Drug Information Center
The Drug Information Center at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) is a drug information service and teaching laboratory. We respond to inquiries from pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other allied health care professionals regarding drug interactions, side effects and other drug-related topics.
If you are a medical provider with a drug related question, please call the request line at 509-358-7662 or email the center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Center is closed on all legal and university holidays.
The Drug Information Center routinely responds to requests regarding:
- appropriate therapy for specific patients
- adverse reactions to drugs
- efficacy of drugs
- drug interactions
- appropriate therapy for a disease state
- identification of foreign drugs
- information on investigational agents
- information on new drugs
- identification of unknown capsules and tablets
- other drug-related requests
- The Drug Information Center does not answer medical legal questions
Public service & contract projects
In addition to responding to drug information questions, the Drug Information Center provides several additional services:
- Our staff has a contract to create evidence-based evaluations of new drugs and medication use evaluations for The Formulary Monograph Service each month.
- The Formulary Monograph Service offers monthly updates featuring recently FDA-approved and late Phase III drugs.
- Our staff also serve on several editorial boards and provide peer review services for at least 10 medical and pharmacy journals each year.
- We develop comparative efficacy reports for Wolters Kluwer Health for use in their various drug databases.
- Our staff works with the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Committee of Experts on Healthcare Quality; the USP Medicare Model Guidelines; and the development of the USP Drug Classification System.
DIC Newsletter – Highlights of FDA Activities
The second purpose of the Drug Information Center is education. Fourth-year pharmacy students have the option of completing a six-week elective rotation at the center to get real-world experience researching and responding to center inquires.