Research Pharmacy

Director: Michael P. Kane, R.Ph., BCOP

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Research Pharmacy Team

The Research Pharmacy shared resource provides support for Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey members who conduct research with investigational agents in human subjects. The overall goal of this shared resource is to support the rigorously reviewed research with investigational agents in human subjects by providing an efficient, centralized service of extraordinary quality.

The specific goals of this shared resource are to:

  • Develop and maintain proper methods for preparation and handling of investigational agents
  • Ensure that all issues involving drug accountability, dosing, and administration are (a) clearly defined in the protocol; (b) consistent with Rutgers Cancer Institute, State, and Federal policies and procedures; and (c) followed to ensure the proper use of all study agents in clinical trials 
  • Facilitate procurement, maintain accountability, and provide secure and appropriate storage for all investigational agents, and ensure that these agents are dispensed according to protocol guidelines; for the basic science programs, the Research Pharmacy shared resource procures investigational and commercial agents for laboratory use
  • Assist Cancer Institute investigators, along with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s Office of Human Research Services (OHRS), in maintaining regulatory compliance
  • Provide expert consultation on the use of new agents regarding drug interactions, sequencing, formulation and administration
  • Provides an additional level of quality assurance in clinical trials through a) verification of informed consent; b) verification of eligibility and enrollment through the OHRS before dispensing any agent to clinical trial participants; c) verification of dose assignments in phase I trials; d) verification of investigators’ active National Cancer Institute (NCI) status; e) review of dose modifications; f) assessment for potential drug interactions; g) maintenance of randomization schemas for investigator-initiated trials; and h) assessment of patient adherence for self-administered protocol therapy


The Research Pharmacy shared resource of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is a specialized service facility that supports the cancer research efforts of our members.

This facility is supported primarily by the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) from the National Cancer Institute.  Additional support may be provided from other sources, such as chargeback systems, institutional funding and/or other grants. The support from the CCSG allows the facility to provide benefits to Cancer Center members, such as ensured access to services or subsidies to user rates.

Please remember to acknowledge the valuable services provided by the Research Pharmacy shared resource in your research papers, publications and grant applications. The following acknowledgement statement is recommended:

"This research was supported by the Research Pharmacy shared resource of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (P30CA072720)."

(Note: please also consider including the names of individuals from the shared resource if they provided any intellectual input or additional effort.)



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