Reflection #1: Emily Ortner, PharmD Candidate
In this week’s presentation, Dr. Smarinsky presented on the topic of providing medical relief to developing countries and countries more prone to disasters. Part of the privately funded organization is their non-profit wholesaler that provides medications to all 50 states and outside countries. Most of the countries they ship to mandate at least a year left in expiration of the medications to accept them, so the countries don’t have to dispose of copious amounts of donated medications. They have partners in 86 different countries and are the largest provider of charitable medications in the US. This presentation can be used in a student pharmacist’s career because it is important to help other countries that need medical care and don’t have access to it. I’ve been looking for an organization to go abroad with to have an experience providing medical care to others and this could be the organization to do that.
Reflection #2: Suzanne Kocharyan, PharmD Candidate
Dr. Ruth Smarinsky is a representative of Direct Relief which is a non-profit organization for helping sick and underserved people around the world and is the largest provider of charitable medicines in the United States. Dr. Smarinsky’s organization has served 86 countries, with the United States for being the most assisted. Direct relief also supports approximately 1,652 healthcare facilities within these 86 countries. This organization has come up with a product line of different sized kits, with different medications; for example, the smallest kit, which is primarily for low-income families, comes with 360 prenatal tablets that will serve through a women’s pregnancy and lactation period. Currently, this organization is looking to keep people from impacting the healthcare field; they carry a wide range of medications for conditions as seizures, hypertension, and diabetes. In cases of disaster, they prepared a pre-positioned emergency kit that will help 100 injured/hurt people for approximately 3-5 days until help is able to reach. This career path for pharmacists is very rewarding, especially when you get to help people in times of need that were out of their control.