URI assistant pharmacy dean honored
by R.I. Society of Health-System Pharmacists
KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 10, 2000 -- An assistant dean in the University
of Rhode Island's College of Pharmacy has been selected Health-System Pharmacist
of the Year by the Rhode Island Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
East Greenwich resident Henrique Pedro, assistant dean for experiential
learning, was presented with a plaque from Pfizer Inc. and a bowl from the
Rhode Island Society of Health-System Pharmacists during the society's installation
and awards banquet in January.
The society is made up of pharmacists mainly from hospitals, community
pharmacies, and health maintenance organizations.
Pedro earned his bachelor of science in pharmacy from URI in 1976 and
did a residency in clinical pharmacy at Rhode Island Hospital in 1981. In
addition to his academic work at URI, Pedro remains an active pharmacist
at Earnshaw's Pharmacy in Wickford.
"It certainly is great to get recognition by your peers," said
Pedro. "It is especially gratifying for me because I worked at Rhode
Island Hospital for 10 years before I came to URI. I was surprised because
I am not a practicing hospital pharmacist. I believe I am the first person
to be selected from academia."
The society paid tribute to Pedro's work with URI's Brown Bag Prescription
program for the elderly, and his role as president of both the Rhode Island
Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Rhode Island Pharmacists Association.
He is one of a few who have ever held both posts.
Pedro is also a member of the new Rhode Island Institute for Pharmaceutical
Care. The group will be developing programs to improve pharmaceutical care
for patients. For instance, the institute is working to establish a once-a-year
medication check for the elderly. "It would be analogous to a yearly
physical, except an individual would go to their pharmacist for a review
of the medications."
Marlene Ritualo, a pharmacist at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket,
and URI graduate, nominated Pedro for the award.
"His students love him, and he's always there for them," Ritualo
"He has a passion for pharmacy, especially on issues pertaining
to effective use of medications and improved patient care. The federal government
is now looking at some of these issues very closely, but Henry has always
paid close attention to them."
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