About the Department: Therapeutic Policy Management
Although managed by the Therapeutic Policy Management Division, all practitioners
in the department have responsibility for the ongoing medication use evaluation
(MUE) and adverse drug reaction reporting programs. The division offers formal drug
information services to health professionals and the public, and is responsible
for cost-avoidance activities, formulary management, therapeutic policy development,
and provision of overall Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee support. The Drug Update
newsletter, a publication of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, is managed
by this division and provides therapeutic information to all health care providers
on this campus. The activities provided in support of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Committee occur daily and are recognized as critical to the success of the committee.
MUE activities are an integral component of daily practice for all practitioners
and are dedicated to improving patient care through an ongoing, systematic evaluation
of drug therapy. The medical staff and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee recognize
the importance of this service and use it to influence drug therapy policy.
The Drug Information Center is equipped with state-of-the-art resources including
on line literature retrieval, Micromedex, primary literature in the major medical
and pharmaceutical fields, and numerous secondary and tertiary references. The
Borland Health Sciences Library, a branch of the University of Florida Health
Science Center Library, is located on campus and provides additional resources and
Educational activities of the division also consist of teaching Doctor of Pharmacy
APPE students and the training of residents, including residents in the ASHP-accredited
specialty residency in
Medication Use Safety and Policy.