Shared Facilities
Investigational Drug Service

Providing Custom Pharmacy Services for Researchers and Clinical Trials

The Investigational Drug Service was instituted in 1990 and includes five pharmacists and a pharmacy technician.

We have 1,800 square feet for drug storage, preparation, and office space for the staff. Our team is responsible for the pharmacy activities for all clinical trials conducted at Cincinnati Children’s and currently manages drug inventory and dispensing for over 300 active protocols.

In addition to this, we’ve served as the central pharmacy for several large multi-center trials and are currently the central pharmacy for other smaller trials.

We provide services customized to each research protocol conducted at Cincinnati Children’s. These services include randomization, inventory maintenance, drug accountability, compounding and preparing blinded dosage forms, developing pre-printed order forms, and dispensing investigational drugs according to protocol. We are responsible for inpatient and outpatient investigational medication dispensing for industry-sponsored, grant-funded, and investigator-initiated protocols.

Acknowledgement Statement

This [publication, project, or research] was made possible, in part, using the Cincinnati Children’s Investigational Drug Service [RRID:SCR_022650]. (Optional): We specifically acknowledge the assistance of [name(s) of staff member(s)].