In 2009, as a response to the increased access to drug information throughout mass media services, and as a need to operationalize research activities already provided by its faculty, the University of Puerto Rico, School of Pharmacy, decided to expand the scope of the services provided by School of Pharmacy’s Drug Information Center (DIC). As a result, the Center for Drug Information and Research (CDIR) was created.
The CDIR serves as the focal point for drug information, research, education, and service within the University of Puerto Rico – School of Pharmacy. The CDIR is the first academic-based research center in Puerto Rico solely dedicated to provide answers to drug related information inquires, health service research support consultations, and the development, implementation and evaluation of pharmacy educational programs. The mission of the CDIR is to improve drug therapy in Puerto Rico through drug information services, and educational, clinical and novel research initiatives.
The CDIR replaces the School of Pharmacy’s Drug Information Center, founded in 1973. The CDIR continues to offer the drug information services provided by the DIC since its inception, which consists of providing up-to-date drug information to health care professionals and students in Puerto Rico and abroad. However, the CDIR expands its drug information services spectrum by providing specialized talks to the community in Puerto Rico. In addition to the drug information services, the CDIR pursues its mission by implementing educational, clinical and novel research initiatives.
The educational initiatives offered by the Center, seeks to provide students, practitioners and patients with up-to-date and accessible information on the best practices in pharmacotherapy. The clinical initiatives strengthen the ties between education, and practice by giving faculty and pharmacy students the opportunity to apply principals of pharmaceutical care to patients in various settings, and the research initiatives focus on generating new scientific knowledge with practical application in improving access to and outcomes of pharmaceutical care for patients in Puerto Rico.
The CDIR is located at the 5th floor of the Conrado Asenjo Medical Sciences Campus Library, University of Puerto Rico. For additional information, please contact:
José Josue Hernández Muñoz, RPh, MPH, MS, PhD
Center for Drug Information and Research
PO Box 365067
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-5067
787-758-2525 ext. 1516