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August 21, 2008

ULM College of Pharmacy receives $50,000 donation from GlaxoSmithKline

Distinguished guests from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline visited the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy’s innovative Pharmacy Care Laboratory Wednesday, Aug. 20, touring the facilities and bestowing a $50,000 donation in support of the lab’s trendsetting achievements.

GSK President Chris Viehbacher spoke on behalf of the company, stating their support for the College of Pharmacy’s emphasis upon ensuring quality patient care. "GSK is pleased to make a contribution to the ULM College of Pharmacy’s Pharmacy Care Laboratory, which is preparing students for valuable hands-on pharmaceutical patient care. The College of Pharmacy at ULM is demonstrating true health care leadership by enhancing their pharmacy school curriculum, as well improving patient outcomes through their various disease management programs."

College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Lamar Pritchard, praised GSK for helping to enhance the COP facility and its sophisticated technology, ultimately helping the team shape its students into some of the most highly trained pharmacists in the country.

“We are very proud of our partnership with GlaxoSmithKline. GSK is a true leader in the international pharmaceutical industry. The entire GSK team is totally committed to improving the overall health status of citizens across the globe. GSK is taking a very proactive approach that utilizes many disease prevention strategies to accomplish this laudable goal. Our College embraces the concept of disease prevention as well in our teaching, research and service activities. We can’t thank GSK enough for this generous gift.”

GSK representatives French Smith, Phillip Gayle, Mark Gugliuzza, and Stein Baughman presented the donation to the College.

Anthony Walker, the manager of the COP Pharmacy Care Lab, expressed his gratitude for GlaxoSmithKline’s valuable support. “We are very privileged to have this donation because it will help us in our simulated hospital scenarios – with the updates, we can bring the simulated patient, also know as Sim-Man, to the classrooms, in order to teach the students even more about subjects like drug interactions and drug disease states. Our students will appreciate this – it will definitely help them.”

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