What we do

The Investigational Drug Service (IDS) at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is responsible for pharmacy support of clinical research studies.

The IDS team provides clinical and operational pharmacy support for patients enrolled in clinical research studies to ensure patient safety and data integrity.

We maintain appropriate regulatory documents for clinical research. IDS staff members are responsible for all aspects of investigational drug management, including accountability, ordering, receiving, destruction, returns, proper storage and dispensing.

IDS pharmacists provide medication counseling for patients enrolled in clinical research studies. They also provide medication reconciliation for patients in screening for a research study, all of which is documented in the electronic medical record (EMR). The number and complexity of research studies, especially Phase I studies, were the driving forces behind the creation of IDS by the Department of Pharmacy and the Clinical Protocol and Data Management (CPDM) office.

Responsibilities of IDS staff include study review for Scientific Review Committee and Institutional Review Board submission, amendment review, review of amended investigator brochures, study implementation, dispensing and sterile products preparation, and clinical services such as medication review and patient counseling.

An IDS staff member is also involved with implementation of investigator-initiated studies in the Roswell Park Clinical Research Network. IDS staff members provide expert consultation for each clinical research study utilizing pharmaceutical products.


  • -20°C freezer
  • -80°C freezers
  • Refrigerators
  • Biological safety cabinets
  • Electronic Drug Accountability

Services & fees

  • Medication reconciliation for study eligibility
  • Medication review for possible interactions with study drug
  • Patient counseling
  • Inventory control and maintenance
  • Review of proposed investigator-initiated study prior to submission to ensure medication section is appropriate for implementation

Meet our team

For more infomation:

Sandra Rand, CPhT
IDS Associate II
Phone: 716-845-8196
Email: Sandra.Rand@RoswellPark.org

Kathy Galus, PharmD, RPh, BCOP
IDS Clinical Pharmacist

Denise Wells Johnson, RPh
IDS Clinical Pharmacist

Linda Wickes, BS, RPh
IDS Clinical Pharmacist

Michael Milazzo, PharmD, RPh, BCPS
IDS Clinical Pharmacist

Michael Spino, PharmD, RPh
IDS Clinical Pharmacist

John Pietkiewicz, PharmD, RPh, BCOP, BCPS
IDS Clinical Pharmacy

Nedra Thomas, CPhT
IDS Associate I

Lynne Guise, BS, RPh
IDS Clinical Pharmacist

Sarah Santos, CPhT
IDS Associate I

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Location and hours

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Investigational Drug Service
Grace Cancer Drug Center - 5th Floor
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, New York 14263

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This facility is funded by NCI P30CA16056. Publications should cite the core grant in the acknowledgment section, if publications use data generated by the Core facility. Two copies of the publication acknowledging the core grant should also be submitted to the facility at Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263.

Investigational Drug Service (IDS) provides clinical and operational pharmacy related services for investigators at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. IDS staff provide expertise in study preparation, pharmacokinetics, drug interactions, dosing and drug compounding.

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