Pharmacy at Norton Children’s

Norton Children’s Pharmacy is staffed by pediatric-trained pharmacists who offer medication management that’s designed “just for kids.” Our pediatric pharmacists partner to meet the needs of every patient by working collaboratively with hospital care teams.

What Are the Benefits of a Pediatric Pharmacist for Your Child’s Care?

Medication dosing is much different for children and teens than for adults. Norton Children’s pharmacists are specially trained in dosing for pediatric patients by age and size.  They work to customize each dose with the proper formulation to ensure compliance, efficacy, and safety. medication.

Our pharmacists work collaboratively with services throughout the hospital to provide care. As part of a whole care team, our pharmacists visit patients daily as part of multidisciplinary rounds.

Our pediatric pharmacists monitor children taking high-risk medications, antibiotics and chemotherapy, looking for any signs of drug interactions or allergies. They also offer age-appropriate education for children and families. Our pediatric pharmacists also provide the latest information about medications to other health care professionals and even assist with pain management.

Norton Children’s Pharmacy Accreditations

Overuse of antibiotics is a worldwide problem, reducing the drug’s effectiveness and even making serious bacterial infections resistant to treatment. In 2019, Norton Children’s Hospital was named an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence for its efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing.

The designation from the Infectious Diseases Society of America is awarded to hospitals that effectively prescribe antibiotics and combat their overuse. Norton Children’s Hospital is only the fifth pediatric hospital in the country to receive the designation.

Norton Children’s Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program

Norton Children’s Hospital offers a two-year pharmacy residency program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Our program provides residents with a comprehensive experience that focuses exclusively on children, from newborns to young adults, across all specialties.

Norton Children’s Pharmacy offers two of only a few specialized residency training programs for pediatrics in critical care and oncology available in the country. Learn more about the pharmacy residency program.

Meds to Beds Program

Our “Meds to Beds” program allows patients to have their prescriptions filled and delivered to their room before they leave the hospital. This allows patients to have all the items they need when they leave the hospital so that the first stop can be home. Medications also may be picked up in person at the pharmacy, if desired. The Meds to Beds program is available at all Norton Healthcare hospitals.

The Norton Children’s Difference

The care your child needs is close to home at Norton Children’s. With a 125-year presence in Louisville, Norton Children’s is a leader in pediatric care across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, providing an expanded footprint that includes:

Norton Children’s offers specialized programs and services, including:

  • Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, and the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center, which is one of the oldest oncology programs continuously accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Norton Children’s heart transplant surgeons performed Kentucky’s first heart transplant in a newborn in 1986, making the hospital the second site in the United States for infant transplants. Norton Children’s Hospital is home to the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.
  • Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, including a Level IV epilepsy center
  • Orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation
  • The Wendy Novak Diabetes Center
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