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

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Bingham JM, Michaud V, Turgeon J, Axon DR. "Effectiveness of an Advanced Clinical Decision Support System on Clinical Decision-Making Skills in a Call Center Medication Therapy Management Pharmacy Setting: A Pilot Study." Pharmacy (Basel). 2020;8(4). PMCID: PMC7712249  PMID: 33255726
Bingham JM, Taylor AM, Boesen KP, Axon DR. "Preliminary Investigation of Pharmacist-Delivered, Direct-to-Provider Interventions to Reduce Co-Prescribing of Opioids and Benzodiazepines among a Medicare Population." Pharmacy (Basel). 2020;8(1). PMCID: PMC7151683  PMID: 32098068
Chinthammit C, Axon DR, Anderson S, et al. "A retrospective cohort study evaluating the relationship between statin medication adherence and economic outcomes in commercial health plans." J Clin Lipidol. 2020;14(6):791-798. PMID: 33011136
Hall-Lipsy E, Anderson EJ, Taylor AM, et al. "Community health worker perspectives of an academic community medication therapy management collaboration." J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2020;60(3):475-480.e1. PMID: 31917249
R.Axon D, Aljadeed R, Potisarach P, Forbes S, DiLeo J, Warholak T. "Pilot study of focus groups exploring student pharmacists' perceptions of a medication management center internship." Currents in Pharmacy Teaching And Learning. 2020;12(9):1123-1128.
Bingham JM, Almodovar ASilva, Taylor AM, et al. "A Research Partnership to Enhance Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency Training Outcomes." Pharmacy. 2020.
Campbell PJ, Axon DR, Taylor AM, et al. "Associations of Renin-Angiotensin System Antagonist Medication Adherence and Economic Outcomes Among Commercially Insured US Adults: A Retrospective Cohort Study." J Am Heart Assoc. 2020;9(17):e016094. PMCID: PMC7660763  PMID: 32844732
Axon DR, Vaffis S, Marupuru S. "Identifying Predictive Characteristics of Opioid Medication Use among a Nationally Representative Sample of United States Older Adults with Pain and Comorbid Hypertension or Hypercholesterolemia." Healthcare (Basel). 2020;8(3). PMCID: PMC7551684  PMID: 32942654
Axon DR, Chinthammit C, Tate J, et al. "Current Procedural Terminology Codes for Medication Therapy Management in Administrative Data." J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2020;26(10):1297-1300. PMID: 32996390
Chinthammit C, Bhattacharjee S, Axon DR, et al. "Geographic Variation in the Prevalence of High-Risk Medication Use Among Medicare Part D Beneficiaries by Hospital Referral Region." J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2020;26(10):1309-1316. PMID: 32996396