UT Tyler announced Wednesday a bill to authorize the creation of a pharmacy school has passed the
Texas Senate and House. The bill now goes to Governor Rick Perry. If Perry
signs the bill, the UT Board of Regents will give final approval for the school.
UT Tyler President Doctor Rod Mabry says local business
leaders brought his 13 year pharmacy school dream to life, "We began in earnest
last summer as a result of business people who really did come to us and say
that they need to be able to have a greater supply for pharmacists."
time you can get professional school into your community, you're going to
increase the education level in the area. Long-term, I think it will be a great
thing for us," says Jeffrey Abeldt, owner and pharmacist at Brick Street
says the demand for pharmacists is increasing, "It seems like there's just more
and more prescriptions being filled every year and so, as a result, you're
going to have to have more pharmacists to oversee the process."
will provide a stable, high income set of jobs for students, an opportunity for
East Texans to prepare to really fill some important positions," Dr. Mabry
believes there are several reasons East Texas needs a pharmacy school. Some of
those reasons include accounting for the number of aging baby boomers and the
increase in people covered under the Affordable Care Act.
to 15 PhDs will have to move into the community that are specialized in
pharmacology or toxicology," Abeldt says, "It will be another huge impact. Even
the police department would be able to use in some of their forensics type
Pharmacy school students would even intern for Abeldt. He
says he's looking forward to it.
Dr. Mabry says the pharmacy school will be self-supporting.
That means the school will receive no state funding. He says there will not be
any cross subsidy from other parts of the university. Tuition and philanthropy is
how Dr. Mabry says the school will be funded.
Governor Rick Perry has until next month to sign the bill.
UT Tyler hopes to be an accredited pharmacy school by Fall 2015.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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