Patients

Published on: August 3, 2015

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BANGOR, MAINE - The Husson University School of Pharmacy has received a $20,000 grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation Pharmacy Partners Program to support a project designed to improve the outcomes of patients receiving cardiac stents.

Photo Caption: The School of Pharmacy at Husson University was recently awarded at $20,000 grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation Pharmacy Partners Program. Founding Dean Rodney Larson (second from left) accepted the grant at the NACDS Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.

The grant will support research by Evan Williams, Pharm.D., BCPS, an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the Husson University School of Pharmacy. His investigative initiative is called “Antiplatelet First-Fill Program to Prevent Cardiac Readmissions.”

“The goal of the study is to improve the outcomes of patients receiving cardiac stents by working with the Eastern Maine Medical Center and Miller Drug,” said Rodney Larson, Ph.D., R.Ph., founding dean of the School of Pharmacy, who accepted the award at the recent NACDS Annual Meeting. “The project will create a strong link between a local hospital and community pharmacies to help improve the transition of care for a group of high-risk patients.” 

The NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Partners Program is designed to fund prospective projects that hold promise to improve patient care. This year’s application process was very competitive. Applications were received from deans of colleges and schools of pharmacy from across the country. The Husson University School of Pharmacy was one of only six pharmacy schools nationwide and one of two schools in New England to receive a grant from this foundation. 

Schools of pharmacy interested in receiving a grant from the NACDS Foundation were asked to submit applications for projects that may include community pharmacy residencies or shared faculty positions; community-based research projects and patient-centered coursework; or other innovative curricula. 

The NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Partners Program began in 1997. Since that time, it has provided more than $3.5 million in scholarships for pharmacy students thanks to the generous support of the program’s benefactors.
Founded in 2006, the Husson University School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The School graduated its first class with Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees in May 2013. 

While Husson University prides itself as a teaching institution, the importance of faculty scholarship and research to contemporary pharmacy education is not overlooked. The School of Pharmacy has been able to attract nationally renowned educators with expertise in alcohol research, wound healing, and national board certification in the specialty areas of pharmacotherapy.

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit

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