Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Drug Information Center

Drug Information Center

 

Computer research

General Information

The mission of The Methodist Hospital (TMH) Drug Information Center (DIC) is to provide clinical, research and educational support for optimizing drug therapy for patients and promoting wellness. Services from the Center are available to healthcare professionals and members of the lay public.

 

Primary Functions

  • Answering patient-specific and general inquires regarding all aspects of medication use
  • Providing accurate, current, and unbiased drug information in the support of rational drug therapy
  • Responses are provided by phone, mail, fax, or e-mail
  • Available to healthcare professionals and members of the lay public

 

Availability

  • The DIC is a division of the Department of Pharmacy Services and is located in the Dunn Building of The Methodist Hospital, (DB1-09)
  • Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Direct telephone number: 713-441-4190
  • Non-emergency weekend and evening requests may be left on voice mail
  • Urgent inquiries, after hours and on weekends, may be made to the pharmacy clinical specialist on call at 713-768-0719

 

Resources

  • Current pharmacy and medical textbooks
  • Specialty references
  • Computer databaes
  • Medical and pharmacy journals

 

DIC Staff

Staffed by clinical pharmacists trained in drug information, pharmacy residents, and students.

 

DIC Staff Functions

  • Answering drug related questions from healthcare professionals and members of the lay public
  • Preparing the agenda and clinical background information for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee meetings
  • Updating and posting The Methodist Hospital Formulary on the Intranet
  • Developing criteria for medication use evaluations; helping conduct these evaluations and preparing recommendations to the medical staff based on the results of the evaluations
  • Assisting in conducting research and evaluating outcomes of medication usage