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Pharmacy Services at Pitt County Memorial Hospital

The Department of Pharmacy Services is open 24 hours a day as a professional service department.  Pharmaceutical services are available from our Main Pharmacy (across the main hallway from the cafeteria) and our Pediatric satellite (2West) 24 hours a day.  Our Critical Care Satellite (3North) and our OR Satellite are open from early morning to late evening.  Our Rehab/Psych (Rehab area) and Medicine satellite (3South/3East) are open first shift hours. Pharmacy offers unit dose dispensing, IV additive, total parenteral nutrition and chemotherapy preparation, provision of drug information and various clinical services.  Pharmacists round with a number of ECU teaching services including Medicine, Family Medicine,  Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Critical Care, Rehabilitation, Cardiology, Psychiatry, Oncology, Pulmonary Critical Care, Cardiac Surgery, and Trauma.

Commonly called Pharmacy telephone numbers are listed in Appendix I.

The following are key points of interest concerning our department summarized for your information.  If further information is needed, contact the Pharmacy at 7-4586 or 7-4481.

Assigned DEA numbers:  

The Department of Pharmacy Services will assign a temporary DEA number to hospital residents who do not have an individual registration number.  This number is valid for prescribing controlled substances in the hospital and for discharge prescriptions for patients; however, this number is not valid outside the hospital.  The resident will be issued a card with the temporary DEA number during Resident Orientation.  Residents must obtain prescription pads through their departmental office, since the hospital does not provide pads.

Hospital Formulary:

The Formulary is an approved listing of drugs available for use by physicians at PCMH.  The Formulary is regularly reviewed and updated by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. The Medical Staff Committee is responsible for promulgating the safe and effective use of medications at PCMH.  Use of the Formulary is strongly encouraged by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.  If a physician is uncertain as to the availability of an item, contact Pharmacy for needed information.

It should be noted that non-formulary orders take more time to deliver to a patient than formulary items. This is necessary because non-formulary items are not stocked and must be obtained from another source, which is obviously much more time consuming and expensive to the patient.  Therefore, it is advisable that the physician insure that a therapeutic equivalent of the non-formulary drug is not already available.

On orders for non-formulary drugs, pharmacists will contact the prescriber and notify him/her of a delay in obtaining the drug and will make recommendations

March 17, 2009

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