Duquesne University’s Center for Pharmacy Services will open to the community at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 20. Located at 1860 Centre Ave. in the Triangle Shops complex in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood, it is the first off-campus, community pharmacy in the country designed and operated by a school of pharmacy.
“We are really excited about the Center for Pharmacy Services opening its doors and being able to serve the community,” said Dr. J. Douglas Bricker, dean of the Mylan School of Pharmacy. “It will provide pharmaceutical services and medication therapy management to the people in this area that they probably haven’t been able to experience in the past. Our goal is to provide affordable medications, medication safety and medication compliance.”
The state-of-the-art pharmacy is dedicated to improving medication access, affordability and patient adherence, improving health outcomes and patient safety as well as reducing the health expenditures of the region’s population.
“The Center for Pharmacy Services will provide so much more than just filling prescriptions,” said Terri Kroh, director of the pharmacy. “Patients will be at the heart of our pharmacy services, which include patient counseling, health screenings, drug therapy review and disease management, among others.”
The pharmacy will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prescriptions can be dropped off or mailed by patients, and the pharmacy offers on-site pick-up, mail and delivery options.
The first pharmacy in the Hill District in more than 10 years, it is staffed by Kroh, licensed pharmacists and Duquesne pharmacy faculty. Student pharmacists will have the opportunity to work at the pharmacy beginning next Spring as part of their required rotations at Duquesne.
Associate Pharmacy Dean Tom Mattei will be among the licensed pharmacists staffing the Center for Pharmacy Services. “When you look at the University and the School of Pharmacy and its mission and the strategic plan, the goal is to be a community partner,” said Mattei. “The Center for Pharmacy Services gives the School of Pharmacy an opportunity to use its resources to help people in the community get healthy and to help keep them healthy.”
The Center for Pharmacy Services is licensed as a pharmacy by the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy and is a member of the Health Resources and Services Administration, Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Collaborative.