Midway College plans to open a school of pharmacy in Paintsville, Ky., in the fall semester of 2011. "We are a college that has been built around the health sciences," President William B. Drake said. "This move to the doctoral level for a pharmacy program is a natural extension of that." The pharmacy school will be the first in Appalachian Kentucky, much of which is plagued by abuse of prescription drugs.
The school's first home will be the Mayo Campus of the Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Drake said the site was selected because of "extrordinary community support. That included "an investment of financial resources and multiple land parcels currently being considered as possible donations for the school's eventual permanent site," Susan Baniak of Business Lexington reports.