Job Description

Job Title: Pharmacist Specialist - Drug Shortages
Job ID: 766618
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Shift: Day Job
Facility: H.C. Pharmacy Central, Inc.
Department: Pharmacy
Location: 3175 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh PA 15203


Do you enjoy problem-solving and have great communication skills? HC Pharmacy in Southside is looking for a Pharmacist who has an interest in working directly with drug shortage to join their team!

This position offers standard business hours, Monday - Friday. Apply today to learn more!

The Pharmacist Specialist - Drug Shortages collaborates with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals to deliver safe, effective, and fiscally responsible patient-centered care in the event of drug supply disruptions. Support purchasing and sourcing activities at HC Pharmacy (HCP), provide guidance on policy issues related to shortages, and provide guidance on shortage management response and preparation. Oversee the connection between HCP, UPMC Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committees, and HCP members clinical response teams to support the design and implementation of shortage management procedures.

  • Act as liaison and provide guidance and expertise to HCP Members on drug shortages related to generic drug and provide advice on how generic drugs currently available can address the shortage.
  • Consult with the UPMC Pharmacy Service Line and obtain approval for communications, background documents, and talking points relating to shortages. Communicate information in a timely manner to the appropriate stakeholders both within and outside of HCP.
  • Develop proactive shortage mitigation plans with clinical, nursing, pharmacy, and emergency preparedness partners for drugs at highest risk of supply disruption.
  • Monitor contractual obligations of suppliers related to shortages and patterns of inconsistencies in supply with HCP purchasing and sourcing teams.
  • Monitor drug supply and demand, including those used as medical countermeasures (MCMs), to ensure availability for emergency situations.
  • Monitor each drug shortage situation from first report to resolution.
  • Organize daily operational duties and assist in the supervision of buyers, category leads, student interns and other ancillary personnel involved in providing pharmaceutical care.
  • Provide drug information and/or educational programs to healthcare professionals and pharmacy students.
  • Receive reports from all sources (including industry, FDA, ASHP, member hospitals and health systems, and other external entities) related to drug shortages and discontinuations.
  • Respond to drug shortage inquiries received through the HCP Service Account. Manage and update information on current shortages, pending issues, resolved shortages, averted shortages, and information requests in the HCP drug shortage email distribution.
  • Search the drug shortage database and other available databases for drug history, information on other drugs in the same class, FDA activity, any existing medical necessity determination, and status as a critical or emergency drug.
  • Support decisions related to optimal safety stock levels and advance purchases for drug shortage mitigation.
  • Support development and maintenance of critical drug list with input from the UPMC Pharmacy Service Line, System P&T, or Drug Review Panel.
  • Support item relationships in customer order platform and warehouse management system.
  • Sustain the formulary by minimizing non-formulary procurements, supporting therapeutic interchange protocols, and promoting rational drug therapy selection.
  • Verify that a shortage or discontinuation exists through communications with manufacturers, FDA offices, and external entities such as the ASHP, and using market research data.
  • Work with HCP Members, FDA offices, industry, and outside entities to share information on a drug shortage, including the medical necessity of the drug, to develop a risk versus benefit profile for impacted products and a drug shortage management plan.


B.S. degree from an accredited School of Pharmacy. 
3 years of experience in hospital pharmacy preferred. 
Experience in supply chain or pharmacy purchasing preferred. 
Leadership experience is preferred. Knowledge of drug dispensing and IV preparation policies and procedures. Understand the range of treatment needed by the patients served and acceptable clinical alternatives.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Pharmacist

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $39.48 to $68.17 / hour

Union Position: No

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