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February 2021

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Pharmacy School Forms Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Committed to strengthening opportunities and a supportive atmosphere, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has formed a permanent Diversity and Inclusion Standing Committee. 

Pediatric CBD Drug Trial at UMMC Gets Two-Year Extension

The clinical trial of a new cannabis-derived drug to treat seizures in children has moved into a study of the drug’s long-term safety and effectiveness during a two-year extension.

Dean David D. AllenDean David D. Allen Rings in a New Semester

As we begin the spring semester, Dean David D. Allen shares some words of encouragement and updates on important happenings at the School of Pharmacy. Read the Dean’s Message on the school’s website.


Task Force Preparing for Campuswide COVID-19 Vaccinations

The University of Mississippi Vaccine Distribution and Administration Task Force is preparing to launch a campuswide vaccination program as soon as shipments are available. The task force is working with the Mississippi State Department of Health to obtain doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

Sharing the Positivity

In a recent episode of PharmChats, we spoke with Andrew and Lauryn Smelser, a pair of Ole Miss Pharmacy graduates. They told us all about the world of pediatric pharmacy, how pharmacy school brought them together, and gave some great advice for anyone considering pharmacy as a career. Head over to our YouTube page to watch the full interview.

Social Media Moments

We are so appreciative of all the pharmacists playing such essential roles in the fight against COVID-19. We say thank you to those leading the way with the vaccine, including our stellar alums!

Despite a challenging year, Ole Miss Pharmacy’s stellar faculty saw tremendous success throughout 2020. Check out some of their favorite highlights.

Congratulations to S. Narasimha Murthy, professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery, who was honored with the Eminent Scientist Award from the Association of Pharmacy Professionals.


Want to know more about the COVID-19 vaccines? Join us on Feb. 9 as Josh Sharp, associate professor of pharmacology, explains the science behind the vaccines and answers your questions.

Heads up! We have a NEW deadline for the Special Programs and Scholarship application: Feb. 15!

Want to help aspiring pharmacists learn more about the profession? Join us on PharmChats, our new video series on YouTube! Watch our recent episodes, or contact to let her know how you want to help.

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