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School of Pharmacy produces, delivers hand sanitizer

Monday, May 4, 2020

Clean hands are the best defense to contracting the Coronavirus, but a nationwide shortage of hand sanitizer has made that a difficult challenge for many.

The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy has stepped up to provide some relief to those in the KU and Lawrence community who must continue working during the Coronavirus crisis. Pharmaceutical Chemistry Professor Michael Hageman and staff from Biopharmaceutical Innovation and Optimization Center have volunteered their time over the past few weeks to produce batches of much-needed hand sanitizer.

The School of Pharmacy delivered more than 400 bottles to places including Watkins Health Services, KU Facilities and Operations, The Willow Domestic Violence Shelter and several area child and senior care providers. KU’s Department of Chemistry supplied the raw materials needed to mix the hand sanitizer.

School of Pharmacy Dean Ronald Ragan said the school made it a priority to get the sanitizer into the hands of those members of our campus and community that don’t have the option of quarantining, those people who are on the front line of this fight day in and day out.

“The health of our community is a responsibility we all share,” Ragan said. “We’re thankful to all of those who are working to keep our university and community going during this health crisis and to our partners at KU who joined us in this effort.”



Coronavirus Update
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Academic Support Services

Academic support services typically accessed via the Dean’s office are still available by appointment via phone/Skype/Zoom. Please contact KU School of Pharmacy Student Services at rxstudentservices@ku.edu.

Prospective Students
(future freshmen or transfers)

While KU has suspended campus visits, phone appointments are still available for pre-pharmacy guidance. Please contact Chris Claussen, KU School of Pharmacy admissions representative, at claussen@ku.edu.

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Pre-pharmacy students seeking guidance may still schedule phone appointments. Please contact Chris Claussen, KU School of Pharmacy admissions representative, at claussen@ku.edu.

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2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU