Pharmacy at Western
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There are two separate pharmacies at CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center (Western). You’ll find our retail pharmacy on the first floor and the hospital pharmacy on the second floor.
After meeting with your cancer care team, and particularly with your naturopathic physician, you will come to the retail pharmacy to pick up vitamins and other supplements to boost your immune system. Meanwhile, in the hospital pharmacy, technicians and pharmacists mix chemotherapeutic drugs based on your oncologist’s orders.
Meet the Team
Sarah Cahill serves as the Director of Pharmacy at Western. The pharmacy team is comprised of nine staff members. Four hold a Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm D), two are registered pharmacists (RPh), and three are certified pharmacy technicians (CPhT).
Quality and Safety
Our retail pharmacy offers CNCA supplements to boost your immune system. CNCA provides highly-pure and potent vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Upon request, these supplements can be given in a liquid or powder form if you have difficulty swallowing pills. Your naturopathic physician will recommend supplements to help rebuild your strength and regain your energy.
Western's naturopathic physicians, oncologists, and pharmacists work closely with each other and you to identify problem areas and how to address them. For example, nausea is one potential side effect of cancer treatment that may be reduced through the use of natural supplements.
We also recognize the importance of prescription medication to mitigate cancer treatment side effects and other medical problems. Your oncologist and/or pain management doctor will work with you to prescribe appropriate prescription medications.
Safety is a top priority at the Retail Pharmacy. The retail pharmacy staff, along with our naturopathic physicians, have developed guidelines for reviewing and dispensing all prescription and supplement products. We look for drug-drug interactions and drug-herb interactions and make sure that every supplement prescribed is safe and won’t interfere with a patient’s chemotherapy regimen.
The retail pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m - 7 p.m, and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
A separate pharmacy near the Infusion Center mixes chemotherapeutic drugs and other intravenous medications. This is commonly referred to as the hospital pharmacy.
The team at the Hospital Pharmacy is devoted to patient safety. Each medication goes through stringent safety tests before it reaches the patient. Safety regulations consist of an extensive double-check chemotherapy order verification process, which requires two pharmacists to evaluate patient-specific information, such as lab results, past treatment, and organ dysfunction, in order to evaluate prescribed dosages.
The inpatient pharmacy is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for patients who have been admitted into the hospital.