Drug Information Center

The Drug Information Center at the College of Pharmacy is a drug information request line and teaching laboratory.

The center makes the College of Pharmacy research and faculty expertise available to the medical practitioners of the state of Washington. We provide information regarding drug interactions, side effects and other drug inquiries to pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other allied health care professionals.

If you are a medical provider with a drug related question, please call the request line: 509-358-7662

Or, email the center at: pharmacy.druginfo@wsu.edu

Service is available from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The center is closed on all legal and university holidays.

The Drug Information Center routinely responds to requests regarding:

  • appropriate therapy for specific patients
  • adverse reactions to drugs
  • efficacy of drugs
  • drug interactions
  • intravenous additive incompatibilities
  • biopharmaceutic and pharmacokinetic parameters of drugs
  • dosing in renal failure
  • appropriate therapy for a disease state
  • identification of foreign drugs
  • information on investigational agents
  • information on new drugs
  • identification of unknown capsules and tablets
  • The Drug Information Center does not answer medical legal questions

Public Service

In addition to manning the drug request line, the Drug Information Center provides several additional services:

  • Our staff write reviews and medication use evaluations for The Formulary Monograph Service each month.
    • The Formulary Monograph Service offers monthly updates featuring recently FDA-approved and late Phase III drugs. The monographs are used by the pharmacy and therapeutic committees or healthcare staff at various health care institutions and insurance companies to teach their providers about new medications and in deciding the formulary status of these newer medications.
  • Our staff also serve on several editorial boards and serve as reviewers for pharmacotherapy and drug therapeutics related journals and textbooks.
  • We develop comparative efficacy reports for Wolters Kluwer Health for use in their various drug databases.
  • Our staff participates in updating chapters in Drug Facts & Comparisons.
  • And we develop continuing education programs for pharmacists on new drugs. These are published in Hospital Pharmacy and available on ProCE's website.

Teaching Laboratory

The second purpose of the Drug Information Center is education. Fourth-year pharmacy students have the option of taking a six-week rotation elective at the center to get real-world experience researching and collecting the information that goes to answer center inquires.

Post-Graduate Residency

The center hosts the Specialty Residency in Drug Information Practice targeted for new pharmacists wishing to gain expertise in drug information. They will also be equipped to meet the challenges of current and future pharmacy practice including promotion of optimal drug therapy and education of other health care professionals and patients on drug related topics.

We are currently accepting applications for the Specialty Residency in Drug Information Practice. If you are interested in this opportunity, please review the residency description. Applications are due April 1, 2016.

Residency Description | Residency Application


The Drug Information Center occasionally participates in contracts to provide drug information. Please contact Dr. Baker listed above with inquiries regarding drug information contracts.