A Full Range of Pharmacy Services Offered at UH Cleveland Medical Center and Other UH Locations

University Hospitals Department of Pharmacy Services provides pharmacy services around-the-clock for a variety of inpatient and outpatient needs. Comprehensive pharmacy services are available on our main campus at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, as well as at several UH Seidman Cancer Center locations throughout Northeast Ohio.

Our pharmacy services and programs include:

Central Inpatient Pharmacy: The inpatient pharmacy provides around-the-clock services, including medication receipt, storage, repackaging, dispensing, distribution, 24-hour unit dose cart fills, and replenishment of emergency drug and EMS boxes.

OR Pharmacy: The Mather Operating Room/Intensive Care Unit Pharmacy provides 24/7 services to 22 operating rooms, a post-anesthesia care area, 60 intensive care beds, and 90 acute medical-surgery beds. The pharmacy services include medication distribution, sterile products preparation and clinical support.

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Pharmacy: The UH Seidman Cancer Center Pharmacy serves the inpatient care needs of the cancer center and the non-intensive care/step-down beds in Lerner Tower and Lakeside. The inpatient pharmacy provides around-the clock services, including medication receipt, storage, dispensing, distribution, 24-hour cart fills, sterile product preparation, chemotherapy medication preparation and total parenteral nutrition (TPN).

Controlled Substance Distribution: The controlled drug service is responsible for the selection, procurement, receipt, storage, distribution, security, control and accountability of all controlled substances within University Hospitals outpatient clinics and Investigation drug studies area. This ensures the compliance with all laws and regulations of The Ohio Board of Pharmacy and Drug Enforcement Administration.

Sterile Products Preparation: All sterile compounding within the pharmacy areas is performed within state-of-the-art open architecture clean room settings. Strict standards for compounding as established under the USP797 guidelines are adhered to. These requirements/standards were created to provide minimum practice and quality standards for the compounding of sterile products.

UH Seidman Cancer Center Ambulatory Infusion Centers: A dedicated pharmacy located in each of these centers serves the patient care needs of these UH Seidman Cancer Center locations. The team comprises dedicated pharmacists and technicians all focused on appropriate chemotherapy care. The pharmacists are heavily involved in the review and oversight of all chemotherapy agents used. The pharmacy team also provides support to areas that infuse specialty IV medications to patients. Services are offered at:

  • UH Seidman Cancer Center
  • UH St. John Medical Center
  • UH Chagrin Highlands Health Center
  • UH Landerbrook Health Center
  • UH Medina Health Center
  • UH Westlake Health Center

Investigational Drug Studies Service: This service is responsible for the procurement, inventory and dispensing of investigational and non-investigational drugs for over 200 research protocols. The team consists of eight dedicated clinical pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians.

Bolwell Retail Pharmacy: Located on the UH Cleveland Medical Center campus, this pharmacy provides all of the outpatient prescription/discharge prescription needs. This pharmacy employs eight dedicated pharmacists and technicians who dispense 50,000 prescriptions annually.

Centralized Medication Purchasing Service: This service is responsible for the efficient and cost-effective procurement and distribution of all medications on the main hospital campus.

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Pharmacy: The Pediatric Pharmacy serves UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital for all medication-related needs. This inpatient pharmacy provides 24-hour care for pediatric patients, which includes medication preparation, patient-specific dosing, sterile product preparation, chemotherapy medication preparation, and total parenteral nutrition (TPN). Our pharmacy comprises interns, technicians, decentralized clinical pharmacists and pharmacy clinical specialists.

Specialty Pharmacy: The UH Specialty Pharmacy offers 24/7 support and services to patients who require certain, complex, high-cost medications and therapies. In addition to ensuring patients have access to the medications they need, our specialty pharmacy offers educational resources, assistance with insurance navigation and financial aid services.

Contact Information

For more information about the pharmacy services at UH, please contact:

Carl H. Lufter, Jr., R.Ph.
Director of Pharmacy Services
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Email: carl.lufter@uhhospitals.org

James L. Besier (Jim), Ph.D., M.S., R.Ph., FASHP
Director of Pediatric Pharmacy
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Email: James.Besier@UHhospitals.org