Research Pharmacy

Pharmacy Research Services provides oversight and direction for use of investigational medications in the Clinical Research and Trials Units (CRTUs) and throughout the clinic facilities at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

The research pharmacies promote patient safety, regulatory compliance and safe conduct of human research with protocols involving investigational drugs. They also provide expert consultation to investigators.

Additionally, dedicated research-trained pharmacists and pharmacy technicians share responsibility for facilitating investigational drug utilization and for providing the safest, most up-to-date care for patients participating in research studies.

Two investigational pharmacies support clinical research for hospitalized patients and hospital-based outpatients.

The John and Lou Georges' Research Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical support for:

  • Saint Marys CRTU
  • Mobile CRTU
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus
  • Hospital-based outpatient areas

The Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus Research Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical support for:

  • Charlton CRTU
  • Mobile CRTU
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus
  • Hospital-based outpatient areas

Pharmacy Research Services include:

  • Expert consultation to investigators on medication-related issues
  • Protocols for pharmacy dispensing of investigational drugs
  • Preparation and dispensing of investigational medications, including compounded sterile products
  • Preparation of pharmacy budgets
  • Service as a resource for investigational drug-related questions
  • Maintenance of drug inventory, accountability documentation and study blinding
  • Support for study monitor visits and audits
  • Research pharmacy tours for study site selection visits