Pharmacy Services

Pharmacy Services

The saying "children are not just small adults" is certainly true when it comes to the prescribing and administration of medications to children. Every dose of medication prescribed to a child must involve consideration of the patient's size (generally weight). Additionally, developmental body changes throughout childhood (especially kidney and liver function) often impact the decision of proper drug and/or dosage selection for a pediatric patient. "Kid-friendly" dosage forms are uncommon, so special consideration of medication or dosage form selection also warrants close attention by hospital personnel. Pediatric pharmacists have extensive experience and special training in making sure that medications used to treat hospitalized children are appropriate in all respects.

Contact Information

Upstate University Hospital - Downtown Campus Maps and Directions
Address: 750 East Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-4210
Fax: 315 464-4314
Insurance Info: Insurance & Billing

Support Services Provided

  • Evaluate medication profile and provide continued monitoring of every pediatric patient admitted to hospital
  • Initiated Pediatric Pharmacy Residency program in 2009 as part of expanded services and commitment to training of future pediatric pharmacists
  • Participate in daily bedside rounds with Pediatric Intensive Care Unit team
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams to address medication safety and quality improvement
  • Prepare intravenous fluids, nutrition, medications and chemotherapy in state of the art sterile product area
  • Provide educational activities for staff including newsletters on pediatric drug therapy, nurse and house staff lectures, Pediatrics grand rounds, and patient/caregiver medication counseling upon request
  • Provide patient specific computerized emergency drug dosing information to nurses
  • Provide special consultation to medical staff on medications requiring drug level monitoring and/or adjustments
  • Review every medication order for appropriateness of dose, indication, route of administration, allergy, drug interactions, duplication


  • Luke A Probst, PHARMD, Associate Director of Pharmacy - Pediatric Services

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