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    Strong Relationship between Duquesne Pharmacy School, FDA Yields Extraordinary Opportunity

    The strong relationship between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Duquesne University's Mylan School of Pharmacy has resulted in a group of graduate students visiting the agency's site and interacting with FDA professionals.

    Dr. James K. Drennen III, associate dean, and Dr. Ira Buckner, advisor to the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Student Chapter, led 16 students and a visiting scholar on a June 19 visit to the Silver Spring, Md., site.

    "The AAPS Student Chapter at Duquesne expressed interest in a visit to the FDA," Drennen said. "The trip was organized through our contacts in the agency that have developed from our long-term relationship based on our work with the scientists and policymakers at the FDA."

    The faculty and students of the Duquesne University Center for Pharmaceutical Technology have provided a variety of training programs for the FDA and the industry, including programs on quality risk management, process analytical technology and quality by design. In addition, Duquesne and consortium partners from other universities have been engaged in an FDA contract worth up to $35 million to enhance the drug manufacturing and drug development process.

    "It was an excellent visit, offering our delegation interaction with several departments within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research," Drennen said. Students heard four presentations related to the FDA operations and visited the agency's product quality research labs.

    "Because of our close interactions with the FDA's Office of Pharmaceutical Science, we were able to offer an experience that enhanced students' understanding of the agency, its structure and its challenges," Buckner said. "We're pleased to be able to offer this type of unique experience to our graduate students in pharmaceutical sciences."

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.