Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dedicates The Duane Reade Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory
State-of-the-Art Laboratory Built with a Gift from Duane Reade
Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. — Students at Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences now have their own pharmacy on campus, thanks to a new, state-of-the-art pharmaceutical care laboratory constructed with funds donated by Duane Reade.
The Duane Reade Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory simulates a modern community pharmacy practice environment, said Stephen Gross, dean emeritus of the College of Pharmacy, who secured the funds from Duane Reade.
“It provides important knowledge and skills that will better prepare our students for the advanced practice experiences that students will get when they are placed in actual community pharmacies,” Gross said.
Equipped with a computerized, fully operational prescription department, the new lab features semi-private and private counseling spaces and is being used in a variety of courses, including classes in pharmacotherapeutics and communication skills in pharmaceutical care.
A dedication ceremony for the laboratory was held earlier this spring. In addition to Gross, participants in the ceremony were University President David J. Steinberg, University Vice President Jeffrey Kane, Brooklyn Campus Provost Gale Stevens Haynes and Assistant Pharmacy Dean Lorraine Cicero. Duane Reade was represented by Senior Vice President for Pharmacy Operations Frank Scorpiniti.
“Duane Reade has been particularly generous to the College, providing funding for this laboratory, underwriting innovative community pharmacy residency programs, and supporting many student-run events and activities,” Gross said.
Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Established in 1886, the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy became affiliated with Long Island University in 1929. In 1976, the College became a fully integrated unit of the University and was renamed the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. One of the oldest and largest schools of its kind in the country, the College is located on the Brooklyn Campus and boasts an illustrious roster of alumni, including pharmacy professionals who are at the top echelons of their fields, and at the forefront of groundbreaking developments in the pharmaceutical industry. The College educates nearly one quarter of the pharmacists in New York State and many who find careers elsewhere.
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