PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In state facilities this class is accountable for providing patient drug therapies and services and pharmaceutical education and direction to clients, support staff and families.
Works under the general supervision of a Pharmacy Supervisor.
May lead/supervise Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Interns and other assigned staff.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Interprets physician’s prescriptions and determines appropriateness of medication’s indications for drug interactions and allergies; works with considerable independence under limited technical supervision to complete assignments and resolve problems; selects, compounds and dispenses drugs and other pharmaceutical products; instructs patients in use of medications and maintains patient drug profiles; maintains updated knowledge of drugs and pharmacy requirements; evaluates patient drug regimen, medical and laboratory data; researches medical literature and pharmaceutical databases to support drug therapy decisions; ensures compliance with established guidelines for use of high risk medications; reviews, assesses and maintains patient drug therapy profiles to comply with expected level of care; develops a corrective plan of action and communicates recommendations to physician in charge; evaluates medication distribution and administration system for accuracy and assesses real or potential failures of system and documents findings; provides technical training to pharmacy support staff in preparation, packaging, dispensing and delivery of medication and all daily pharmacy processes; maintains inventories and records on prescriptions, pharmacy requisitions, controlled drugs and expiration dates as required by law or pharmacy committee policy; participates on interdisciplinary teams and provides pharmacological input on review of patient care; participates in committees, conferences and seminars for purpose of maintaining professional skills and disseminating information in fields of pharmacology and pharmaceutics; may be required to assume responsibility for operation of pharmacy in absence of Pharmacy Supervisor; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of principles of pharmacy and pharmacology and application to operation of an institutional or hospital pharmacy; considerable knowledge of contemporary drug therapeutics; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of pharmaceutical economics; knowledge of documentation, quality assurance and security requirements for HCFA, Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation (JCOHA) and other accreditations and certifications; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to conduct inservice training programs on proper care, dosage and administration of drugs; ability to negotiate with prescribing physicians to avoid adverse drug interactions and control expenses through use of generic alternatives; ability to impose adequate controls over supply, dispensing and flow of narcotics, depressants and stimulant drugs and alcohol.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain licensure as a Registered Pharmacist issued by the Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes, Section 20-590.
1. Incumbents in this class in some positions will be required to work overtime, on-call and rotating schedules.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in Salary Group HC 21 approved effective September 1, 1999. (Revised to modify content and implement reevaluation)