David Rhys Axon, PhD, MPharm, MS, MRPharmS

Assistant Research Professor

Rhys Axon, PhD, MPharm, MS, MRPharmS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. He received his MPharm (2014) from The University of Reading and later practiced community pharmacy in the United Kingdom. He received his MS (2017) and PhD (2019) in pharmaceutical economics, policy, and outcomes from the University of Arizona. Dr. Axon serves as an investigator at the Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics (HOPE) and as co-director of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Outcomes Research Group. Dr. Axon’s research interests include improving the economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes associated with managing chronic conditions, particularly pain and the opioid crisis, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. He also supports student pharmacists and pharmacists with scholarly activities and seeks to demonstrate the value of the pharmacy profession. Dr. Axon has published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles and presented his research at both national and international conferences. Dr. Axon is also a member of several professional organizations such as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).

Education & Post Graduate Training: 

Master of Pharmacy, The University of Reading, 2014
MS, The University of Arizona, 2017
PhD, The University of Arizona, 2019

Select Publications


Axon DR, Le D. "Association of Self-Reported Functional Limitations among a National Community-Based Sample of Older United States Adults with Pain: A Cross-Sectional Study." Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2021.
Axon DR, Emami N. "Association of Self-Reported Frequent Exercise Among a Nationally Representative Sample of Older People in the United States With Self-Reported Pain." J Aging Phys Act. 2021;29(5):858-865. PMID: 33706287
Axon DR, Le D. "Predictors of pain severity among community-dwelling older adults with pain in the United States: Findings from a cross-sectional, retrospective study using 2017 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey." Medicine (Baltimore). 2021;100(20):e26011. PMCID: PMC8137030  PMID: 34011100
Axon DRhys, Marupuru S, Vaffis S. "Health Costs of Older Opioid Users with Pain and Comorbid Hypercholesterolemia or Hypertension in the United States." Diseases. 2021.
Bingham JM, Stanislaw J, Warholak T, et al. "Assessment of Glycosylated Hemoglobin Outcomes Following an Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Service via Telehealth." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health . 2021.


Guerra B, Vaffis S, Axon DR, et al. "Perceptions and experiences of promotoras and pharmacists in an academic-community partnership providing telephonic MTM services to a Spanish-speaking, rural population: a focus group study." J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2020;26(11):1390-1397. PMID: 33119436
Bingham JM, Black M, Anderson EJ, et al. "Impact of Telehealth Interventions on Medication Adherence for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, and/or Dyslipidemia: A Systematic Review." Ann Pharmacother. 2020:1060028020950726. PMID: 32815400
Marupuru S, Axon DR, Campbell P, et al. "Exploring performance predictors among employees in a pharmacist-led medication management center." J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2020;60(6):809-817. PMID: 32389553
J.Anderson E, Axon DRhys, Taylor AM, et al. "Impact evaluation of a four-year academic-community partnership in provision of medication management and tertiary prevention services for rural patients with diabetes and/or hypertension." Preventative Medicine Reports. 2020;17.
Axon DR, Vaffis S, Chinthammit C, et al. "Assessing the association between medication adherence, as defined in quality measures, and disease-state control, health care utilization, and costs in a retrospective database analysis of Medicare supplemental beneficiaries using statin medications." J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2020;26(12):1529-1537. PMID: 33251989