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FLAVORx blends flavoring into pharmacy school curricula
February 20th, 2014
COLUMBIA, Md. – FLAVORx has donated flavoring systems to more than 150 pharmacy schools and pharmacy technician programs, bringing medication flavoring to the classroom and lab.
The company said Wednesday that faculty members using the FLAVORx system in their pharmacy practice labs and compounding labs have been pleased with the results, and students have expressed appreciation for the exposure to a common pharmacy service.
"We have students break into small groups and discuss mock scenarios where they might have to flavor, discuss flavor choices and discuss ideal flavor decision-making," stated Robert Shrewsbury, associate professor at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. "Many students also work in pharmacies that use FLAVORx and are able to share their experiences with the group. I believe it is a nice introduction from the education standpoint to familiarize our students with FLAVORx and prepare them for real-world scenarios."
FLAVORx noted that it's important for future pharmacists and technicians to anticipate medication adherence barriers and acknowledge the individual preferences of their patients, as well as know that there are resources available to facilitate higher adherence and achieve better health outcomes. More than 40,000 pharmacies now offer the FLAVORx custom flavoring program in the United States and Canada.
"We commend all of our pharmacy school and technician school partners for embracing our flavoring program, and we thank them for their commitment to educating proactive future pharmacists and technicians," commented Ursula Chizhik, director of pharmacy programs at FLAVORx. "We look forward to the day when every pharmacy student across the country has the opportunity to flavor as part of the academic curriculum."
In addition, FLAVORx announced that it collaborated with Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, to incorporate medication flavoring information into a staple pharmacy textbook, titled Ansel’s Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery Systems. The textbook's lead author, Loyd Allen Jr., Ph.D., RPh., integrated flavoring content into relevant chapters, case studies and discussion questions. The 10th edition of this textbook is currently available.
"I found that faculty members struggled to figure out how and when to incorporate flavoring education and pediatric medication adherence into the classroom," according to Chizhik. "Having information as part of a standard textbook curriculum will ensure that the real-world concepts of taste, choice and flavoring are addressed in pharmacy schools."
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