Investigational Drug Service (IDS)
IDS Hours of Operation
The IDS operates out of 2 locations on the University of Pennsylvania campus:
IDS MAIN – 3600 Spruce St, Maloney Bldg, Ground Floor
Hours: 730am – 500pm Weekdays
IDS NORTH – 51 N. 39th St, 103 Mutch Bldg.
Hours: 800am – 430pm Weekdays
While there may be staff available before or after this time, these are the hours during which someone will always be available.
The IDS maintains an on-call pager (800-670-3151) rotated among staff for after-hours EMERGENCY coverage.
Outpatient orders must be sent to the IDS sufficiently in advance of the visit to allow proper preparation. The IDS is not equipped to provide 'walk-up' service similar to a retail pharmacy. In order to ensure that medication is ready at the time of a patient visit, orders must be sent at a minimum the morning the day before the visit. For study medications which require compounding, repackaging or other complex services, lead times of 2 to 5 days may be needed. Discuss your needs with the IDS staff in advance or during the SIV.
The IDS on-call person can assist by telephone with:
- Breaking treatment blinds
- Problems in ordering or obtaining inpatient study medications
- Inpatient pharmacy staff who are unfamiliar with a particular study
- Directing outside callers to the proper resource.
The IDS on-call person will come back to the hospital only in a true emergency when no other option exists.
For studies which require 24-hour availability of medication, the IDS has already made arrangements with inpatient pharmacists at both HUP and PPMC for first-dose services.