Auburn Professors Design Facility

Auburn University pharmacy professors and an Auburn alumnus have designed a model facility to help pharmacists offer complex medications for in-home use, one that are normally adminstered only in hospitals.

Pharmacy professors Kenneth Barker and Betsy Flynn have spent the last year leading a multidisciplinary team to design a fully operational structure that will be built for Vital Care Inc. in Meridian, Miss. Auburn pharmacy graduate Johnny Bell, who owns Vital Care, asked the Auburn professors to design the facility.

The two-story, 13,000 square-foot building will be used to prepare, dispences and administer the medications, while, at the same time, serving as a prototype model for pharmacists interested in opening a home-infusion franchise.

Home infusion is a growing trend among pharmacies in which they offer complex medications that nurses, caregivers or patients administer in homes. This includes potent intravenous antibiotics, chemotherapy, cardiac medications and intravenous nutritional formulas.