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ETSU pharmacy students screen pilot of new Amazon series

Contributed To The Press • Dec 6, 2017 at 3:11 PM

JOHNSON CITY – Students at the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University recently were selected to screen the pilot of a new Amazon Prime original series focused on individuals who work at a pharmacy.

The show, Vials, is a comedy that follows the lives of pharmacists, interns and technicians and “the vials they fill for their vile patients,” according to the show’s Facebook page.

Sarah Ofori, a third-year student at Gatton, led the charge to compete in a contest in which pharmacy schools across the country tried to be chosen to screen the show before it’s official launch.

The Gatton students utilized social media, creating profiles as the “ETSU Vialators” on both Facebook and Instagram, where they posted creative content showcasing their love of pharmacy.

“More than 100 schools were competing for the advanced screening,” Ofori said. “We were one of seven to be chosen.”

On Nov. 21, approximately 60 students watched the pilot together at the pharmacy school.

“It is a bit of a dark comedy, but it did a good job hitting on things happening in pharmacy and provided some strong facts,” Ofori said. “There are so many shows about physicians. It’s just nice to see a show focused on pharmacists.”

The pilot episode of Vials, titled “Xanax,” premiered on Amazon late last month and is available for streaming at www.amazon.com.

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