Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research

College of Pharmacy

About Us

The UIC Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research (CPR) is an interdisciplinary research unit of the UIC College of Pharmacy, jointly established by the Department of Pharmacy Practice and the Department of Pharmacy Administration.  The Center was established in November 2001 by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to foster advancement in the understanding of costs and outcomes of pharmaceutical products, pharmacy services, and medication use policy.  One of the only Centers of its kind in the Midwest, the CPR fulfills its mission by conducting research, providing education and training programs, and by providing consultation to individuals or organizations.

The mission of the CPR is to promote and facilitate advancement in understanding the clinical, humanistic, and econonomic impact of pharmaceutical products, contemporary pharmacy services, and medication use policy with respect to the health and safety of patients, organizations, and society.  The primary goals of the Center are to 1) conduct research on the costs and consequences (clinical, humanistic, or economic) of the therapeutic use of drugs, of pharmacy and health care services, and of medication use policy; and 2) to publish and disseminate research findings so as to advance knowledge and facilitate the health of patients, organizations, and society.  The CPR also seeks to promote the advancement of pharmacoeconomics by training future scientists via post-doctoral research fellowships, and by conducting seminars and symposia.

The CPR conducts groundbreaking research. The primary goal of the CPR is to conduct research in pharmacoeconomics and pharmaceutical outcomes.  Research conducted by the Center is funded by a variety of sources, including pharmaceutical manufacturers, private research foundations, and by government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Total funding was $1,289,753 in 2006.  For more information see Research.

In September 2005 the CPR became the coordinating site of one of the 13 centers nationally funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) under the "Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness" (DEcIDE) Research Network.  Other DEcIDE Centers in this network include Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland, Duke University, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and others. (see website:  This group of centers was formed to assist the Federal Government in evaluating the new Medicare Part D drug benefit.  The mandate for such evaluation was included in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003.  For more information see Chicago Area DEcIDE Center.

The faculty of the CPR are also highly involved in the AHRQ-funded Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERT) organized around the theme "Tools for Optimizing Prescribing, Monitoring and Education" (TOP-MED).  The long term objective of the Center is to improve the safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of drug therapy by increasing the appropriateness of prescribing and the quality of monitoring.  The short term objective is to develop, redesign, refine, integrate, test, deploy, and disseminate tools and training materials in five key areas: drug formularies, drug utilization review, lab-pharmacy linkages, N-of-1 trials and pharmacoeconomics.  For more information, please see the Pharmacy Administration website.

The CPR disseminates new knowledge. While conducting research and generating new knowledge are important, for such information to inform public policy and impact society it must be disseminated.  The CPR disseminates its research findings in scholarly publications and presentations at scientific meetings.  CPR faculty  published 16 peer reviewed articles, gave 27 research presentations, and 15 invited lectures in 2006.  For more information see Publications.

The CPR trains future researchers. By virtue of its position as a leading research center, the CPR seeks to promote the advancement of research in pharmacoeconomics by providing post-doctoral research training experiences.  Research fellows of the Center typically have already completed a PharmD or PhD degree.  The training program is 2-3 years in length and is designed to produce researchers who will assume pharmacoeconomic research positions in academia, pharmaceutical industry, or managed care.  For more information see Fellowship and Training.