This is an internal job announcement. Current permanent Aleda E. Lutz employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility, and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under this announcement. An external announcement will open with the announcement number CBSR-11256205-21-CLE. Veterans Preference is not used on internal announcements. If you wish to apply using your Veterans Preference, you may also apply under the external announcement as well. The clinical pharmacist is a licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. The incumbent is responsible for analyzing real and potential drug-related medical problems and implementing corrective action to ensure that patients receive optima l drug therapy. The clinical pharmacist also applies standards relating to all aspects of distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs. The primary function of a clinical pharmacist is to assure the safe and appropriate use of medications and be an advocate of rational drug therapy through the following: evaluation of the appropriateness of drug therapy based on patient specific factors; individualization of drug therapy; evaluation, dispensing and providing medications, and drug information. A . Clinical (1) The pharmacist provides appropriate selection of drug therapy based upon the pharmaceutical principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; monitoring for efficacy, side effects and clinical outcome; and advises prescribers as appropriate. (2) Provides patient-specific therapeutic drug monitoring and communicates relevant findings and/or recommendations to other health care providers in charge of the patient both orally and in writing. (3) Performs continuous evaluation of prescribed medications to assure optimal drug therapy. (4) Provides medication counseling to patients. (5) Completes medication histories including patient interviews. (6) Serves as a drug information resource by providing up-to-date drug information to prescribers, other health care professionals, patients, and caregivers. (7) Participates in patient care rounds, review charts, evaluates pertinent laboratory data, drug-drug and drug-nutrient interactions, monitors for adverse drug effects, and screens for allergies. (8) May perform medication reconciliation at all transitions of care, including updating the medication profile to reflect an accurate, active list of VA and non-VA medications. This may include adding non-VA medications or discontinuing duplicate medications or those the patient is not taking. (9) Reports adverse drug events (ADE) , near misses , and medication errors in alignment with VA ADERS reporting program. (10) Participates in the medical center medication utilization evaluation (MUE) program. (11) Recommends formulary alternatives and completes non-formulary consults as assigned . (12) Participates in emergency preparedness activities. (13) Provides pharmacokinetic consultation, including dosing vancomycin and aminoglycosides, in accordance with local policy. (14) Implements P&T Committee policies including therapeutic interchanges and automatic substitutions to include appropriate patient and provider education. (15) Manages recalls and medication shortage situations by substituting alternate dosage strengths and instructions of the same medication to equal the prescribed dose and schedule . (16) Enters supply orders appropriate for patient care per facility policy . (17) Manages various actions, as appropriate, for medication orders to include: flagging prescriptions, managing view alerts, using the "hold medication" function , and generating unsigned discontinued orders using Service Reject. (19) Serves as a role model and preceptor to pharmacy students and residents, volunteers, technicians, and students. B. Dispensing (1) Reviews all medication orders for appropriateness, drug selection, dosage, route of administration and the amount, prior to dispensing. (2) Ensures all medication orders are entered into the electronic patient medical record. (3) Fills all orders in a timely fashion; review of the patient's allergy history, drug-drug, drug-nutrient , drug-laboratory and drug-disease state interactions and assessment for clinical relevance should be performed and dealt with appropriately. (4) Reviews medication profiles and monitors for compliance or potential abuse; problems encountered shall be resolved. (5) Selects, compounds, dispenses and fills a range of drugs including extemporaneous preparations, special formulations, narcotics, investigational drugs, oncolytic agents, etc. Adequate quality assurance procedures shall be followed as applicable. (6) Maintains adequate drug stock, inspects drug storage areas, supervises prepacking and the operation of automated dispensing equipment. (7) Supervises the activities of support personnel. (8) Ensures drugs dispensed are completely and correctly labeled and packaged in full compliance with Federal rules and regulations. Work Schedule: 07:00AM - 05:30PM OR 09:30AM - 8PM Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Clinical Pharmacist/PD91096O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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