Nightingale Recognized for Research on Medication Use in Seniors with Cancer

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (09/26/2013) – Ginah Nightingale, PharmD, of the School of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University is the recipient of the 2013 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy New Investigator Award. The award provides start-up funding for new pharmacy faculty’s research programs. 

Nightingale is distinguished for her study, Polypharmacy and Inappropriate Medication Use in Senior Adult Oncology (SAO) Patients.

Excessive and inappropriate medication use in the elderly population has been recognized as a significant public health problem linked to adverse drug events, hospitalization, mortality and billions in healthcare expenditures. In SAO patients, the addition of chemotherapy or supportive care drugs can increase the risk and prevalence of these problems.

Dr. Nightingale explains, “This investigation will be the first of its kind to examine the prevalence of polypharmacy (PP), excessive polypharmacy (EP) and potentially inappropriate medication use (PIM) use in SAO clinical practice using the most current and inclusive evidence‐based criteria.” She states, “The investigation findings will be used to further promote and expand upon pharmacist involvement in SAO practice with pharmacist‐derived medication assessments to optimize safe and effective medication use in patients and SAO populations.”

About Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University, (TJU), the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia, is nationally renowned for medical and health sciences education and innovative research. Founded in 1824, TJU includes Jefferson Medical College (JMC), one of the largest private medical schools in the country and ranked among the nation's best medical schools by U.S. News & World Report, and the Jefferson Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Population Health and the College of Graduate Studies. Jefferson University Physicians is TJU's multi-specialty physician practice consisting of the full-time faculty of JMC. Thomas Jefferson University partners with its clinical affiliate, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.

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