Clinical Research Pharmacy

The AU Medical Center pharmacy has been assigned responsibility for study medication receipt, storage, dispensing, accountability and record-keeping for all human subject research on campus.

The Clinical Research Pharmacy provides:

  • One central site for investigational drug management ensuring compliance with federal and state mandates and sponsor requirements.
  • Assurance of adequate and accurate written records of receipt and disposition of all drug supplies.
  • Study design assistance
  • Randomization and blinding
  • Patient monitoring 


To initiate your research study with the clinical research pharmacy, please go to iLab and create a new study. 

View instructions and assistance or contact for more help.

  • Copy of the subject's signed/dated informed consent.
  • Written prescription signed by a physician/investigator with the following additional information listed:
      • Subject/patient's full name and initials, study ID#.
      • Home address, date of birth, weight in kg for pediatric patients (or if drug dosed by weight).
      • Allergy status (list any known allergies to medications or "NKDA" for no known drug allergies).
      • Medical Record Number for that patient (not dummy study ID or study account number).
      • Short name of study/study drug and protocol number for study.
  • Provide written prescription at least 24 hours in advance.
  • The pharmacy staff will have the Rx available for pick up in the central Clinical Research Pharmacy (Professional Office Building One, AD-1510) on the day of the visit. Oncology Rx can be picked up at Cancer Center Pharmacy.
  • Notify the pharmacy in advance of your anticipated needs whenever possible (e.g., if screening for new patients, what hours/days are your clinics -- for returning patients you should provide a list of return appointments).
  • Provide a prescription from a physician investigator by one of three methods:
    1. Drop off prescription to Clinical Research Pharmacy staff (AD-1510).
    2. Secure email a copy of the prescription to The original outpatient prescription will be filed dropped off at the Clinical Research Pharmacy. The original clinic study order will be sent to medical records by the study coordinator; the original inpatient study order will go into the patient’s chart. (the pharmacy staff will get the original prescription when the study drug is dropped off/picked up).
    3. Have the investigator call in the prescription or dose adjustment to the pharmacist. 
  • Filled prescription will be picked up by the study coordinator/investigator or research team member.