A new pharmacy residency and lecture series are two of the first tangible outcomes of the $30 million gift to the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (COP) to launch the William P. and Lou W. Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center at the University of South Carolina (USC).
The Kennedy gift, second largest in the history of both USC and in pharmacy education nationally, is $1 million a year for 10 years with $20 million in deferred giving. Bill Kennedy is a USC pharmacy graduate from the Class of 1966 and Lou Kennedy is a USC journalism graduate from the Class of 1984.
The SCCP has entered into an agreement with Barry Bryant at Barney's Pharmacy in Augusta to establish a community pharmacy residency which will be supported in part by the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center (KPIC). Barney's innovative approach to independent community pharmacy motivated the New York Times to feature the pharmacy in a feature article and sidebar last August. The P4 class has been invited to apply for the position.
In the fall, world-renowned pharmacy compounding expert Dr. Lloyd V. Allen will present the first lecture in a new Kennedy Lecture Series. Allen is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding, CEO of the Midwest Institute of Research and Technology, and professor emeritus of the University of Oklahoma HSC College of Pharmacy. He is a consultant to compounding pharmacists and the pharmaceutical industry and currently develops and teaches pharmaceutics courses online at various universities throughout the U.S.
He obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in 1966 and 1970, respectively.
He completed a residency in hospital pharmacy at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Boston in 1966-67. He received the doctorate in psychology in pharmaceutics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972.
He taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy (where he opted for early retirement in 1998) where he was professor and chair, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutics. In 1996, he initiated the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding, and serves as editor-in-chief. In addition, he is a consultant in pharmacy and pharmaceutics to a number of pharmaceutical companies, and writes for journals and textbooks.