Did You Know?: Purdue University Retail Pharmacy

October 8, 2015  

Purdue University Retail Pharmacy

The Purdue University Retail Pharmacy serves the Purdue community and provides a teaching facility for all pharmacy students. (Purdue University photo)
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For 85 years now, Purdue students have not had to travel off campus to get their prescriptions.  

In 1930, the College of Pharmacy -- then called the School of Pharmacy -- built a new building, what is now Schleman Hall, that housed a model pharmacy where Purdue pharmacy students filled prescriptions for patients of the Student Health Center. In 2010, the pharmacy added Purdue employees and their families to its clientele.

The pharmacy's mission is to serve the Purdue community and to provide a teaching facility for all pharmacy students. After pre-pharmacy students complete their first two years, they spend one semester of the professional pharmacy program in the teaching facility, which doubles as the Purdue University Retail Pharmacy.

Few other universities have this type of facility, says Nicole Noel, Purdue University Pharmacy director.

"We are giving our students a learning environment that's safe and very conducive to their learning," Noel says. "They are learning in a classroom in a controlled setting, and it gives them an advantage of having the time to learn and process the information before they go out into a community pharmacy."  

Users of the pharmacy cannot only get prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, but they can use the new "Yellow Jug Old Drug" program. This allows anyone to drop off expired or unwanted medications in a yellow jug at the pharmacy and those medications will be disposed of safely.

Today, the pharmacy is in Robert E. Heine Pharmacy Building, Room 118, and is open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday when classes are in session. During the summer months and when classes are not in session, the pharmacy is open 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Interested employees and students of the University should contact the pharmacy by phone to transfer prescriptions.

For more information, visit https://www.pharmacy.purdue.edu/retail-pharmacy or call 765-494-1374.

Writer: Aspen Deno, denoa@purdue.edu 

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