Investigational Drug Service

The CTRC’s Investigational Drug Service (IDS) provides full-time Pharmacists to support clinical protocols; consulting services to assist investigators in developing the pharmacy component of a given study; a secured area for drug storage and dispensing; IVRS, randomization, and blinding for clinical trials; and drug accountability

The IDS is staffed by research pharmacists who assist principal investigators with the pharmaceutical aspects of clinical trials. IDS is located in the Aston Ambulatory Care Center, directly across from the Aston CTRC. IDS facilitates protocol development, compliance, and data collection and provides drug counseling to participants and their families, promoting protocol adherence.

IDS features a pharmacy clean room – a low-pollutant-level environment for the storage and preparation of medication for clinical trials. Contaminants are constantly produced by facilities, machines, and people. The principal function of the clean room is to protect the manufactured product from contamination. It provides a locale where air quality is constantly controlled. An anteroom annex serves as an essential part of the clean room where pharmacists follow pre-procedures for maintaining a clean environment in order to keep the room as contaminant-free as possible.

The Investigational Drug Service assists principal investigators with:

  • Initial receipt and inventory of investigational agents
  • Preparation and maintenance of drug accountability records
  • Meetings with investigators and study monitors
  • Preparation of protocol and drug information for pharmacy and study personnel
  • Inventory control and accountability audits
  • Ordering and maintaining drug stock
  • Monitoring visits
  • Storage and maintenance of returned drugs
  • Study termination, reconciliation of drug accountability records, drug return, and maintenance of discontinued study life