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Dusquene opens first off-campus, community pharmacy in the US designed and operated by a school of pharmacy

16 December 2010

Duquesne’s Center for Pharmacy Services will open to the community at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 20. It is the first off-campus, community pharmacy in the country [United States] 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.”

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 the people in the community get healthy and to help keep them healthy.”

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