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Pharmacy students volunteer at SeniorFest

Oct. 14, 2012 @ 12:15 AM

HUNTINGTON -- More than 20 Marshall University School of Pharmacy students participated in Cabell Huntington Hospital's 2012 SeniorFest on Sept. 29.

The students assisted with the hospital's pharmacy project, in which hospital pharmacists educated seniors on Medicare Part D information and also provided information about prescription medicines.

"This is an excellent venue for our pharmacy students to be involved in the well-being of our community," said Dr. Robert B. Stanton, assistant dean for the Office of Experiential Education at the School of Pharmacy.

The event included dozens of screenings, medication reviews and flu shots.

Joy Pelfrey, director of senior services at Cabell Huntington, said the assistance from pharmacy students was greatly appreciated.

"We (were) so excited to have the student pharmacists participate in this year's event," Pelfrey said, noting that the students worked one-to-one with seniors assisting with the issues they face with the delicate balance between the disease process, medications used to treat them in a safe manner and the ability to have the resources available to purchase their meds.

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