Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Cumpston (PharmD, 2001). Cumpston earned the 2019 "Excellence in Advocacy Award" from the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG). The national award is presented to members who have made a significant impact on the field of pharmacy in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation through patient or practice advocacy. Cumpston works for is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Bone Marrow Transplantation/Hematologic Malignancies and the WVU Cancer Center,
Director, PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the WVU School of Pharmacy.
WVU Health Sciences Center Faculty Development Program will host a series of sessions at noon on Sept. 26.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Statistics show more than 10,000 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2019.
America’s opioid epidemic will go down in history alongside the Spanish flu, typhoid, polio and AIDS as one of our worst public health disasters. Between 1999 and 2017, almost 218,000 people in the United States died from overdoses connected to prescription opioids, and almost as many more died from overdoses connected to illicit opioids. Of the 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017, two-thirds of them were opioid-connected. Deaths continue at the rate of 130 a day.