In-patient and Out-patient dispensing.
The New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) Pharmacy plays a critical
role in the medical care of a diverse population of in-patients at the PI
hospital and at the two community outpatient services. We fill medication
cassettes for PI hospital’s three in-patient units, the Washington Heights
Community Service, the Schizophrenia Research Unit and the General
Clinical Research Unit. We also fill prescriptions for outpatients treated
in the two community service clinics, Audubon and Inwood.
However, our service to the patients and medical community does not end
there. The pharmacists at NYSPI provide counseling for patients on the use
of their medicine, as well as information on the use of over-the-counter
preparations and herbal medicines. Every prescription filled at our
pharmacy is checked for interactions with other medications, for
appropriateness of therapy and timely refills.
Equipped with the latest resources, pharmacy staff answer a variety of
questions from medical personnel on all types of matters relating to
pharmaceutical products and their availability. We will assist with
finding the latest drug information in all areas of medication use,
dosing, interactions, warnings, and availability of formulary
The Pharmacy Department also publishes the NYSPI Pharmacy and Columbia
Research Pharmacy Newsletter, which is full of useful and important
information on newly approved drugs, serious drug interactions, updated
prescribing information and changes in pharmacy law and practice,
reporting on the Pharmacy’s latest projects and achievements and other
related healthcare news.
The NYSPI Drug Monitoring Committee develops and maintains the NYSPI drug
formulary. Our formulary contains a complete selection of medications
available for the treatment of PI patients. It consists of the entire
range of psychotropic medications, including the latest approved
neuroleptics, antidepressants and other agents on the market, as well as
medications from other therapeutic classes: antihypertensives,
hypoglycemics, antibiotics, pain medications, topical preparations, etc.
The wide selection of drug therapy in the NYSPI formulary helps to make
patients’ medical care as complete as possible.
Overall, the scope of the research services provided by the
collaboration with the CPMC Research Pharmacy continues to expand. The
NYSPI Pharmacy has begun to act as a central packaging, randomization, and
distribution center for several federally funded studies. We randomize
patients in research projects to different treatment groups and compound
double-blind capsules, kits and injectable products for use in research
The number of active research projects exceeds 200, and is spread among
three sites on the Columbia - NYSPI campus. Besides Psychiatry, staff
pharmacists are involved in projects in several therapeutic areas
including Pediatric and Adult Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Neurology,
Alzheimer’s disease, Neurology, Cardiology, Endocrinology and others.