Mayo Clinic's Pharmacy Services employs about 500 people, including approximately 200 pharmacists. The pharmacies operate 24 hours per day and provide pharmaceutical services, including:
- Central pharmacy distribution
- Sterile and non-sterile compounding
- Computerized intravenous admixture and unit dose dispensing
- Advanced technology support, including wireless PC's, automated dispensing devices and clinical decision support tools
- Investigational drug studies
- Skilled nursing facility dispensing and consulting
- Decentralized pharmacist practice
- Pharmacokinetic monitoring
- Patient education programs
- Clinical pharmacy specialty practices
- Drug information programs
- In-service education
- Pharmacy, therapeutics and formulary committee participation
- Physician newsletters
- Pharmacist-led research
Mayo Clinic uses a computer-based pharmaceutical care (P-Care) monitoring system. P-Care integrates data from disparate computer systems, including pharmacy, admissions, laboratory and microbiology. Computerized algorithms utilize this data to alert pharmacists to potential situations where therapy, safety or costs can be improved. Performing daily pharmaceutical care duties, P-Care is used to:
- Provide patient demographic data, laboratory data, microbiology data, medications, parenteral nutrition information and drug levels.
- Identify patients whose medication therapy requires a pharmacist's daily review.
- Identify and review treatments that are inconsistent with established medication rule-based algorithms.
- Document pharmacist-performed clinical activities, interventions and monitoring notes.
- Provide a forum for pharmacists, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students to communicate pertinent patient-specific, medication-related issues.