Small Insulin Study, Huge Diabetes Concerns

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Alan Carter is an adjunct faculty member and alumnus of the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Photo by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and Communications.

Adjunct and alumnus Alan Carter’s research is rocking the industry

His modest but technologically advanced study centered on only 18 vials of prescription insulin. But what researcher Alan Carter, adjunct University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy faculty member, discovered about them has sent the giant diabetes industry reeling and raised concern among patients and their advocates.

Carter examined insulin bought at multiple pharmacies, supplied by different wholesalers, in Kansas and Missouri. The concentration, or number of insulin units in the liquid solution, was labeled as 100 units per milliliter. READ MORE

Pain, Pills and Problems

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3 questions with a pharmacy professor about the opioid crisis and other drug problems

The research of Maureen Knell, clinical associate professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, is being cited with greater frequency in the wake of national leaders declaring America’s opioid epidemic a public-health emergency – a designation typically reserved for natural disasters.

The New York Times, The Kansas City Star and Kansas Public Radio have featured Knell and longtime collaborator Rafia Rasu of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. For years, they’ve been analyzing data from about 690 million outpatient clinic visits by patients who suffer from chronic pain not related to cancer. READ MORE

The Poverty-Health Connection

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UMKC health professions students learn together in large simulation

In Kansas City, nearly one in five residents live below the poverty line – a harsh reality shared by many patients UMKC students see on Hospital Hill and beyond.

To better understand the challenges and frustrations of those living in poverty, students participated in a large-scale poverty simulation, part of the Interprofessional Education (IPE) program on the UMKC Health Sciences campus. READ MORE