UW Health Pharmacy Policy and Research
UW Health Pharmacy Services personnel do extensive work in the areas of drug policy and research.
Pharmaceutical Research Center
The Pharmaceutical Research Center coordinates more than 350 clinical drug research protocols, offers more than 600 square-feet of controlled-access storage space dedicated to clinical drug supplies, and provides a variety of comprehensive services including:
- Feasibility assessment of and consultation on clinical drug design from a pharmaceutical care and health care environment perspective
- Facilitation of protocol implementation and maintenance in full compliance with sponsor and federal regulations
- Availability of an innovative pharmaceutical environment responsive to research needs, including study drug preparation and gene therapy
- Drug accountability data integrity
- Provision of randomization and blinding strategies
- Development of drug information, education, compliance and toxicity-characterization tools
- Assistance with emergency compassionate use requests
- Consultative services for sponsors
- A wide variety of services including development of a pharmacy-based Pharmaceutical Research Center program, gene therapy implementation within a health care environment, and drug packaging and labeling from a pharmacy/health care environment perspective
The Pharmaceutical Research Center interfaces within research infrastructures of the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Office of Clinical Trials, the Institutional Review Board, and the General Clinical Research Center.
Drug Policy Program
The Drug Policy Program was founded in 1994 to develop, implement, maintain and monitor pharmaceuticals policies and conduct applied drug policy research.
As an essential part of the Pharmaceutical Research Center’s mission, an active research program has been developed, focusing on clinical economic analyses (pharmacoeconomics) and outcomes studies. The Drug Policy Program also provides drug information support to decentralized pharmacists and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Medication Use Evaluation Committee, and health care professionals within Wisconsin.
The mission of the Drug Policy Program is to:
- Develop, implement, maintain and monitor policies related to the use of pharmaceuticals and other technologies within the UW Health system and our health care partners
- Conduct health services research
- Provide education and training in the development and application of drug policy
The goals of drug policy are to optimize and improve the outcomes of patient care while ensuring that finite health care resources are consumed in the most appropriate manner. "Drug policy" ensures the safe, rational, efficient and ethical use of medications in the treatment of patients by developing processes for medication formulary management, clinical practice guidelines, therapeutic outcomes management and applied clinical economics.