General Statement of Job
This position is responsible for ensuring prescription accuracy, dispensing of medications and providing consultative services to patients and patient care departments as directed by physicians, in accordance with established professional regulations and guidelines. The employee maintains records system in compliance with established policies and regulations, including the Florida Board of Pharmacy (FBOP), the Drug Enforcement Administration agency, the Department of Health and the hospital’s pharmacy operational guidelines.
Secures the pharmacy location, including the physical security and exclusion of non-authorized personnel in the department as per FBOP regulations.
Interpret medication orders (verbal and written) and transcribes to computerized patient medication profiles accurately. Maintains accurate, complete patient medication profiles.
Monitors medication therapy regimens for allergies, contraindications, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions, adverse drug reactions, appropriateness of drug and dose, and therapeutic duplications.
Facilitates the identification, resolution, implementation, and communication of cost-effective medication-use issues in collaboration with the medical staff and residents. Reviews the use of targeted medications for compliance with current pharmacoeconomic programs.
Enters and reviews patient home medication lists, communicates with medical staff and residents to resolve discrepancies.
Retrospectively reviews medications dispensed without prior pharmacist review daily for appropriateness, (i.e., override medications and dispenses from the night pharmacy).
Prepares and dispenses medications including sterile and parenteral nutrition preparations safely and accurately using appropriate techniques according to USP 797 guidelines.
Issues controlled substances to patient care areas and maintains and monitor the accuracy of records as required by law.
Works independently with minimal supervision. Organizes and priorities work assignments. Ensures pharmacy services are provided in a timely manner. Keeps pharmacy areas and equipment clean, neat, and well-organized.
Provides accurate, adequate, and timely drug information to the professional staff, patients, and families in the hospital.
Provides training and education to staff regarding pharmaceutical care and pharmacoeconomics. Participates in the development and presentation of orientation, education, and training programs to the pharmacy, medical, nursing, and other staffs.
Complies with all applicable State/Federal regulatory compliance guidelines governing the practice of pharmacy within the hospital pharmacy setting. Complies with all Joint Commission requirements.
Provides renal dosing, anticoagulation dosing and monitoring, pharmacokinetic consult service, and other drug dosing and monitoring activities for medical staff and residents.. Implements and maintains clinical pharmacy services.
Reviews and interprets culture and sensitivity data for appropriateness and recommends changes to antibiotic coverage, including streamlining therapy. Review antibiogram annually for changes in resistance patterns.
Reviews parenteral nutrition therapy and makes recommendations, as needed.
Provides clinical consultation and clarification to practitioners. Makes recommendations on evidence-based medication therapy regimens and monitoring plans. Suggests appropriate, cost-effective therapeutic alternatives to medical staff and residents, as needed.
Reads, extracts, and interprets information in patient charts accurately. Seeks clarification from physicians and nurses involved in the patient’s care if the patient’s chart is inconsistent or appears to have deficiencies that require addressing.
Detects and reports suspected adverse drug reactions and medication errors accurately and in a timely manner.
Facilitates the development and implementation of treatment guidelines, protocols, formulary changes, and critical pathways as approved by appropriate committees. Advises on policy and procedures for clinical activities. Reviews and evaluates medical literature for studies supporting the pharmaceutical and pharmacoeconomic programs.
Participates in the quality improvement and medication-use review activities of the Pharmacy Department. Collects and analyzes data and maintains documentation of all clinical activities. Prepares drug reviews, MUE criteria, antibiotic sensitivity reports, adverse drug reaction reports, and pharmacy interventions summary to the pharmacy manager.
Sustains the formulary by minimizing non-formulary procurements, utilizing therapeutic substitution protocols, and promoting rational medication therapy selection.
Advises on the selection and safe use of alternative medications in response to medication shortages.
Maintains the drug supply inventory within the pharmacy budget. Orders and receives equipment, supplies and medications for pharmacy stocking and/or dispensing needs.
Supervises Pharmacy Technicians, and Pharmacist Interns, and provides the final check for medication orders and medications dispensed from the Pharmacy. Verifies the daily activities of Pharmacy support personnel. Assists the Pharmacy Manager and Pharmacy Technician Supervisor in completing Pharmacy Technicians’ performance appraisals on an annual basis.
Maintains crash carts and emergency boxes. Maintains and updates departmental records required by State and Federal law including, but not limited to, accurate prescription records and inventory control system records.
Communicates and enforces hospital and departmental policies and procedures.
Maintains a current, valid State of Florida pharmacist license, ensuring that continuing education requirements are met in accordance with established regulations.
Emergency duty may be required of the incumbent that includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters or to perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to threats or disasters, man-made or natural.
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy is required. Doctorate in Pharmacy is preferred.
One (1) year hospital experience preferred.
Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy is preferred.
State of Florida Board of Pharmacy Registered Pharmacist license required.