Pharmacy phone numbers
Children's – Minneapolis: (612) 813-7290
Children's – St. Paul: (651) 220-6962
Home care pharmacy: (612) 813-7206
Pediatric Pharmacy at Children's
Children's bodies process medications differently than adults' bodies do. The best dose, frequency, and type of medication can vary depending on a child's weight, metabolism, development, and other factors. That's why, at Children's, highly trained pediatric pharmacists work closely with a child's medical team.
The pediatric pharmacy staff at Children's includes registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with experience in pediatric pharmacy. Pharmacy staff members assess patients' responses to medication therapy in comparison to intended outcomes and work with the child's medical team to modify therapy as necessary. Team members monitor medication therapy and provide counsel on a wide range of issues, including:
- Appropriate choice of medications and doses
- Nutritional support
- Prevention of under- and over-dosing of medication
- Treatment without indication
- Diagnoses without treatment
- Drug interactions
Duties of the pharmacy team include:
- Central intravenous admixture
- Patient education, including discharge counseling with nursing staff and others.
- Take-home prescription service in conjunction with outpatient pharmacies at Children's - Minneapolis, Children's – St. Paul, and Children's West.
- Home infusion services
- Clinical research. Research is conducted to further advance drug therapy for children.
- Consultation in individual pharmacokinetic dosing of drugs, serum drug concentration interpretation, poison treatment, and clinical pharmacotherapy education
- Drug Information. A clinical pharmacist is available to gather, analyze, and interpret drug and drug therapy information for physicians, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Requests may include questions about drug doses, side effects, adverse reactions, drug interactions, foreign drug identification, or other topics.
- Attendance in inpatient emergencies to provide drug administration and information.
- Mentoring program. Our extensive mentoring program prepares new pharmacists to work with the unique medication issues of newborns, children, and adolescents. Advanced practice experiences include general pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric and neonatal critical care, and pharmacy management.
- Medical education. Pharmacists provide regular didactic education to the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and the Augsburg College physician assistant programs. Pharmacists developed and currently conduct the majority of lectures and small group discussions in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy pediatrics course.
Pharmacy residency program
The pharmacy practice residency at Children's is designed to provide the resident with a wide variety of clinical and professional experiences in pediatrics. Residents will complete required rotations and have approximately five months to complete elective learning experiences in areas of their interest. Generally there are three pharmacy practice residents. The completed application and curriculum vitae must be received by the second Wednesday in January.
See our Pharmacy Residency Program page for complete information and application resources.