Drug Information Center
Established in 1987 with a grant from GlaxoSmithKline, the Drug Information Center (DIC) is an invaluable asset to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) providing experiential training for student pharmacists and a service to health care professionals. The center receives approximately 350 calls per month, with an estimated 60% of inquiries from pharmacists.
The DIC is an optional rotation site for students to complete their required advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) in drug information. During the rotation, student pharmacists become competent in data retrieval, literature evaluation, and written and oral communication skills. They respond to inquiries from health care professionals regarding contemporary therapeutic regimens in humans and animals.
- To serve the health professions community by answering drug-related questions
- To provide a learning center for student pharmacists and residents in drug information skills
- To aid in the promotion of CPHS by offering drug information services throughout the state
- To promote the profession of pharmacy and other health related professions
Most of the drug information services offered by the DIC are provided free of charge. These services include:
- Provision of drug information and supporting documentation to questions posed by health care practitioners
- Provision of consultative services in various areas
- Participation in pharmacy-related research
A quality assurance program has been developed to ensure consistent and accurate service. The Educational Resources Committee at CPHS is the advisory board for the DIC.
The director of the Drug Information Center is Connie Lee Barnes, PharmD. Barnes received her PharmD degree from CPHS and then completed a specialized residency in drug information.
The associate director of the Drug Information Center is Valerie B. Clinard, PharmD. Clinard received her PharmD degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then completed a Community Care Pharmacy Practice Residency with Campbell University and Kerr Drug.
Barnes and Clinard are assisted by fourth-year student pharmacists and an administrative assistant. Faculty within CPHS provides additional specialty area support for the center.
Hours of Operation
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Phone: (800) 327-5467 (NC)
(800) 760-9697 Ext. 2701 (US)
Fax: (910) 893-1476