by Stephen Vodhanel, PhD
On May 9, 2013, the Division of Experiential Education had the privilege of hosting David Nicolau, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA, for a Continuing Education program entitled “Optimization of Antimicrobial Efficacy in the Era of Increasing Resistance.”
Dr. David Nicolau is the Director of the Center for Anti-Infective Research and Development at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, and has an impressive clinical career.
Along with his hospital responsibilities, Dr. Nicolau is also respected as an internationally esteemed researcher involving a wide range of preclinical drug development studies to assess the in vitro potency, in vivo efficacy and toxicity profiles of novel compounds. He has been a principal investigator for Phase I-IV studies, as well as Investigational New Drug applications.
Dr. Nicolau is widely recognized for his efforts focusing on the development of antimicrobial utilization strategies to improve outcomes and reduce the cost of care for the infected patient.
With over 500 publications, 300 abstracts, and 1,000 local, national or international presentations, LLUSP was very proud and privileged to present Dr. Nicolau for the April 2013 Preceptor CE Event.
Dr. Nicolau’s CE presentation was an invaluable lesson on the topic of optimizing antimicrobial efficacy in an era of emerging bacterial resistance for today’s pharmacists.
According to LLUSP’s Director of Experiential Education, Naomi Florea, PharmD, “Dr. Nicolau presented an invaluable presentation on the topic of optimizing antimicrobial efficacy in an era of emerging bacterial resistance. The information presented was well received by all pharmacists in attendance, as they acknowledged repeatedly throughout the evening that the information gained through the presentation will be used in their clinical practice.”
Tony Chau (pictured at left), PharmD, AAHIVP, and ID clinical pharmacist for Loma Linda Veterans Healthcare System, states, “It was a time well spent to listen to Dr. Nicolau’s presentation because of his expertise in antibiotic resistance. He had broadened my knowledge abut using combo antibiotics could overcome MDRO.”
For S. Alexander Winans, PharmD, infectious diseases fellow, Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy, this CE event affirms current practice. “Dr. Nicolau addressed pertinent issues in multidrug-resistant organisms, including the pharmacokinetic optimization of antibiotics to combat serious infections caused by these pathogens. As pharmacists, we must understand the importance of maximizing pharmacologic and pharmacokinetic properties of existing antibiotics in the absence of novel antibiotic development. Currently at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, the infectious diseases pharmacists strive to maximize pharmacokinetic parameters of antibiotics in order to dose individual patients, instead of providing a one-size-fits-all approach to all patients. Dr. Nicolau reaffirmed our idea of an individualized approach to antibiotic dosing and offered insight regarding ways to possibly improve our current strategies,” said Winans.
For Steven Forland, Pharm D, clinical specialist of infectious diseases for LLUMC, the CE event was a chance to reacquaint himself with Dr. Nicolau in the professional arena. “It was good to see Dr. Nicolau again and hear what he had to say about optimizing antimicrobial therapy. Dr. Nicolau is a recognized expert in antibiotic pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics so I make a point of keeping abreast of his research. We will be looking into the use of double carbapenems to manage infections caused by bacteria producing KPCs. We were also able to interest Dr. Nicolau in collaborating with us, in a PK study that Dr. Winans and I will be starting here this summer,” said Forland.
Continuing education (CE) is a requirement for all of the nation’s pharmacists for re-licensure. Laws are fairly uniform across the states, with California pharmacists required to complete thirty hours of approved CE every two years.
As a Center for the Advancement of Pharmaceutical Education (CAPE) institution, LLUSP values the opportunity to provide CE events to the very people that make pharmacy careers possible for pharmacy students – our preceptors.
CE events are an opportunity for LLUSP to collaborate professionally with our preceptor pharmacists, while at the same time enjoying an evening of good food and camaraderie with so many of the LLUSP’s good friends.
Photo left to right: Drs. S. Alexander Winans, Naomi Florea, David Nicolau, and Steven Forland