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.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
- Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
- Tetanus + Diptheria (Td)/ Tetanus, Diptheria + Acellular Pertussis (Tdap)
The CDC has announced recommendations for booster shots for COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. There are recommendations for all three COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Any FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, or Janssen) can be used as a booster dose.
|Booster Doses in Persons who completed mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) Primary Vaccine series||Booster Doses in Person who completed Johnson & Johnson as Primary Doses|
|Persons who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster dose
Persons who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster does
Individuals may choose to receive the same vaccine product or a different product for the booster dose. For further information regarding eligibility for a COVID-19 Booster Dose please review the latest CDC guidance or contact the Center for Pharmacy Care.
Employee Asymptomatic Testing
- Only available as weekly surveillance testing for unvaccinated employees
- Employees who do not upload their vaccination card will be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing
- Sign-Ups available in the SONA system
- You must schedule an appointment through SONA to participate in testing. The first day of testing will be Wed. Sept. 8, 2021, and will be offered twice a week for the remainder of the semester.
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 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 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared AND
- Your fever has resolved without using fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours
- Individuals who test positive must isolate until:
- 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
- CDC - Symptoms of COVID-19
The Center for Pharmacy Care Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program offers free prescriptions for eligible employees and spouses for the following conditions upon completion of a comprehensive health assessment and educational training:
- Chronic Pain Management
- High Blood Pressure
*Eligible children enrolled in the University CVS Caremark prescription plan will receive a $10 copayment for their covered asthma prescriptions
- An initial health assessment; you will be responsible for making any follow-up appointments
- Comprehensive review of all your medications
- A personalized medication treatment plan
- Education and training to enhance your understanding of medication use
- Coordination of the medication therapy management services with your other health care providers to ensure your best outcomes
- No copay for prescriptions as listed above
- Wellness in Motion dollars upon enrollment, completion and follow-up with the MTM program
- Employees and spouses with Cigna OAP or UPMC EPO plans
- Due to Affordable Care Act regulations, employees with a High Deductible Health Plan are not eligible for the zero copay, however they are still eligible for education and counseling
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.
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.
- 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 Room 215D of the Union. This confidential screening will include cholesterol and blood pressure assessments and a body composition analysis.
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.
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.
Peripheral Artery Disease Screening
The ABI exam is a fast effective tool for screening for peripheral artery disease, a potentially life threatening disease. This test is recommended for any patient who has one of the following risk factors: over age 65, diabetic, overweight, high blood pressure, inactive or bedridden, high cholesterol, family history of heart attack or stroke.
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.
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.
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.
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.