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Pharmacy Departments

Central Pharmacy

Pharmacists in this area prepare and dispense a range of oral oncology medications and parenteral admixtures for inpatients, outpatients, and infusion patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute & Hospital.

Pharmacists in this area:

  • Verify medication orders for all hospitalized patients at HCH
  • Provide clinical pharmacy support for nursing and providers
  • Pharmacists are supported by technicians and/or pharmacy interns

Inpatient Clinical Pharmacy

Huntsman Cancer Institute has 100 inpatient beds and provides care for admitted hematology, oncology, BMT, surgical, and critically ill patients.

Pharmacists on these services are responsible for:

  • Participating on interdisciplinary medical rounds
  • Ensuring the safety and appropriateness of chemotherapy and other regimens
  • Educating residents, students, patients, and providers
  • Quality improvement for service lines and pharmacy processes

Infusion Center Pharmacy

Huntsman Cancer Institute has 50 infusion stations for the administration of chemotherapy and other supportive care medications.

Pharmacists on this service are responsible for:

  • Evaluating and processing chemotherapy orders
  • Counseling patients on chemotherapy regimens
  • Educating residents and students
  • Clinical pharmacy support to providers and nurses

Outpatient Pharmacy

This pharmacy is located on the first floor of the cancer hospital and is open weekdays from 8 am to 7 pm, Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.

The pharmacy staff offers patient counseling on the following:

  • Inpatient or outpatient discharge prescriptions
  • Refills of home medications
  • Oral chemotherapy
  • Pain and palliative care medications

Investigational Drug Studies (IDS) Pharmacy

IDS is available to all investigators throughout University of Utah Health and provides safe, effective, and efficient means of delivering investigational agents to patients. IDS operates in compliance with federal, state, and DNV Accreditation requirements.

Clinic-Based Pharmacy Services

HCH deploys clinical pharmacists throughout all outpatient clinics, including BMT, hematology, phase I clinical trials, and all solid tumor clinics (GI, thoracic, breast, dermatologic, sarcoma, GU, gyn-onc, neuro-oncology).

These pharmacists provide comprehensive care through the following:

  • Integrated drug distribution, clinical services, research, and teaching
  • Medical and nursing staff education
  • Patient education to ensure proper management of medication regimens at home
  • Pharmacy student and resident education

Pharmacy Interns/Technicians

Pharmacy technicians and interns assist pharmacists in preparing and dispensing medications throughout HCH clinics, inpatient services, and infusion, including oral and parenteral chemotherapy.

Pharmacy interns also assist with the following:

  • Admission medication history assessment
  • Patient counseling in the outpatient pharmacy
  • Medication order entry
  • Clinical patient monitoring