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Allied Health Sponsors Open House and Public Lecture

Released: 10/27/2008

The Department of Allied Health at LSU at Alexandria will hold an open house and public education lecture on cutting the cost of prescription drugs on Nov. 6 as part of its national Allied Health Week observance. The open house in the new Allied Health Building at 807 Jackson St. in Alexandria will start at 2 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 3 p.m.

LSUA associate professor of allied health and clinical pharmacist Dusty Nassif will deliver the lecture on “Affordability of Prescription Drugs: Learning to Control Cost.” Nassif said the consumer-oriented presentation will focus on questions patients should ask doctors and pharmacists about prescribed medicine, generic alternatives, and methods of saving money without compromising patient health.

The lecture is the first in a series of free quarterly presentations by the Department of Allied Health, which teaches clinical laboratory science, radiologic technology, pharmacy technology, medical coding, phlebotomy and basic electrocardiogram to some 325 students.

The Allied Health Building, containing nearly 10,000 square feet, features clinical laboratory science, digital X-ray and phlebotomy labs, a video conferencing room, and multiple classrooms. It was donated to the university by Rapides Regional Medical Center and furnished with more than $800,000 in grants from the LSU Board of Supervisors, Louisiana Board of Regents, the hospital and other sources.

Additional information about the open house and lecture is available by calling 473-6446.