Drug Information Service
Located in Suite 295 on Level 2 of the Pharmacy building
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm EST
Drug Information Services has a dual mission:
- Provide healthcare practitioners with timely, evidence-based drug information to promote the safe, rational use of medications.
- Serve as a training site for University of Rhode Island Doctor of Pharmacy students and post-doctoral residents.
Drug Information Services has expertise and is available to assist in a variety of situations such as:
- Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee support
- Medication Use Evaluation development and support
- Drug therapy guideline development
Accurate & Balanced
Questions from healthcare practitioners will be researched thoroughly by Drug Information Services using the extensive reference collection available at Drug Information Services Library at Fogarty Hall, the University of Rhode Island Library, and the Higher Education Library Information Network (HELIN).
We understand that all questions are important. We do our best to answer questions in a timely manner. Our priority for questions is based on acuteness of need:
- Patient-specific questions
- Questions dealing with general patient care
- Questions that do not directly affect patient care
Most questions can be answered quickly; however, some questions may require more time to ensure a thorough, complete response.
The Director of the Drug Information Service is Kristina Ward, Pharm.D., Clinical Assistant Professor.
Drug information questions may include, but are not limited to:
- Therapeutic use of drugs and therapeutic alternatives
- Appropriate dosing and admin-istration
- Toxicity of drugs (i.e., adverse effects)
- Drug-drug, drug-food inter-actions
- Dosing adjustments for renal/ hepatic insufficiency
- Drug use in pregnancy and lactation
- Drug monitoring for efficacy and toxicity
- Intravenous compatibility
- Alternative medications and natural products
- Foreign drugs