Joanita Lake, B.Pharm, MSc EBHC (Oxon)


Title: Research Assistant Professor


S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute, Room 4956
Phone: (801) 585-5203
Fax: (801) 587-7923


Joanita Lake is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy within the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. She has a joint appointment as a researcher (WOC) at the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Center. She received her pharmacy degree from the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2000 and a Master’s degree in Evidence-based Healthcare from the University of Oxford, England in 2009. Her professional work as a pharmacist in many different settings such as pharmaceutical companies and managed-care arenas, across developed and developing countries has exposed her to a diverse set of healthcare approaches, regulatory requirements, and healthcare policies. Since 2012, she has served as a clinical pharmacist at the Drug Regimen Review Center (DRRC) that provides services to Medicaid. Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of evidence-based health care, systematic reviews, drug safety, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, and health policy.


  • MSc EBHC, University of Oxford, England
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-based Health Care (EBHC), University of Oxford, England
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-based Health Care (EBHC), University of Oxford, England
  • B.Pharm, University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Clinical Practice and Research Interests

  • Drug utilization; drug safety; prescribing practices; medication misuse or abuse; substance abuse treatment
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Pharmacoeconomics research
  • Medicaid and public health policy; managed care; medication management
  • Infectious disease
  • Cardiometabolic disorders
  • Medication adherence and persistence
  • Global health

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