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Pharmacy Department

Overview

Pharmacy Relocated to Renovated Space

Pharmacy Entrance

After years of construction and operating out of temporary locations, the NIH Clinical Center Pharmacy has relocated to a renovated 10,000 square-foot space in the southeast wing on the first floor of the Clinical Research Center within the building 10 complex. This is an exciting milestone in the years’ long journey that began in 2018.

The physical space has been redesigned to be more space efficient and automation has been added. This renovated pharmacy streamlines processes and increases sterile compounding capacity to improve our patients' safety and healthcare experience.

Key features include:

  • Outpatient, Unit-Dose, P-IVAU operations in a single location,
  • Automated inventory management with high density storage,
  • Automated workflows for safety and efficiency,
  • Outpatient Pharmacy pick-up area features acoustical wall coverings and ceiling panels to enhance sound absorption and maximize privacy.

While many things changed behind the scenes, the impact on the patient experience is minimal. Patients meet with a facilitator during the check-in process, continue to check in at a kiosk and the waiting area in front of the first floor travel office remains unchanged.

To find the new Pharmacy location, follow the posted signs, use the TakeMeThere Wayfinding App or call 301-496-2866.


About the Pharmacy Department

The NIH Clinical Center Pharmacy Department provides pharmaceutical care to inpatients and outpatients on NIH intramural research protocols at the NIH Clinical Center. The Clinical Center facility encompasses 200 inpatient beds, 93 day-hospital stations, and 15 clinics. Clinical Center pharmacy staff provide sophisticated research support to health care providers as well as clinical investigators. Pharmacists conduct and participate in research programs that enhance knowledge regarding investigational drugs and new uses of commercially available agents.

The Pharmacy Department's Investigational Drug Management and Research Section manages investigational drugs through a computerized information system, assists investigators in setting up double-blind studies and filing Investigational New Drug (IND) applications with the FDA. Pharmacists at the NIH Clinical Center manage commercially available and investigational drugs in approximately 1,000 research protocols including 200 blinded studies.


Mission

The NIH Clinical Center Pharmacy mission is to support and conduct clinical research by providing safe, high-quality care - one patient - one medication at a time.


Vision

The NIH Clinical Center Pharmacy is the premiere pharmacy department leading patient care through biomedical research and practice to improve health.


Note: The Pharmacy Department no longer manufactures sterile or non-sterile products. Please call 301-496-1031 for further information.


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This page last updated on 05/02/2022

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