This functional unit operates Pharmacy and Stores Distribution Centers in Salem, serving institutions on the west side of Oregon and in Ontario, serving institutions on the east side. This geographic separation provides economy in distribution and professional oversight while ensuring emergency backup capabilities.
DOC Pharmacies and institutional Medication Rooms are licensed and regulated by the Oregon Board of Pharmacy and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency. The formulary is established and regularly reviewed by a multidisciplinary Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Pharmaceuticals are purchased through a 48 state buying consortium under strict state purchasing guidelines. This ensures that medications are purchased under some of the best pricing levels in the nation. Pharmacists regularly inspect institutional medication rooms to ensure compliance with policy and regulation and to provide consultation to site managers. Organized as a modified Managed Care system, Pharmacy currently prepares, packages and distributes over 35,000 prescriptions per month to meet the medication needs of the system's 14,000 pluse inmates.
DOC Medical Stores identifies, purchases, and distributes the specialized medical equipment, instruments and supplies needed to operate the system's institutional clinical services and coordinates to purchase and repair of costly diagnostic and treatment equipment and durable medical goods. Centralized purchasing and a controlled inventory promote efficiency and help to manage cost.