Dr. James McCormack, BSc (Pharm.), PharmD
Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC
Dr. James McCormack received his undergraduate pharmacy degree at the University of British Columbia in 1982. He received his doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD) in 1986 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. McCormack’s focus is on shared-informed decision-making using evidence-based information and rational therapeutic principles. He has presented over 300 seminars on drug therapy, has published over 100 articles in medical literature, mainly in the area of rational drug therapy, and worked as an editor for two internationally recognized textbooks on appropriate/rational drug therapy.
Dr. Adil Virani, BSc (Pharm.), PharmD, FCSHP
Director, Pharmacy Services, Fraser Health Authority; Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC
Dr. Virani received his undergraduate and doctorate degrees from the UBC, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. He works as a director with Pharmacy Services at Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care and Provincial Health Services Authority. Dr. Virani is also an associate professor with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. He has over 30 publications and has delivered over 100 presentations. He is the lead editor of a 372 page book entitled the Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs, which is now in its 18th edition and is the 2009 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year. He also co-wrote a similar handbook for children and adolescents.
In addition to his role on the Education Working Group of the Therapeutics Initiative, Dr. Virani is a core member of the Canadian Optimal Medication Prescribing and Utilization Service (COMPUS) Expert Review Committee and a member of the Human Drug Advisory Panel (HDAP) of the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board (PMPRB).