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UNT Health Science Center opens first college of pharmacy school in North Texas

BY Jason Owen

FORT WORTH, Texas — Classes at the new UNT System College of Pharmacy began Monday, making it the first pharmacy school in North Texas and the only one in the state situated on the campus of an academic health science center, the UNT Health Science Center announced.

The College of Pharmacy’s location in the middle of UNT Health Science Center’s 33-acre campus means that its pharmacy students will be trained alongside future physicians, biomedical researchers and other health professionals already studying at the graduate university in Fort Worth. It is one of five schools that make up the Health Science Center.

"Since its founding, UNT Health Science Center has been an institution with a strong focus on primary care, and the College of Pharmacy supports that mission," said Michael R. Williams, DO, MD, MBA, president of the Health Science Center. "Teamwork is essential in the healthcare field, and pharmacists are a critical part of that team."

Under the leadership of its founding dean, Myron Jacobson, PhD, the College of Pharmacy will integrate research, medication management and teamwork across health professions. The program emphasizes the important relationship between patient and pharmacist.

"A pharmacist’s detailed knowledge of therapies is vital to finding healthy solutions for patients, and we want to ensure our graduates are at the forefront of that spectrum of patient care," said Dr. Jacobson, who is among approximately 20 faculty members leading the college.

The inaugural Class of 2017 comprises 82 students selected from among nearly 350 applicants. The majority of them are from Texas, with the largest block coming from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

They will undertake three years of classroom study, laboratory work and early clinical experiences. Fourth-year students cycle through advanced clinical rotations. At the end of their studies, students will receive a doctorate of pharmacy, known as a PharmD degree.


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Merlot Skin Care launches ‘My Daily Beauty’ campaign

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Merlot Skin Care, a grape seed-based skin care brand, has announced the launch of its “My Daily Beauty” campaign, which includes video tutorials in English and Spanish, social media engagement and contests, customer participation and a specially packaged Merlot Skin Care kit.

“It’s always Merlot Skin Care’s goal to help women get the most out of their skin care products,” explained Michele Beckley, VP operations for Merlot Skin Care. “We packaged the ‘My Daily Beauty’ kit for everyone looking to develop an easy-to-follow daily routine with anti-aging-focused solutions.”

Merlot’s “My Daily Beauty” kit features a three-step skin care routine: cleanse, tone and moisturize. Merlot Grape Seed Cleanser, Hydrating Toner and Merlot Moisturizer with SPF are packaged in a recyclable box, available at MerlotSkinCare.com for a limited time.

Merlot also is releasing a series of video tutorials from international beauty training consultant Rebecca Herrera, CEO of Speaking Of Beauty, in both English and Spanish.

The “My Daily Beauty” campaign also features regular blog posts (MerlotSkinCare.com/Blog) from Merlot Skin Care users and staff members, showcasing daily routines and highlighting tips to get the most out of every product.

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Allscripts introduces Population Health Analytics

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO — Electronic health record provider Allscripts has introduced a new point-of-care system that aims to reduce chronic disease management costs and reduce hospital readmissions, the company said Monday.

Allscripts said it would demonstrate the Population Health Analytics system at the Allscripts Client Experience, which takes place between Wednesday and Friday in Chicago.

"The Population Health Analytics solution offers the opportunity to truly fulfill the promise of accountable care," Population Health chief medical officer Joel Diamond said. "Real-time comparative analytics at the point of care is precisely the type of valuable tool clinicians need to access insights necessary to provide better care and create better outcomes for patients."

The system includes real-time performance indicators to help inform and guide immediate clinical intervention for chronic disease conditions and readmission risks and can be included on any electronic health record.

 

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