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The mission of the Department of Pharmacy is to provide, within accepted professional standards and ethics, those services that utilize the Department's unique body of knowledge of drugs and drug systems, with the exception of radiopharmaceuticals, to support the goals of the institution.

This includes:

  • Assuring that patients at BMC for whom drug therapy is indicated receive the most appropriate drug therapy so as to maximize the desired therapeutic outcomes, while minimizing negative outcomes, in a cost-effective manner.
  • Serving as a resource of drug information and education for the institution.
  • Being responsible for the acquisition, distribution, and control of all drugs on BMC premises, including drugs used in clinical research, according to applicable laws and regulations

Shapiro Pharmacy

725 Albany Street
Boston MA 02118
Call: 617.414.4880
Toll free number: 855.274.MEDS

Monday to Friday: 7 am to 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am-5 pm
Sunday: 10 am-3 pm

Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center

850 Harrison Ave
Boston MA 02118
Call: 617.414.4883

Monday to Friday: 9 am to 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday: closed

Doctor's Office Building

720 Harrison Ave
Boston MA 02118
Call: 617.638.8130

Monday to Friday: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed

  • BMC inpatient pharmacists deliver care in a decentralized model during Monday – Friday from 7 am to 9:30 pm. On evenings, nights and weekends order verification and medication distribution are handled in a centralized model.
  • BMC inpatient pharmacists provide discharge counseling and telephone follow-up calls for patients admitted for targeted disease states to decrease re-admission rates.
  • Clinical drug information services are provided 24/7 utilizing an on-call pager which is responded to by the residents with back-up from clinical specialists.
  • BMC pharmacists work collaboratively with nurses, physicians and the IT department to develop easy-to-use, evidence-based treatment protocols and order sets
  • An Emergency Department satellite provides distributive and clinical services to the Trauma, Acute, Non-Acute, and Pediatric ERs Monday – Friday from 9 am to 9 pm with planned expansion in hours of operation.
  • A pediatric satellite provides clinical and distributive services to the pediatric areas 7 days a week from 7 am to 3:30 pm
  • BMC utilizes technicians, students and automation to provide exceptional drug distribution services. Automated systems include Pyxis machines, with a drug storage carousel, DoseEdge - an IV medication bar coding system, fully interfaced inpatient CPOE, Emergency Department CPOE and interfaced outpatient medical records and e-prescribing for our clinic and discharged patients.

The Outpatient Pharmacies at Boston Medical Center provide prescription services to patients seeing providers within BMC affiliated practices. The pharmacies are staffed by over 15 different pharmacists that provide counseling to patients on any of their medications.

Pharmacy Services

Mail Order

Enroll in the mail-order service and you can have your medications mailed directly to your home. There is no need to wait in line and prescriptions will be sent in discrete packaging. As an additional benefit, medications can be automatically refilled for you. No calling, no remembering prescription numbers. Medications will arrive a few days before you run out.

Blister Pack

For patients that prefer to receive medications packaged in a single or multi-dose package, the pharmacy can provide that service as well. There is no additional charge for this service.

Additional Services

Pharmacists review your profile for appropriateness and interactions every time your fill a prescription. Also, if at any time you would like to have a pharmacist review your medications for cost-effectiveness, safety and efficacy, or problems with insurance, just ask. We'll be glad to help.

Pharmacist-based Clinics

Anticoagulation Clinic (Coumadin Clinic):
Shapiro Center
725 Albany Street, Lower Level
Suite LLB
Boston, MA 02118
Call: 617.638.6785

Primary Care Clinic Pharmacists:
Shapiro Ambulatory Care Center
725 Albany Street
6th Floor Suite 6B
- Lori Arena, PharmD, Call: 617.414.7049

Inpatient Pharmacies

Menino Pavilion, Inpatient Pharmacy
840 Harrison Avenue

Newton Pavilion, Inpatient Pharmacy
88 East Newton Street

Moakley Building, Oncology Pharmacy Satellite
830 Harrison Avenue
3rd Floor, Room 3245

Menino Pavilion, Pediatric Pharmacy Satellite
840 Harrison Avenue
4th Floor, Room 4110

Menino Pavilion, Emergency Room Pharmacy Satellite
840 Harrison Avenue

David Twitchell, PharmD, MBA, VP and Chief Pharmacy Officer

Inpatient Administrative Office

Newton Pavilion
88 East Newton Street
Atrium, Room 2606H
Call: 617.638.6790

Kevin Horbowicz, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Manager – Critical Care & Emergency Medicine

Joy Vreeland, PharmD, BCPS, Director, Inpatient Pharmacy

Outpatient Administrative Office

Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center
850 Harrison Avenue
Call: 617.414.5394

Sebastian Hamilton, PharmD, MBA, Director, Outpatient Pharmacy

Jose Barria, RPh, Manager, Doctors Office Building (DOB) Care Center

Yusung Kim, PharmD, Manager, Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center