NMA: Nonprescription Medicines Academy

Jenny A. Van Amburgh - Co Editor

Current Academic Appointment

  • Associate Clinical Professor, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Northeastern University – Bouvé College of Health Sciences - School of Pharmacy (since 2000)


  • Doctor of Pharmacy – Albany College of Pharmacy
  • Bachelors of Science: Pharmacy – Albany College of Pharmacy
  • Credentials: BCACP, CDE
  • Certifications: OTC advisor, ASHP – Diabetes Patient Care, NIPCO Therapeutic Foot Care, APhA Immunization Program, Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (MA-DPH)

Instructional Area

Comprehensive Disease Management

  • Module 1: Course Coordinator: 2010
  • Lecturer for Patient Assessment and Therapeutic Thought Processes

Self Care Therapeutics (required)

  • Course Coordinator: 2000 – 2005; 2009

Pharmaceutical Care Lab (required)

  • Course Coordinator: 2003 – present
  • Lecturer for the following topics: Cardiovascular; Cultural Considerations; Dermatology; Diabetes Care; Gastrointestinal / Genitourinary; Medication History & Adherence; Nutrition; Respiratory & Tobacco Cessation; Immunizations & Travel Vaccinations

Teaching Innovations

  • Redeveloped the Self Care Therapeutics, Pathophysiolgy and Therapeutics sequences to an integrated course – Comprehensive Disease Module
  • Implementation of YouTube Project in Self Care Therapeutics (household products and OTC drugs of abuse) – Collaborated with Seena Haines, PharmD – Palm Beach Altantic University
  • Assisted in the development of the Active Learning Inventory Tool (ALIT) and Peer Observation & Evaluation Tool (POET)
  • Designed and developed the Pharmaceutical Care Lab – an integrated course of Self Care Therapeutics (medications / home diagnostic monitoring devices), Therapeutics 1-5, and clinical / physical assessment skills
  • Redeveloped the Self Care Therapeutics course from 2 SH to 4 SH course

Research (Focused / integrated with OTC-Self Care)


  • $50,000 2 yr grant from the CDC Communities Putting Prevention to Work – Smoking Cessation Training for Community Pharmacists Infrastructure Initiative. (2010-2012)
  • $241,795 1 yr unrestricted educational grant from Proctor & Gamble: Nonprescription Medicine Academy ‘Self Care Sound Bytes’ Newsletter Development and Distribution (2009)
  • $169,662 1 yr unrestricted educational grant from Proctor & Gamble: Nonprescription Medicine Academy Website Development and Expansion (2009)
  • $81,191 1 yr unrestricted educational grant from Procter & Gamble: Nonprescription Medicines Academy Web Site Maintenance (2008)
  • $94,500 1 yr unrestricted educational grant from Procter & Gamble: Nonprescription Medicines Academy Web Site Revisions & Maintenance (2007)
  • $79,002 1 yr unrestricted educational grant from Procter & Gamble: Nonprescription Medicines Academy Web Site Maintenance (2006)
  • $6,700 1 yr grant from the Northeastern University Provost Grant: The Active Learning Inventory: A Tool to Measure Active Learning in the Classroom – ALIT (2005)


  • Several publications related to self-care / OTC medicines in AJPE, JAPhA, NMA Newsletters, Comprehensive Review Book (7th Ed.)
  • Haines SL, Van Amburgh JA. The pharmacy curricula instructional design vidcasting project. Am J Pharm Educ. 2010;74(6):Article 97.
  • Hobson EH, Haines SL, Van Amburgh JA. Meeting the challenges of public health information delivery in the digital age. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2010;50:214-7.
  • Parapharmaceuticals, home diagnostics, and medical devices. In: Shargel L, Mutnick A, Souney P, Swanson L. Comprehensive Review Book
  • Nonprescription medications and self-care: status and recommendations for self-care instruction in U.S. Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy, 2006 – AJPE
  • OTC product: Sudafed PE - OTC Column JAPhA

Peer reviewer: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, AJPE, JAPhA, and Formulary


  • BPS Ambulatory Care Prep Course Faculty (APhA/ASHP)
  • Instructional Design: Vidcasting Project – at the AACP’s Innovation Teaching Award presentation, Seattle, Washington. July 2010.
  • Helping patients understand and manage risks associated with medications. Invited podium presentation at the APhA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC: March 2010.
  • CS2 Day: Do ask, do tell: a practical approach to smoking cessation (The Pharmacy Partnership for Tobacco Cessation and Rx for Change) – at Maine Pharmacist Association
  • Osteoporosis at APhA
  • Bad Medicine: Locking up cold medicine makes the politicians feel good - - but it won’t put a dent in Arizona’s meth habit – Phoenix New Times
  • Emergency Contraception – What is the role of pharmacist? at Pharm Ed Continuing Education Program, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy Continuing Education Program, Massachusetts Legislators and EC Network Members, Emerson College Student Cable
  • Potential Drug Interactions between OTC Medications and Foods at the Entrepreneurial Networking Group for Nurses (ENGN)

Poster Presentations

  • Using video sharing websites to broadcast public service announcements about OTC drugs of abuse and Healthy People 2010 prevention and health promotion initiatives – NMA Annual Meeting 2008
  • Importance of appropriate health literacy when developing self-limited patient education pamphlets for self-limited conditions – NMA Annual Meeting 2002
  • The utilization of “Early Experiential” to enhanced and augment the teaching of Nonprescription Medications at Northeastern University’s School of Pharmacy – NMA Annual Meeting 2001

Professional Organization Involvement

  • AACP Self Care Therapeutics / Nonprescription Medicine SIG - Chair 2008-2009, Past-Chair 2009-2011
  • AACP Self Care Therapeutics / Nonprescription Medicine SIG - Inaugural Chair-Elect and Program Committee Chair 2007-2008
  • Serve as judge for APhA Poster Presentations (2008 & 2009)
  • New England Institute Ambulatory Care Pharmacist Network - Steering Committee Member (2007 – 2009)
  • Nonprescription Medicines Academy (NMA/) – Co-editor
  • Pharmacist’s Letter Educator’s Advisory Board
  • AACP – active member 1999 – present
  • APhA – active member 1998 – present

Areas of Expertise

  • Self Care Therapeutics (First Aid, Sunscreens, Dermatology, Fungal Infections)
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Diabetes / Cardiovascular
  • MTMs / Collaborative Practice

Honors and Awards

  • 2012 Fellow APhA
  • 2010 AACP Innovations in Teaching award
  • 2008 Northeastern University – School of Pharmacy Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2007 MPhA Distinguished Young Practitioner Award Recipient
  • AACP 2007 Academic-Practice Partners Recognition Program - Crystal APPLE (Academic-Practice Partnership for Learning Excellence) Award
  • 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2006 Recipient of the AACP Wal-Mart Annual Conference Scholarship Program

Practice Site

  • Director of the Clinical Pharmacy Services (CPS) at Harbor Health Services, Inc
  • Residency Program Director - PG-Y1 Residency
  • Harbor Health Center, Inc – Neponset Health Center Pharmacotherapy Specialist

Years Attending NMA

  • Since 2001