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Salah Blaih

Associate Professor

Dr. S. Blaih, PhD, RPh, FRSC

Received his Ph.D. (Pharmaceutical Analysis), The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State University.  Elected to the Council of Experts- Expert Committee on Gastrointestinal, Renal, and Endocrine of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).  For more than 190 years, the USP has been the official standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and other healthcare products manufactured and sold in the United States. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States and relied upon in more than 140 countries.

Dr. Blaih is a worldwide invited speaker on quality of medicines and compendia standards, process analytical technology (PAT), drug stability, chirality, pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine, and medication safety. 

Dr. Blaih has served as two-time president of The American Chemical Society-Penn Ohio  Section and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (UK),  a member of The American College of Clinical Pharmacology and The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. His biography has been included in Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America. 

Dr. Blaih has been teaching and conducting research in pharmacy and chemistry for more than 25 years. He has published numerous articles in pharmaceutical analysis, clinical pharmacology and pharmacy/chemical education and was the invited speaker at several worldwide conferences and symposia. Dr. Blaih is a reviewer for Spectrochimica Acta: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy and has reviewed several textbooks and journal articles.  Dr. Blaih is a board-certified pharmacist and is a member of The Ohio Pharmacists Association and Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society. Dr. Blaih was a recipient of Alexandria University’s Medal in Research Excellence. He is also a member of Rotary International. 

Dr. Blaih resides in Champion, Ohio, with his wife Joan, an English instructor at Kent State, and children Yasmin (Ph.D.), BioRepository Research Specialist at Toledo Hospital; and Hani (Pharm.D.), a pharmacist at the University of Toledo Medical Center


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


I. Overview, CYP 450 Polymorphism, and Anticoagulation Drug Therapy.

II. Cancer Therapeutics and Treatment Outcome of Hepatitis C Virus.

Future University and Informa International Conference on Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cairo, Egypt, April 13-15, 2013

Metal Cations Separation and Analysis: A Module in General Chemistry Laboratory,
2013 General Chemistry Symposium, Cleveland State University, Cleveland. OH,
March 14-15, 2013

Pharmacogenomics and Drug Safety, 3rd Kuwait International Pharmacy Conference (KIPC 2011), Kuwait City, Kuwait, February 14-17, 2011

Medication Error Reporting Systems: MEDMARX,
3rd Kuwait International Pharmacy Conference (KIPC 2011), Kuwait City, Kuwait, February 14-17, 2011

Quality Assurance of Pharmaceuticals: Impurities, Related Compounds and Genotoxicities,
European Pharmaceutical Industries, Alexandria, Egypt,January 8, 2009

Process Analytical Technology (PAT): A Timely Attribute to a Built-in Drug Quality System,
31st International Pharmaceutical Conference, Cairo, Egypt,December 23-25, 2008

Drug Substances – Impurities: Inorganic/Metals, Residual Solvents, Genotoxic Impurities, USP and Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Stakeholders Second Compendial Science Meeting: Quality Standards for Medicines, Cairo, Egypt, December 3-4, 2008

Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Compendia Standards
, College of Pharmacy, University of Alexandria, Egypt, January 3, 2007

USP Monograph Overview: Impurities, Stability, and Chirality, The 30th International Conference in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cairo, Egypt, December 19-21, 2006

Drug Substances (APIs): Regulatory/Compendial Topics. Impurities, Stability, Polymorphism, and Chirality, USP Middle East/Africa Scientific Meetings, Amman, Jordan, September 9-10, 2006, and Cairo, Egypt,September 12-13, 2006

Themes as a Teaching Tool in Quantitative Analysis Laboratory, The 28th Annual
Conference of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry & Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS), Detroit, MI, October 7-12, 2001



Blaih, S. M. Pharmacogenetics and Adverse Drug Events: A Personalized Healthcare Approach to Patient Safety, 2013 Cleveland Clinic Personalized Healthcare Summit, Cleveland, OH, May 6-7, 2013

Blaih, S. M. Medication Safety: Medication Errors involving Prescribing, Dispensing,
and Administering of Look-Alike/Sound-Alike (LASA) Drugs, Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development. 1 (4), 223 (2012). Also presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, San Diego, CA, September 23-25, 2012.

Blaih, S.M. The Quest towards Personalized Medicine, Pharmacotherapy 31 (10) 407 (2011). Also presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA, October 16-19, 2011.

Blaih, S. M. Personalized Medicine: Overview of Pharmacogenetics and Safety of Drug Therapy, J Clin Pharmacology. 51, 1368 (2011). Also presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, Chicago, IL, September 11-13, 2011.

Blaih, S.M. and Durandetta, J.L. An Application Laboratory: Identification and Quantification of Metal Cations: An Active-Learning Lab Project. The 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Francisco, CA, March 21-25, 2010.

Durandetta, J.L. and Blaih, S.M. Separation of Common Plastics by Density Differences: A Scenario Based Guided Inquiry Experiment for General Chemistry Laboratory. The 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Francisco, CA, March 21-25, 2010.

Blaih, S.M., Durandetta, J.L., and Blaih, H.S. Enhanced Learning with GC-MS: Synthethic Pathway Investigation of Compounds of Pharmaceutical Interest. American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meetings, Nashville, TN, November 6-10, 2005.

Blaih, S.M., Durandetta, J.L., and Blaih, H.S. Enhanced Learning with GC-MS: A Reaction Investigation in Organic Laboratory. The 32nd Annual Conference of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry & Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS), Quebec City, Canada, October 9-13, 2005.

Durandetta, J.L., Blaih, S.M, and Griffith-Brophy, S. Application Lab for General Chemistry, Qualitative/Quantitative Analysis of Metal Cations. 17th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Bellingham, Washington, July 28-31, 2002.

Blaih, S.M. The Aspirin Theme in Quantitative Analysis Laboratory. Presented at the American Chemical Society’s 34th Middle Atlantic Meeting, Baltimore, MD,
June 1-3, 2001.

Griffith-Brophy, S, Hupertz, S., Crissman, M., Durandetta, J.L., and Blaih, S.M. Quantification of Eugenol and Acetyleugenol in Clove Oil Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Undergraduate Poster Presentation, American Chemical Society, Penn-Ohio Border Section Awards’ Meeting, Westminster College, PA, May 2001.

Blaih, S.M., Abdine, H.H., El-Yazbi, F.A. and Shaalan, R.A. Spectrophotometric Determination of Enalapril Maleate and Ramipril in Dosage Forms. Spectroscopy Lett., 33 (1), 91-102 (2000).

Blaih, S.M. Champion High School Chemistry Day at Kent State Trumbull, A College/High School Mentor Program. Presented at the University Teaching Council’s 7th Annual Conference, Kent, OH, October 27, 2000.

Blaih, S.M. Determination of Cyclooxygenase-2 Specific Inhibitors (Rofecoxib and Celecoxib) in Dosage Form and Plasma Using Chromatographic/Spectrometric Methods. Presented at the 220th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., August 20, 2000.

Blaih, S.M. Analytical Studies of Some Specific and Non-Specific Cyclooxygenase [COX] Inhibitors. Presented at the American Chemical Society’s 32nd Central Meeting, Covington, KY, May 17, 2000.

Blaih, Y.S., Havice, T., and Blaih, S.M. Titration Curves and Potentiometric Determination of Acid Dissociation Constants, Ka, A Power Point Animation. Undergraduate Presentation, American Chemical Society, Penn-Ohio Border Section, Westminster College, PA, April 2000.

Blaih, S.M. and Durandetta, J.L. A College/High School Mentor Program! Presented at the Sixth Annual AURCO Conference, University of Cincinnati, OH, April 8, 2000.

Abdine, H.H., El-Yazbi, F.A., Shaalan, R.A., and Blaih, S.M.. Direct, Differential Solubility, and Compensatory Derivative Spectrophotometric Methods for the Resolving and Subsequent Determination of Binary Mixtures of Some Antihypertensive Drugs. S.T.P. Pharma Sciences (France), 9 (6), 587-591 (1999).

Abdine, H.H., El-Yazbi, F.A., Blaih, S.M., and Shaalan, R.A. Spectrophotometric and
Spectrofluorimetric Methods for the Determination of Terazosin in Dosage Form.
Spectroscopy Lett., 31 (5) 969-980 (1998).

El Walily, A.F., Blaih, S.M., Barary, M.H., El Sayed, M.A., Abdine, H.H., and El Kersh, A.M. Simultaneous Determination of Tenoxicam and 2-Aminopyridine Using Derivative Spectrophotometry and High-performance Liquid Chromatography. J. Pharm. Biomed. Anal., 15, 1923-1928 (1997).

Abdine, H. H., Gazy, A.A., Blaih, S.M., and Korany, M.A. Spectrophotometric Determination of Acrivastine in Urine and in Capsules. Talanta, 43 (10)1643-1648 (1996).

Korany, E.A., Korany, M.A., El-Yazbi, F.A., and Blaih, S.M. A Generalized Algorithm for
Generation of Orthogonal Polynomials for Equal and Unequal Intervals and Its Use for Analytical Spectrometric Methods. Alexandria Engineering Journal, 35 (3)
B63-B71 (1996).

Blaih, S.M., El-Yazby, F.A., and Hassan, E.M. Spectrophotometric and Titrimetric Methods for the Determination of Famotidine in Dosage Forms. S.T.P. Pharma Sciences (France), 4 (6) 492-494 (1994).
Barary, M.H.., Blaih, S.M., Abdine, H.H., and El-Sayed, M.A. Use of Derivative
Spectrophotometry and Griess Reaction for the Assay of Four Antiinflammatory Drugs. Mans. J. Pharm. Sci., 10 (1), 1-17 (1994).

Hewala, I.I., Blaih, S.M., Zoweil, A.M., and Onsi, S.M. Detection and Determination
of Interfering 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural in the Analysis of Caramel-coloured Pharmaceutical Syrups. J. Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 19, 68 (1994); 18 (1), 49 (1993). Also presented at the Second Anglo-Egyptian Conference of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Alexandria, Egypt: Nov. 9-12, 1991.

El-Yazbi, F.A., Galal, S.M., and Blaih, S.M. Determination of Some 1,4 Benzodiazepines by Oxidative Coupling of their Acid-induced Degradation Products. Bull. Soc. Chim. Belgium, 102 (4), 233-237 (1993).

El-Yazbi, F.A. and Blaih, S.M. Spectrophotometric and Titrimetric Determination of Clindamycin Hydrochloride in Pharmaceutical Preparations. Analyst, 118, 577-579

Galal, S.M. and Blaih, S.M. Spectrofluorimetric and Colorimetric Determination of Isoxsuprine Hydrochloride in Tablets. Alex. J. Pharm. Sci., 7 (2), 167-170 (1993).

Blaih, S.M. Simultaneous Determination of Antipyrine and Benzocaine Mixture by Spectrophotometric Multicomponent Analysis Matrix and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography. Alex. J. Pharm. Sci., 7 (2), 153-157 (1993).

Hassan, E.M., Blaih, S.M., and Mahgoub, H. In-vitro Determination of Aztreonam in Urine and in its Dosage Form. Alex. J. Pharm. Sci., 7 (2), 160-163 (1993).

Blaih, S.M. and Galal, S.M. Determination of Allopurinol and Benzbromarone in
Two-component Mixture Using High-Performance Liquid Chromatography and Derivative Spectrophometry. S.T.P. Pharma Sciences (France), 3 (5), 408-412 (1993).

Blaih, S.M., Barary, M.H., El-Walily, A.M., Abdine, H.H., and El-Sayed, M.A. In Vivo Determination and Comparative Bioavailability Study of Phenazopyridine Preparations. Bull. Fac. Pharm. Cairo Univ., 31 (3), 279-282 (1993).

Blaih, S.M., Barary, M.H., Abdine, H.H., and El-Sayed, M.A. Determination of Tenoxicam in the Presence of 2-Aminopyridine Using Titrimetric, Chelation and Ion-pair Formation Methods. Alex. J. Pharm. Sci., 7 (3), 231-234 (1993).

Galal, S.M., Blaih, S.M., and Abdel-Hamid, M.E. Comparative Spectrophotometric Analysis of Rifampicin by Chelate Formation and Charge-transfer Complexation. Anal. Lett., 25 (4), 725-743 (1992).

Blaih, S.M., Campbell, P.J., and Olson, C.L. STAIRS for the Scientist. Presented at
the 39th Pittsburgh Conference and Exposition on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. New Orleans, LA: Feb. 22-26, 1988.

Wahbi, A.M., Abdine, H., and Blaih, S.M. Determination of Mepyramine, Aminophenazone, Nialamide and Chloroquine Using the pj Method. Pharmazie, 33 (2/3) 96-98 (1978).
Wahbi, A.M., Abdine, H., and Blaih, S.M. Spectrophotometric Determination of Some
Preservatives in Milk. J. Assoc. Off. Anal. Chem., 60 (5), 1175-1179 (1977).

Book Reviews

General, Organic, and Biochemistry course curriculum review, John Wiley and Sons, June 2011.

Allied Health Chemistry Course Content, John Wiley and Sons, March 2011.

BelBruno, J.J. Modern Chemistry: An Introduction. W.H. Freeman, 2010.

Chemistry, Moles, Bonds and Equilibria: Prospectus. W.H. Freeman, 2010.

Averill, B. and Eldredge, P. Chemistry: Principles, Patterns, and Applications. Benjamin Cummings, 2006.

Blei, I. and Odian, G. General, Organic, and Biochemistry: Connecting Chemistry to your Life, 2nd edition, W.H. Freeman, 2005.

Brown, T.; LeMay, H.; and Burston, B. Chemistry: The Central Science. Prentice Hall, 2004.

Carey, F. Organic Chemistry, Chapters 13 and 25, WCB McGraw-Hill, 2000.

Chang, R. Chemistry, 7th Edition, WCB McGraw-Hill, 2000.

Blei, I. and Odian, G. General, Organic, and Biochemistry, W.H. Freeman, 1999.

Research Areas
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chromatography
  • Spectrophotometry
Salah Blaih
Department of Chemistry
Phone: 330-675-8937
Fax: 330-847-6610