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Researcher one of 16 to get award

Created on:   Sat, Feb 24, 2018   1:31 PM

Last modified:   Sat, Feb 24, 2018   1:31 PM

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MORGANTOWN — With age comes a higher prevalence of chronic illness, often resulting in the use of multiple prescription medications at a time.

A WVU researcher is examining the prevalence and hazards of potentially inappropriate medication prescribing among elderly cancer survivors.

Traci LeMasters, assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy, is a recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s New Investigator Award, which grants funding to early-career faculty to jumpstart independent research programs. She is one of only 16 people nationwide to receive the award this year.

Her research will focus on how often elderly cancer survivors are prescribed potentially inappropriate medications, the likelihood that they will have an adverse drug event and their annual prescription drug expenditures. These outcomes will be compared between elderly individuals with and without a history of cancer to understand the impact of a cancer diagnosis on these outcomes.