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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Corporate

  • Job ID: 637134955
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: Corporate Health Services
  • Department: Clinical Pharm Svc Line
  • Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $44.41 to $75.36 / hour

Description

The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist provides clinical pharmacy expertise to the development, implementation and management of the pharmacy service line. This person will assist in the management of pharmacy utilization and provide expertise in managing clinical pharmacy services. These services will be provided in compliance with state and federal regulations, the mission, policies and procedures of the Health System Pharmacy Service Center. 

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and revise formulary guidelines, therapeutic class reviews, clinical practice guidelines, and other content for Health System P&T committee.
  • Research adequately and be properly prepared for all Health System P&T Committee meetings, ensuring all recommendations for both new drugs and new policies are appropriate and have been discussed with subject matter experts. Present these assignments succinctly and at a suitable pace, volume, and speed and answer all questions.
  • Coordinate implementation and monitoring of Health System P&T decisions through collaboration with key stakeholders, including information services, pharmacy supply chain, and hospital pharmacy leadership.  
  • Complete medication use evaluations as a performance improvement measure related to Health System P&T Committee activities. 
  • Develop and evaluate therapeutic drug interventions and other clinical pharmacy programs for controlling pharmacy trends, including pharmacist and provider interventions, looking specifically at outcomes for these programs, and considering comprehensive research or quality improvement projects.
  • Assist with surveillance of the drug development pipeline, relevant drug-related medical literature, and local/regional/national trends in health system medication utilization.
  • Serve as an expert in drug literature evaluation strategies, a resource to interpret drug literature findings, and provide information to internal customers related to Health System P&T Committee formulary decisions.
  • Provide innovative and applicable ideas in clinical program development, utilization management, formulary management, provider education, therapeutic substitution, and/or improvements in programs and edits that already exist, including improving operational efficiencies. Develop new clinical pharmacy practice guidelines and implement these new ideas or improvements as approved.
  • Participate in meetings, committees, and work groups both internally and externally as assigned.
  • Maintain a solid understanding of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, TJC, CMS and other applicable regulatory authorities, specifically as they relate to the expectations of hospital pharmacy operations.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements of clinical functions.
  • Foster and maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Communicate pharmacy information as appropriate to patients, providers, and other members of the health care team.
  • Develop communication materials for providers and other members of the health care team, including discussions regarding formulary decisions, health education, formulary compliance, and trends in drug utilization.
  • Mentor students and assist in precepting for the residency program.
  • Have ability to function independently, but support team concept.
  • Behavior denotes reliability as demonstrated by prompt attendance and timeliness completing designated workload and follow-up.
  • Convey and maintain professional image while interacting with coworkers, providers and clients.
  • Honor patient confidentiality.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy, and/or Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.) from an accredited U.S. School of Pharmacy.
  • ASHP-accredited hospital pharmacy residency, or equivalent experience in hospital pharmacy practice is preferred.
  • Prior experience must include responsibilities related to medication use policy development and formulary management.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Must have strong analytical ability and organizational skills.
  • Computer literacy for pharmacy programming, word processing, data management.
  • Assessment of job-related skills and competency will be reviewed annually via daily functioning, job-related documentation, department-based competency programs, and continuing education activities.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Registration as a registered pharmacist (RPh), in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity.
  • Continuing education requirements met each bi-annual cycle for re-licensure, as evident by obtaining a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years in structured pharmaceutical education as necessary by the state board.
  • Pharmacist

 

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