What began many years ago as a relationship between Lynn Lafferty, Pharm.D., a faculty member in the NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Integrative Health and Wellness, and Charles DuBois, owner of the Wisconsin-based corporation Standard Process, has grown into a very robust partnership between NSU and the company known for selling whole food nutrient solutions through health care professionals.
Following their generous gift of $50,000 for wellness programming, a wellness initiative, and curriculum development, several executives from Standard Process spent two days with NSU faculty at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus in conjunction with their national sales meeting in Miami Beach in January.
They are enthusiastic about partnering with pharmacy and medical colleges to add credence to the whole food nutrition and herbal therapy industry and engage pharma- and medically-trained students and faculty for the purposes of product development, curriculum integration, and clinical research.
According to NSU College of Pharmacy Dean Lisa Deziel, Pharm.D., there is increasing interest on the part of Pharm.D. and Ph.D. students in the area of nutraceuticals and integrative medicine. Dr. Deziel says the feedback from students and practicing pharmacists alike is that more patients are asking about over-the-counter, naturopathic remedies.
“Pharmacists are now, more than ever, the first line of healthcare practice," Deziel said.
Deziel predicts an increasing interest in ‘nutraceutical therapy consultants’ as the focus of healthcare begins moving toward preventative medicine versus reactive treatment.
Standard Process executives also met with faculty members at NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine and discussed NSU’s progress on the Standard Process-supported wellness and nutrition educational outreach, development of the NSU-COM certificate program in nutrition, and the research being conducted at NSU's Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine.