Drug Information Center

Students working in the Drug Information Center Library

The primary mission of the Harrison School of Pharmacy Drug Information Center (DIC) is to improve patient care in the state of Alabama. This is accomplished by providing on-demand consultative services, generally free of charge, to Alabama health professionals on any aspect of drugs, drug therapy, and pharmacy practice. The DIC provides these services live from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and via voice mail, email and website requests.

The DIC is well equipped with subscriptions to approximately 50 medical and pharmacy journals and newsletters, and about 400 volumes of texts and reference books. In addition, there is access to comprehensive electronic drug databases including Micromedex, Clinical Pharmacology, Facts and Comparisons eAnswers and Lexi-Comp. The Auburn University Libraries provide a large collection of biomedical books and journals, as well as extensive access to literature search systems and databases such as Medline and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts. The DIC also has a partnership with the University of South Alabama Biomedical Library and its extensive literature resources.

Two drug information specialist pharmacists with extensive training and experience in drug information services staff the center. Fourth-year student pharmacists (P4), perform many of the center’s services under the direct supervision of the faculty specialists. Every question or request is thoroughly researched, resources vetted, and responses written and well documented.

With the widespread availability of the Internet and other electronic information systems, the DIC has become even more of a specialized referral center. Since many people have easy access to simple information, it is more common for the DIC to field the more difficult and complex questions on a routine basis. Callers include practicing pharmacists, physicians, and nurses from the community or hospital settings. They also receive requests from professionals in a variety of less traditional practice sites, such as home infusion and state government offices.

In addition, the DIC performs more specialized projects such as medication utilization review (MUE), pharmacy and therapeutic committee monographs, antibiograms and others. The DIC also provides publication support to the professional community in the form of monthly newsletters (AU InforMed), pharmacy continuing education articles for the state pharmacy association journal (Alabama Pharmacy) and other occasional articles. The DIC’s staff and students also provide educational presentations on topics of drugs and medication safety to professional groups in the community.

The DIC is a year-round consultation center for any question on drugs, pharmacotherapy, and pharmacy practice. It has state-of-the-art information resources available and the expertise to make the most effective use of them.

"The DILRC provides unbiased, evidence-based drug information to health care professionals throughout the state of Alabama to ensure the safe, appropriate and cost-effective use of medications. Additionally, the service provides important medical and drug information, and serves as a practical experience for Doctor of Pharmacy students to develop skills and competency in the retrieval, interpretation and communication of drug information." -- Bernie Olin, Pharm.D., Director

 

Last Updated: February 23, 2017