Update on Clinical and Community Research Activities

May 14, 2021

Dear Clinical and Community Research Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the new CU Research Pharmacy on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.  This cross-collaborative project is led by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and in partnership with the School of Medicine, the CU Anschutz Chancellor and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.  

The CU Research Pharmacy will be housed in the new Anschutz Health Sciences Building scheduled to open fall 2021.  It is designed to support the clinical and administrative functions of drug research, ensure that studies are conducted in a safe, effective and efficient manner, and assure compliance with all federal, state and IRB regulations concerning investigational drugs.

The CU Research Pharmacy will start operations with the opening of the Anschutz Health Sciences Building, which will also include the Adult Out-Patient CTRC, currently located in the UCHealth Leprino Building. 

The CU Research Pharmacy will provide investigational drug services in support of all clinical research studies involving medications in the outpatient setting on the CU Anschutz campus only (non-affiliate hospital space).  All current drug trials dispensing or administrating investigational product on the CU Anschutz campus must transition to the CU Research Pharmacy when it opens in October this year and all new trials must then use a research pharmacy upon start of the trial.  

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has become increasingly stringent regarding the handling of medications used for clinical research.  The CU Anschutz Research Pharmacy will assist investigators through a full suite of services, including start-up plans, inventory management, compounding, dispensing and disposal.  

The CU Research Pharmacy website launched earlier this week and we encourage everyone to visit the website for more details and specifics regarding the services provided and pricing structure.

The CU Research Pharmacy will be a valuable resource to all researchers using investigational products.  If you will be submitting a grant in the near future needing this resource, please email  Additional information and questions can be addressed as well.

The CU Research Pharmacy will enhance clinical research that takes place on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and we look forward to its grand opening in the fall.  We appreciate the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for assuring that this important need will be met.


Thomas Flaig, MD
Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

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