By the University at Buffalo
For researchers hoping to provide medication to their study participants during clinical trials, sorting through the myriad regulations can be a headache.
Luckily, the Research Pharmacy within the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) is a call away, providing services that range from compounding custom medications and providing clinical patient services to dispensing complex medication regimens.
A New York state-licensed outpatient facility, the pharmacy provides support to investigators from pre- to post-study.
"The research pharmacy is well-prepared to provide its services to all researchers and patients in Western New York and beyond," said Christopher Daly, Pharm.D., principal investigator and SPPS clinical assistant professor. "Together with our health care partners, we can improve research in health care by expanding the knowledge base within our local and regional communities."
Since 1995, the research pharmacy has supported clinicians and investigators in their work.
The pharmacy has assisted investigators with their studies at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Erie County Medical Center and Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. It has also handled nationwide clinical trials for the drugs Concerta, Daytrana and Strattera.
Services include assisting with study design and budgeting, ensuring state and federal compliance, and collecting research data. Pharmacists also provide patient counseling, drug interaction analysis and medication delivery.
"Safety is our top priority," said Denise Swiatek, Pharm.D., clinical pharmacist and SPPS adjunct assistant professor. "Great care must be taken in handling the investigational drugs and in providing full attention to the study, and, ultimately, the patient's well-being."
For more information on the research pharmacy, or to request its services, visit http://pharmacy.buffalo.edu/research/research-centers/research-pharmacy.html.