June 14, 2005

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3651

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

This summer the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center , within the UNM College of Pharmacy, will become one of four sites in the country to offer a clinical toxicology post-doctoral fellowship for pharmacists.

Currently, all UNM pharmacy students complete a rotation in the poison center to gain experience in drug information and clinical toxicology before receiving their doctor of pharmacy degree. This training helps prepare future pharmacists to be a source of information on identification, prevention and resolution of medication-related problems.

But now pharmacists wanting to specialize in drug information and clinical toxicology can do so in the two-year fellowship at the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center .

"The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center contributes significantly to the UNM College of Pharmacy by providing pharmacy students an invaluable experiential education," said John A. Pieper, dean of the UNM College of Pharmacy. "By learning strategies for retrieval and communication of information about poisonings and drug information, they enhance the quality of life for the people of New Mexico and become sources of information for the people in the communities they will serve."

The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center is a public service program of the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Center . The center serves as a major teaching site for the UNM College of Pharmacy and Department of Emergency Medicine and is certified as a Regional Poison Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

The mission of the college is to develop innovative leaders in pharmaceutical care and research who enhance the quality of life for the people of New Mexico . For more information on the UNM College of Pharmacy, please visit http://hsc.unm.edu/pharmacy/.