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Recruitment #22-000468-0001






MDH, Office of Controlled Substance Administration (OCSA) Enforcement Division, 1223 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The Office of Controlled Substances Administration (OCSA) is committed to ensuring the protection of public health and safety through enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act. The OCSA is the State Administration with the authority and mission to issue Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Registrations to community healthcare providers, establishments and researchers who meet registration requirements. Registrants are subject to OCSA inspections, to ensure compliance with the Act. Additionally, the Administration is responsible for developing and enforcing regulations and legislation that ensures healthcare practitioners, researchers and establishments adhere to Criminal Law, Title 5 and COMAR 10.19.03, with focus on the legitimate medical and scientific use of substances listed in the State and Federal Schedules of CDS. This position is a full performance level of work that is responsible for the regulatory inspections and investigations of the Office of Controlled Substances Administration (OCSA). This position will participate in the Administration’s mission critical activities to protect the citizens of Maryland by conducting regulatory inspections and investigations of pharmacies and any CDS registrant that manufacturers, distributes, dispenses, prescribes, administers or conducts research with CDS. CDS registered establishments include, among others, opioid treatment programs (OTP), long term care (LTC) facilities and assisted living facilities (ALF). Authorized practitioners who prescribe CDS include physicians, dentists, veterinarians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and podiatrists. Inspections are also conducted of authorized physicians, dentists and podiatrists, who are licensed by their respective professional boards to dispense prescription drugs. This position will conduct investigations of problematic CDS registrants who have been identified from regulatory inspections, from referrals to OCSA by local, State and Federal agencies and from consumer complaints, as possible prescribers and dispensers of CDS that may warrant enforcement action against their CDS registration. Additional mission critical activities include assisting in joint Federal-State investigations with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This position will also provide administrative support and expertise to the Enforcement Division’s Chief and the Deputy Director.


Education:    Graduation from an accredited School of Pharmacy with a doctorate in Pharmacy (PharmD).

Experience: One year of clinical pharmacy experience as a Registered Pharmacist.


1. Candidates may substitute four additional years of clinical experience as a Registered Pharmacist for the required education.

2. Candidates may apply experience gained during a formal residency program to the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Pharmacist classifications or Pharmacist specialty codes in the Pharmacist field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


The desired candidate should have thorough knowledge of Maryland and Federal statutes, regulations and policies that regulate the prescribing, dispensing, administering, distributing and manufacturing of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) and prescription drugs; experience with the current practices in the field of pharmacy and medicine, including pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacognocy, toxicology and clinical therapeutics; and experience conducting inspections and investigations of OCSA registered practitioners, establishments and researchers for compliance with State and Federal CDS statutes and regulations, as well as, for diversion of CDS and CDS prescribed and dispensed for non-legitimate medical purposes.


Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current license as a Registered Pharmacist from the Maryland State Board of Pharmacy, 4201 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.


1. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in and, therefore, will be required to provide the facility with a phone number at which they can be reached.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment.  No postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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