Family Services of Western Pennsylvania Clozaril/Clozapine Clinic

Behavioral Health Services


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Data Provided By
United Way of Allegheny County
General Information
Description of ServiceThe Outpatient Clozaril Clinic is designed for individuals in service who are prescribed Clozaril/Clozapine medication. There is a risk of agranulocytosis, a potentially life-threatening adverse effect that can cause a drop in WBC (white blood cell count), decreasing an individual’s ability to fight infection. When it is determined to be medically necessary to prescribe Clozaril/Clozapine, baseline bloodwork must be obtained. Once medication is started, weekly monitoring of bloodwork is required for the first six months of treatment, then bi-weekly for six months, followed by monthly monitoring thereafter. Individuals are seen monthly by a nurse for assessment of psychiatric symptoms, side effects, signs of infection, adherence, vital signs and general stability. Bloodwork is obtained and a one month supply of medication is provided. Individuals are also followed medically by the psychiatrist on a regular basis. Bloodwork results are reviewed by MD, nurse and pharmacist and reported to the national registry.
LocationAllegheny
Geographical AreaAllegheny, Westmoreland
Intake ProcedureAdult Continuing Care Referral, Crisis Therapist or Single Point of Access
Intake Requirements1) Individuals diagnosed with Schizophrenia who are determined in need of Clozaril/Clozapine treatment, and
2) White Blood Count (WBC) baseline and Differential counts higher than 3500/mm3, ANC 1500 and
3) Registered with Clorzaril/Clozapine National Registry and as long as WBC count remains above 3000/mm3 and is tested as per protocol.

If WBC that drops below 2000mm3 or the granulocyte count drops below 1000mm3, Clozaril/Clozapine therapy must be discontinued and can never be resumed because of the risk of agranulocytosis recurrence is increased greatly.
 
Client Information
Age GroupAdults
GenderEither
 
Availability
Hours of Operation Weekdays, 8:30am to 5:00pm
Evening hours vary by office location
Contact Information
 
Contact's Name Cathy Dello
Contact's Phone 724-335-9883 x 5552
724-226-0664
Physical Site Address 1 201 Corbet Street
Physical Site Address 2 Suite 1
Physical Site City, State, Zip Tarentum, PA 15084
Mailing Address 1 3230 William Pitt Way
Mailing City, State, Zip Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Main Phone 412-820-2050
Hotline Phone 800-222-4200
Fax 412-820-2060
Service Location Email fswp@fswp.org
Web Address www.fswp.org
 
 
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: Family Services of Western Pennsylvania
Affiliated Program: Behavioral Health Services
This Service: Family Services of Western Pennsylvania Clozaril/Clozapine Clinic
 
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Blood Bank Technology Specialists (YO-3000.1000)
Outpatient Health Facilities (LN)