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Seattle Children's Investigational Drug Service (IDS) tracks and stores study drugs, assists investigators with drug-related aspects of study design and protocol development and provides technical consultation on drugs used in single-site and multicenter clinical trials.

The IDS, supported by the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, is a licensed pharmacy with extensive experience providing support and guidance for the safe and efficient conduct of clinical drug trials. The IDS is staffed by pharmacists and technicians who are specially trained in the research process. We ensure the delivery of high-quality pharmaceutical care by adhering to federal and state regulations, accreditation standards of the Joint Commission and institutional policies for investigational drug control. IDS capabilities include:

  • Multisite drug distribution and monitoring
  • IND application development assistance
  • Consultation on formulations
  • Study implementation
  • Protocol development

Services

The services provided by IDS research pharmacists and research pharmacy associates include tracking and storing study drugs, assisting investigators with drug-related aspects of study design and protocol development and providing technical consultation on drugs used in single-site and multicenter clinical trials.

The following IDS services are offered to investigators upon request:

  • Study design and protocol development assistance
  • Dispensing and destroying study drugs or returning study drugs to sponsors 
  • Development of blinding systems and placebos
  • Labeling and packaging of study drugs
  • Multisite drug distribution and monitoring
  • Freezer and refrigerator space that is monitored and alarmed to ensure proper storage conditions 
  • IND application development assistance
  • IRB submission and study budget assistance
  • Research pharmacy tours for study site selection visits
  • Consulting services on GMP and regulatory issues

Help prior to IRB submission

If you are an investigator or study coordinator preparing to submit your study to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), please contact the IDS before IRB submission. IDS staff can help ensure the services you need can be provided.

The most efficient way IDS can provide this assistance is for you to email your protocol to the clinical research budget analysts.

Help with study budgets

If you are an investigator or study coordinator, the IDS will provide you with a budget to perform required tasks. To obtain a budget, email your protocol to the clinical research budget analysts.

Location and Hours

The IDS core is located in the Mountain Pharmacy on Seattle Children's main campus. Core staff are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and research pharmacists are available after hours by pager for urgent issues.

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