Services Overview

All of the Pharmacy Services at UConn Health are overseen by the Associate Vice President of Pharmacy and Ancillary Services. The Inpatient Pharmacy Service at UConn John Dempsey Hospital is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, under the direct supervision of the Director of Hospital Pharmacy Services. The Director of Specialty/Ambulatory Services oversees the Specialty Pharmacy, 340B Services, and Ambulatory Pharmacy Services at UConn Health.

Pharmacy services include pharmaceutical patient care, technical support, education, and research. The inpatient pharmacy utilizes a decentralized unit‐dose service (Pyxis® ES), as well as a centralized unit‐dose system with barcode medication administration (MAK), IV additive service for inpatients (utilizing DoseEdge™), and automated unit dose packaging software. The pharmacy also provides IV additive and chemotherapy preparation services for multiple infusion centers and bulk drugs to outlying clinics. The pharmacy also utilizes pharmacy‐wide perpetual inventory software called Pharmogistics, which communicates to storage devices, including our carousels. TUGS® are utilized to deliver meds to the inpatient units. UConn John Dempsey Hospital uses the Epic EMR for all patient care documentation. All medication orders are placed through a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system.

The pharmacy staff is organized into the following units according to area of work: Clinical coordinators, inpatient clinical staff, anticoagulation clinic, and investigational drug service. Pharmacists staffing each unit provide pharmaceutical care services for their patients. These services include:

  1. Identifying, resolving, and preventing drug-related problems.
  2. Identifying goals of therapy, monitoring parameters, and desired outcomes.
  3. Educating the patient regarding medication regimens. The Pharmacy Service promotes active participation in daily pharmaceutical care activities to ensure quality patient care and assess patient outcome.