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Duquesne University's Center for Pharmacy Services provides a valuable asset for the Hill District

Residents of the Hill District received a great addition to their neighborhood over the holidays with the opening of Duquesne University's Center for Pharmacy Services, the first pharmacy in the neighborhood since 2000.  The Duquesne operated pharmacy is the first off-campus community pharmacy designed and run by a school of pharmacy in the country.

The pharmacy was opened with approximately $600,000 in funds from both the University and the Mylan School of Pharmacy, and all of the technicians and pharmacists are Duquesne employees.  

"The Center for Pharmacy Services will provide much more than just filling prescriptions," says Terri Koh, 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."

Not only does Duquesne intend for this pharmacy to serve the special needs of this community, who have had to venture elsewhere for their medications and health services since the closing of the Eckerd Drug Store, but the creation of the pharmacy itself was a major team effort.

 "We really employed all of the resources within the University to make this happen, from the IT group, building, and purchasing, so its been a big group effort," says Dr. J. Douglas Bricker, dean of the Mylan School of Pharmacy.

The Center for Pharmacy Services is located at 1860 Centre Avenue.  Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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Writer: John Farley
Sources:  Dr. J Douglas Bricker, Mylan School of Pharmacy
                Terri Koh, Center for Pharmacy Services

Photograph copyright John Farley
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