Duquesne University Center For Pharmacy Care

About The Center

The Center for Pharmacy Care is part of the Duquesne University Pharmacy and is a pharmacist-coordinated provider of disease prevention and disease management services for the Duquesne University campus and Pittsburgh community.

The Center for Pharmacy Care, established in October 2002, provides wellness, disease prevention and medication therapy management programs, focusing on hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes asthma, chronic pain, depression, travel health and osteoporosis.

We offer campus and community health screenings, lifestyle counseling, educational seminars, drug therapy review and management, disease state management and outcome reporting for certain health conditions.

Our educational programs, presented by experienced clinical pharmacists and pharmacy residents, enhance the awareness of health and wellness issues. We provide an individualized assessment of current medication therapies and assist our patients in choosing self-care treatment options.

Our screening professionals are student pharmacists under the supervision of our staff. The Center is dedicated to the education of the public in an effort to promote wellness, increase awareness of risk for chronic diseases, medication therapy management, and improve health outcomes. We are driven by the desire to improve the health outcomes and well-being of Pittsburgh and surrounding communities.

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Hours

Monday–Thursday:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday:
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Immunizations

Immunizations are available on campus at the Center for Pharmacy Care. Getting vaccinated is a lifelong, life-protecting job. For a list of recommended vaccinations, please speak with a pharmacist at the Center for Pharmacy Care, a healthcare provider or visit cdc.gov/vaccines.

The Center for Pharmacy Care accepts most major insurances.

CDC-recommended vaccinations available at the Center for Pharmacy Care:

  • COVID-19 (Janssen, Pfizer, and Moderna)
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Polio
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Tetanus + Diptheria (Td)/ Tetanus, Diptheria + Acellular Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Typhoid
COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 Booster Doses

  • Three COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved for use in the United States to prevent COVID-19.
  • Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID-19 mRNA vaccines) are preferred.
  • Visit cdc.gov for more information or talk to your pharmacist to determine which vaccine is best for you.
Pfizer-BioNTech
Moderna
Johnson & Johnson's Janssen
Age: 5+ Years Age: 18+ Years Age: 18+ Years

Primary Series:
2 Doses, 3 Weeks Apart

Primary Series:
2 Doses, 4 Weeks Apart
Primary Series:
1 Dose

1st Booster:
18+ Years: Booster of Pfizer OR Moderna 5 Months After Last Dose of Primary Series

12-17 Years: Booster of Pfizer 5 months after last dose of primary series

1st Booster:
18+ Years: Booster of Pfizer OR Moderna 5 Months After Last Dose of Primary Series

Booster:

18+ Years: Booster of Pfizer OR Moderna 2 Months After Last Dose of Primary Series

You may get a J&J vaccine in some situations

2nd Booster:
50+ Years AND
 4 Months After Receipt of a First Booster Dose of Any COVID-19 Vaccine

12+ Years AND Immunocompromised

2nd Booster:
50+ Years AND 4 Months After Receipt of a First Booster Dose of any COVID-19 Vaccine

18+ Years AND Immunocompromised

2nd Booster:
18+ Years AND Received a Primary Vaccine and Booster Dose of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine at Least 4 Months Ago May Receive a 2nd Booster Dose Using an mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Vaccination clinics will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Union 109 during the month of April
  • Individuals will sign-up through the SONA system
  • Vaccines are available to everyone, including family members!
  • Contact the Center for Pharmacy Care (412.396.2155) to schedule individual appointments Monday - Friday in the Muldoon Building at the corner of Chatham Square and Fifth Avenue
COVID Testing

Employee Asymptomatic Testing

Duquesne University is offering free COVID-19 antigen testing to all students, faculty, and staff who are asymptomatic (no symptoms) but have had a recent known exposure to a covid positive case or for anyone who may be concerned about exposure and would like to be tested.

Clinics will begin Monday, February 7th from 11AM-3PM in Room 109 of the Student Union. The clinics will run on a weekly basis, rotating M-W-F and T-Th on alternate weeks.

You can schedule an appointment for testing via SONA which can be accessed HERE.

A training guide on using the SONA system and scheduling appointments can be accessed HERE. Walk-in appointments will also be available.

Please bring your Duquesne ID with you to your testing appointment.

Employee Symptomatic Testing

  • Employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can contact the Center for Pharmacy Care at 412.396.2155 to schedule an appointment for a free antigen test. Test results will be available within 15 minutes. Appointments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Muldoon Building. No walk-ins will be permitted. Employees also may utilize local testing centers in the surrounding area.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, follow-up with your primary care provider and immediately contact your Duquesne supervisor and the Office of Human Resources to let them know.
  • Duquesne Positive COVID-19 Test Policy:
    • Individuals who test positive must isolate until:
      • At least 5 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared AND
      • Your fever has resolved without using fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours
  • COVID-19 Symptoms
    • Fever over 100.2, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, excessive fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
Wellness In Motion

Both medical plans offer customized wellness programs and provide their own online wellness platforms:

  • Cigna's MotivateMe platform
  • UPMC Health Plan's HealthyU platform

Each healthy activity, such as biometric screenings, online health assessment, and participation in various online coaching programs, has a corresponding Wellness in Motion dollar value.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to participate in the Wellness in Motion program, you and your eligible spouse must be active members of the University medical plan.

Rewards:

  • Employees may earn up to $300 in Wellness in Motion dollars
  • Eligible spouses may earn up to $300 in Wellness in Motion dollars

Contact The Center for Pharmacy Care to schedule a free on-campus screening in the Muldoon Building. This confidential screening will include cholesterol and blood pressure assessments and a body composition analysis.

Services
Travel Clinic

Pre-travel appointments will include an assessment of what vaccines are needed, education on how to try to prevent or handle illnesses while traveling, and assistance with obtaining necessary medications. Most travel vaccines, including yellow fever, will be offered.

Osteoporosis Screening

Lunar Achilles Express measures the bone density of the heel used as a screening tool to assess risk for osteoporosis . Osteoporosis is a disease where bones become fragile and more likely to break or fracture due to loss of bone density.

Blood Pressure Assessments

With the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease it is more important than ever to have your blood pressure regularly assessed. Measuring your blood pressure and keeping a record of the measurements will show you and your doctor how much your blood pressure may change. Your doctor can use your record of measurements to see how well your medicine is working to control your high blood pressure. Also, measuring your own blood pressure is a good way to take part in managing your own health and recognizing changes.

Cholesterol Screening

At our facility, a single finger prick can provide a wealth of information about your health. We measure total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and glucose in a single test. These levels help us to determine your risk level for developing cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Already have a diagnosis? It’s even more important for you to get these levels checked regularly to assess the effectiveness of your current treatment.

Blood Glucose Screening

One Touch Ultra glucometers are used to, report current blood sugar level. This value allows us to check for possible diabetes or monitor treatment of diabetes.

Body Composition Analysis

The Tanita Body Composition Analyzer provides patient values for Body Mass Index, Fat %, Basal metabolic Rate, Total Body Water, Fat Mass, and Free Fat Mass. It also gives individualized desirable ranges. You and the pharmacists can discuss your weight loss goals and lifestyle changes based on your results.

Hemoglobin A1C

For patients who are at risk for developing diabetes or are already diagnosed, The Bayer DCA 2000 can provide a picture of your blood sugar control over the past few months. Our pharmacists can then offer counseling on what you should continue doing and what you can change to get an optimum level.

Anemia Screening

Performed via the Hgb Pro device utilizing a small blood sample obtained by fingerstick. Hemoglobin is an accurate measurement used to assess anemia risk and severity. Low hemoglobin is an indication of anemia. Your doctor can perform additional tests to determine the cause and best treatment for your anemia. If you already have a diagnosis of anemia it is important for you to get hemoglobin levels checked regularly to assess the effectiveness of your current treatment.

Spirometry Screening

The KoKo Spirometer is a screening tool for patients with asthma or those wishing to be screened for the disease. The machine assesses pulmonary function through a variety of tests to give the pharmacist a snapshot of how well your lungs are working. Pharmacists are able to assess therapy for COPD in asthma patients when using the KoKo Spirometer.

Vaccinations

The following vaccines are available

Personnel

Elizabeth Bunk, Pharm.D.

Manager, Center for Pharmacy Care
Muldoon Building
1000 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
412.396.2055
bunke@duq.edu

Bob Laux, Pharm.D.

Clinical Pharmacist
Muldoon Building
1000 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
412.396.1072
laux@duq.edu

Courtney Sivrich

Office Coordinator
Muldoon Building
1000 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, OA 15282
412.396.2155
sivrichc@duq.edu