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News release (September 2, 2013)
College of Pharmacy students inventoried thousands of drugs for Matthew 25 last week for a service learning project. The 12 Manchester University students filled 60 legal-sized pages with records of drug names, their strength and lot numbers, both in unopened and opened containers.
The records then were digitized in Matthew 25 computers, said Ahmed Abdelmageed, associate director of experiential education. “Now all the drugs are accounted for and Matthew 25 can track how much they have spent on what drug, how many are left on the shelf, etc."
The students gained from the 5½-hour inventory experience, too. “This helped me a lot because I have not worked much in pharmacy,” said Nour Al Jamal, a first-year student from Lake Oswego, Ore. “It helped me become more familiar with drug names and strengths.”
That was part of the goal, said Abdelmageed, who donates time weekly as a pharmacist at the clinic. “We wanted the students to see the value of the service provided by Matthew 25 to the Fort Wayne community and to appreciate the value of every cent spent on every pill.”
Matthew 25 provides free medical, dental and vision services to uninsured, low-income residents of Allen County. Learn more about the clinic at www.matthew25online.org.
Learn more about the Manchester University College of Pharmacy at pharmacy.manchester.edu.