Community Health Articles

The Affordable Care Act and the Pharmacist

Historically, the U.S. healthcare system has been disjointed and rigid, with millions of Americans either uninsured or underinsured. In 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law a new healthcare statute, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).1 The ACA comprises two pieces of legislation: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (enacted March 23, 2010) and the [...]

Pharmacy Facts Hit the Air Ways

Soheyla Mahdavian, Pharm.D. Pharmacy Facts aired Wednesday’s at 8:20am and 5:18pm during the Fall semester of 2016. Questions received were responded to by COPPS faculty and administrators, Drs. Antonio Carrion, Patty Ghazvini, Jovan Miles, Soheyla Mahdavian, and Jocelyn Jones Spates, respectively. Some of the questions posed and responses were as follows: Why do I have [...]

The Fight Against Breast Cancer

While currently there are no cures for women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (also called advanced, stage IV breast cancer), several targeted treatment options are available based on the presence or absence of specific tumor markers. Metastatic breast cancers that are hormone receptor positive (ie., require estrogens for growth) are treated with drugs like letrozole [...]


Thursday morning and early afternoon, the gymnasium of the Salvation Army, 1501 N Q St., on Pensacola's west side, served as a fair for agencies offering services to the homeless. Thirty-six agencies and other service providers, normally spread around town, gathered in one location to offer health screenings, warm blankets, haircuts, eye glasses and referrals [...]


The Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) Pharmacy Leadership Society is one of the foremost leadership organizations housed in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) at Florida A&M University (FAMU). The mission of PLS is to support pharmacy leadership commitment by recognizing leaders and fostering leadership development. Many years ago, student [...]

Different Manufacturer, But Still the Same Drug

You have been refilling the same generic drug prescription at your pharmacy for months without any incident, but this time you were given a medication that appears to have a different shape, color or size. The pharmacist says it is the same medication that you have taken before. I know it is confusing and you [...]