CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., visited the University of Charleston's School of Pharmacy on Friday to learn more about what the newly founded school is doing to educate West Virginia's future pharmacists.
Capito said she was interested in touring the school during National Pharmacy Month.
The role of pharmaceuticals, prescription drug abuse and the recently passed Affordable Care Act are all important issues before Congress, Capito said when she visited the campus in Kanawha City.
Dean Michelle R. Easton, who led Friday's tour, said the UC School of Pharmacy focuses its students on the individual personal needs of patients, not simply on filling their prescriptions.
The pharmacy school's website points out: "From the beginning, we envisioned a different kind of school of pharmacy -- one where the role of pharmacy was shaped by community-focused students and caring, hands-on faculty in an intimate environment."
Easton said, "We want our graduates to educate patients on how to effectively use their medications.
"And today, pharmacists often provide immunization shots to patients, especially college age and elderly people."
Capito and Easton both believe new federal legislation will lead to increased demands for health-care providers.