Ohio Pharmacy Services

Ohio Pharmacy Services

Procurement and Distribution: Pharmaceuticals

Ohio Pharmacy Services (OPS) provides a diverse array of goods and services which include: pharmaceuticals (to institutions with licensed full-service pharmacies); over-the-counter-medications (available without a prescription); office supplies and forms; laboratory, medical and pharmacy supplies; personal care products (health and beauty products); dispensed inpatient/outpatient pharmaceutical services; and Naloxone/Project DAWN kits (County Health Department Grant Program).

Eligible participants include state facilities, county health departments, community mental health agencies, free clinics, county jails, non-profits, etc. under ORC 5119.44.


OPS is a highly responsive procurement and distribution organization, providing quality goods and services for essential health and safety needs as legally designated by ORC § 5119.44.  Leading edge technologies and purchasing power are used to ensure lower prices and greater savings for the responsible use of public resources.

Administrative Services

Chief's Office

The Chief's Office works with and supports all customers and is responsible for the financial stability of Ohio Pharmacy Services (OPS). Any concerns regarding products or services provided by OPS should be directed to Brandon Haas at 614-752-0116.

Fiscal Office

This office processes bills to customers and payments to vendors and monitors accounts payable and receivable. In addition, it generates biennium budgets, annual budgets and monthly financial statements to monitor the fiscal posture of the OPS. Questions regarding financial data or customer billing should be directed to Matt Monell at 614-752-0104.

Human Resources

The Human Resources office serves as liaison between the Chief's Office and recognized labor unions. It administers contracts and provides guidance regarding grievances, work rule development, discipline and education/training for all employees. It also assists management and employees with the preparation of position descriptions, personnel actions and guidance on the wide array of employee benefits available. Individuals interested in job opportunities with OSS may view current postings on the State of Ohio's Job Opportunity website

Central Pharmacy Inpatient

Central Pharmacy Inpatient (CPI) has been providing comprehensive, centralized pharmaceutical services for more than 30 years. CPI focuses on best practices for patient care within state, county, or governmental inpatient settings. CPI offers competitively priced medications through consolidated purchasing, formulary management, medication monitoring, and coordinated care to ensure that health care dollars are spent wisely. Centralized dispensing eliminates overhead expenses for staffing, inventory, supplies, space and equipment. CPI's robotic automation improves patient safety and accommodates high prescription volume at the lowest possible cost. Delivering high quality pharmaceutical care and excellent customer service are essential components within CPI's services. 

For information on these services, contact Denise Dean at 614-752-0176.

Central Pharmacy Outpatient

Central Pharmacy Outpatient (CPO) was established in 1972 by a group responsible for the "Development of Effective Methods of Distribution of Psychotropic Drugs to Needy Patients." CPO assists Community Mental Health Boards with the economic purchase and dispensing of psychotropic medications to needy clients meeting specific clinical and income eligibility criteria. Cost containment features assist community boards and agencies in controlling expenditures and providing cost-effective services:

  • State Wide Drug Contract Pricing
  • Formulary Utilization
  • Use of Generic Medications
  • Medication Utilization Reviews-Concurrent and Retrospective
  • Return of Medication for Credit (Special Exemption form State of Ohio Pharmacy Board)
  • Detailed monthly budget reports

CPO operates a mail order pharmacy to provide patient labeled psychotropic medications to Community Mental Health Agencies. Community Mental Health Boards designate which Community Mental Health Agencies will participate in the program and establish the clinical and income criteria to be followed when qualifying patients for the program. Although patient eligibility is based on income and clinical characteristics as established by the board and agency, the Federal Poverty Guidelines, published by the federal government, contain general income eligibility guidelines. In addition to meeting income eligibility, the client should be (1) an adult with a severe mental disability or a child/ adolescent with a severe emotional disturbance; (2) at risk of hospitalization if the medications were discontinued; or (3) recently released from a mental health inpatient facility (within a three-month period prior to eligibility determination).

For more information, contact Mary Kay Devlin at 614-752-0150.

Related Documents

Ohio's Pharmacy Service Center

Ohio's Pharmacy Service Center (OPSC) provides pharmaceuticals to governmental and qualifiying entities in Ohio. Over-the-counter drugs, medical and laboratory supplies, personal care products and forms are also stocked. Customers can pick and choose, selecting only the items they need. OPSC maintains economical procurement by utilizing state term contracts; accepting and processing returns of overstocked merchandise; providing customers with management reports for inventory control and analysis; and minimizing purchasing activities and inventories at customer locations. Additional services include responding to drug information requests; providing requested medical journal articles; distributing newsletters that address issues of interest to health care professionals; assisting in the development of drug utilization evaluation criteria, and providing in-service training on medication issues.

If you are interested in purchasing through OPSC for a state facility, county health department, free clinic, non-profit, city/county jail, or other entity covered under ORC 5119.44, contact Dr. Tracie Taylor at 614-752-0134.

Transportation Services

This office operates its own fleet of vehicles to provide delivery and pick-up services to state agencies and institutions. The fleet operates Monday through Friday and transports pharmaceuticals, laboratory specimens, commissary goods, and mail.

For more information, contact Glenn Roush at 614-752-0117.