Responsible for evaluating drugs prescribed by physicians for appropriateness of dose, therapeutic efficacy, allergy, drug interaction, and contraindications; processes prescriptions through insurance company and handles DUR rejects, pre-authorizations, etc.; performs final check on all prescriptions, ensuring accurate input, labeling, and dispensing; and provides counseling and drug information to patients and physicians. Assumes full legal responsibility for the operation of the relevant pharmacy, including meeting all inspections and other requirements of the state and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing pharmacy operations.
Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy or Pharm D.
5 years pharmacy experience in a retail setting.
Current Maryland or DC Pharmacist license, including Immunization/ Vaccination Certification and registration with the board of pharmacy in that state or district. Current CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) license from American Red Cross or America Heart Association (AHA).
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong customer service skills, and basic computer skills required. Must be highly productive; organized; and comfortable engaging with patients, family members, and healthcare providers. Adept at building trust and relationships.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
Assumes full legal responsibility for the entire operation of the pharmacy in a manner that legally complies with all the applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
Assumes full responsibility for medication inventory.
Complies with all loss prevention and security procedures for inventory as well as for the pharmacy itself.
Maintains all records of all transactions of the pharmacy necessary to ensure accurate control over and accountability for all drugs as required by applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
Oversees monthly, yearly and biennial inventories of control substances and is responsible for reporting any discrepancies.
Performs initial investigation of any identified discrepancies of CDS.
Assures all personal are proper registered and licensed with the Board of Pharmacy.
Ensures that patient counseling is provided by a pharmacist, as appropriate, on a patient-by-patient basis.
Performs final check on all completed prescriptions, verifying the accuracy of input, labeling, and dispensing; makes corrections as necessary, maintains refills and narcotic logs, and prescription files.
Processes prescriptions in the dispensing system; evaluates prescriptions for appropriateness of dose, therapeutic efficacy, allergy, drug interactions, and contraindications; handles DUR's, rejects, pre-authorizations, etc.; communicates with third party payers to troubleshoot issues relating to coverage, reimbursement, etc.
Provides clinical information and guidance to physicians and allied health professionals as appropriate to provide safe, prompt, and accurate dispensing of all prescriptions; calls physicians and follows up on refill requests; notifies physicians of Rx's requiring pre-authorizations, and discusses alternatives as appropriate.
Acts as the "Site Manager" in the absence of the manager: directing workflow patterns, ensuring that daily responsibilities are carried out by assigned staff, resolving issues requiring management intervention, and performing routine oversight of pharmacy operation.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams as appropriate. Participates in meetings, serves on committees and represents the department and hospital/facility in community outreach efforts as appropriate.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.