Roseman University Professor Receives Research Grant

Dr. Venkata Yellepeddi, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Roseman University’s South Jordan campus, was awarded a grant from the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists Foundation (IACP). The grant was awarded due to Dr. Yellepeddi’s research study on the “Formulation and Stability Studies of a Preservative Free Prochlorperazine Nasal Spray for Pain Relief in Migraine.” This is the second award that Dr. Yellepeddi has received this year. The previous award given by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), New Investigator, was given based on Dr. Yellepeddi’s proposal titled, “Omega 3 fatty acid conjugated nanoconstructs for targeted delivery of paclitaxel.”

“The practice of extemporaneous compounding of medications is on the rise in recent days, mainly due to either lack of certain branded pharmaceuticals or unavailability of appropriate dose strengths required for patients,” according to Yellepeddi. Dr. Yellepeddi’s research study involves development of new compounding techniques for medications intended to be compounded for pain relief. The research study aims at developing compounding techniques which result in preservative free formulations which may have better safety profiles. The grant will provide Dr. Yellepeddi with funds which will allow him to obtain the required resources for not only development of new formulations, but also to establish validated methods for testing stability and safety of extemporaneously compounded formulations. The data obtained by virtue of this research project will be published in peer reviewed journals in the compounding pharmacy field and also will be used as preliminary data for applying for grants for development of pediatric populations like the NIH program for development of appropriate pediatric formulations.

IACP is an association that represents pharmacists, technicians, students, and members of the compounding community who focus on the specialty practice of pharmacy compounding. Compounding pharmacists work directly with prescribers including physicians, nurse practitioners and veterinarians to create customized medication solutions for patients and animals whose healthcare needs cannot be met by manufactured medications.  The mission of the IACP is to protect, promote and advance the art and science of pharmacy compounding.

Congratulations Dr. Yellepeddi! Roseman University is lucky to have you.