NMA: Nonprescription Medicines Academy

Karen Bastenialli

Current Academic Appointment

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Associate Director, Pharmaceutical Care Learning Center
  • University of Minnesota-College of Pharmacy, Duluth


  • Doctor of Pharmacy, 2005
  • BS Pharmacy, 1990
  • University of Minnesota-College of Pharmacy

Instructional Area

  • PCLC Skills Labs 1&2: Course Director & Instructor (required)
  • PCLC Skills Lab 3: Instructor (required)
  • PCLC Skills Lab 5: Clinic Director & Instructor (required)
  • UMD University for Seniors: Course Director/Instructor, OTC Medications (elective)
  • UMD University for Seniors: Course Director/Instructor, Rx Medications (elective)
  • Therapeutics: Ocular Diseases (Included OTC dry eyes)
  • Community Health: Italian Style (elective)

Teaching Innovations

  • Introduced Self Care topics to PCLC Skills Labs (Including local Medicine Man in herbal use lecture)
    Pharmaceutical Care Clinic: Director & Instructor (elective)
  • Advanced Pharm Care Clinic: Director & Instructor (elective)
  • Developed Ambulatory/Patient Care APPE rotations at Lake Superior Community Health Centers in Duluth, MN and Superior, WI

Research (focused / integrated with OTC-Self Care)


  • National Alliance for State Pharmacy Associations/Nonprescription Medications Academy Self-Care Challenge: 2012, 2011
  • OTCs Today, Pharmacy Today
    • OTC Product: AZO PMS, 12/11
    • OTC Product: BreatheRight Nasal Strips, 3/11
    • OTC Product: BIOFREEZE, 6/09
  • Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
    • OTC Product: Zyrtec and Zyrtec D 12 hour. 48:2, Mar/Apr 2008.


  • “Appropriate Use of Supplements and OTC Medications” Diabetes Update, Head of the Lakes Annual Symposium, Invited podium presentation, October 7, 2010, Superior, WI
  • "OTC/Herbal Medication Use in Diabetes” University of Wisconsin, Superior, Diabetes Update Conference: Invited podium presentation, October 1,2009
  • Bastianelli, KMS, Orr K, “Enhancing Education through an Interactive Class: Virtual Patients Project” Invited podium CE presentation, July 21, 2009, AACP Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
  • “Nonprescription and Herbal Product Use in Adults in Northern Minnesota” Invited podium presentation, MPhA Annual Meeting, June 25, 2009, Breezy Point, MN
  • "Arthritis Pain Medications” UWS Arthritis Symposium: Invited podium presentation, June 11, 2009
  • “Teaching Health Literacy” Nonprescription Medicines Academy, September 28, 2008, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Bumgardner M, Bastianelli K, Stratton T, “Community Health Screenings: A vehicle for conducting research and teaching student pharmacists” AACP, July 2007, Orlando, FL.
  • “OTC Virtual Patient” Invited round table presentation at APhA Self-Care Institute, June 2006, Baltimore, MD.


  • Jolowsky C, Conway J, Taylor C, George A, Bastianelli K, Rodriguez R. “A Pharmaceutical Care Skills Course Sequence: A Hub for Integration” AACP Annual Meeting, July 2011 , San Antonio, TX
  • Bastianelli K, Lensing P “Nonprescription and Herbal Product Use in Adults” APhA Annual Meeting, April 4, 2009, San Antonio, TX
  • Bastianelli KMS, Lensing P “Nonprescription Medications: focus on Use of Healthcare Provider as a Resource”, Best Practice Institute, May 18, 2009, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Bastianelli KMS, Conway, J. “Health Literacy”. AACP Annual Meeting, July, 2008, Chicago, IL
  • Stratton T, Bumgardner M, Bastianelli K “Patient Actions Following Point-of-Care Testing By Pharmacists: Three Month Follow-Up” APhA Annual Meeting, March 2006, San Francisco, CA

Professional Organization Involvement

  • APhA: 1986-present
    • Annual Meeting Delegate 2009, 2008, 1994
    • Annual Meeting Abstract Reviewer 2008-present
  • AACP: 2004-present, Self-Care Sig Planning Committee 2010
  • Minnesota Pharmacists Association:1986-present
    • Leadership Development Committee 2008-present
    • AwareRx Steering Committee 2008-present
    • Annual Meeting Delegate 2009, 2007, 1991-93
    • Board of Directors 1994-98, 1989-1990
  • UMN Pharmacy Alumni Society: life member
    • Board of Directors: since 2007
    • President Elect/Interim President: since 2011

Areas of Expertise

  • Self Care Topics
  • Pharmacy Outreach/Health Fairs
  • MTM practice development

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Merit Award for Course Directors with highest Student Satisfaction: Fall 2011
  • Professor of the Year: 2007-2008
  • Professor of the Semester: Spring 2008, Fall 2005
  • Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award: May, 1993
  • APhA/SmithKline Beecham Community Pharmacy Management Program: Selective seminar for leaders in pharmacy, June, 1993
  • Management Program: Selective seminar for leaders in pharmacy, June, 1993

Practice Site

  • Lake Superior Community Health Centers in Duluth MN and Superior Wi
  • Essentia Health Pharmacies

Years Attending NMA

Since 2005