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Pharmacy Fusion
First Monday of Every Month at 7:30pm

Pharmacy Fusion is a dynamic broadcast covering a broad array of topics related to the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. Listen on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm to hear how students, faculty, alumni and supporters are forging new pathways for advancing pharmacy practice laws in Idaho, engaging in cutting edge research on new and emerging drug treatments, innovative drug delivery methods, telepharmacy and psychopharmacology advancements, and more. Guests from a variety of backgrounds, including not just pharmacy but pharmaceutical sciences and clinical psychopharmacology will join host Walter Fitzgerald, dean for the College of Pharmacy for discussions spanning far beyond the pharmacy counter.

Latest Episodes
  • National Antibiotic Resistance Week is November 18-24. Dr. Karl Madaras-Kelly, professor in the ISU College of Pharmacy joins Pharmacy Fusion for a discussion on how antibiotic resistance came to be in the US, where Idaho ranks compared to other states, and how student pharmacists are working to solve the problem.
  • When we visit a community pharmacy for a prescription, we see and interact with our pharmacists. But when hospitalized, and although many pharmacists practice in hospitals, patients do not always interact with them. College of Pharmacy alumni Dr. Scott Milner explains pharmacy services in a hospital setting, and how the process is both similar and different compared to a community pharmacy.
  • Pharmacy Fusion offers an inside look, in an easy to understand format, at the new guidelines and availability of COVID-19, monkeypox. Meningitis and influenza immunizations.
  • In this month's edition of Pharmacy Fusion, ISU Pharmacy Dean Walter Fitzgerald speaks with Dr. Tom Wadsworth. Tom was involved in both the initial planning stages in 2007 and successful launching of ISU Pharmacy's Alaskan campus in 2016.
  • Pharmacy is a growing field, especially for pharmacy technicians. Many pharmacists are also getting sign-on bonuses or other hiring incentives to work in the field. Plus, Idaho is one of the few states where pharmacists are able to diagnose and prescribe medications for things like strep throat or influenza, right there in the pharmacy. Rikki Trussel, College of Pharmacy Class of 2012, and new manager at Bengal Pharmacy in Pocatello says Idaho State University’s work with rural medicine and advancing the practice of pharmacy has always interested and excited her. She discusses the vision for Bengal Pharmacy not just in Pocatello, but at the two telepharmacy location sites in Arco and Challis, ID as well.
  • Pharmacy Fusion features a very special guest this month, a two-time Idaho State alumnus and recent recipient of the College of Pharmacy Professional Achievement award.
  • If you tuned into last month’s episode of Pharmacy Fusion, you learned about the research and grant funding related to the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University. This month Dr. Renee Robinson joins Dean Walter Fitzgerald to talk about the research initiatives students and faculty are involved in, related to the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Science. Dr. Robinson joins the broadcast from Anchorage, Alaska, where the College of Pharmacy has a cohort of students as part of a collaboration with the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
  • This month’s episode of Pharmacy Fusion offers an in depth look at many of the fascinating College of Pharmacy research initiatives with Dr. Marvin Schulte, chair and professor for the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • As a follow up to the February episode of Pharmacy Fusion where we discussed pre-diabetes and how to manage or prevent the onset of diabetes, Dr. Cara Liday joins Dean Walter Fitzgerald in this edition for a discussion of the different types of diabetes, how to manage the symptoms and how to improve conditions after diagnosis. Although pharmacists are the medication experts on the health care team, there are options for treating diabetes that do not include prescription medication such as lifestyle changes related to diet, exercise and more.
  • On this episode of Pharmacy Fusion, Debbie Marchetti, a pharmacist at Ed Snell’s Pharmacy and College of Pharmacy alumna shares how increasing awareness of prediabetes and its path to type 2 diabetes can help reduce the incidence of diabetes in Americans by 90 percent.