Class notes

Class Notes

Sharon Brockman and Roya Tran

Prescription drugs, notably painkillers and anti-anxiety medications, are now the most commonly abused substances, behind only alcohol and marijuana. Importantly, both physicians and pharmacists play key roles in reducing prescription drug abuse. To discuss this issue from both the role of the pharmacist and the physician, the UF chapters of the American Medical Association and the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists held a first-of-its kind meeting for students of both disciplines April 18. The seminar featured a discussion about prescription drug abuse, led by Nancy Hardt, M.D., from the College of Medicine, and Paul Doering, M.S., from the College of Pharmacy. Perhaps most importantly, it was the first time the two student professional organizations collaborated to create an event for both pharmacy and medical students. About 120 students attended the event. “I am proud to see our two professional student associations leading the way in interprofessional efforts to learn how they can share their expertise to improve health care,” said Thomas Munyer, M.S., a clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy. “Their focus on prescription drug abuse by supporting joint community outreach programs will lead to greater understanding and a beneficial synergy.”